You have decided to study in the USA. So, you should plan everything carefully in advance.
- find your college or university: begin your research at least 12 to 18 months prior to the academic year in which you hope to attend a college or university.
- verify the institution's accreditation or ask Cedies
- 1 August: begin your applications
- September: request a transcript from your school and 2 or 3 reference letters.
- register for and sit a language test ( TOEFL ) and an admissions test if required ( SAT or ACT )
- start your financial planning as early as possible.
Need a visa?
A valid passport and a US visa are needed to enter the United States.
An interview with a consular officer, as well as inkless fingerprint scans at the U.S. Embassy are required for most visa applicants.
- apply online for a student visa (F-1/M-1)
- schedule an interview at the consulate
Documents needed to complete your application:
- travel itinerary, if you have already made travel arrangements
- dates of your last five visits or trips to the USA
- résumé or curriculum vitae
- SEVIS ID, which is printed on your I-20 or DS-2019
- Address of the school or university/programme at which you intend to study.
Follow the procedure on the website of the US Embassy
What is a form 1-20A-B “certificate of eligibility”?
The I 20-A.B is sent to you by a US institution that considers you qualified for a full course of study.