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How to apply for a student visa

Individuals from any country are welcome to apply for a student visa to study at American universities. Student visas are necessary for anyone who wishes to attend a university, high school, conservatory or seminary within the United States. 

Before worrying about the visa, immigrants should first apply to the desired school. Once accepted, the institution will provide step-by-step details for how the individual can acquire a visa. The student needs to follow all steps precisely to obtain a temporary visa.

Pay the fee

To begin, the student will need to pay a nonrefundable fee. Most of the time, the student can make this payment online. The amount you will need to pay may vary depending on the country you come from. 

Complete DS-160

You will need to fill out forms designed for your country to apply for a visa. You can submit this form online, but you should keep a physical copy for your records. This form will come with a barcode you will need to present later for your interview. Everyone in your family will need to fill out this form, so if you have a spouse or children coming with you while you study, then you need to make sure each family member completes their forms. You must answer all questions on this form in English. 

Schedule an appointment

You will need to schedule an appointment at a nearby U.S. embassy for your visa interview. You will need to visit your country's embassy's website for information on how to do this. You should schedule this visit three months in advance of when you need to physically be in the United States. 

Prepare for the interview

Wear business attire to the appointment. You should also request for an interpreter to be present if you do not speak English. You need to come prepared with what your objectives are for attending school and why attending this school in the United States is better for you. 

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