steps to follow once you receive your i-20s
steps to follow once you receive your i-20s

Now that you have got your I – 20 from your dream or desired school in the US, what is the next thing to do to obtain your F1 visa? This is a short blurb on what’s next to get you prepared for the visa process.

Choose one from multiple I-20s

You can receive multiple I-20’s from US universities / academic institutions that have accepted your profile,  and are willing to invite you to be part of their program. It is your job and choice to shortlist the university you plan to attend. Remember it has to be one school. So if you have five I – 20’s, you have to choose one among them. Sometimes this can be tough if all schools have similar attributes (job prospects, tuition fees, state of choice, etc.). So spend a good amount of time in understanding all facts, before arriving at that golden school of I-20.


Once that is done, you can pay a SEVIS fee for the university you choose to attend. Remember you have to pay SEVIS fees before your F1 Student Visa interview.

Prepare for visa interview

Once all of that is completed, prepare for your F1 visa interview. Make sure to book a date in advance. There are only select cities that offer F1 visa interviews, so ensure you book in advance, to get the appropriate dates along with times, along with your cities for choice. Remember that there are close to 100,000 students applying for US schools every year, so there is significant demand for it, causing dates to be completely booked quickly.

Prepare to show finance

Keep your finances, bank statements in order. This is very important, as you need to demonstrate your ability to pay the fees and not live on government subsidies or assistance. The easiest way to do this will be to have funds in the account for a period of time. The funds you will need will be clearly mentioned in your I-20. Plan to have a few 1000’s more than the number shown on your I-20 form.

Prepare and sort all the documents you will need for the F1 visa interview.

  • DS – 160
  • SEVIS Fee Receipt
  • F1 visa Photographs
  • Valid Passports
  • Signed form of/.lko jbhv I-20
  • School Transcripts
  • Financial Documents / Bank Statements
  • Test Scores
    • GRE
    • TOEFL
    • GMAT

After you get your F1 visa, plan to carry all of these documents, as they may be asked at the Port of Entry.

Don’t worry about your future as of yet. You will be good, just have confidence in yourself. Remember, the fact that you have arrived at this stage of your career is in itself a big achievement! Check out our other interesting post about F1 students.

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