Getting the visa is just like every other process that shapes higher education and like every step this step also requires proper knowledge of the scenario and preparation in order to succeed in it. Applying for the visa at the earliest i.e. as soon as you receive the I-20 form from the institution of your choice will allow enough time for processing and issuing of the visa.
ALL ABOUT THE VISA INTERVIEW:
Preparing for the D-Day requires the following namely,
1. DOCUMENTS TO BE MADE READY TO APPLY FOR THE VISA:
2. BOOKING THE VISA INTERVIEW:
- I-20 form issued by the U.S University of your choice as proof of your admittance.
- SEVIS ID. The Student and Exchange Visitor System (SEVIS) maintain online information about the International students enrolled in the United States.
- A clear photograph not older than 6 months.
- Dates of your recent visits to the United States and any other foreign countries.
- Resume and passport.
3. PREPARATION FOR THE INTERVIEW:
- Through the official VFS website complete the non-immigrant Visa electronic application DS-160 form.
- The visa application fee must be submitted for the completion of DS-160 confirmation page.
- There are 4 U.S Embassies in India located at Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. Fix up an appointment date at the consulate nearest to u.
4. ON THE D-DAY:
- It is very important to answer the visa questions in a clear and precise manner as you have only about 3-5 minutes to make an impression on the Visa Officer which makes preparation a must.
- The main things that the Visa Officer is looking for is that you must be financially stable during your education period and there must not be a circumstance wherein u become an illegal immigrant of the United Sates after the visa period is over.
- Getting the documents ready, which will support your claim that you are indeed financially secure, have the ability to pay for your education. Additionally, also prepare the documentation which will prove that you do plan on returning back to your homeland, after your studies are completed.
- Get ready to answer some common questions such as "Why the United States of America?", "Why this specific university in the US?", "What are your future plans?" and so on. Coherent answers are very essential in deciding your eligibility.
- Go through online forums that discuss the common questions asked, provide tips on how to answer them, help in improving body language. Also go through the official VFS website for the list of documents required and additional information.
- Make sure that all the required documents such as i-20, DS-160 form, passport, visa fee receipt, SEVIS fee receipt, visa appointment letter, transcripts, degree certificates, GRE and TOEFL score reports, birth certificate, etc are ready. Don't miss out anything.
- Make sure that you reach the Embassy at least 45 minutes in advance, dressed neatly.
- Ensure that you are carrying all the necessary documents along with supporting documents.
- Arrange all the documents in the proper order and do not submit them unless you are asked to.
- After clearing two checkpoints you will be admitted into the visa hall where your fingerprint will be taken.
- Soon after this you will be called for the interview. Make sure to greet the Officer and have a calm demeanor, pleasant face and direct eye-contact at all times.
- Speak fluently and effortlessly giving direct answers.
Adequate preparation and a sound knowledge on what to expect will ease out the tensions accompanying the visa interview making it a smoother journey