You must first apply to and be accepted by a US college or university recognized by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program as a first step (SEVP).
Once received, the University's international student office will issue you a Form I-20, a paper copy of the data in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) database.
You will require the following when applying for a student visa to the USA -
- A passport that is current and valid for at least six months after the end of your stay in the US (unless exempt by country-specific agreements)
- Acceptance at a school that has received SEVP approval and your Form I-20
- The SEVIS application fee has to be paid.
- Application for a non-immigrant visa and the Form DS-160, which is the application form for non-immigrant visa application confirmation page
- Your picture in the format required, together with the number
Additional paperwork that can be needed includes -
Academic preparatory materials such as transcripts, degrees, certificates, or diplomas Proof that you have enough money to cover your living expenses for the duration of your stay in the U.S. this might comprise -
- Banking records
- Scholarship Program
- The three most recent years' original tax returns
The US Consulate advises applicants against submitting original financial documents or certified copies of real estate deeds. Only include financial documentation that demonstrates your (or your sponsor's) assertion that the cost of your education in the United States will be covered in full.
Any particular documentation cannot demonstrate a student's ability to pay for their education. These are merely recommendations. A visa is only guaranteed if you possess all of these documents.