The visa application process for studying in the USA can be complex, but with a step-by-step approach, it can be navigated successfully. This guide provides a comprehensive overview of the key steps involved in obtaining a student visa:
- Pay the enrollment deposit: If the university requires an enrollment deposit, applicants need to make the payment to secure their spot and receive the Form I-20, which is necessary for the visa application process. If the university does not require a deposit, applicants will receive the Form I-20 via email or courier service.
- Fill out the DS-160 and CGI account (Fee: $185): Applicants need to complete the DS-160 form, which collects information about their background and purpose of travel, and create a CGI federal account. They must then schedule a visa interview appointment, paying the required fee of $185.
- Pay the SEVIS FEE of $350: Applicants are required to pay the SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) fee, which is $350, before attending the visa interview. This fee helps support the maintenance of accurate records and ensures compliance with immigration regulations.