If you are planning an international academic experience, one of the first questions you may have is how to get a visa for the United States.
To answer all your questions, this article brings you 4 facts you need to know before starting your visa application for the USA. Follow along and find out!
1 – There are different types of visa
The student visa is the most common for those wishing to travel to the United States, but there are also visas for tourism, business, work, and other purposes. Make sure you choose the correct type of visa for your specific situation.
2 – The visa application is made in 3 parts: forms, payment, interview
The first step in applying for a US visa is filling out forms.
In general, forms request information such as:
● Personal data;
● Passport details;
● Travel information and plans in the US;
● Educational and work history;
● Among others.
At this stage, it is very important to keep the information accurate and consistent. One tip is to be especially careful with questions about ties to the country of origin and plans in the US, as these influence the visa decision.
Then, it is time to pay the fees:
● Amount: Varies according to the type of visa
● Payment: It must be done online before scheduling the interview at the consulate.
Visa Application Fee
● Amount: Standard fee for visa processing.
● Payment: It can be done online or in specific locations, depending on the country.
Finally, it is time for the interview, which must be scheduled at the nearest US consulate or embassy.
This step is crucial to securing your US visa. Therefore, it is important to pay attention to the necessary documents that must be presented on the day:
● Valid passport;
● Completed forms;
● Proof of payment of fees;
● Photos in the required format;
● Financial receipts;
● Documents proving links with the country of origin.
During the US visa interview, be honest and clear in your answers. Be prepared to explain your plans in the US and your intentions to return to your home country after activities have ended.
3 – It is ideal to start the visa process 6 months in advance
The process of obtaining a visa for the United States can vary depending on several factors, such as the workload of the consulate or embassy, the time of year and your personal situation.
In terms of timeframe, it is advisable to start the process at least 6 months before the scheduled date of your trip to the US.
This should allow sufficient time to deal with any delays or issues that may arise during the visa application process.
4 – Participation in executive courses in the US without a student visa
When you choose one of IBS Americas’ English programs for professionals, you don’t need to obtain a student visa, which is more time-consuming and complex; the B1/B2 tourist visa is sufficient because it’s a short course.
In addition to offering the best programs for university students and young professionals in various fields, IBS Americas specializes in bringing international participants to executive programs at major universities in the US.
Learn about our partner institutions and start this new academic journey that will transform your professional life.