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After getting an I-20 from USA Universities / Colleges, the student should book an
appointment date for VISA Interview through TTS Website i.e., http://www.vfs-usa.co.in
(this part u already know how to do right? And as soon as u get ur i-20 we’ll start
workin on this part o it, I’ve put everythin important in bold) and the printout of
the appointment date has to be taken for the interview.

Following List of Documents to be carried for the Interview

• Web appointment receipt

• SEVIS fee receipt, which is obtained by paying US $ 100 and filling up I-901
form on www.fmjfee.com. Preferable mode of payment of this US $ 100 is
through International credit card as you can get instant confirmation of receipt of
payment .

• Original Passport (should be valid at least for 6 months)

• Original I-20 duly signed

• Application forms duly filled and signed (DS-156, DS-157 & DS-158 for male
candidates & DS-156 & DS-158 for female candidates)

• Original Score Report of TOEFL / GRE / SAT / GMAT

• All original academic documents (From X onwards)

• 2 US VISA photographs( just go to G.K vale, they know what to do) 50 mm X

50 mm (Colour photos with white or light background)

• Both the receipts u got from HDFC(both pink and yellow)

• Original bank statement (Twelve months transactions are recommended)

• Chartered Accountant Certificate. (It is the net-worth Certificate, which contains

immovable assets, liquid assets and income of the sponsor. In other words it
contains the total summary of the financial background of the student.

o Immovable Assets: The fixed assets or properties possessed by the family

reflect the financial stability of the student and the ability of the family to
fund their child's education. Ex: Houses / buildings, lands / plots,
agricultural lands, etc. (Valuation report of the immovable assets should be
taken from a Chartered Engineer or Government approved valuator or
Government approved Civil Engineer and a copy of valuation report
should be attached to CA certificate.
o Movable Properties: Bank balances, fixed deposits, provident fund, UTI,
LIC, NSC certificates, jewellery, vehicles, etc. (All the supporting
documents of movable properties in original should be carried along with
CA certificate. Government approved Jeweler valuation report of the
jewellery should also be taken).
o Liquid Funds: The liquid funds readily available in the banks should be
at least 1 ½ times the expenses reflected in the I-20 depending upon the
duration of the course.
o Proof of Income: Income can be from different sources but it should be
supported with relevant documents. The annual income should be
calculated only on the tuition fee i.e., 1 ½ times of the amount and it can
be derived from the following sources of Parents / Sponsors income.

 Salaries: salary certificate, Pay slip, Form-16 & IT returns

 Business Income: IT returns, Business registrations, Business

license, Computation of Income & Profit & Loss account and
Balance Sheet.

 Agricultural income: MRO Certificate, Agricultural receipts, Pass


 Interest from FDR's shares: Original Certificate

 Rental Income: Rental agreement, Declaration of the tenant,

Counterfoil of rental receipts

• AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT from sponsors (on Rs.20/- Non-judicial stamp

paper) duly signed. In case of Company sponsorship - Sponsorship agreement,
C.A.Certificate of the company, Current Bank Statement, P & L A/c,
Memorandum of Understanding, No objection letter from the remaining partners /
directors, Registration papers and IT returns of the company.

• All Supporting Documents :

o MRO Certificate, Agricultural receipts (for agricultural income)

o Pass Book (for Bank statement)

o Income Tax Papers (of sponsors)

o Property Documents (Original as well as Xerox copies)

o Salary Certificate, Proof of Annual Income.

After preparing all the above documents with supporting documents, the student should
be ready to face the personal interview.
Frequently asked questions are : -

• Why you have chosen USA? Why not India?

• Why this particular University?

• Which program you have enrolled? What do you know about this program? How
this program will help you?

• How many Universities you have applied?

• How many I-20s you have received?

• What are your future plans?

• How can you convince me that you are not a prospective immigrant?

• Who are your sponsors?

• What is their Occupation and Gross Annual Income?

• Why your Passbook is reflecting the recent transactions?

• Do you have any relatives or friends in USA?

• Why your scores are low?

If visa office is satisfied with the answers they will collect the passport and stamp the visa
and the same will be delivered to the residence of the student with in a week.

Note :A student can apply for F-1 visa to the Embassy, any day within 90 days of the
date of reporting. The student is not permitted to enter the USA beyond 30 days in
advance of the reporting date.


The U.S.
The U.S.
Consulate The U.S.
US Embassy, Consulate
General Lincoln Consulate
Shantipath, General
Address: House 78 General 5/1Ho
Chanakyapuri Mount Road
Bhulabhai Desai Chi Minh Sarani
New Delhi. Chennai
Road Mumbai Calcutta 700071.
Phone/Fax: P.NO:(11)2419- P.No:(22)2363- P.No:(33)2282- Phone:
0106 3611 3611 Fax: (44)2811
2000 Fax:
Fax:(11)2419- Fax:(22)2363-
(33)2282-2335 (44)2811
0017 0350
8 AM - 5:00 PM.
8:30 AM. to 8:15 AM--
Nonimmigrant 8:30 AM to 5:00 (Mon, Tue, Thu,
5:30PM (Mon to 5:00PM.
Office Timings: PM. (Mon to Fri). Fri). **(Closed
Fri). (Mon to Fri).
on Wed).
Jammu & Assam, Manipur, Andhra
Gujarat, Madhya
Kashmir, Meghalaya, Pradesh,
Himachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Kerala,
States covered: Chattisgarh,
Haryana, Punjab, Tripura, Bihar, Karnataka
Maharashtra and
Rajasthan and Orissa and West and Tamil
Uttar Pradesh. Bengal Nadu

Okay this is just a detailed desc of the SEVIS fee u have to bay right at the end not
too important- just for ur info, if ur parents have doubts 
MANDATORY SEVIS FEE FROM 1st September, 2004 onwards.

According to the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) published a final rule
in the Federal Register, which implements a New one time SEVIS Fee of $100 for ALL
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS, who fall under the the VISA categories such as F1, F3,
M1, M3.

To know more about WHO, WHEN, and HOW SEVIS Fee should be paid. Let us
examine the following points.


The following are the persons covered under this Category, who need to Pay SEVIS FEE.

• Prospective Students with "Initial Attendance" or students from outside the U.S
with I-20's dated on OR after 9/1/2004(1st September) who plan to apply for F1
• Prospective Students with "Initial Attendance" with I-20's dated on OR after 1st
September, 2004, who intend to change their F1 status with another VISA
• Current F1 Students in US filing for Reinstatement after being out of status for
more than 5 months, who are issued and I-20,issued for Reinstatement that is
dated on or after 1st Sept., 2004.


The following are the Categories, when SEVIS FEE is not required.

• When a student who is transferring from other schools in US.

• A student Intending change in Degree, Program or level
• When a student renews his F1 VISA Status.
• When using F1 VISA benefits such as Practical Training Program.
• If the student is in status and travels Internationally and are not Physically outside
the US for more than 5 months are not required to pay.


• SEVIS FEE should be paid prior to the Visa issuance.

• It should be paid 3 days prior to Interview.
• SEVIS FEE can be processed only by the Department of Homeland Security
either through Internet or Mail.
• It can be paid by your friend, family friend who knows you well or a by a third
pay inside or outside the US.
• The Fees should be accompanied by I-901 Form, which can be obtained at the
following link www.FMJfee.com
• Procedure when SEVIS Fee is paid through Mail.

To Pay By Mail

• Obtain a Form I-901 “Fee Remittance for Certain F, J, and M Nonimmigrants.”

o Download the form from www.FMJfee.com
o Request the form by phone at 1-800-870-3676 (inside the US)
• Complete the Form I-901. Be sure to write your name exactly as it appears on
your I-20 form.
• Prepare a check, international money order or foreign draft (drawn on US banks
only) in the amount of $100 USD, made payable to “I-901 Student/Exchange
Visitor Processing Fee.”
• Mail the completed I-901 and payment to the address listed on Form I-901).
• 5. A Form I-797 receipt notice should be mailed within 3 days of processing the
fee. Be sure to make copies of your receipt, and keep it with your other important
immigration documents

To Pay Online

• Find the Form I-901 at www.FMJfee.com.

• Complete the form online and supply the necessary Visa, MasterCard or American
Express information. *Be sure to write your name exactly as it appears on your I-
20 form.
• Print a copy of the online receipt.
• Be sure to make copies of your receipt, and keep it with your other important
immigration documents

Will the DHS keep a record of my payment on file?

Fee payments should be entered into your permanent immigration (SEVIS) record but it
is strongly recommended that you retain a copy of your fee receipt (form I-797) to use as

I applied to more than one school, and have more than one I-20 form. What happens
if I pay the SEVIS fee for one school, and then I change my mind and decide that I
want to attend the other school? Is my paid SEVIS fee transferable?

Yes. But you must submit the I-20 form with the SEVIS ID number that you listed on the
I-901 form with you to the U.S. consulate/embassy.
What if my F-1 visa application is denied?

The SEVIS fee will not be refunded. However, if you reapply for a new F-1 visa within
12 months of the denial, you will not have to pay the fee again.

To know Payment Verification.

If the SEVIS fee is paid through Internet. Your payment is processed immediately and at
the time you make payment, you can print a receipt directly from your computer. This
computer generated receipt can be used to verify you have paid the fee at an embassy,
consular post, or port of entry. Mailing the SEVIS fee does not constitute payment. The
fee is processed when it is received by DHS. If you mail your payment rather than pay on
the internet, it can take a considerable amount of time for payment to be received and for
you to receive a receipt by return mail.

Whether you make payment through Internet or Mail, a paper receipt will be mailed to
the address you provide on Form I-901. You may choose to have this receipt sent to you
either by regular mail or , at an additional charge, by express delivery.

Electronic payments msut be submitted atleast 3 business days in advance of the

interview if you will rely electronic fee verification at the consulate.

Mailed payments must be sent in a manner that assures arrival at the DHS address listed
on the I-901 atleast 3 business days before the scheduled interview.


Fee Required Amount
F-1 or F-3 academic student applying for “initial status” from outside
the US(thts the one u need)
F-1 or F-3 academic student applying for reinstatement after being out
of status more than five months
M-1 or M-3 vocational student $100
Spouse or dependent child of F, M or J visitor (F-2, M-2, J-2)

• Dependents are not charged but proof of payment by the None*

primary visa holder (F-1,J-1,M-1) is required for applications
using I-20s/DS-2019s dated on or after 9/1/04.
J-1 exchange visitor, standard student or research scholar program $100
J-1 exchange visitor violating status and cannot or does not resume
status in the same program
J-1 exchange visitor changing to another program or program category
(such as student to research scholar)
J-1 exchange visitor participating in federally sponsored program
(designated G-1, G-2 or G-3)
J-1 exchange visitor participating in summer work/travel program $35
J-1 exchange visitor participating in au pair program $35
J-1 exchange visitor participating in camp counselor program $35
Student or exchange visitors applying for a change of status to F, M or J

Okay this is for ur photograph  smile well okay , u shud see my pic , its horrible its
like someone punched me 

Specification of VISA Photograph

• The photograph for each visa applicant must be an unmounted, full face photo, as
described above.
• The photograph must have been taken within the last six months.
• One photograph must be submitted stapled or glued to the application DS-156.
• The photo for each visa applicant submitted must measure:
o 2 by 2 inches (roughly 50 mm square) with the head centered in the frame.
o The head (measured from the top of the hair to the bottom of the chin)
should measure between 1 inch to 1 3/8 inches (25 mm to 35 mm) with the
eye level between 1 1/8 inch to 1 3/8 inches (28 mm and 35 mm) from the
bottom of the photo.(don’t worry G.K vale knows wat to do)
• The photograph must be a full-face front view in which the visa applicant is
facing the camera directly.
• The applicant's head, measured from the bottom of the chin to the top of the hair,
should be between 1 inch and 1-3/8 inches. The head should be centered in the
photo. The head of the person being photographed should not be tilted up, down
or to the side.
• The face should cover about 50 percent of the photo area.
• The photograph may be in color or black and white, but must have only a white
or off-white background. Photos with dark, busy or patterned backgrounds will
not be accepted.
• In general, the applicant's head, including both face and hair, should be shown
from the crown of the head to the tip of the chin on top and bottom and from
hairline side-to-side. It is preferable that ears be exposed.
• The photo should show a clear, front view, full face of the applicant. The
applicant should be in normal street attire, without hat or dark glasses against a
plain white or off-white background. The applicant should have a natural
expression, mouth closed, and eyes open and looking directly ahead. Photos in
which the face of the person being photographed is not in focus will not be
• Head coverings and hats are only acceptable due to religious beliefs, and even
then, may not cover any portion of the applicant's face.
• Eyeglasses worn on a daily basis can be worn for the photo. However, there
should be no reflections from the eyeglasses that obscure the eyes.
• Sunglasses or other wear, which detracts from the face, are not acceptable unless
required for medical reasons (an eye patch, for example). A medical certificate
may be required.
• A photograph depicting a person wearing a traditional facemask or veil that does
not permit adequate identification is not acceptable.
• Photos of military, airline, or other personnel wearing hats are not acceptable.
Photographs of applicants wearing tribal, national costume, or other headgear not
specifically religious in nature are not acceptable.
• For a minor child, only the child must be the subject in the photo. Nothing used to
support the minor child, whether by mechanical or human means, should be in the
camera's frame.
• Only original photographs are acceptable. Copied or digitally scanned photos of
photos will not be accepted. In addition, photos must not be retouched to alter the
customer's appearance in any way.
• Group photos are NOT accepted for a party applying for a visa together. Since a
separate visa is issued to each qualified applicant, an individual photo is required
in all cases.
• Staple or glue one photograph to the DS-156 in the designated space. If the
photograph is stapled, staples should be placed as far away as possible from the
applicant's face.

Please follow these instructions carefully. If photographs presented do not meet these
requirements your application will be considered incomplete.

Oh n one last thing if u have this habit of cooking home n all, just take care for the
next few weeks , don cut ur left or right index fingers they need those finger prints
for identification at ur interview and if ur hand is cut they just reject it right away,
so make sure its not cut. I know this sounds ridiculous but trust me I saw a lady get
rejected right in front o me coz o this .