Counselling the students before they apply for their visa is extremely very important. Extreme care should be taken and emphasis should be laid on the current visa procedures and guidelines before the preparation of all the documents.
Irrespective of the country to which the student is applying for visa, there are certain factors, which influence the issuance of visa.
The student's higher educational objectives
The financial capabilities of the sponsor to support the student.
The students bonding with the country, to come back after completing his education abroad.
USA STUDENT VISA PROCEDURE
After getting an I-20 from USA Universities / Colleges, the student should book an appointment date for VISA Interview through TTS Website i.e., http://www.vfs-usa.co.in and the printout of the appointment date has to be taken for the interview.
Following List of Documents to be carried for the Interview
Web appointment receipt
SEVIS fee receipt, which is obtained by paying US $ 100 and filling up I-901 form on www.fmjfee.com. Preferable mode of payment of this US $ 100 is through International credit card as you can get instant confirmation of receipt of payment .
Original Passport (should be valid at least for 6 months)
Original I-20 duly signed
Application forms duly filled and signed (DS-156, DS-157 & DS-158 for male candidates & DS-156 & DS-158 for female candidates)
Original Score Report of TOEFL / GRE / SAT / GMAT
All original academic documents (From X onwards)
2 passport size photographs 50 mm X 50 mm (Colour photos with white or light background)
Visa application fee. A demand draft of Rs.4,600/- from any nationalized bank favouring AMERICAN CONSULATE GENERAL, CHENNAI (Depends upon the Web Appointment taken)
An amount of Rs.441/- by cash has to be paid to the TT services.
Original bank statement (Twelve months transactions are recommended)
Chartered Accountant Certificate. (It is the net-worth Certificate, which contains immovable assets, liquid assets and income of the sponsor. In other words it contains the total summary of the financial background of the student.
o Immovable Assets: The fixed assets or properties possessed by the family reflect the financial stability of the student and the ability of the family to fund their child's education. Ex: Houses / buildings, lands / plots, agricultural lands, etc. (Valuation report of the immovable assets should be taken from a Chartered Engineer or Government approved valuator or Government approved Civil Engineer and a copy of valuation report should be attached to CA certificate.
o Movable Properties: Bank balances, fixed deposits, provident fund, UTI, LIC, NSC certificates, jewellery, vehicles, etc. (All the supporting documents of movable properties in original should be carried along with CA certificate. Government approved Jeweler valuation report of the jewellery should also be taken).
o Liquid Funds: The liquid funds readily available in the banks should be at least 1 ½ times the expenses reflected in the I-20 depending upon the duration of the course.
o Proof of Income: Income can be from different sources but it should be supported with relevant documents. The annual income should be calculated only on the tuition fee i.e., 1 ½ times of the amount and it can be derived from the following sources of Parents / Sponsors income.
Salaries: salary certificate, Pay slip, Form-16 & IT returns
Business Income: IT returns, Business registrations, Business license, Computation of Income & Profit & Loss account and Balance Sheet.
Agricultural income: MRO Certificate, Agricultural receipts, Pass Book
Interest from FDR's shares: Original Certificate
Rental Income: Rental agreement, Declaration of the tenant, Counterfoil of rental receipts
AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT from sponsors (on Rs.20/- Non-judicial stamp paper) duly signed. In case of Company sponsorship - Sponsorship agreement, C.A.Certificate of the company, Current Bank Statement, P & L A/c, Memorandum of Understanding, No objection letter from the remaining partners / directors, Registration papers and IT returns of the company.
All Supporting Documents :
o MRO Certificate, Agricultural receipts (for agricultural income)
o Pass Book (for Bank statement)
o Income Tax Papers (of sponsors)
o Property Documents (Original as well as Xerox copies)
o Salary Certificate, Proof of Annual Income.
After preparing all the above documents with supporting documents, the student should be ready to face the personal interview.
Frequently asked questions are : -
Why you have chosen USA? Why not India?
Why this particular University?
Which program you have enrolled? What do you know about this program? How this program will help you?
How many Universities you have applied?
How many I-20s you have received?
What are your future plans?
How can you convince me that you are not a prospective immigrant?
Who are your sponsors?
What is their Occupation and Gross Annual Income?
Why your Passbook is reflecting the recent transactions?
Do you have any relatives or friends in USA?
Why your scores are low?
If visa office is satisfied with the answers they will collect the passport and stamp the visa and the same will be delivered to the residence of the student with in a week.
Note :A student can apply for F-1 visa to the Embassy, any day within 90 days of the date of reporting. The student is not permitted to enter the USA beyond 30 days in advance of the reporting date.
USA CONSULATES ADDRESSES IN INDIA
NEW DELHI MUMBAI CALCUTTA CHENNAI
Address: US Embassy, Shantipath, Chanakyapuri New Delhi. The U.S. Consulate General Lincoln House 78 Bhulabhai Desai Road Mumbai 400026. The U.S. Consulate General 5/1Ho Chi Minh Sarani Calcutta 700071. The U.S. Consulate General Mount Road Chennai 600006.
Phone/Fax: P.NO:(11)2419-0106 Fax:(11)2419-0017 P.No:(22)2363-3611 Fax:(22)2363-0350 P.No:(33)2282-3611 Fax: (33)2282-2335 Phone: (44)2811 2000 Fax: (44)2811 2050
Nonimmigrant Office Timings: 8:30 AM. to 5:30PM (Mon to Fri). 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. (Mon to Fri). 8 AM - 5:00 PM. (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri). **(Closed on Wed). 8:15 AM--5:00PM. (Mon to Fri).
States covered: Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Maharashtra and Goa. Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura, Bihar, Orissa and West Bengal Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu
NOTE : To download applications forms(DS-156,DS-157,DS-158) visit http://www.vfs-usa.co.in.