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Preparing to obtain a student visa

On Behalf of | Oct 7, 2021 | Immigration

Many students citizens of other countries choose to come to North Carolina’s world-renowned educational institutions for their studies. In some ways, their experiences are very much like those of any U.S. citizen at these schools. In others, they are very different.

While applying to the schools may be similar, foreign students need to first receive student visas to enter the United States in order to attend the school as well. Most of these foreign students will need a F visa to study here, but some will need a M visa. It all depends on the type of school that the student will be attending. The process starts with filling out an application and filing it through the U.S. embassy or Consulate in their own country.

Documents needed for interview

The next step in the process is that the student will need to schedule an interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate in the country they live in. There are a number of documents that the student should gather and prepare for the interview. These documents are:

  • Their passport which must be valid for entry in the United States for at least six months beyond their stay in the United States
  • Nonimmigrant Visa Application confirmation page.
  • Receipt for the application fee the student paid.
  • A photo of the student.
  • A copy of Form I-20, which should be sent from the school the student plans to attend. This form indicates that the student is eligible for the student visa.

There are a few steps foreign students must go through before they will be admitted into the United States. These requirements are separate from gaining admission into the school itself. Simply being accepted to the school does not guarantee they will receive a student visa. Experienced attorneys understand the process for obtaining student visas and may be a useful resource.