Student Visa

United States Student Visa

United States has an ostensibly limitless array of education and training opportunities. International students can choose from a vast range of courses including traditional academic areas of learning and research, as well as more practical courses with a vocational orientation.

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  • Education in United States
  • FAQ’s
  • First Seven Steps – Planning is Wining
  • Interview Preparation – Tips and Requirements

People wonder why below thing has been happening at GEPSI:

  • Over 97% of our clients get visas although the overall visa success rate of all the students applying for the student’s visa from across India is low.
  • Our students has been exceling in obtaining jobs during and after their studies.
  • They are successful in getting Immigration easily after studies.
  • Our students succeed in bringing their family to Canada while and after their studies.

These questions are raised due to some specific reasons.

Our Ethics, Efficiency, Experience and Expertise are extraordinary and it attracts thousands of students each year, who wishes to process their admission application and visa applications through us.

Processing your Student Visa application through GEPSI – A Certified Immigration Services Provider (ICCRC Member) often comes with some exclusive benefits.

  • GEPSI Consultancy has been assisting hundreds of students in obtaining student visa with admission in top colleges and universities of USA, Canada and New Zealand. We have over 15000 satisfied clients and have been operating from the same location for over Twelve years.
  • Due to our ethical, sincere and dedicated approach, most of our clients have succeeded in achieving their visas, career and migration goals.
  • “GEPSI Immigration Services” has its own office in Canada and have number of contacts with US based lawyers to assist our students. Hence, our students have been getting extraordinary benefits by availing accurate and ethical guidance on immigration or visa matters. GEPSI’s Canadian office deals with all sorts of Immigration and Visa matters and have been assisting clients from about 10 countries.
  • Unauthorized consultants cannot represent any immigration or visa application and may have limited knowledge. They are not regulated by any authority or regulatory body to ensure accuracy, ethical service and sincerity. Mr. Chirag Nanavati, the Director of GEPSI Immigration Services, is a Canadian Government Approved ICCRC Members, and has been assisting thousands of clients on study, immigration and all types of visa matters related to Canada and United States.

Unfortunately, there are number of unauthorized advisors, whose education, experience, whereabouts, criminal record, and ethics are not verified by the government. Such unauthorized advisors may claim to be able to get you a visa through dishonest means; however, such fake claims may lead you into a major loss.

  • Unauthorized and Uneducated agents can jeopardize your career and your life goals.
  • Many agents provide lucrative offers to tempt clients and make money.
  • Many abroad education agents have entered this sector with an aim JUST to make money. Due to lack of their efficiency, education, international exposure or ethics, these agents end up sending students into those colleges which grant maximum commissions and compromise on the quality of education.
  • Taking service from an immigration consultant who is not regulated could affect your career and life.

I request you to arrange your appointment and meet us with all the educational and experience related documents, so that our Guidance Officer at GEPSI can analyze your application and suggest you the correct path to proceed further. We will be pleased to offer you most economic and accurate services as per your desired target.

Education in the United States generally reflects the values and priorities based on its economic, commercial and social needs. Education is offered considering individual freedom respecting the diversity of the population. There are many reasons that students like to come to the USA to study at the undergraduate and graduate level. The United States has one of the world’s finest education systems, with outstanding programs in virtually all fields of study.

At an undergraduate level, students get to choose from range of programs in every discipline. Universities offer well-structured and accredited programs leading to a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or a degree.

Further at a post-graduate level, students get an opportunity to select number of specialization programs and upon graduating, students get the opportunity to work directly with some of the finest minds in their field of study, with the chance to become involved with exclusive research and educational opportunities. U.S. degrees are recognized throughout the world for their excellence.

Some U.S. colleges and universities stress broad educational principles; others emphasise practical, employment-related skills; and still others specialise in the arts, social sciences or technical fields.

Universities in the United States pride themselves on being at the cutting edge of the technology, research and techniques, and offering training through the best possible equipment and resources available to their students. Students will have opportunities of using the latest technology to conduct research, as well as obtain and process information.

Eligible to apply?

Anyone with a consistently decent academic records, required financial support and proficiency in English language.

I have a three-year bachelor’s degree from India. Am I eligible to apply?

Although few options are available, it is advisable for you to complete an additional year of studies to be stronger applicant to a master’s degree in the U.S.

When should I start the application process?

At least 12 to 18 months in advance of your intended date of enrolment at a U.S. university. For example, if you wish to enrol in August/September 2019, you should start the process around April 2018.

Does this application process cost me money?

Yes, it does. Approximately, Rs.50,000 for applying to an average of 7 universities. This includes test fees, application fees, communication, and mailing expenses.

Will I get financial assistance?

Colleges and universities offer scholarships, assistanceships and fellowships to outstanding students, largely based on merit. There is stiff competition for financial assistance and availability varies from university to university.

What tests do I need to take?

Some of the tests you may have to take considering your admission requirements are SAT / LSAT / MSAT / GRE  / GMAT / TOEFL / IELTS are

What is the average cost per year for study in the U.S.?

The cost (tuition + living expenses) could range from $15,000 to $50,000 and even more. The average cost for a year of study is $25,000.

What type of visa will I be eligible for? Can I work on an F-1 visa?

The most common student visa is F1. For further information on visas, visit the American Embassy site.

As soon as you have decided to study in United States, you may start following these seven steps:

  1. Level of study

Program of study

Selection of College / University

  1. Affordability – Financial availability to take the program
  2. Entry requirements (SAT / GRE / GMAT / IELTS / TOEFL / Etc..)
  3. Applying for admissions and obtaining your I 20
  4. Understanding Visa requirements

Gathering all the necessary documents required for facing the Visa Interview

Appear for Interview and obtain your Visa

  1. Finding your accommodation closer to your institution
  2. Take your tickets and ensure that you reach on time.

Selecting a right college is very important and you can go wrong if you do not conduct appropriate research.

Remember that no official ranking system exists for colleges and universities in the United States. The best college or university is the one that is best for you and meets your requirements —academic, financial, and personal.

At least 12 to 18 months prior to the academic year in which you hope to attend a U.S. college or university, you should begin your research.

Identify your Investment needs:

The cost of living &studying varies throughout the United States. With the right amount of planning and research, pursuing a U.S. higher education can be made affordable with high returns on your investment.

Start your financial planning as early as possible. Each year international students receive significant amounts of financial assistance for their studies. However, competition is high. Applications for financial aid go together with applications for admission.

Application for Admission.

Applying for an admission into any U.S. education institution is a serious task that takes time and concentration as each application is different and involves collecting mark sheets, transcripts, letter of recommendations, writing essays, and routing the results of required examinations. You must give appropriate and sincere time for a successful result.

Applying for a Student Visa:

After your acceptance to a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified Institution, you need to follow these steps before arriving in the United States:

  • Get a Form I-20:Once you receive acceptance to an SEVP-certified school and provide evidence of financial support, as well as any other supporting documents, that school’s designated school official will send you a Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Status.” You will receive a Form I-20 from every school that accepts you.
  • Pay the I-901 Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Fee:All international students must pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee.
  • Apply for a visa to travel to the United States:You can apply for a visa to travel to the United States at your designated S. embassy or consulate. Make sure you go for an interview with all required documents.

Step 5 – Preparing for your departure:

You will be required to make your travel arrangements, gather pre-departure materials and documents for arrival, as well as report to your school and attend the orientations.

You may check your institution’s website for additional pre-departure information that will be more specific and collect information about your health insurance, average local temperatures throughout the year, local transportation options, housing, and more.

Preparing yourself for your visa interview is extremely important. It is extremely important that you apply for your visa well in advance of the date your studies begin. If possible, apply three months before you plan to travel to the USA. This will give you extra time if there are delays at the embassy, or if you wish to appeal a decision in the event of a denial.

Few Important Points to be considered:

  • Your first impression while going for an interview is very important and you must wear your cloths accordingly. Consider the interview a formal event. Business attire is appropriate. First impressions can be crucial, you will get a very short period to converse and discuss with the interviewer and during this period, you will have a lot to explain. So, pre-planning your interview and remaining cool and focused to the goal will make sense.
  • Be prepared to give your information quickly and completely. It is better to ask for an interpreter,If you are unable to answer the questions in English, and the visa officer does not speak your language. Speaking English is not a requirement for a student visa. In fact, thousands of students come to the United States each year to learn how to speak English.
  • The visa officer needs to know your specific objectives both, academic or professional, for studying in the United States. Be ready to explain about why it is better to study your specific field in the United States than to study at home country. Be ready to say exactly what you will study and for what career your U.S. studies will prepare you. At this point, you may calmly insert your education plans and future goals concisely and clearly.
  • You should also be able to explain in detail why you chose to study at a specific school/college/university with information about your campus, facilities, etc., and where you will live (dormitory, host family or apartment).
  • You may be required to answer on what are your plans after completing your studies. Will you return home to complete higher studies after studying in the United States, Young people are often unsure of their plans. However, in the visa interview it is best to give definite answers. If you seem to be unsure about what you will be doing, the visa officer may believe that you are really going to the United States for reasons other than education. You may break up your answer into two levels, 1) short term plan & 2) long term plan.
  • Grades do make a difference. If your marks are below average, be ready to provide explanation on how you are going to succeed in the United States. A letter from a school director or teacher, or from your U.S. admitting school stating that the proposed program of study in the United States makes sense and explaining your good prospects for success can be helpful. If there were special circumstances (such as a death or illness in the immediate family) that contributed to the poor grades, have the school explain those special circumstances.
  • The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has implemented an online tool that nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applicants can use to check the status of their application:https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx

Financing:

You must have adequate, demonstrable financial support to live and study in the United States. Visa applications are generally stronger if the financial support comes from family, employers, or other institutional sponsors located in the home country.

If your parents will pay for your education, be ready to document how your family gets its income. Bring a letter from your parents’ employers stating what they do, how long they have worked at those organizations, and how much they earn.

When visa officers see information that is contradictory or does not make sense, they do not grant visas. If your family can only show enough income to support you in the United States, the officer will become suspicious.

Large sums of money in bank accounts may not be sufficient proof of financial support. When providing information about your bank accounts, ask someone at your bank for a letter that states how long the account has existed, and what the average balance in the account has been. That should convince the visa officer that you and your family have a long and stable history of business at the bank.

Intent to Return:

Most student and exchange visitor visa applications are approved. The most common reason for a student or exchange visitor application to be denied is that the person applying for the visa has not proven to the Visa Officer that they will return to their country when they complete their studies in the U.S.A. This rule is called Section 214.b.

To determine your “intent to return” home, the visa officer will ask you a series of questions about your connections to your home country and about your study plans. You will have to demonstrate to the officer that your family has the ability to pay for the first year of your proposed stay in the United States and that you have realistic plans to finance the remainder of your education.

You must have all of the required forms with you including your I-20,DS-160 and the SEVIS payment receipt. You should bring any financial documents to demonstrate how you will pay for your education and any documents that might help demonstrate why you will return to your country. Some examples of such documents are previous passports demonstrating travel abroad, bank or salary statements, family documents or student records.

If the Student Visa gets Denied / Refused:

If you are denied a visa there may be something you can do to reverse the denial. You may appeal the decision. In most cases, you will need to provide additional documentation that was not presented with the initial application. In some cases, a visa officer may request additional documents like proof of employment, or ownership of a home or business. You should respond with the information requested.

Six Tips for Your Visa Interview:

  • Wear a business suit or a professional dress
  • Be specific, clear, loud and soft enough, when you answer questions
  • Bring all the supporting documents like bank statements or proof of employment
  • Provide details of your study plans and your plans after graduation
  • Stay calm and be professional all the time during your interview
  • Tell the truth and give answers in detail

An expert’s advice is extremely important if you are unsure about anything which you should know. If you require the assistant of a professional to prepare your application, GEPSI can be at your help. We have helped thousands of students in preparing application and education on all the visa and interview requirements.

Once an application is approved; you should receive your visa within a few days.