When youíre applying for a visa, itís important to have all of your paperwork in order. Use this checklist to make sure you have everything you need to begin the visa process.
- Form DS-156* (Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form). This form is available at U.S. embassies and consulates. You can also choose to complete this form online at http://evisaforms.state.gov or print out a copy from www.state.gov/m/a/dir/forms/.
- Form DS-158* (Contact Information and Work History for Nonimmigrant Visa Applicant). This form is available at U.S. embassies and consulates. It can also be printed from www.state.gov/m/a/dir/forms/.
- Form DS-157* (Supplemental Nonimmigrant Visa Application). This form must be completed by males between the ages of 16 and 45. The form is available at U.S. embassies and consulates and can be printed from www.state.gov/m/a/dir/forms/. .
- Passport. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date you plan to enter the United States to begin your studies.
- Photograph. One photograph (approximately 50 mm square) is required. You can view a list of photo guidelines at http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/info/info_1287.html.
- Visa processing fee receipt. Each U.S. embassy and consulate (or their Web site) will provide information about the visa application fee and the process for payment.
- SEVIS fee receipt.
- Certificate of Eligibility Form (I-20 or DS-2019). This form is issued by the college or university you plan to attend.
- Proof of financial support. Bring financial documentation that illustrates available funds for at least the first year of study. The amount available to you must match or exceed the cost of attendance listed on your I-20 Form or DS-2019. If you have received scholarships or an assistantship from the college or university you will attend, you will also want to include these documents.
- Additional items. Gather your letter of admission; TOEFL, SAT, GRE, or GMAT scores (if you took the exams); and previous academic results. The consular officer who conducts your visa interview may request these documents.
- * Note: The new DS-160 online visa application will eventually replace these forms. Visit http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/forms/forms_1342.html to find out where DS-160 is currently being used.
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