United States embassies and consulates may have different procedures and required documents. Be sure to consult your specific embassy or consulate location for details.
Generally, international students applying for an F-1 or J-1 student visa at a U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate will need to present the following:
Establishing Nonimmigrant Intent
During the visa interview, you must present evidence that you do not intend to abandon your home country. You must demonstrate that you have significant economic, professional, and personal ties or reasons to return home once your degree program is done. Strong ties are not strictly defined and can vary by country, region, and individual. Consular officers have discretion to decide whether the applicant has demonstrated sufficient nonimmigrant intent. It may be helpful to collect supporting documentation, which can include property ownership, investments, family and other social relationships, or offer of future employment. These items are not mandatory, nor do they guarantee that your visa will be approved. Instead, it is important to understand that each applicant is evaluated individually during their interview.
Visa officers understand that younger applicants, such as undergraduate students, may not have the same opportunities to establish formal ties. However, you should be prepared to speak about your intentions and goals, long-term plans, and reasons to return back to your home country. Unfortunately, there is no standard combination of documents or circumstances that will automatically satisfy nonimmigrant intent.
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