Visa Guidance

Find everything you need to know about student visa requirements in the USA, its process, fees & application.

How to Apply for a US F-1 Student Visa

Certainly, here's an updated step-by-step guide for students applying for an F1 visa to pursue graduate programs in the US

Step 1

Choose a graduate program and university

  1. Research and select a suitable graduate program and university that aligns with your academic and career goals.
  2. Prepare and submit the required application documents, including transcripts, proof of English language proficiency (IELTS or TOEFL scores), letters of recommendation, CV, and a statement of purpose. Research and select a suitable graduate program and university that aligns with your academic and career goals.
  3. Review the admission requirements and application deadlines.
  4. Prepare and submit the required application documents, including transcripts, proof of English language proficiency (IELTS or TOEFL scores), letters of recommendation, CV, and a statement of purpose.
  1. Degree: Obtain your Bachelor’s degree certificate and transcripts.
  2. Evaluation Certifications: Get your degree and transcripts evaluated by an approved credential evaluation agency, such as WES or ECE.
  3. GPA: Calculate your GPA according to the US grading system.
  4. Bank statement: Obtain a 6-month running bank statement to show proof of financial support.
  5. ID: Make sure you have a valid passport.
  6. Other Assets, Intention, and Degree: Prepare additional documents that may demonstrate your ties to your Country and your intent to return after completing your studies.

Step 2

Gather necessary documents

Step 3

Apply to the graduate program

  1. Submit your application along with the required documents and pay the application fee.
  2. Some universities may require an additional counselor application fee for assistance with the application process.
  1. After being accepted by a US educational institution, you will receive an I-20 Form, which is the Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.
  2. This document is essential for your F1 visa application process.

Step 4

Receive the I-20 Form

Step 5

Pay the SEVIS fee

  1. Before applying for the F1 visa, you must pay the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee.
  2. The fee is currently $350 and can be paid online on the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement website.
  3. Keep the receipt as proof of payment for your visa interview.
  1. Fill out the DS-160 Form, the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, on the US Department of State website.
  2. Ensure all information is accurate and complete.
  3. You will need a digital passport-sized photo to upload during the application process.
  4. Save the confirmation page with the barcode, as you will need it during your visa interview.

Step 6

Complete the DS-160 Form

Step 7

Schedule a visa interview

  1. Schedule a visa interview at the nearest US Embassy or Consulate in Pakistan.
  2. Pay the non-refundable visa application fee (currently $160) and the counselor’s fee for assistance with the visa application process, if applicable.
  3. Bring all the required documents, including your I-20 Form, DS-160 confirmation page, SEVIS fee receipt, passport, bank statement, degree, evaluation certifications, GPA, CV, and any other supporting documents.
  1. Arrive at the scheduled time and date for your visa interview.
  2. Be prepared to answer questions about your program, university, and financial support.
  3. If your visa is approved, you will be informed about the next steps to obtain your F1 visa.

Step 8

Attend the visa interview

Once you have your F1 visa

you can prepare for your journey to the US and begin your graduate studies. Remember to maintain your visa status while in the US by following the regulations and requirements for F1 visa holders.

For more updates, contact us. We will guide you more about how to come to the USA. Click the button below to proceed with your application.

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