STUDY IN USA VISA

The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA welcomes every year an enormous number of students to acquire their bachelors, masters & Ph.D. level degrees as well as different types of certificate programs such as business, healthcare, technology, skilled trade, culinary/hospitality and many more. If you are planning to get your study visa in the USA, you have to obtain a non-immigrant visa, for a temporary stay.

The non-immigrant visa prominence is a mandatory process, as the admission details are checked & recorded by the CBP officer. So, the kind of school & course of study you wish to go set instead require an F Visa or M Visa.

Visa for Study in USA

  1. F1 Visa – It is for academic studies. The F1 Visa is a conventional international student visa in the U.S. It is mainly for studying English at an English Language College or University or Institute. As per the rule of I-20 form (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student) expiration date, the students must complete their studies before the mention date. Furthermore, students can apply for optional practical training (OPT) which gives you a permit for working for up to one year after completing the academic program.
  2. M1 Visa – The ‘M1’ Visa is provided to students, who decide to take admission in a non-academic or vocational school or training in the U.S. Due to the condition, M-1 visa, the student should have full-proof evidence that he/she has enough funds, to immediately pay tuition fees & living expense for the whole period of stay. In addition to this, M-1 Visa holders for vocational & technical programs are not allowed to work during the time of course.
  3. J1 Visa – A ‘J1’ Visa is allotted to the students who chose practical training that is not available in their country; want to participate in an exchange academic program to complete their training. It is as similar as F1 VISA for employment, with some restriction, until and unless permission is given by the program sponsor.

Documents Required For USA Study Visa

Applying for a U.S. non-immigrant visa, the applicants have to fill up the application form (DS-160). For this, the applicants required to submit the list of documents that include;
  • Original passport, with 6 months of validation from the date of visa submission & must have at least three blank pages
  • First & last page of Passport
  • Two latest passport size of photograph with a white background, having 50mm * 50 mm format size
  • Confirmation of SEVP approved institute/university with I-20 form
  • Fee payment of SEVIS
Additional documents;
  • Statement of Purpose, comprising details of the college, duration stay, purpose of visit, etc.
  • Education Qualification paper such as degrees, diplomas & certificates
  • Financial document paper which can be Bank Statement or Scholarship or Undertaking of the sponsor, to show you can maintain the tuition fees & living expenses throughout your stay

After duly completing of application form, the applicants have to pay their visa fee at the designated bank. Further, the applicants have to go for their selected date personal interview. Giving successfully the interview, the applicants may receive their study visa in 120 days or may vary depending on the visa type.

*Kindly note that these are basic criteria, for more detailed information, contact our Sernexuss Counselor.

Pre-requisite English Language

For a US student visa, the students have to make sure to provide documentation of mastery in the English Language. The students can choose to give IELTS, Duolingo (DET), TOFEL, Password English TEST & Pearson (PTE Academic). These English Language Tests grant you a passing score, which proves the students have the good ability of reading, listening, writing & speaking.

All the above mention English Language Tests are accepted by more than 10,000 UK universities & educational institutions. The students have to be fully ready for the English Test and to minimum score above the 60%. The International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) is the most common test given by the students, as it is accepted by the Stanford University, California Institute of University, Yale University and many more.

Cost of Study in The USA Universities

The American Education System has divided their universities into two main types such as: Public Funded & Private Institutes. The state university (public-funded) is less costly as well as some university offer zero cost tuition fee. The below data table will give some idea of average tuition fee of study programs & living expense.

Study Program Average Tuition Fee Living Expense (excluding Medical Insurance)
Certificate English Course $500 to $1700 $9000 to $12000
Undergraduate/ Bachelor Degree $20000 to $40000 $10000 to $12000
Post undergraduate/ Master Degree $20000 to $40000 $10000 to $12000
Doctorate Level Degree $25000 to $45000 $10000 to $12000

USA University Intake Calendar

USA & Canada follow the same academy calendar, which invites the world over students to take admission in their colleges, institutes & certificate programs. They accept the students in the three intakes;

  • Fall season is the primary intake that starts from the September month & ends in the early January month. In this period, the students can apply to more than one university/college for their major & flagship courses.
  • Winter season is the secondary intake that starts in January month & ends in April month. It is the second option intake month in between the students, as less time to adapt to the cold winter climate and not many courses are offered by the universities. But, the students get enough time to go through their application.
  • Summer or Spring Season is the least option taken by the students, as courses are not offered by many universities. It starts in May month & ends in August month. However, the students have the best chance of getting admission to the university's programs.

The USA Top University

The World University Ranking

University Name

% International Students

Tuition Fees

Salary After 10 Years

Rank 2

Stanford University

23

$51,354

$88,567

Rank 3

Harvard University

25

$50,420

$92,033

Rank 4

California Institute of Technology

33

$52,362

$79,300

Rank 5

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

34

$51,832

$96,033

Rank 7

University of California Berkeley

17

$43,176

$62,433

Rank 8

Yale University

20

$53,430

$80,200

Rank 9

Princeton University

23

$50,340

$77,700

Rank 10

University of Chicago

31

$57,006

$65,867

Rank 12

Johns Hopkins University

27

$53,740

$69,633

Rank 13

University of Pennsylvania

21

$55,584

$82,667

Rank 15

University of California, Los Angeles

17

$15,816

$59,667

Rank 17

Columbia University

39

$53,425

$78,900

Rank 19

Cornell University

25

$55,188

$74,300

Rank 20

Duke University

21

$55,695

$79,667

Rank 24

Northwestern University

19

$54,568

$66,433

Rank 26

New York University

34

$51,828

$60,100

Rank 28

Carnegie Mellon University

48

$55,465

$80,533

Rank 29

University of Washington

17

$34,791

$53,533

Rank 30

University of Edinburgh

42

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Rank 33

University of California, San Diego

30

$43,159

$59,167

Rank 38

Georgia Institute of Technology

27

$33,020

$76,467

Rank 44

University of Texas at Austin

10

$37,580

$55,367

Rank 48

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

24

$35,397

$58,567

Rank 49

University of Wisconsin Madison

13

$53,322

$61,267

Rank 50

Washington University in St. Louis

21

$53,399

$66,400

We have drawn this data from The World University Ranking 2021 If you want to know more information on USA study visa, can contact us at Sernexuss, Delhi. Or Can call us on 7999994848/ 011-45502586, our best immigration consultants will get in touch with you to clear your questions & doubts. You can also write an email at [email protected]

Frequently Asked Question

Why study in the USA?

The USA University is ranked second in the list, as to QS World University Ranking 2021. The USA universities offer affordable education, popular courses, research work opportunities, foremost internships, exciting campus life, and a greener environment. In addition to this, USA Government shows full support to the international students & celebrates each & every culture diversity.

What are the documents required for USA student Visa?

The USA student visa documents are compulsory to submit in the visa application form (DS-160). Listed below are the following documents

  • Authentic passport, with 6 months of validation from the date of visa submission & must have at least three blank pages
  • First & last page of Passport
  • Two latest passport size of photograph with a white background, having 50mm * 50 mm format size
  • Confirmation of SEVP approved institute/university with I-20 form
  • Fee payment of SEVIS
  • Trustworthy Financial proof
  • Original passing academic certificate
  • Fees pay-slips
  • Scores of English Language Test; IELTS, Duolingo (DET), TOFEL, Password English TEST & Pearson (PTE Academic)

What are the English Language Program Tests other than IELTS?

The students can provide scores of Duolingo (DET), TOFEL, Password English TEST & Pearson (PTE Academic) other than IELTS. In the US Student Visa, it is necessary to submit the proof of evidence of mastery in the English Language, which proves students can communicate well in their country.

What is the minimum score required to score in the IELTS & other English Program Language Test?

English Program Language Test

Highest Score

Score Range

IELTS

9.0 Band

1.0 - 9.0

Duolingo (DET)

120 -160

10 - 160

TOFEL

120

0 - 120

Password English TEST

100

0 - 100

Pearson (PTE Academic)

90

0 - 90

How much does it cost to study in US Universities?

The US Universities & colleges are divided into two many categories: public funded & private. Else, private US universities are more costly than public-funded state institutions. List is as below;

Study Program

Average Tuition Fee

Living Expense (excluding Medical Insurance)

Certificate English Course

$500 to $1700

$9000 to $12000

Undergraduate/ Bachelor Degree

$20000 to $40000

$10000 to $12000

Post undergraduate/ Master Degree

$20000 to $40000

$10000 to $12000

Doctorate Level Degree

$25000 to $45000

$10000 to $12000

What number of International Students Study in the US in the academic year 2019-2020?

The most recent Open Doors Report on international education recorded that more than one million international students, purses their education in US universities for the academic year 2019-2020. Due to the coronavirus world pandemic, it went a little down by 0.6% student enrollment over year.

How much will I earn after completing my post-graduation from US Universities?

US universities have well-structured syllabus courses which make the students more knowledgeable & skilled in their premier working field. Therefore, the students can earn up to $50,000 to $80,000 (approx. more than 2 lakh in Indian rupees currency) after getting their degree completed from US universities.