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Visa Application Tips

Visa application procedures and consulate interviews vary by Embassy.  However, there are some general guidelines and tips that students should be aware of when applying for a visa.

There are two steps in obtaining a visa.  The first step is to fill out a DS-156 visa application form.  Each Embassy is different in how they have students fill out and complete the form.  For more specific information on each Embassy, click here to go to the US Department of State's list of Embassies and Consulates worldwide.

The second step to the visa process is the interview.  Students need to arrange an interview time with the Consular Section of the Embassy.  The interview is conducted by a Consular Officer.  The Consular Officer has the final say on whether the student will be given a visa.  Here are some tips for a successful interview:

  • The student needs to emphasize and prove that they will return to the country of residence after a temporary stay in the US.
  • Appropriate financial documents from family or sponsors indicating who will pay for the education in US.
  • I-20 form issued and completed by the school.
  • High school and college grades and transcripts.
  • Original bank statements for the past year from sponsor.
  • Proof of the sponsor's income and investments.

Even with all of this information, it is NOT a guarantee of approval for a visa application.

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