US STUDENT VISA
General information and tips for obtaining student
visa for United States
do I apply for student Visa?
apply for a student visa, you need to go to Nabil Bank
in Maharajgunj (Behind Namaste Super Market), fill out
the forms DS-156, DS-158 (and DS-157 if you are male
between the ages 16-45 years, and pay the USD $100
application fees. Nabil Bank will provide you with an
appointment date and time. If this date is after the
reporting date noted on your I-20 (or DS-2019 for
exchange student programs), you should notify the
staff at Nabil Bank and they will provide you with an
earlier appointment if possible. Student visa
applicants must also pay a USD $100 SEVIS fee. For
more information about the visa application process,
2. What documents are required and not
required? (Is a police report required? Is property
You should come to the interview with your original
I-20 issued by the academic institution where you
intend to study, all academic records (SLC, +2
certificate, etc.), and any evidence if financial
resources to show that you can afford your education.
While there are no specific financial documents
required, you should feel free to bring everything you
believe would support your case. Consular officers
prefer to see at least six months transaction history
from your bank accounts. A police certificate is not
necessary for student visa applicants. All documents
submitted should be genuine Ė if the consular officer
at any time believes you have submitted a false
document, you will be refused the visa and the document(s) could be turned over to the police.
3. Do I need to bring a bank statement or
a 6-month transaction statement? Can bank statements
be from any bank?
Consular officers prefer to see at least six months
transaction history from each of your bank accounts.
Bank statements can be from any bank, savings and loan
or credit agency.
4. Can someone in the US be my sponsor?
Yes. You many have family or close friends in the U.S.
who are able and willing to support you financially
while you are in school. However, this sponsorship
must be genuine. Every consular officer must believe
the legitimacy of your financial evidence and it is
extremely important that you are honest during the
5. If I am denied a visa the first time I
apply, how can I appeal?
You are permitted to apply for a visa three times
within one year. For the benefit of the applicants,
the Consular Sectionís policy is, to the extent
possible, to appoint a different interviewing officer
for subsequent applications. If you are refused a visa
three times in one year, you must wait six months
since your last refusal. There is no formal appeal
6. What are my chances the second time if
I was denied a visa the first time? Is it better to
apply with the same I-20 or a different one?
Each applicantís case is different, but generally
consular officers encourage you to wait until your
circumstances have change or you have additional
evidence that was not presented during your first
interview before reapplying. The academic institution
you choose to attend (and the I-20 you present) should
be the one that is best suited to your academic
interests and financial resources.
7. Does it matter in what order my
documents are arranged?
For the purpose of the interview, it is easier if your
academic records are presented first (in chronological
order starting from SLC), followed by your financial
information. Any other supporting documents, e.g.,
character references or extracurricular certificated,
should be presented last.
8. How long is a visa interview?
At most Embassies around the world, visa interviews
last roughly 2 minutes. However, we try to give you as
much consideration as possible depending upon the
volume of applicants that must be interviewed.
Interviews typically will range from 2 to 10 minutes
in duration depending upon the case.
9. What is the wait period for a visa
appointment? What is the time line for after the
During the high visa season (summer and winter), the
waiting period for a visa interview may be as long as
one month. If you qualify for the visa at the time of
your interview, your visa will be ready within 24
hours. The Consular Section encourages you to apply as
soon as possible, but no earlier than 90 days prior to
the reporting date noted on your I-20.
10. Can I bring many I-20s to my visa
Yes, you can bring all of your I-20s to the interview,
but you will need to have identified, and paid the USD
$100 SEVIS fee, for the academic institution that has
accepted you. You must bring the I-20 for the school
you plan to attend.
11. I heard that if I wear black for my
interview, I wonít get a visa, Is this true?
Absolutely not. You are welcome to wear any color of
clothing to the interview.
12. I heard that the lady visa consular
officer is really strict. Will my chances decrease if
I get her as my interviewer?
No. Every consular officer gives each applicant every
consideration consistent with U.S. immigration law. At
the time of the interview, the officer must believe
that you intend to study, that you are able to
maintain full-time student status in the U.S., and
that you can afford the school.
13. If I paid my SEVIS fee on one I-20, and
now Iíve decided to use another I-20, do I need to
somehow transfer my payment? How do I do this?
Yes, you should contact the school you intend to
attend and ask them to amend your SEVIS record to
reflect the change. Please refer to the following
website for the further information:
14. If I am granted a student visa for one
college and decide to transfer to a second college
while I am in the US, do I need to get my visa
renewed? Is there a fee for this?
You do not need a new visa as long as you have a valid
I-20 and a valid visa.
15. Are there any colleges that the US
Embassy has Ďblacklistedí (i.e. the Embassy will not
grant visas to attend these colleges)?
No, the Embassy accepts I-20s and visa applications
for all accredited education institutions in the
United States. When you apply for a college in the
U.S. you should make sure that it is an accredited
institution. In case of doubt, please consult the
Educational Advising Center at the U.S. Educational
Foundation Nepal at Gyaneshwor.
16. Do some Nepali students who are granted
a visa have problems or are denied at the point of
entry in the US?
The F-1 student visa provides you only with the
authorization to ask for admission into the U.S. from
the U.S. Bureau of Citizen and Immigration Services at
the point of entry. Typically, however, Nepali student
visa holders are granted admission.
17. Do my chances of a student visa for a
college increase or decrease if many Nepali students
are already at that college?
No. The number of Nepali students at any particular
school has no bearing on your qualifications for a
18. Is it important to have a scholarship
to get a visa?
Scholarships can be very important if your family will
have difficulty paying for your education and living
expenses in the United States. Many schools provide
tuition waivers for all international students while
others provide financial aid packages for students
with low incomes. The Embassy encourages all
prospective students to plan well ahead, apply to
schools early and investigate opportunities for
financial aid through the school directly. There are
no fees for applying for scholarships or financial aid
in the United States.
19. Does it make a difference if the school
I apply to is a public or private school in terms of
getting a student visa?
No, the type of school has no bearing on your
qualifications for a student visa.
20. If I have relative in influential
positions, will I get a student visa if they speak to
No, your application has to stand on its own merits.
21. To cut costs, Iíll be living with my
brother and cousin when I get to the US. Will this
count against me when applying for a student visa?
We consider all sources of income and support when
considering whether you can afford you educational
22. My siblings have all settled in the US.
Will this influence my being granted a student visa?
As a student visa applicant, you must convince the
consular officer that you have the ability, intent and
means to study in the U.S. The officer also must
believe that you have a residence abroad to which you
intend to return after finishing your education.
23. Iím from a underprivileged class in
Nepal. Will this count for or against me?
Consular officers do not consider an applicantís caste
or ethnicity during an interview.
24. If I have disabilities or health
problems, will these count against me?
No. Again, if you can convince the officer that you
have the ability, intent and means to study in the
U.S., you may qualify for the visa
25. Iíve taken and educational loan from a
Nepali bank to pay for my education in the US. Will
this count against me?
Not necessarily. As long as you can show that you have
the means to re-pay the loans without resorting to
illegal employment in the U.S. this will not be
counted against you.
26. Iíd like to go to the US as a transfer
student. Do my chances increase or decrease for a
Neither. If you have a poor academic record, getting
good marks at a local university can help convince the
interviewing officer that you have the ability to
study in the U.S. Other factors, such as the intent
and means to study in the U.S. are also factors and
officer considers during an interview.
27. Iíve completed my masterís in Nepal and
want to get my second masterís in the US. Will this
count against me when applying for a student visa?
No. If you have good reasons for seeking a second
masterís degree and can convince the interviewing
officer that you have the ability, intent and means to
study in the U.S., you will likely qualify for the
28. I havenít taken the TOEFL or the IELTS,
or any of the other standardized tests. Will this
count against me?
Most academic institutions require the TOEFL, results
for admission. Standardized test help demonstrate your
ability to study, but are only one of the things an
interviewing officer considers. You will not be
refused the visa solely on the basis that you have not
taken one of the tests.
29. Is the IELTS as recognized as the
All standardized tests are considered when the
interviewing officer assesses whether or not an
applicant possesses the ability to be a successful
30. Can I call the US Embassy if I have a
question specific to my case?
We hope that the answers in this FAQ will help answer
you questions. Specific questions about your case are
best asked at the time of your interview. Please refer
to the Embassyís website at
(source: US embassy,
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