STUDENT VISA APPLICATION
The F-1 visa is issued to full-time students enrolled in an academic or
language program at an American institution. In order to apply for the
F-1 visa, you need to have the I-20 form issued by the Office of
International Programs and Services after you have been admitted to ISU
and provided the required financial documents.
The J-1 visa is an exchange visitor visa issued to students at all
academic levels. In order to
apply for the J-1 visa, you need to have received the DS-2019 form. The
DS-2019 is a two-page form that can be issued by the Office of
International Programs and Services or the US government agency that is
sponsoring you to study at ISU.
All international students
should apply for a student visa if they want to study in the USA. A
student visa is a permit issued by the US government to non-immigrant
students to study in the country.
Indiana State University accepts students in two student visa
Students on these F-1 and
J-1 visas are eligible for full-time and part-time study and work after
certain requirements are satisfied. Further information about F-1 and
J-1 visas can be found on the
Immigration Information page on our Web site.
How do you apply for a student visa?
In most countries, first-time student visa applicants are required to
appear for an in-person interview. However, each embassy and consulate
sets its own interview policies and procedures regarding student visas.
Please be sure to consult your local US embassy or consulate Web site
for specific application instructions.
Students need to plan ahead to avoid having to make repeat visits to the
embassy. To allow time to overcome any unforeseen problems that might
arise, students are encouraged to apply for their visas several weeks
before they plan to travel.
Required documents for visa application
All applicants for a student visa must provide the documents suggested
Form I-20 issued by ISU Office of
International Programs and Services, if you are an F-1
Form DS-2019 issued by ISU Office of
International Programs and Services, if you are a J-1
Completed nonimmigrant visa application form
(DS-156) with photo for each person applying. These
forms are available at the embassy or consulate.
Passport valid for at least six months after
your proposed date of entry into the United States.
Receipt for the SEVIS fee (I-901). All
international students applying for F-1 or J-1 visa must
pay the SEVIS fee before they go to the US embassy or
consulate. You can pay this fee on-line at:
http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/index.htm. More information about the SEVIS fee can
found at the ICE web site above.
Receipt for visa processing fee: When you go
to the US consulate or embassy to apply for your visa,
you will first have to pay the visa processing fee. Once
you pay the fee, you will be issued a receipt. Keep this
receipt showing payment of the visa application fee for
each applicant, including each child listed on a
parent's passport who is also applying for a US visa, to
present to the consular officer during the interview.
Applicants with dependents
must also provide:
Proof of the student's relationship to his/her
spouse and/or children (e.g., marriage and birth
In addition, all applicants
should be prepared to provide:
Transcripts and diplomas from previous
Scores from standardized tests such as the
TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, GMAT, etc. that are required by ISU.
Financial evidence showing that you or your
financial sponsor who is sponsoring you has sufficient
funds to cover your tuition and living expenses during
the period of your intended study.
Any additional documents that might help
establish your strong ties to your home country.
As you apply for your visa
it is important to remember that you must provide the right documents,
have the right reasons, and make a positive impression on the consular
officer. Here are some interviewing techniques suggested by NAFSA:
Association of International Educators:
The Right Attitude
Speak in English - Practice interviewing in
English with a native English speaker. Being fluent and
confident will help you present your case better.
However, avoid preparing a speech
Speak for yourself - Make your case yourself.
Having your parents or others speak on your behalf does
not make a good impression on the consular officer.
Be brief - Keep your answers and explanations
short and to the point, as consular officers can only
spend a limited amount of time with each applicant.
Be positive - Do not argue with the consular
officer or come across as rude and sarcastic, even if
you are denied a visa. Instead courteously ask the
officer to suggest additional documents you could bring
in order to overcome the refusal.
Some tips to demonstrate
your intentions to return to your native country:
Convince the consular officer that the sole
(not just "primary") purpose of your visit to the US is
to pursue a program of study.
Outline your plans for when you complete your
education and return to your country.
Document family ties, business interests, and
assets in your home country.
Discuss your job prospects, upon completion of
your US education, in your native country.