Director: Study in Canada Study in Canada APPLYING FOR A VISA IN US


F1 visa is the most common type of student visa. If you wish to engage in academic studies in the United States at an approved school, such as an accredited U.S. college or university, private secondary school, or approved English language program then you need an F-1 visa. You will also need an F-1 visa if your course of study is more than 18 hours a week.

Before applying for a visa, all student visa applicants are required to be accepted and approved by their school or program. Once accepted, educational institutions will provide each applicant the necessary approval documentation to be submitted when applying for a student visa.



To apply for an F visa, you must submit the following:

A Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) Form. Visit the DS-160 web page for more information about the DS-160.

A passport valid for travel to the United States with a validity date at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the United States (unless country-specific agreements provide exemptions). If more than one person is included in your passport, each person desiring a visa must submit an application.

One (1) 2"x2" (5cmx5cm) photograph taken within the last six months. This web page has information about the required photo format.

A receipt showing payment of your US$160 non-refundable nonimmigrant visa application processing fee paid in local currency.

An approved Form I-20 from your U.S. school or program.

In addition to these items, you must present an interview appointment letter confirming that you booked an appointm-ent through this service. You may also bring whatever supporting documents you believe support the information provided to the consular officer.

Three important criteria:

  • You are a bona fide student (i.e., you’re not trying to use a nonimmigrant visa to emigrate)
  • You have the ability to pay
  • You plan to return to your home country

Tips for a successful interview:

  • Know what your application says.  You are the one interviewing, not the school, educational agent, or your family!
  • Stay calm, tell the truth, and be specific.  Give the answer to the question that you are asked – not a prepared speech.
  • Learn about your program.  Why do you like it? Why is it good for you?
  • Schedule early for interview appointment.  Summer and Fall are peak seasons for students.

Sources: U.S. Visa Information Service for Vietnam

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