USA STUDENT VISA
You may need to apply for USA Student Visa when studying at Estudyabroad. It is your responsibility to apply for a Visa, as visa application is a US government process; however, we may be able to provide you some helpful information and resources to guide you through the process. You can find out more information about the visa requirements to study in the US here.
Part 1: Obtaining an I-20
English language and/or TOEFL - 13 months
Academic Semester/Academic Year - 13 months
GMAT for International Students - 6 months
GRE for International Students - 6 months
If you end your course before your I-20 expiration date and do not re-enrol (as in most cases), your DSO will shorten your I-20 to reflect your early end date. If you want to stay for the full length of your I-20, you will have to pay for an extension/repeat of your course and continue to maintain full-time studies during the extension. After your last day of study you will be permitted a grace period of 60 calendar days to transfer to another school or depart the U.S.
For questions regarding paying the SEVIS I-901 fee or transferring a previously paid fee to a new I-20, go to https://fmjfee.com. eStudyabroad cannot assist you with the SEVIS fee.
USA Student visa information
Part 2: Obtaining an F-1 (student) visa
More information regarding U.S. student visas can be found at: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/study-exchange/student.html/
You may find a list of U.S. Embassies and Consulates here, http://www.usembassy.gov/
If the reason for the denial or delay in obtaining your visa was caused by a mistake on your I-20, please contact us immediately and we will revise your I-20 to assist you in getting your visa.
If no reason is stated or a different reason is stated, then it is unlikely that Estudyabroad can provide any further assistance. Remember, visa acquisition is a U.S. government process, eStudyabroad is not involved with these decisions and cannot change their decision.
If you are unable to obtain a U.S. visa, you may want to consider learning English in your home country using eStudyabroad online courses.
Other requirements: Evidence of financial circumstances
Note, the U.S. Embassy/Consulate may also ask you for similar proof of funds.
Entry into the USA
You should never enter the U.S. more than 30 days before your start date unless you have another valid visa status you plan to enter and exit under before your I-20 start date.
To prevent problems related to late arrival, you should contact us before you enter the U.S. and ask to postpone your start date. We will send you a revised I-20 with your postponed start date.
- Your signed Form I-20,
- If you are under 18, then you parent/guardian must also sign your I-20.
- If you are sponsoring dependents (husband/wife, or children) to enter the U.S. the student must sign the dependents' I-20s.
- Estudyabroad Letter of Acceptance,
- A valid (non-expired) F-1 Visa (F-2 Visas for all dependents), and
- A valid (non-expired) Passport (passports should be valid for 6 months beyond your course end date).
Please visit http://www.ice.gov/sevis/students and review the section called "What should I do when I arrive?"
If you have been provided a paper I-94, you must surrender it to a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Officer or a representative from your commercial carrier upon departure from the U.S.
If this information appears inaccurate, speak immediately to someone at U.S. Customs and Border Patrol or if you are already outside of the Port of Entry, speak to your Designated School Official upon reporting to school.
To get your Electronic I-94 record go to: https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home
More information regarding the I-94 can be found here, http://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors/i-94-instructions
Visa terms questions
U.S. law requires that we verify you are able to support your studies and your dependents during your stay in the U.S. for the duration of time of your program of study, before an I-20 can be issued. We will ask you for an official bank statement. Please request a bank statement from your bank in English and in USD. If a sponsor is paying for your course, we will need a bank statement for your sponsor and a signed letter from the sponsor attesting he/she will be financially responsible for you and your dependents during your stay in the U.S. We can only accept recent bank statements from a checking/current or savings account. The bank statement must cover all fees and tuition for your entire enrollment plus $400 USD per dependent per month of enrollment.
In addition to proof of funds, please also provide the following:
- A copy of each dependent's passport, and
- A written statement of the relationship of each dependent to you.
Note: it is recommended that the dependent go to the visa interview with the student and travel with the student.
- Your I-20 will be terminated.
- You will no longer be eligible to study with Estudyabroad.
- You will not be eligible for a refund.
- You will be required to leave the U.S. immediately after termination of your I-20.
- You are no longer eligible for a Certificate of Achievement.
- You will be required to leave the U.S. immediately, or remain in the U.S. and immediately find a school that will accept your terminated transfer I-20 and sponsor you for reinstatement.