Abstract: The US has introduced some changes in the application of study visas to the country to ease the process.
With the new changes in the application process of US study visa studying in the United States got easier. International students can now apply for the US Student visa, a year before the start of their academic term.
The government of the US announced a breather that will benefit Indian students looking to study abroad in the US. According to the updates by US Student visa authorities, the student visas in the F and M categories can be issued 365 prior to the I-20 program date of commencement. It will provide more time for international students applying for the student visa of the US.
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The difference between the student visa application process before and now is explained in the table below:
|Difference between US Student visa application process then and now|
|In terms of||Earlier||Now|
|I-20 Form||Issued in 4-6 months before the term starts||Issued 12-14 months in advance|
|US student visa||Interviews could be scheduled only up to 120 days||Can apply for a visa 365 days in advance|
The revision in the process of US student visa application will provide more time for candidates to apply for the student visa.
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International students in the US are required to submit the duly filled Form I-20, which is the Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status to study in USA. It is required for:
The international students are issued a Form I-20 by their DSO or designated school official after they have been accepted to an authorized US educational institution. The institution should be certified under the SEVP or Student and Exchange Visitor Program.
Form I-20 should be signed by the student as well as the DSO. The candidate must have Form 1-20 at all times while studying in the US. The commencement date of the study program of the candidate is mentioned on Form I-20.
It should be noted that even if the international student has been granted the visa for studies in the US, they can enter the US as a student only 30 days before the study program starts.
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Detailed information about the number of F-1 student visas granted to Indian students is given in the table below:
|US F-1 Student visas granted to Indians in 2022|
|Month||Number of Study Visa|
The US authorities issued 120,525 F-1 Student visas to Indian students from January to December in 2022.
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