Documents for Visa

During the visa interview, you are required to carry numerous documents. While preparing the documentation, make sure your surname and given name match on all your documentation. Also, verify that all other information is correct and up-to-date.

Here is the list of documentation required for getting a F1 Visa. Make sure you follow this checklist while preparing your folder for the visa interview:

  • Valid passport. You are recommended to have passport valid for at least six months beyond your interview date.

  • Visa fee receipt issued by HDFC Bank and interview appointment letter.

  • SEVIS generated Form I-20 in original, approved and signed by the University authority.

  • Proof of payment of SEVIS Fee Receipt I-901, if applicable.

  • One 2 x 2-inch photograph (not more than six months old) as per specification.

  • Original signed form DS-156.

  • Original Form DS-157 and DS-158.

  • Evidence of financial resources: proof of liquid assets sufficient to pay for the entire first year of education and living expenses as well as proof of readily available funds to cover the remaining year(s) of studies.

  • Original degree certificates along with mark sheets.

  • Original Bachelor degree transcripts or high school diploma along with mark sheets from previous institutions attended.

  • Relevant test scores, e.g. TOEFL and SAT, GRE, GMAT or LSAT.

  • Work Experience Certificates, if applicable.



June 18, 2008 at 9:32 PM

This is the same information that is given in the FAQ section of the VFS site... this is just a copy paste from there. Put something original!!!!

  US Calling

June 19, 2008 at 1:45 AM

Yes, they are from the VFS site, but formatted to serve as a checklist for the visa interview. Most people don't read it before applying and pour in questions about these.

For some more gyan on documentation, see: Visa Documents

  Aedd Karston

February 21, 2014 at 12:58 AM

Thanks for the helpful information!

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