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Yippee! The cumbersome admissions process is finally over and you have your acceptance letter in hand. Great going, mate! Now let’s take a look at the visa application process, because (God forbid!) one wrong move and all your effort and hard work could be terribly wasted.

To apply for a US visa you must have your acceptance letter (Form I-20) from the university that you intend to study in. You would also need the following documents:

  • Valid passport
  • Aadhar card
  • SEVIS Id and address of program printed on your I-20
  • Digital photo and signature
  • Resume or CV, academic certificates from your school and college

Next, you should go to and fill in the DS-160 form. Once you have completed your application, take its printout. Pay attention to the Barcode on the top-right corner and note it down separately.

Then select your visa type and pay the visa fee of USD 160. Finally, you will need to schedule two separate appointments: one, at the Visa Application Center (for fingerprints and photo) and the other, at the US Embassy (for your interview).

At the Visa Application Center, you would require:

  • Appointment letter
  • Original passport
  • Printout of confirmation page generated after filling form DS-160 (with Barcode)

    At your Embassy visa interview, you would need:

  • Valid passport
  • Appointment confirmation
  • Printout of confirmation page generated after filling form DS-160 (with Barcode)

At the end of your visa interview, you would be told whether or not your visa is approved. You would soon receive an SMS and email telling you when and where to pick up your visa. That’s it! Now you can pack up your bags.

But don’t forget to attend Jamboree’s Pre-departure Orientation session. It is immensely useful suggesting tips like what/what not to carry, preparing for the big day: do’s and don’ts, survival tools: new mobile phone connections, bank accounts, academic life at US universities, value-added services and much more.

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