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2019-09-23 00:15:13

US visa application

US visa application

Obtaining a visa is becoming one of the most exciting stages of getting education abroad, and, unfortunately, even the most responsible preparation does not always guarantee successful result. Therefore, it is necessary to pay attention in advance to a number of conditions that ensure its submitting.

US Visa: main facts



Tourist B1 / B2

Travel to the USA up to 12 weeks. Better to choose B1 / B2.

Student visa F1

This type is suitable for long-term programs and is valid for 1 year. You must study the selected courses, and go through paperwork. International students face additional costs. Due to the high requirements, there are more failures for F1.

Receiving procedure


  • Payment of the consular fee for consideration of the application
  • Filling out an application electronically
  • Recording of the interview on the website (passport number, consular fee receipt number, 10-digit barcode number from the application confirmation page)
  • Interview at an embassy or consulate
  • Fingerprints will be taken at the interview
  • If the application is approved, it will be delivered through the postal service.

Visa cost

  • Consular fee - $ 160
  • SEVIS - $ 200 (for F1 design).
Validity Up to 3 years
Visa processing after participating in the Work and Travel program Participants in this program are advised to wait a year before applying for B1 / B2 and F1. Foreigners who work and travel in the United States usually find American acquaintances and friends: after obtaining a visa, they leave for their friends and often stay illegally in the United States.
Virgin passport The American Embassy prefers to issue visas to those who have already traveled a lot. The first trip abroad to such a long distance from home raises unnecessary suspicions, it is extremely difficult to obtain a visa. It is recommended that you start your trip abroad from Malta or other countries.

Visa to USA

To successfully pass an interview, you need to make a great impression and prove to the visa applicant that you are not going to stay in the USA. You need to show close ties to your country:

  • A prestigious high-wage job that you have worked with for a long time and are a valued employee
  • Verify ownership
  • Indicate the presence of children, spouse.

You must provide sufficient bank account information to study in America. The minimum amount is calculated as follows:

Amount equivalent to the cost of the course

Cost of living equivalent

Round-trip flights Money for accommodation at the rate of $ 1000 per month
$ 400, for example, you are taking a two-week English course

500 $

600 $

500 $


Total: $ 2,000 (minimum)

It is important to calmly answer questions, to avoid inaccuracies and jokes - to prepare answers to general questions (priority is the purpose of the trip). It is recommended to talk about studying at the courses, about the desire to see the country. Officers often ask why you chose the United States over other English-speaking countries.

Mandatory documents Recommended documents
International passport

Certificate of study in an educational institution

Application confirmation page

Marriage and birth certificate

Confirmation of interview 

Certificate of ownership

Paper photo

Bank statement of financial resources sufficient for education and residence in the United States

School Invitation

Certificate from the place of work (specify: position, duration of work in the company, salary, information about vacations).

Original Form I-20 and SEVIS payment confirmation (upon issue of F1).


US visa refusal statistics:

  • Russia - 7.8%
  • Ukraine - 27.7%
  • Belarus - 14%
  • Moldova - 40.1%
  • Georgia - 48.2%
  • Armenia - 43.8%
  • Azerbaijan - 13.5%
  • Kazakhstan - 9.9%
  • Kyrgyzstan - 43.2
  • Tajikistan - 49.9%
  • Turkmenistan - 18.6%
  • Uzbekistan - 52.1%

Refusals are rarely unreasonable: often candidates are insufficiently prepared, and employees give out the duty reason - insufficient communication with the homeland. Visa officers adhere to the presumption of guilt, that is, they initially believe that your goal is to immigrate to the United States, because it is very important to prove otherwise in an interview, and not to embellish your story and be honest.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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