“International education should be part of every student’s academic career,” said Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary, to start the International Education Week 2018. Studying in a foreign country allows education exchanges which provides a venue to have stronger diplomatic ties with other countries by fully immersing a student with another country’s culture, customs, laws, and educational system among others.
To be able to study abroad, one must secure a student visa. EducationUSA YouTube account uploaded a video about queries, tips, and steps in securing a student Visa.
Steps in getting a student Visa
First, a student must be accepted in a college or university and secure a form I-20. A college or university will require the student to submit various requirements like the transcript of records, recommendation letter, recent TOEFL/IELTS score, proof of financial capability, and others. Once accepted, the student must pay the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee which can be done online. To complete the student visa application, the student must get an F-1 student visa from the U.S. Embassy located in his or her home country. Getting an F-1 visa appointment schedule from the U.S. Embassy can be done online. It is very important to not book travel to the U.S. until a student Visa has been issued.
Things to bring in an F-1 visa interview
To be completely ready, it is important that all documents must be prepared before the interview.
Tips on what to say in your interview
Jennifer Sudweeks, Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State in New Delhi, India as the U.S. Embassy’s non-immigrant visa chief, gave the following tips on what to do during the student visa interview.
If there are questions regarding the process of your international studies or any change in the plan, according to Emily Almas, Associate Dean of Admissions, Swarthmore College, it is very important to always update the international student advisor of the university or college you want to be admitted to.