Documentation

Document Check list for Australia

Offer letter
• Academic documents till date
• IELTS/TOEFL Score
• Passport
• Work Experience (If any)
• University/College Application form
• Skype/phone interview may be conducted by university for offer letter (Offer letter processing time 1 to 6 week)

Visa Documentation
• All academic documents (Transcript, Provisional, Character)
• 2 recent passport-size color photos with white background.
• IELTS/TOEFL Score
• Financial documents @ Educational Loan from Nabil or SBI bank limited of Nepal to cover 1 year fee & 1 year living cost (18610 AUD) with 2000 Traveling cost for Streamlined Students. or @ Minimum 3 months old bank balance certificate & statement with evidence of income
• Income sources with supporting documents
• Valuation of Property with supporting documents
• Tax Clearance Certificate
• CA Report
• Relationship certificate with sponsors and family members
• Birth Certificate
• Police Report
• Citizenship Certificate (translated in English)
• Confirmation of Enrollment (CoE) from University/College
• Statement of Purpose (SOP)
(If you are applying with a spouse, evidence of the ‘genuine and continuing’ nature of your relationship with your spouse. For example;
• Marriage certificate
• Evidence of cohabitation
• Evidence of joint financial assets or liabilities (if applicable) such as joint ownership of property or joint bank accounts - Evidence of the social nature of the relationship such as photos together in various places, statements from friends/family members, loan to cover dependent’s living, traveling cost which is AUD 6515 per year with 2000 AUD Traveling cost.)
• 157A Visa Application form
• Visa Application charge (Demand Draft)
Dependent: Can apply at the same time with student
Visa Type: Student visa
Method of teaching: English
Interview : Interview may taken face to face here in Kathmandu VFS so preparation is most.
Intakes: University: Feb and September each year, Private College: will have flexible intake
Expenses
• Tuition Fee payable for 1year AUD$ 18000 to AUD$ 22000
• Pocket money (2000 AUD$)
• Air Ticket (700 AUD$)
• Approximate expenses might be 15000 to 18000 UD$: NPR 15 to 18 Lakhs.

Key Facts
• Incredibly beautiful country with a wide range of scenic and leisure opportunities
• Internationally acclaimed education options for international students, including many English-language options
• Excellent pathway and articulation between programmes such as diploma to degree
• Competitive in terms of cost of living and study
• Multicultural, friendly society, with over 400,000 international students coming to study each year

General Information
• Capital: Canberra
• Official Language: English
• Official Currency: Australian Dolloar
• Population: 22,834,471
• Total Area: 7,618,000 km²
• Religion: Christianity
• Climate: Summer: December to February
• Winter: June to August
• Autumn: March to May
• Spring: September to November

Germany Visa Student Check List

Required Documents:
- Two application forms with one recent passport-sized photography each. All questions have to be answered, incomplete forms can not be accepted. Please note that the picture has to satisfy biometric requirements (see www.bundesdruckerei.de) and should not be older than six months.
- Valid passport or travel document with a validity of at least one year, original and two copies.
- Citizenship certificate, original and two copies
- School Leaving Certificate and Mark-Sheets, original and two copies
- Higher Secondary Education Board Certificate and Mark-Sheets, original and two copies
- Proof of the admission to the relevant university or institution or scholarship certificate, original and two copies
- Proof of previous studies in the relevant area (e.g. Bachelor Degree, transcripts) if applicable, original and two copies.
- If required: proof of knowledge of the German or English language (e.g. "Zertifikat Deutsch", TOEFL), original and two copies
- Proof of sufficient finances for at least the first year or scholarship certificate, original and two copies
- Evidence that you intend to return to Nepal at the end of your studies
- Evidence of yorur pesonal economical and social situation (e.g. properties, marriage certificate, work contracts), original and two copies.
Non-Nepali nationals residing in Nepal: Valid residence permit for Nepal.
Minor under the age of 16: Written consent of the parents (father and mother) or the legal guardian.
Official delegations:
Supporting verbal note written by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Please note that these are minimum requirements. Additional documents may have to be presented on request. The guidelines have been issued by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in December 2009 and are subject to change withour prior notice.

Australian Students visa Policy

There are several classes of student visas for Australia - the one you need depends on the type of study (eg: English language course, graduate degree, vocational training,higher education, etc.) you are planning to undertake.
Student visa options
Below is the list of the student visas currently available. For more detail on each visa, visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)(opens in a new window):
• Independent ELICOS (Subclass 570).
• Schools (Subclass 571).
• Vocational Education and Training (Subclass 572).
• Higher Education (Subclass 573).
• Postgraduate Research (Subclass 574).
• Non-award (Subclass 575).
• Foreign Affairs or Defence (Subclass 576).
Other visa options
For shorter periods of study, you can apply for a Visitor or Working Holiday Maker Visa. There is also a visa option specifically for student guardians.

Visitor Visa (Subclasses 600, 601, 651)
• Maximum 3 months study.
• Intention to visit Australia is genuine.
• Meet health and character requirements.
• Sufficient money to support yourself during stay in Australia.
Read more about Visitor Visas(opens in a new window) on the DIBP website.

Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417) • Maximum 4 months study.
• Aged 18 to 30 years and hold an eligible passport.
• Principal purpose to holiday in Australia.
• Enter or remain in Australia as a genuine visitor.
• Meet health and character requirements.
• Sufficient funds for airfares and personal support for stay in Australia.
Read more about Working Holiday Visas(opens in a new window) on the DIBP website.

Student Guardian (Subclass 580)
• Provides for certain persons to reside with a student in Australia, where the student requires a guardian, ie: the studnet is under 18 years of age.
• Study up to 3 months or study ELICOS for 20 hours per week for duration of visa.
• Meet Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement.
• Sufficient funds for airfares and living costs.
• Meet health and character requirements.
• Acceptable health insurance.
Read more about Student Guardian visas(opens in a new window) on the DIBP website.

Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485)
• This visa allows eligible international students who have completed an Australian education to stay in Australia to gain work experience.
• You can work in Australia for a period of 18 months and up to 4 years, depending on your qualification.
• This visa does not restrict the type of work you may do or the number of hours you may work.
• Applications for this visa must be made in Australia and you must hold an eligible student visa in the last 6 months.
• You must meet Australian study, English proficiency, health insurance, health and character requirements.
• You must meet the specific requirements of the stream in which you are applying for this visa.
Read more about Temporary Graduate visas(opens in a new window) on the DIBP website.

Visa options and requirements are sometimes subject to change. In order to stay up to date, the best place to get accurate information is on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection(opens in a new window) website. The website provides comprehensive information on the types of visas available for different levels of study in Australia, including people considering bring family members with them (whether guardians, partners/spouses or children). You will also have access to help and advice about your specific visa requirements. Another option is to contact an education agent, who can help with your visa application, course application, and answer any other questions.

Canada Student Visa Policy

In order to study in Canada, you will need to obtain a Canadian study permit, which serves as a CANADIAN STUDENT VISA for the duration of your stay. You do not need a Canadian study permit if your course or program lasts six months or less. Nonetheless, it may be a good idea to apply for a permit before you come to Canada anyway – otherwise if you decide you want to continue your studies in another program, you’ll need to leave Canada to apply for a study permit through a visa office.
Once you have a Canadian study permit, you can apply to renew it from within Canada if you decide to continue your studies. For full-time students registered at an accredited higher education institution, a study permit also allows you to work part-time on campus. You may also be able to work off-campus, work as a co-op or intern as part of your program, stay in Canada as a permanent resident or find work after you graduate.

Applying for a Canadian study permit
You can apply for a Canadian study permit either online or through a paper application, which can be obtained from the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website. Paper applications typically take about twice as long, and it’s always recommended to check the processing times well in advance. To apply online, you’ll need a credit/debit card and the ability to create electronic copies of your supporting documents (i.e. using a scanner or camera). The visa office in your country will provide specific instructions about which documents you need to provide; this can vary depending on your location. If you need assistance, you can get help at your nearest visa application center (VAC).

The process for obtaining a CANADIAN STUDENT VISA is as follows:
You must first obtain a standardized letter of acceptance from a recognized higher education provider. Students studying in Quebec must also apply for a certificate of acceptance, known as a CAQ, from the government of Quebec. You must acquire this before you are permitted to apply for a study permit. You can get this online, by printing out a form, or by requesting a paper form from your university, which will also provide advice on this subject.
The next stage is to get a Canadian student visa application package, either from the CIC website or by contacting your local visa office, or the Canadian embassy or consulate in your home country. You may also need to obtain a temporary residence permit if you are from a designated country (find out if you need to get one here), but this will not complicate matters too much as it’ll be processed at the same time as your study permit application.
In order to get your application package you’ll need to answer a few questions about yourself on the CIC website. These questions will determine whether you are eligible to apply online for a Canadian student permit.
If you are found eligible, you will receive a personal checklist code, valid for 60 days, which you will need in order to submit your application online. Make sure to print out the page containing your code for future reference. The page will also include an application guide, an estimated tuition fees amount, a list of documents you will need to submit with your application, and guidelines for your next steps.
When you are ready to apply, create a My CIC account, where you will enter your personal checklist code. You will then receive your personal document checklist, which allows you to upload and send your documents to CIC.
Once you have your documents and application form ready and have paid your fees, you can submit your completed application to CIC.
Some applicants may have to attend an interview at their local visa office. Additional Canadian student visa requirements

Some or all of the following additional CANADIAN STUDENT VISA requirements may also apply:
Applicants from certain countries will need to provide biometrics (photograph and fingerprints).
Some applicants may also need to get a medical exam and/or police check before submitting their application. You will not be able to get a study permit if you have a criminal record – you may be asked to provide a Police Clearance Certificate as proof.
Unless you’re from the US, St. Pierre and Miquelon, or Greenland, you will need to prove you have a valid passport which allows you to return to your country of origin after your course is complete. Two passport-sized pictures are also required, with your name and date of birth written on the back.
Canadian student visa requirements also include proof of funds to support yourself. At present this is deemed to be C$10,000 (US$9,400) for every year of your stay (C$11,000/US$10,350 if you’re applying to study in Quebec) on top of your tuition fees. You will also need to make sure you have enough money to pay for transportation to return home.
To prove you have this money, you can provide any of the following documents: bank statements, evidence of a Canadian account in your name if the money’s been transferred, a bank draft in a convertible currency, proof of payment of tuition and accommodation fees, a letter from a person or institution providing you with money, or proof of funding paid from within Canada if you have a scholarship or are undertaking a Canadian-funded program.
If and when your CANADIAN STUDENT VISA application is approved, you’ll receive a letter of introduction, and a temporary residence visa if required. Present these along with your passport, proof of your finances and your letter of acceptance (and any other documents that you’ve been advised to take) to the border control agency in Canada, who will then issue your Canadian study permit and allow you access into Canada.

German Visa Policy

As an international student you may need an entry visa for Germany depending on where you come from and how long you plan to stay here. For more information about visa requirements, contact the German embassy or German consulate in your home country. You can find the address on the website of the German Federal Foreign Office.

When applying for a visa, be sure to keep the following in mind:
Submit your application early enough! Visa processing can take several months and you won’t be able to enter the country without a valid visa.
Apply for the correct visa! Tourist and language course visas cannot be converted into a student visa. With the wrong visa, you will be forced to leave the country at some point and apply for the correct visa at home.
Schedule your trip to Germany so that you have sufficient time to enroll at your university and take care of the administrative obligations. Enrolment is a prerequisite for obtaining the “residence permit for purposes of study”.
Make sure your passport is valid for your entire stay! If your passport expires while you are in Germany, you will have to return to your home country and extend the validity of your passport there.

VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR YOUR COUNTRY
To enter the country, you will most likely need a visa, which you can apply for before your trip at a German diplomatic mission in your home country. There are exceptions for specific countries, depending on the duration and purpose of your trip.
Visit the website of the German Federal Foreign Office for the latest visa requirements for all countries.
The German embassy or consulate in your home country will provide more information about all visa application matters. You can find the addresses of all-German diplomatic missions on the website of the German Federal Foreign Office.

THE CORRECT VISA
The type of visa you need depends on whether you have already received your notification of admission from a German university. (Do not enter the country as a tourist! A tourist visa cannot be converted to a student visa or student applicant visa!)
There are two types of visas:

1. Student applicant visa
If you have not yet received notification of admission to a university or foundation course, you should apply for a student applicant visa.
This three-month visa allows you to meet the requirements for admission to a German university. If you find that three months is not long enough, you may extend your visa to a maximum of six months. If you are admitted to the university or foundation course within this period, you may apply for a student visa.

2. Student visa
If you have received your notification of admission to university or a foundation course, you should apply for a student visa. Student visas are usually valid for three months. Within these three months, you will have to apply for an extended residence permit at the Alien Registration Office in your university town.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR A VISA APPLICATION
You can obtain a complete list of documents required for a visa application from your German diplomatic mission in your home country. Normally, you are asked to present:
Certificate confirming health insurance coverage
Proof of financial resources
Certificates of past academic work and achievements
Certificate of German language proficiency or proof that you intend on attending a language course in Germany
For a student applicant visa: university entrance qualification recognised in Germany
For a student visa: notification of admission from your German university (or a statement from the university confirming that your prospects of gaining admission are good).

RESIDENCE PERMIT
You have to apply for a residence permit if you
Are not a citizen of an EU member state, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, and Intend to study longer than 90 days You have to apply for a residence permit at the Alien Registration Office in your university town within your first three months in Germany.
Make sure to take the following documents with you when you apply:
Confirmation of registration from the Residents’ Registration Office
Confirmation of private or public health insurance coverage
Student ID from your German university (certificate of enrolment)
Proof of financial resources (if you didn’t present it earlier when you applied for a visa)
Valid passport and current visa, if you have one
Certificate of health (if applicable)
Your tenancy agreement (if applicable)
Biometric passport photos (if applicable)
Money for the residence permit fee (inquire at the International Office about the current rate)

You initially receive a two-year residence permit, which can be extended if necessary. The approval of an extension depends on whether your studies have proceeded “properly” (i.e. you are keeping within the standard period of study for your degree programme). You have to present a letter of confirmation to this effect from your university. And remember: You must apply for an extension before your residence permit expires!

New Zealand Visa Policy

Applying for a new student visa in New Zealand
The information on this page only applies to students submitting a student visa application in New Zealand. Please note that if your main purpose for coming to New Zealand is to study then Immigration New Zealand expects you to enter the country on a student visa (not a visitor visa), therefore you should apply for a student visa before leaving your home country.
To obtain a student visa you must be enrolled in at least 45 points per semester (usually three courses of 15 points each). This excludes Exchange and Study Abroad students who should take 60 points (usually four courses of 15 points each). If you are enrolled in less points than the above, please discuss your situation with staff at the International Student Information Centre, as restrictions apply.

Under 18s
If you are under 18 years old you must submit a guarantee of accommodation with your student visa application. Please see Rebecca Walkinton at the International Student Information Centre.

How do you apply?
You can obtain a hard copy of the visa application form from the International Student Information Centre, which is open Monday to Friday 9am-4pm.
You can download the Medical and Chest X-ray certificate (form INZ1007) or the Chest X-ray certifcate (INZ 1096) from the Immigration New Zealand webpage.
Visit the Immigration New Zealand website

Required documentation
Application checklist for all students
• Completed, signed and dated application form.
• New Zealand residential address, which must be the same address, you have registered on Student Services Online.
• Two passport-size photographs (less than six months old).
• Proof of University of Auckland tuition fees payment. You can print your statement from Student Services Online – refer to the additional information on page four of the visa application form.
• Proof of Funds – please refer to the additional information on page three of the visa application form.
• Evidence of outward travel – please refer to additional information on page three of the visa application form.
• Your passport (ensure that you have blank pages and the passport does not have an expiry date of less than 3 months).

Additional requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate students (excluding PhD students)

• You must be enrolled in at least 45 points per semester (usually three courses of 15 points each). This excludes Exchange and Study Abroad students who should be enrolled in 60 points (usually four courses of 15 points each). If you are studying less points than the above, please discuss your situation with the staff at the International Student Information Centre, as restrictions apply.

Transcript:
o New students: Please print and attach a transcript from your previous institution or school.
o Current students: Please print your unofficial transcript from Student Services Online. Please refer to the additional information on page four of the visa application form.
Attendance certificate/letter:
o You must provide an attendance certificate or letter if you have previously studied in New Zealand (excluding university students).
o Immigration New Zealand attendance policy states that to be eligible for a student visa a student must have a minimum of 96% attendance in their previous academic year. If you have not fulfilled this requirement you must apply for your visa at an Immigration New Zealand office (ie, the International Student Information Centre will not be able to process your student visa application).

• Important note on Academic Progress: Immigration New Zealand’s academic progress policy states that to be eligible for a student visa, a student must pass at least 75% of their courses each semester. If you did not fulfil this requirement in your previous semester, then you must apply for your visa at an Immigration New Zealand office (ie, the International Student Information Centre will not be able to process your student visa application).

Additional requirements for PhD students
• Updated letter from the Graduate Centre stating the following
o The start and end dates of your PhD programme
o Supervisor(s) name(s)
o Title of thesis
• Current PhD students must be enrolled for the upcoming year.

Additional documentation
The following documents may also be required. It is your responsibility to contact Immigration New Zealand and find out whether you need to submit new certificates for the following:

Medical certificate • Medical certificates must be submitted every 36 months or when requested by Immigration New Zealand.
• Medical certificates must be submitted to Immigration New Zealand within three months of date of issue.

Chest x-ray certificate
• Chest x-ray certificates must be submitted every 36 months or when requested by Immigration New Zealand.
• Chest x-ray certificates must be submitted to Immigration New Zealand within three months of date of issue.

Police certificate
• A national police certificate from your home country must be submitted every 36 months. If your national police certificate is not in English, you must translate the certificate and submit both:
o The original police certificate.
o The original translation of the police certificate.
• Police certificates must be submitted to Immigration New Zealand within six months of date of issue.

When do you apply?
You must submit your online student visa application to the International Student Information Centre at least seven days before your current visa is due to expires. The International Student Information Centre can only accept student visa applications for processing between 9am and 2pm.
Please note:
You can apply for a student visa at the International Student Information Centre for two consecutive semesters if the two semesters are in the same academic year (for example Semesters One and Two 2015).
If you want to apply for a student visa that covers two semesters in different academic years (for example Semester Two 2015 and Semester One 2016) you must submit your student visa application at an Immigration New Zealand office.
Student visa application fees
International Student Information Centre
Fee structure for visa applications between 3 November 2014 and 11 December 2015:

Date Price/Fee
3 November - 12 December 2014 $145
5 January - 27 February 2015 $165
2 March - 31 March 2015 $185
1 April - 29 May 2015 $165
1 June - 30 June 2015 $145
1 July - 31 August 2015 $185
1 September - 30 October 2015 $165
2 November - 11 December 2015 $145

Please note that visa applications will not be accepted at the University between Monday 15 December 2014 and Friday 2 January 2015 (both days inclusive).
Visa processing will recommence on Monday 5 January 2015.
Visa application fee
Visa application fee payment can be made via EFTPOS or Visa/Mastercard at the International Student Information Centre. We regret we are unable to accept cash payments. As student visa application fees are non-refundable, please ensure that you meet the criteria and provide the necessary documentation. If you have any queries or concerns about applying for your student visa on campus, please contact the International Student Information Centre before you pay the fee.

Applying through Immigration New Zealand
Download the student visa application form from the Immigration New Zealand (INZ) webpage and send your completed application directly to Immigration New Zealand.
The application must include
• an application fee of NZ$250
• proof of your enrolment (you can obtain this at the International Student Information Centre)
• full academic transcript (an unofficial academic transcript is acceptable).
A full checklist of required documents for Immigration New Zealand can be collected from the International Student Information Centre.

USA Student Visa Policy

Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. You must have a student visa to study in the United States. Your course of study and the type of school you plan to attend determine whether you need an F-1 visa or an M-1 visa.
To enter the United States to attend: You need the following visa category:

To enter the United States to attend: You need the following visa category:
University or college
High School
Private elementary school
Seminary
Conservatory
Another academic institution, including a language training program F
Vocational or other recognized nonacademic institution, other than a language training program M

Students cannot travel on the Visa Waiver Program or with Visitor Visas
Citizens of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) participating countries who intend to study cannot travel on the VWP or on visitor (B) visas, except to undertake recreational study as part of a tourist visit. Students must travel to the United States with student (F-1 or M-1) visas. For more information on the VWP, see Visa Waiver Program.
For short periods of recreational study, a Visitor (B) visa can be used Enrollment in a short recreational course of study, which is not for credit toward a degree or academic certificate, is permitted on a visitor (B) visa. Learn more about Visitor Visas.
Study leading to a U.S. conferred degree or certificate is not permitted on a visitor (B) visa, even if it is for a short duration. For example, distance learning which requires a period of time on the institution’s U.S. campus requires an F-1 visa.
Student Acceptance at a SEVP Approved School
Before you can apply at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate for an F or M student visa, you must first apply to and be accepted by a SEVP approved school. Visit the Department of State EducationUSA website to learn about educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate study, opportunities for scholars, admissions, and more. You can also visit the DHSStudy in the States school search page to search for SEVP-certified schools. When you are accepted by the U.S. school you plan to attend, you will be enrolled in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). You must pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee. The U.S. school will provide you with a Form I-20 to present to the consular officer when you attend your visa interview. If your spouse and/or children intend to reside with you in the United States while you study, they must obtain individual Form I-20s, but they do not pay the SEVIS fee. Visit the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) website to learn more about SEVIS and the SEVIS I-901 Fee.

How to Apply
There are several steps to apply for a visa. The order of these steps and how you complete them may vary at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you apply. Please consult the instructions available on the embassy or consulate website where you intend to apply. Complete the Online Visa Application
• Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 – Learn more about completing the DS-160. You must: 1) complete the online visa application and 2) print the application form confirmation page to bring to your interview.
• Photo –You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160. Your photo must be in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements.

Schedule an Interview
While interviews are generally not required for applicants of certain ages outlined below, consular officers have the discretion to require an interview of any applicant, regardless of age.
If you are age: Then an interview is:
13 and younger Generally not required
14-79 Required (some exceptions for renewals)
80 and older Generally not required
You must schedule an appointment for your visa interview, generally, at theU.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you live. You may schedule your interview at any U.S. Embassy or Consulate, but be aware that it may be difficult to qualify for a visa outside of your place of permanent residence.
Wait times for interview appointments vary by location, season, and visa category, so you should apply for your visa early. Review the interview wait time for the location where you will apply:

Appointment Wait Time
Select a U.S. Embassy or Consulate:Where will you apply?
New Students – F-1 and M-1 student visas can be issued up to 120 days in advance of your course of study start date. However, you will not be allowed to enter the United States in F-1 or M-1 status earlier than 30 days before your start date.
Continuing Students - May renew their visas at any time, as long as they have maintained student status and their SEVIS records are current. Continuing students may enter the United States at any time before their classes start.

Prepare for Your Interview
• Fees - Pay the non-refundable visa application fee, if you are required to pay it before your interview. When your visa is approved, you may also pay a visa issuance fee,
if applicable to your nationality. Fee information is provided below:
Application Fee: $160
ALL FEES
• Review the instructions available on the website of the embassy or consulate where you will apply to learn more about fee payment.
Gather Required Documentation
Gather and prepare the following required documents before your visa interview:
• Passport valid for travel to the United States - Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States (unless exempt by country-specific agreements). If more than one person is included in your passport, each person who needs a visa must submit a separate application.
• Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page
• Application fee payment receipt, if you are required to pay before your interview
• Photo – You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160. If the photo upload fails, you must bring one printed photo in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements.
• Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status-For Academic and Language Students, Form I-20 or Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (M-1) Student Status for Vocational Students, Form I-20 – Your school will send you a SEVIS-generated Form I-20 once they have entered your information in the SEVIS database. You and your school official must sign the Form I-20. All students, their spouse and minor children if they intend to reside in the United States with the student, must be registered in the Student and Exchange Visitor System (SEVIS). Each person receives an individual Form I-20.

Additional Documentation May Be Required
Review the instructions for how to apply for a visa on the website of theembassy or consulate where you will apply. Additional documents may be requested to establish that you are qualified. For example, additional requested documents may include evidence of:
• Your academic preparation, such as:
o Transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates from schools you attended; and
o Standardized test scores required by your U.S. school;
• Your intent to depart the United States upon completion of the course of study; and
• How you will pay all educational, living and travel costs.
Attend Your Visa Interview
During your visa interview, a consular officer will determine whether you are qualified to receive a visa, and if so, which visa category is appropriate based on your purpose of travel. You will need to establish that you meet the requirements under U.S. law to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.
Ink-free, digital fingerprint scans will be taken as part of your application process. They are usually taken during your interview, but this varies based on location. After your visa interview, your application may require further administrative processing. You will be informed by the consular officer if further processing is necessary for your application.
When the visa is approved, you may pay a visa issuance fee if applicable to your nationality, and will be informed how your passport with visa will be returned to you. Review the visa processing time, to learn how soon your passport with visa will generally be ready for pick-up or delivery by the courier.
Additional Information
• We cannot guarantee that you will be issued a visa. Do not make final travel plans or buy tickets until you have a visa.
• For information about employment, review Students and Employment and Form I-765 Work Authorization Instructions on the USCIS website.
• Students who are outside the United States, and who have not been attending classes for five (5) months or more, should apply for a new student visa to reenter the United States. • Spouse and children
o Your spouse and unmarried, minor children who intend to reside with you during your study may apply for F-2 or M-2 visas. Although SEVIS fee payment is not required, your school must issue them an individual Form I-20, which is required to apply for their visas. You must provide a copy of your F-1 or M-1 visa and provide proof of relationship. o Your minor children are permitted to attend school in the United States while accompanying you.
• Unless canceled or revoked, a visa is valid until its expiration date. Therefore, a valid U.S. visa in an expired passport is still valid. If you have a valid visa in your expired passport, do not remove it from your expired passport. You may use your valid visa in your expired passport along with a new valid passport for travel and admission to the United States.