Procedure and documents for student visa

This resource describes about the documents and the procedure to follow for a student Visa for USA.

The step by step procedure and the documents required for obtaining a student visa.All the below mentioned documents are mandatory for student Visa.
These documents are especially for student visa for USA.
I am writing this out of experience as I have very recently gone through this procedure.
Please read the full article and then decide the order of priority as it varies from person to person they way he/ she understands.

Appointment Letter:

A visa appointment letter is important for an interview with the Visa officer.You need to browse through the VFS website which gives us a list of dates available for visa date booking.This letter is available for getting visa appointment on VFS Link.
This site will release dates as per their schedule and we need to block the slot for the required date.One thing to be kept in mind is that the session of this site expires for every 30 minutes and care should be taken to book the slot with utmost details and with proper time management.

HDFC bank Receipt:

We need to pay 141 US$ at a valid HDFC Bank . A visa fee receipt will be given of Blue and Pink colors.
Blue color is to be given at the time of visa and pink is to kept with us.


A Signed DS-160 form is to be filled.. This can be found at form asks for all the details of the student who is applying for.His/her background details need to be duly mentioned and all the details are to be entered honestly.
After filling this form, a CEAC Barcode is generated which needs to be printed out.

SEVIS fee Proof:

SEVIS fee payment printout mentioned in yor i-20 is to be carried.This fee needs to be paid before 3 working days of your visa interview.


A photograph which is not more than six months old is to be carried.
a)The photograph should be of 2X2 inches.
b)It should not include any emotions such as laughing, weeping, etc.
c)The background should be white.
d)Shirt or dress should be of light color preferably light blue.


An original Valid passport on your name.It is always recommended to have passport valid for a minimum of six months after your interview date.


i-20is the letter of admission which will be duly signed by the authorities of your university.This original i-20 needs to be signed by you before you attend visa.Any Scholarship certificates are recommended to be carried.

Financial Documents:

Financial documents of the Sponsor need to be shown.It is always advisable to have father as the main sponsor.
Evidence of financial resources:
a)Proof of liquid assets.
b)Proof of Immovable assets.
c)Provident funds
d)Contributory Provident funds.
e)Life Insurance Policies.
f)Bank Loan.
g)Salary Certificate.
h)Scholarship Certificate.
i)Mutual Funds Certificate.
j)Fixed Deposits
k)National Savings Certificates.
l)IT returns and Form-160(For employees)

Degree Transcripts:

Original Bachelor degree transcripts and high school certificates in original along with mark sheets is compulsory.

Test Scores:

GRE / TOEFL / IELTS / GMAT score sheets are to be carried in original.Though they do not check them it is advisable to have them in handy.

The above mentioned documents and the procedure is mandatory for a US Student Visa.
Always remember it is always advisable to be honest in showing the financial documents and your score sheets.Carrying of any fake transactions certificates and fake mark sheets is not at all advisable which when caught might end up in a red stamp.Red stamp indicates fraudulent activity and barring the person from entering US forever in his life.

Honesty is the best Policy.So, be honest and work sincerely.

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