US Student Visa Forms and Documents
The following items are required from all applicants for a student visa:
Acceptance form (I-20)
applying for an international student visa, the applicant must be
accepted by a school or institution approved by the Immigration and
Naturalization Service (INS). The student can find out directly from the
school whether it has that approval. If the student is applying for the
F-1 visa, the institution must send the applicant a Form I-20A-B,
(Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant [F-1] Student Status for
Academic and Language Students). If the student is applying for the M-1
visa, the institution must send the applicant a Form I-20M-N
(Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant [M-1] Student Status for
Vocational Students). All four pages of the I-20 form must be submitted
with the application. The form must also be signed by the applicant and
by a school official in the appropriate places.
applicant for a student visa must pay a non-refundable application fee.
Contact the office to find out the current amount of the fee.
applicant must submit a Non-immigrant Visa Application Form DS-156,
completed and signed. A separate form is needed for children, even if
they are included in a parent’s passport. Free blank forms are available
at all US embassies and consulates. A copy of the form can also be
obtained online from the US State Department website.
applicant must have a passport valid for travel to the United States
and with a validity date that extends at least six months beyond the
applicant's intended period of stay. If more than one person is included
in the passport, each person applying for a visa must make a separate
Each applicant must provide
one photograph 1 and 1/2 inches square (37x37mm), showing full face,
without head covering, against a light background
Evidence of Financial Resources
must provide evidence that shows they (or their parents who are
sponsoring them) have sufficient funds to cover their tuition and living
expenses during the intended period of study. Applicants or sponsors
who are salaried employees should bring income tax documents and
original bank statements. Applicants or sponsors who own a business
should bring business registration, licenses, and tax documents, as well
as original bank statements. For more information on financial
requirements, see the financial proof section.
A student's spouse
and unmarried children under the age of 21 also can apply for visas to
come with the student to the US. Applicants who wish to bring dependents
with them to the US must also provide marriage and/or birth
certificates as proof of the relationship with his spouse and/or
In addition, student applicants may also be asked to provide:
- Transcripts and diplomas from schools/universities attended.
- Scores from standardized tests required by the US school such as the TOEFL, SAT, GRE, GMAT, etc.