Candidates need to apply for a student visa in order to study MS in US. While applying for a VISA candidates must and should prove the VISA officer that they have enough fund to study in US, along with the proper reason to return back home after completion of education. Generally, there are two types of VISA’s available for a student to study MS in US.
- F-1 student visa
- J-1 / Exchange Visitor Visa
F-1 visa allows students to seek the employment after completing their studies in US, whereas the J-1 visa will not allow the student to seek employment and they should return back home after completing their studies and they cannot enter US again for at least two years.
F-1 visa stamping and I-20 form:
If a candidate got admission in a university. The respective university will send the candidate a form called I-20. The form is a legal document which allows the student to apply for a student visa at the US consulate. Once if the candidate got selected for VISA, the consulate will stamp the student passport with an F-1 visa.
If the candidate receives financial assistance from a university, then the candidate may get an IAP-66 from, instead of an I-20 form. With IAP-66, the candidates will get a J-1/Exchange visitor visa which allows student to stay in the country only for two years till they complete the studies.
VISA application and approved fee-
The application fee for VISA is a non-refundable and charges around $45, once if the student got approved, then they need to pay the separate fee for VISA of $75, and all this payments should be made in a form of bank draft.
The candidate’s need a notarized affidavit support form, if someone like relatives or friends pay for their education, along with the affidavit the candidate should also submit the income tax statement, bank statement or other financial support documents.
The candidates required to carry the following documents during the visa interview process:
- The VISA application form
- Fee for applying VISA
- Valid passport
- GRE and TOEFL score details
- Acceptance letter
- 12 Color photographs
- IAP-66 or I-20 form
- Financial documentation (bank statements) which prove the candidate ability to pay for their education.
- Undergraduate mark sheets.
- Documents to prove that candidate belongs to his/her home country.
Once the student approved with a Visa, the consulate will ask to submit their passport and can be collected it the evening of the same day.