The United States of America is a prime educational destination. International students from around the globe dream of studying in a prestigious American university. In fact, each year hundreds of Pakistani students are admitted into universities in the USA to pursue their higher education.
Intermediate students who plan to study abroad in the USA must apply for a student visa in order to enter and stay in the country for the duration of their study period. This is a relatively simple process for those students who know the steps required.
Here are all the steps for obtaining the student visa to the USA.
Acceptance into University
The first step is to apply to universities in the USA and gain admission into the university. The institute that you are admitted into must be an SEVIS-approved university. In order to gain admission into a recognized university in the USA, you must meet the eligibility criteria. This includes scoring good marks on the 12th class final exams.
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Register at Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)
Once you receive the acceptance letter into a SEVIS-approved university, the next step is to register at the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), and must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee. This is an essential step for all international students. Once the registration is complete, the SEVP-approved school will issue a Form I-20.
Apply for F Visa
Upon receiving the Form I-20 and registering at SEVIS, international students may apply for the student visa. The visa required for university students is known as the F Visa. Intermediate students may apply for the F Visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Pakistan.
Alternatively, students can apply online using the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160.
The steps for applying online are:
- complete the online visa application
- print the application form confirmation page to bring to your interview.
- upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160.
International students must schedule an appointment for the student visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Pakistan. Wait times for interview appointments vary by location, season, and visa category, so you should apply for your visa early. The Form I-20 must be presented to the consular officer at the time of the visa interview.
Once the interview is conducted, the student visa officer will issue the F Visa. After obtaining the F Visa, intermediate students can officially start planning their trip to the USA for their higher education.
These are the steps for applying for a student visa in the USA. In order to obtain the visa, students must first show proof of acceptance to an American university. For this, students must score well on the 12th class final exams to gain admission and receive the acceptance letter. For the best exam preparation, use the best study tools such as tutoria.pk’s solved past papers, book notes, and lecture videos.