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Requirements for F-1 Visa:

If the foreign student advisory believes you have the resources necessary for study in the US, he or she will send you a Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant [F-1] Student Status). You will need to submit this form with your application for a student visa to the American embassy or consulate. You will also have to provide proof of proficiency in English (unless you are enrolling in a language program).

You will also need:

Form DS-156 (Non-Immigrant Visa form available from US consular offices),

A passport (valid up to at least 6 months after the completion of your course),

A 1-1/2 inch square (passport size) photograph (37 mm x 37 mm) showing full face against a light background,

Financial documentation (including both solid & liquid assets) & annual income of the sponsor if any

Visa processing fee.

The following documents of non-immigrant intent can bolster your case further :

Letter from the prospective employer.

Reference from somebody known to you who has returned to India after his masters. Requirement for your masters in your native country.

Visa Fees:

Non-immigrant visa application fee (non-refundable) US $131

Visa fees are payable only via Demand Draft drawn on a national or international bank. The draft should favor of:

For New Delhi – ‘US Embassy New Delhi’

For Calcutta,

Chennai, Mumbai – ‘US Consulate General’ (as the city may be)


Please write your complete name and passport number on the back of each draft.

Courier/Processing fee (payable by all applicants) RS. 400

Courier/Processing fees may be paid in cash


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