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USA Student Visa

The United States welcomes overseas residents who make their choice to study in the most diverse environment. As we know that USA continues to be the top choice for students who are planning to study abroad for further studies and in case, you are among the few who aspire and have gotten the admission into your aspired campus, then applying for Student Visa is the next important step. Your student visa could give you wings to complete for studies in USA. Previously applying for a visa procedure, every student visa applicant is required to be accepted and approved by their school or program, which have applied. And next step is application acceptance educational institutions will provide each applicant the necessary approval documentation to be submitted within the given time period for a student visa. Aspire Students can apply within 120 days from the start date of I-20.

This students visa consultant examines briefly the various types of visa and attempts to give a detailed process of applying for the category. Keep your documents ready to verify like character and health which will save your time of visa procedure.

Types of USA Study Visa

  • F-1 Student Visa
    An F1 student visa is issued to worldwide students who are attending an educational program or English Language Program at a USA college campus. As well as, the visa holder must maintain the minimum course load for a full-time student position. Students applying for a program which requires more than 18 hours of study in a week to become eligible for F1 visa. The candidate could remain in the USA up to 60 days beyond the length of time period. Except they have applied and been approved to live and find employment for a period of time under the OPT program. It will include all undergraduate programs as well as graduate programs like MS, MBA, Ph.D. and more. Partner or children accompanying F-1 visa recipients will travel on an F-2 visa with the candidate. In that condition, the partner will not allow working but may accompany and/or apply for their own visa to the USA to work or study in the USA.
  • M-1 Student Visa
    The M1 student visa is a type of student visa reserved for vocational and technical school’s programs. Although the process remains similar to an F1 visa for the candidate. the major difference is the time period which works differently, M1 visas are time stamped and students cannot overstay them beyond the time limit and if you are planning to engage in non-academic or vocational study or training at a USA Institute, in that case, you need an M-1 student visa to visit the USA. Any course which is considered occupational falls under the M1 visa category. The M1 does not have significant criteria so anyone who meets the requirements could be granted a visa without any restrictions.
    Candidates with M1 visa are allowed to complete their vocational studies in full-time sessions and receive an associate or another type of degree in that subject. Visa holder could receive a driver’s license, own a bank account, change schools within the first six months of their program, and also allowed to work in some condition.
  • J-1 Student Visa
    The J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa is a particular type of category for students, visiting scholars or lecturers pursuing an exchange program in the university. For example, bright scholars and many students on short-term study abroad curriculum from Indian campuses will come to the USA on a J-1 visa category.
    Apparently, J1 visa is typically required by a working professional who goes to America on an exchange program, or you could say the name Exchange Visitor Visa. It may include a 10-month vocational training or some research fellowship program, or some other professional training, etc. In all case, the candidate would be notified for the same by the respective institutions, who are providing the training or another program. Partner or children accompanying J-1 Visa recipients will visit the USA on a J-2 Visa and with J2 visa partner is allowed to work with permission.

Documents required for a USA student Visa

Check your list with Documents required for USA student Visa. Candidates need to follow the selection process and complete all documents required on prior basis. Primary, you have to choose your college and subjects where you want to complete your studies. In the process of student visa, the candidate will apply in the institute and wait for the confirmation letter. Your student visa procedure required this confirmation in beginning.

    Here is a list of Documents Required for F1 Student Visa

  • Passport with validity 6 months beyond your stay period
  • Photographs were taken in last six months of size 2x2 inches
  • Online Application form DS-160 with barcode
  • Interview appointment letter in original and copy
  • Form I-20 issued by your College/ Institute (you wish to study)
  • Visa fee deposit receipt in original

  • Three years bank statement and supported documents to confirm that all your expenses for the first-year college can be cover (in case you have a sponsor then income proof of that person is required)
  • All original academic documents
  • Score sheet of the International Exam you have given (example IELTS, GRE etc)

Cost for Student Visa


Cost for student Visa fees could be distributed in two segments which associated with for F1 student visa for the USA. One is SEVIS fee and another is MRV fee. At the exchange rate of INR 70, the SEVIS fee is $200 at present and Visa Application Fee (MRV Fee) which is $160. To understand in short here is a list given below and as we know that The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is an internet-based system that tracks all categorize of the student visa. The portal helps to track F, M and J visa participants (and their family members) from the time they receive their initial documentation. It may be either an I-20 or a DS-2019 until they graduate/leave school or conclude/leave program from the country.

Here is the analysis of different types of Student Visas with the cost of the visa.
visa category F1 J1 M1
Amount $200 $180 $200
Accepted modes of Payment Credit Card
Money Order/ Demand Draft
Payable in Dollars at the applicable exchange rate as resolute by the panel
MRV Application Fee/ Visa Application Fee
Amount $160 $160 $160
Accepted modes of Payment NEFT Online Transfer
Instant Money Transfer by Mobile - IMPS
By cash at counters of Axis Bank/ Citibank
Payable in Payable in INR at the Exchange Rate Fixed by the Consular Office (At present the exchange rate is fixed at $1 = INR 70)