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We are aware of various issues faced by international students starting from SEVIS; over the years, the firm has been very proactive in helping fulfil their American dream.

What Is Student Visa ?

International students who intend to pursue a doctoral, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in the United States should apply for a student visa. The type of student visa you need depends on the course you choose and the school you plan to attend.Students who wish to pursue a course in the United States can apply for the following nonimmigrant visa categories.

The critical premise based on which USCIS issues a student visa, and the applicant needs to support the same with the relevant document are :

  1. The applicant must have a good source of funds to help them during the stay without engaging in employment.
  2. applicant should maintain the intention to keep the foreign domicile and leave the US after study completion.

Different types of student visa

Students who wish to pursue a course in the United States can apply for the following nonimmigrant visa categories-

Who can apply for a student visa?

To be considered as an eligible candidate for a student visa-

  • You must be enrolled in an “academic,” “language-training,” or “vocational” educational program.
  • Your school should be approved by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Student and Exchange Visitors Program.
  • You must be a full-time student in a college or a university.
  • You must be fluent in English or enrolled in English language studies to qualify.
  • You should have sufficient financial backing to cover all expenses during your study.
  • You must maintain a place of residency outside of the United States that you do not intend to abandon.

How to apply for a US student visa?

Applying for a student visa in the US is a 6-step process.

  1. Fill up the Form I-20, which will be provided to you from your college.
  2. Pay the SEVIS fee. After obtaining the receipt of it, apply for the DS-160 visa form, available on the internet.
  3. Pay the visa fee via authorized Citibank or Axis bank branch or through NEFT.
  4. Schedule an Interview and Biometric appointment
  5. Get your photograph clicked and your fingerprints scanned for the Biometric appointment.
  6. You will then go through a round of personal interviews and also be asked about your finances, college, course, and other details.

After passing these stages, you will be granted a student visa to the USA.

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How Student Visa Attorney Can Help You ?

Studying in the United States can be a life-changing experience, providing access to top-notch education and a wealth of opportunities. However, obtaining a student visa and navigating the complexities of the immigration process can be a challenge, especially for those who are unfamiliar with the process. That’s where a student visa attorney can help. A student visa attorney is an experienced immigration lawyer who specializes in helping international students obtain student visas to study in the United States. They can assist students in understanding the requirements and procedures for obtaining a student visa, as well as help with any legal issues that may arise during the process. Here are some of the ways that a student visa attorney can help you:

  1. Understanding eligibility requirements: A student visa attorney can help you determine if you are eligible for a student visa and what type of visa is best suited for your individual circumstances.
  2. Applying for a student visa: An attorney can help you complete the visa application process, ensuring that all required documents are submitted and all application requirements are met.
  3. Preparing for a visa interview: A student visa attorney can prepare you for the visa interview, providing tips on what to expect and what questions to ask.
  4. Responding to requests for additional information: A student visa attorney can help you respond to any requests for additional information from the U.S. government and assist with resolving any issues that may arise during the application process.
  5. Resolving legal issues: If you encounter any legal issues during your stay in the United States, a student visa attorney can provide legal representation and help resolve the issue.

A student visa attorney can be an invaluable resource for international students who are seeking to study in the United States. By providing guidance, support, and legal expertise, a student visa attorney can help you navigate the complex immigration process and ensure that you have a successful study experience in the United States.

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How can we help with your student visa?

At the Law Offices of Prashanthi Reddy PLLC, we understand the importance of understanding the unique needs of our clientele. We are committed to providing exceptional legal services and support to our clients when it comes to obtaining a student visa. Our experienced team of attorneys will work with you to ensure that you meet all requirements for obtaining a student visa, as well as providing ongoing support throughout the process. We understand the complexities of the legal system, and we are passionate about helping our clients achieve their goals. Whether you are a student, parent, or employer, you can trust us to provide the legal services and expertise necessary to help you succeed. Thank you for considering the Law Offices of Prashanthi Reddy, PLLC for your student visa needs. We look forward to working with you and helping you fulfill your goals. As you can see, provisions and documentation requirements for student visas can be hard to understand. Hence, it’s in your best interest to seek assistance from an experienced immigration attorney like the Law Offices of Prashanthi Reddy, PLLC.

Since its inception, the Law Offices of Prashanthi Reddy, PLLC, an NYC-based immigration law practice, has helped many foreign nationalists pursue their higher education in the United States.

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The process of getting a US student visa starts with a SEVP ( Student and Exchange visitor program ) accredited US school/ university accepting your application. Most schools allow application submission during December and January, and they send admission notifications in March and April. Once the application acceptance is over, the student should receive Form I-20 or DS-2019, depending on the student visa type, followed by payment of the I-901 SEVIS fee, which would kickstart the visa application process. 

Now the student can start filing an online application for a US student visa, also known as Form D-160, with relevant documents.

The maximum period for which a student visa is for the duration that they remain a student and maintain their status as a full time student.

Technically there is no concept of a sponsor on a US student visa. The applicant student has to prove that they can afford tuition and living expenses in the US during the study at the time of application. The definition of the sponsor here is a financial sponsor, which can be in the form of grants or support from government organizations or private companies or by an immediate family member who is a US citizen.

The visa application fee for a US student visa is $160 irrespective of country of origin and where one applies. Still, there is an additional fee called the I-901 SERVIS fee, which one must pay before the application process and which is $350 for F1/M1 students and $220 for J-students.

If a student is away from their classes or is out of status for five months, they fall under a five-month rule leading to termination or deletion of student records from SEVIS ( Student and Exchange Visitor Information System ). In a scenario like this, if the student wants to return to the US, they need to obtain Form I-20 / DS 2019 from the school and repay the SEVIS I-901 fee to reactivate the SEVIS ID.

Getting a US student visa is not that difficult compared to other visa types, but one needs to diligently follow the process and submit all required documents on time to get the visa accepted.

Yes, if a person is in the U.S. as a tourist ( on a B-2 tourist visa ), they can request a change of status to an F1 student by submitting a request with USCIS (U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services )

The answer to this question is Yes, but the same comes with some restrictions. They can work on-campus for upto 20 hours a week or full time off campus if you have been granted OPT or CPT.