Your visa is vital for your travel to Florida. In order to study in the United States, you will need a student visa (F-1). Exchange students will need an exchange student visa (J-1 visa). Read on for important information concerning your student visa.
Obtaining your visa is an extremely important part of your travel process. Here are some points to carefully consider when applying for your student visa:
You must clearly establish that you are planning to return to your home country; try to explain exactly or as nearly as possible when. Also, indicate what kind of job you expect to pursue in your home country, and who will help you find this job (parents, government officials, and other professional contacts). Have a basic professional plan in mind to implement upon your return after the completion of your studies.
You must express yourself in good conversational English; your TOEFL or IELTS scores may be required, SAT/ACT results, GRE results and GMAT may be useful, but not always required. You should also have a fairly solid academic record, which will suggest that you will be a successful college or university student in the United States. Expect that the interview will be conducted in English. Your interview will not last very long; under five minutes. Be prepared.
There should be a logical connection between what you have studied in your home country and what you plan to do in your American institution. Be prepared to explain why you have selected a particular school—for example, you met a representative at an educational fair, you know someone who is familiar with the school, your school is a "Sister School" with the American host institution, or the institution has a program that is not available at home. Do NOT repeat facts from the institution's website. Your reason needs to be genuine.
Financial documentation is important so that it is clear that you will be able to take care of your financial responsibilities at your American institution. It is imperative that your financial documentation be thorough and genuine.
A well-organized document file or notebook is recommended for your visa interview. Place them in page protectors so they are readily available for viewing, but not easily lost on a crowded desk. Secure the pages in a file, folder, or small notebook. Your notebook should include several documents:
There are three main points a visa officer is looking for in your interview:
The visa officer knows you will be nervous. Being organized and professional, having the ability to express yourself well in English, and transparent honesty are key components to a successful interview.