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    How to get your US student visa

    How to get your US Student VISA?
    Merril Diniz
    June 05, 2006

    Planning to travel to the us for further studies?
    You've got company -- lots of it! according to us consul general Michael Owen, 81,000 Indian students were studying at American colleges and universities in the last academic year. China ranked second with 64,000 students. This year, the us consulate in Mumbai alone expects 12,000 applications for us student visas, an increase of a little over three percent from last year. Owen anticipates this number will grow even further over the years. Owen and consular section chief Joseph M Pomper share their tips to help you expedite the application process.

    When must you apply?
    You must be a bonafide student. In other words, you must have been accepted for admission into an american college/ university. Apply for the visa after you receive an i-20 from the college you plan to attend. The i-20 is a form signed by the university authorities confirming you have received admission. You can apply for your student visa upto 120 days before the beginning of the academic year. "try and apply as early as possible," advises pomper. However, you can enter the us not more that 30 days before your academic course begins.

    How to apply?
    Owen recommends applying online and not calling the consulate in person to expedite the process.
    Log onto their web site to gather information as well as schedule an interview appointment with the consulate. This is the most effective system to help you secure your visa on time.

    How much will it cost you?

    • a non-refundable application fee of $100 payable in Indian currency at the consular rate of exchange (currently, this amounts to Rs 4,600)

    • a non-refundable VFS' service charge of Rs 281 (inclusive of a 12 percent service tax and 0.24 percent education cess).
    The fee amount is payable at any of the designated branches of HDFC bank; this list is available on the VFS web site (VFS stands for VISA Facilitation Service)
    Setting an interview date

    Now that you have paid your visa fee, you can schedule an appointment.
    you must acquire a visa fee receipt to schedule an appointment within one year from the date of issue. You will receive a bar code with a personal identification number; this will enable you access the VFS web site to make an appointment for your interview, which will be conducted by a designated consular officer. Most student visa appointments should be available within three weeks. You can search for the best available appointment date online. Check the vfs web site over the course of several days. If you do not find an appointment date that is convenient on the first day, you probably will on the second or third. In case you cannot get an appointment, you must immediately zip across an e-mail. All e-mails are answered. Visa related questions can now be answered via the telephone as well. After your interview is confirmed by VFS, you receive 10 minutes of 'free talk time' by calling a national toll-free number. This talk time may be used to inquire about visa rules and regulations. For the time being, the toll-free number is accessible from MTNL and BSNL lines only. If you have not yet received a pin, you may call the VFS infoline at commercial rates.

    VFS infoline: (022) 56547600

    Source: http:// in.rediff . com/getahead/2006/jun/05visa . htm


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    Re: How to get your US student visa

    The above information is useful, thanks for providing the same


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    Re: How to get your US student visa

    Timely,and very helpfull.
    Thank you.
    Arun


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    Re: How to get your US student visa

    It was really a very useful post. I refered it to my friends also and they also found it very useful and interesting. Thanks for making such posts.


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    Re: How to get your US student visa

    i am presently doing my B.E and final year .. i am trying for MBA USA.. how shall i approach forwad..
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    Re: How to get your US student visa

    Thanks to share great information with us


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