Student visa support: your step-by-step companion

Embarking on an educational journey in the United States is a dream for many international students. However, navigating the complex process of obtaining a student visa can be daunting. This guide serves as your step-by-step companion to simplify the process, ensuring that your path to studying in the U.S. is as smooth as possible.

Step 1: Secure your admission

The first step toward your U.S. education begins with securing an admission offer from a SEVP-certified institution. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) certifies schools to host international students. Your acceptance letter is not just a ticket to your academic future; it's also a critical piece of documentation for your visa application.

Step 2: Receive your I-20 Form

Upon acceptance, your institution will issue you an I-20 for F or M visa applicants. This document is essential for your visa application, as it proves your enrollment in a U.S. institution and provides important details about your program.

Step 3: Pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee

Before applying for your visa, you must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee, which funds the administration of the student exchange program in the U.S. Proof of payment is required for your visa interview, so ensure this step is completed well in advance.

Step 4: Apply for your student Visa

With your I-20 form in hand, complete the online nonimmigrant visa application – Form DS-160. Be meticulous with your application, as errors or omissions can cause delays. After submitting the DS-160, you will need to pay the visa application fee.

Step 5: Schedule and prepare for your visa Interview

The visa interview is a crucial step in the process. Schedule your interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country as soon as you have all the required documentation. Prepare for your interview by gathering all necessary documents, including your passport, DS-160 confirmation page, visa application fee receipt, I-20, and financial evidence to show you can cover your education and living expenses in the U.S.

Step 6: Attend your visa interview

During the interview, a consular officer will assess whether you are qualified to receive a student visa. Be honest, clear, and concise in your responses. The interview is also your opportunity to prove that you have strong ties to your home country and intend to return after your studies.

Step 7: Visa processing and collection

After your interview, your visa application will undergo processing. The duration can vary, so it's advisable to apply as early as possible. Once approved, you will be informed about how and when to collect your visa and passport.

Step 8: Prepare for your arrival in the U.S.

With your visa in hand, you're almost ready to start your educational adventure in the U.S. Before you book your travel, check your institution's guidelines for arrival and orientation. Also, familiarize yourself with the regulations surrounding your student visa to ensure compliance throughout your stay.
Embarking on your educational journey in the U.S. doesn't have to be an overwhelming challenge. At A&K, we excel in turning your American educational dreams into reality.

Our dedicated team is at your side every step of the way, ensuring a seamless and successful journey:
  • Institution Selection
We collaborate with an exclusive network of educational partners known for their affordability, exceptional quality, and strong emphasis on practical learning. Together, we'll help you select the SEVP-certified institution that aligns perfectly with both your academic aspirations and your budget.
  • I-20 Form Assistance
Obtaining your I-20 form is a critical step in the visa process. Our experts are here to ensure you have everything in order, streamlining this essential phase.
  • Visa application documentation
We'll assist in compiling and preparing all the necessary documents for your visa application, ensuring accuracy and completeness to avoid any potential setbacks.
  • Interview preparation
With our comprehensive interview preparation services, including mock interviews and tailored advice, you'll approach your visa interview with confidence and poise.
Leveraging A&K's expertise, 87% of our clients secure their U.S. student visa on their very first attempt. This impressive success rate is a testament to our commitment to providing personalized, expert guidance at every stage of your journey.
Take the first step towards your U.S. educational adventure today by booking your free consultation with us. With A&K's guidance, the complexities of the visa process become manageable, paving the way for you to achieve your educational goals in the United States. Let's embark on this exciting journey together!