Documents required for US Student Visa
Documents required for US Student visa: Studying abroad is a big step in a student’s life because it involves many life-changing events, including getting accustomed to a new culture. But while you rightly need to prepare for these events, there are other important things to be addressed at home before you finally board you flight for your study abroad destination. For example, if you plan to study in the USA, you need to get your US student visa ready. Since it takes around three to five months, it is advisable to apply early. Also, to avoid last-minute rushes and mistakes, keep a checklist of documents required for US student visa (for F-1 and M-1 visa).
Types of US student visas and documents required
Before you can make a list of documents required for US student visa, you need to be familiar with different types of visas available for you.
Full-time academic students in the United States have two types of non-immigrant visas they can opt from:
Your course of study and school you attend determine the type of US student visa you have to apply for.
Institution-wise US Student Visa categories
University or college
Private elementary school
Another academic institution, including a language training program
Vocational or other recognized nonacademic institution, other than a language training program
F-1 Student Visa: The F-1 Visa (Academic Student) is designed for students who intend to enroll in a full-time programme or course of study that offers a degree, diploma or certificate. Also, the institution you are enrolled in must be authorised by the US government to accept international students.
As far as employment opportunities go, as an F-1 student visa holder you are allowed to pursue on-campus employment, though with certain restrictions and conditions. During the first academic year, you aren't permitted to work off-campus. In your second academic year, you can take up three types of off-campus employment.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
Optional Practical Training (OPT) (pre-completion or post-completion)
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Optional Practical Training Extension (OPT)
M-1 Visa: The M-1 visa (Vocational Student) category is reserved for students enrolled in vocational or other nonacademic programs, except language training.
M-1 students can take up practical training (off-campus employment) job only after completing their studies.
Apply only to SEVP-Approved institution
Make sure that your institution and programme of study is accredited by the US government’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). SEVP approval is mandatory for enrollment into the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Also, only SEVP-approved institutions can provide you with the documents that you will need to apply for US student visa.
Scheduling an interview for US student visa
If you a regular student, you most likely will have to schedule an interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you live for your US Student Visa. And it is during this interview that you have to submit the list of documents required for US student visa given below.
Who needs to appear for US student visa interview
13 and younger
Generally not required
Required (some exceptions for renewals)
80 and older
Generally not required
List of documents required for US student visa
As part of the US student Visa interview process, you are required to submit a range of documents. Mentioned below is a list of documents required for US student visa that you can refer.
Passport: A key item in the list of documents required for US student visa is a valid passport.
In addition to being valid for travel to the United States, the passport must be valid for minimum six months beyond your intended duration of stay in the United States, unless you belong to a country which exempts the six-month rule. Some of the popular study-abroad destinations which exempt the six-month rule include Australia, Canada, the UK and Germany.
Students in the exempt category simply need to have a passport valid for their intended period of stay.
Confirmation of non-immigrant USA visa application, Form DS-160: The DS-160 is an online non-immigrant application form for temporary travel to the United States and another integral element in the list of documents required for US student visa. You can submit the completed form online.
Complete the online US visa application Form DS-160
Take a print out of application confirmation page and bring it to the interview.
The information entered on Form DS-160, along with the personal interview, is used by the consular officers to determine your eligibility for a non-immigrant visa.
USA Visa Application fee payment receipt: You may be required to pay a non-refundable visa application fee before the interview. And as part of the list of documents required for US student visa, you have to produce the payment receipt at the time of the interview. The application fee is $160.
Photo: Typically you have to upload your photo while completing the Form DS-160. But if it so happens that you fail to upload your photo for some reason, you are allowed to bring a printed photo in the acceptable format to the interview.
Acceptable photo format to apply for US student visa
The photo must be in color
Head must be between 1 inch and 11/8 inches (22 mm and 35 mm) or 50% and 69% of the image's total height from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.
Shouldn’t be older than six months
Background must be plain white or off-white
The face must be facing the camera and completely visible
The face must bear a neutral expression with both eyes open
Don’t wear a hat or head covering unless it is part of a religious purpose. Also, there mustn’t be any shadow cast over your face.
Effective November 1, 2016, you are also not allowed to wear eyeglasses, except in such cases when eyeglasses cannot be removed for medical reasons.
Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status-For Academic and Language Students, Form I-20 or Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (M-1) Student Status for Vocational Students, Form I-20 –
You will receive a SEVIS-generated Form I-20 from your institution after they have entered your data in the SEVIS database. The Form I-20 has to be signed by both you and the institution you are applying to. If you have relatives accompanying you, they too need to be registered in the Student and Exchange Visitor System (SEVIS). Individual Form I-20 will be generated for each person.
Additional documents required for US student visa
In addition to the documents required for US student visa listed above, you might be required to submit separate documents that show:
Your intent to depart the United States upon completion of your studies
Your financial capability
If the interview committee is satisfied with your documents for US student visa and your interview, they would ideally approve your visa request.
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I wish to become a Neurosurgeon, but first I wish to practice in the United States or Singapore for half of my career and to spend last half of my career in India. Whether my wish is a good one? Is it possible? Is my decision is correct? Kindly commend on my wish?
Raja, we have been discussing your career and aspirations for a while now and we appreciate that you want to take Career360's opinion on the matter of your career. So by now, you are aware of the fact what it takes to become a neurosurgeon and what it is to clear USMLE, practise as a resident in the US. We also have discussed the life style and the salary part. Now regarding the first half and later half of the career, we only wish we could predict our timeline on this planet. We do not which might be the first half or which might be the later part. But no wish is bad. If you want to achieve something, you should lest you regret for the rest of your lofe. Now to practise in the US, you may have to appear for USMLE, clear the step 1 and then practise as a resident before you can get the license to practise as a full time neurosurgeon. That is a long process that might take good 4-5 years. You study MBBS in India for 50 months and then complete the 1 year rotational internship and it takes you as many as 5 years. And appearing for USMLE and then working as a resident take another 4 years and so 10 years of your life are spent getting a valid license to practise in the US. And then lets say after 5 years you want to move to Singapore, that takes a whole different processing because you need to appear for their license exam. And you work in Singapore for lets say another 5 years and you come back to India. 15 years of your life are spent studying and getting licenses. But the beauty is within 15 years you can actually get license to practise in 3 countries. So you need to take a call. Or how about you finish MBBS in India, move to Singapore to study your MD/MS and plan on moving to the US? That way the transition is going to be smoother.
Is there any age limit to take admission into Ph.D in USA?
The age limit which almost every University demands is 35 years. If anybody is above that they can might miss the chance to get enroll theirselves for phd.
This age is decided because phd is all about researching and writing ,they usually demand people who is also iinvolved in academics and departmental works.
Are Neurosurgeons happy in San Francisco?
Well I guess they are because they get very good six figure salary and have a great job security although it's stressing but still they like their job cause they got into it knowing the stress it may carry. Neurosurgery is very much in demand and is a very great speciality in medical field.
I hope my answer helps.
All the best.
Are Neurosurgeons happy in New York?
It will all depend upon the lifestyle and the office hours you put in the work. The number of opd days, OT days and the visit to the wards for rounds. It all affect the free time period for a doctor. In USA,you have to pay tax for the services thus it can be little less than what you make in india
Are US Neurosurgeons rich enough to live a comfortable life in the United States?
It will totally depend where are you working and what are you getting paid.
As US is anyways costly ,there lifestyle tends to change.Neurosurgeons in Us are paid according to their qualification as well as where they work
According to research
The average income for a neurosurgeon is $775,968
The middle range income is approx $704,170
the lowest paid are $350,000
And the top 10 % of the neurosurgeon get a pay of $1,229,881 per year!
So it totally depends upon your qualification and the place you work if you can have a comfortable life or not