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Posted by: AdminMain
09-22-2005, 11:50 AM
Forum: Visa
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Financial Resourses



Sufficient Financial Resources

To get a F-1 visa approved, you will need to show that you have sufficient funds to pay for the first year of study and that you have resources available to cover the rest of your educational program. For an M-1 or J-1 visa, you will need to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to pay for all tuition and living costs for your complete stay in the US.



The information you provide on the I-20 form (F-1) or IAP-66 form (J-1) will be scrutinized very carefully by both the foreign student advisor at the school and the INS. If you do not have the resources necessary for study in the US, you will not get a visa.



You should know where your money is coming from before you board a plane. Several schools require proof that you have enough money for the entire course of study even for an F-1 visa, because too many international students have to return home after only a year of study.



If your education will be sponsored by a US citizen (e.g., a relative), the relative will need to fill out a Form I-134 (Affidavit of Support). This form requires them to pay your expenses if you can not. A Form I-134 filed by someone who is not a relative does not count as much as a Form I-134 filed by a relative.

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Posted by: AdminMain
09-22-2005, 11:46 AM
Forum: Visa
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VISA INTERVIEW



American Consulate has introduced a system of prior appointment for Visa Interview. On the given date, the applicant has to appear for a personal interview. The applicant should convince the visa officer that he / she has the necessary funds to cover the cost of education. The applicant should prove that he / she has strong ties with India and also that he / she is not an intending immigrant. While answering the questions, one should be brief and to the point.



One should not be surprised or angry if the officer is unable to review all the documents that are carried by the applicant. Since officers have very little time for each applicant, they may not be able to look at many or even any documents at times. Therefore one should be prepared to explain one's situation orally and to answer all questions promptly, patiently and confidently.



The applicant will be informed whether he / she has been granted or refused a visa on the same day. The name of the University whose I-20 has been submitted to the consulate, will also be mentioned on the passport. Therefore it is advisable to make the final selection of the University very carefully. If, for some reason, your visa is rejected in the first attempt, you can reapply after 3 working days.



DOCUMENT CHECKLIST



The following is a list of some of the documents that you are supposed to carry along with you on the day of VISA interview:



Passport having validity of atleast six months



Visa Fee Receipt



Interview Appointment Letter



I-20 and Admission Letter from the University / College mentioning the total cost of education in USA (If You have received Admission letters / Rejection letters from more than one University, carry all of them)



Evidence of Scholarship / Aid / Grant, if any



Sponsorship Letter



Educational Certificates, Degrees, Diplomas & Mark sheets



Score Reports of TOEFL and GRE / GMAT / SAT



Work Experience Certificate / Reference Letter from Employer, if Employed



Bank Statements / Pass Books of the sponsors for the last Three Years



Summary Statement of Assets and Total Income of Family Members



Income Tax papers of the sponsor and his Family for the last 3 years



Proof of all movable and immovable assets



For more updated information on Student Visa and the latest Fees, Kindly visit the websites: [url="http://www.usembassy.state.gov/mumbai"]http://www.usembassy.state.gov/mumbai[/url] and

[url="http://www.visa-services.com"]http://www.visa-services.com[/url]



SOME OF THE QUESTIONS LIKELY TO BE ASKED BY THE VISA OFFICER:



What is the purpose of your trip?



Which university are you planning to go to?



Who is sponsoring you?



Why do you want to do MS / MBA?



Why do you wish to study in the US and not in India?



Why did you select this University?



Do you have any relatives in the US?



Why is your GRE / GMAT / SAT / TOEFL score low?



What are you plans after completing your studies?



What is your father's annual income?



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Posted by: AdminMain
09-22-2005, 10:46 AM
Forum: Visa
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U.S. Embassy Announces New Systems For Visa Applicants



Changes in the visa appointment modification system and the facility to schedule an emergency appointment was reported to MurthyDotCom and MurthyBulletin readers on August 26, 2005 in our article entitled, NIV Appointment Procedures Update at Certain Consulates in India, and subsequently updated on September 16, 2005 in our article from Murthy Immigration Services, Pvt Ltd, entitled Update on Emergency Appointments at the U.S. Consulate, Chennai. The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi announced September 20, 2005 that a new system is put in place to facilitate visa appointments for applicants across India and that VFS, an organization that is presently serving visa applicants falling under the Mumbai Consular District, will extend their services to visa applicants across India. This will be done in association with HDFC Bank.



The U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulates General in Mumbai, Chennai, and Calcutta have entered into a new agreement with VFS to provide visa applicants throughout India with information, appointments, and courier services. VFS, which is currently offering a similar service for the Mumbai consular district, will become the sole provider of visa services to all applicants for U.S. visas in India as of October 3, 2005. Locations of VFS offices are available. The new cost for U.S. visa-related services in India will decrease to Rs. 276 (including taxes) per applicant for appointments booked starting October 3, for online or phone-in information, assistance in making appointments, and for the return-by-courier of passports with new visas.



Visa Application Fee to be Paid in Advance



In an effort to filter genuine applicants the new visa service system will require each applicant to pay the standard nonimmigrant visa application fee of $100 (Rs. 4,400 at the current exchange rate) BEFORE booking an appointment. The visa application fee is nonrefundable and may not be transferred to any other visa applicant, except with special permission from the Embassy.



To facilitate this program, the Embassy has engaged Bank of America through its partner bank, HDFC Bank. The visa application fee, which must be paid before making an appointment, may only be paid at a designated branch of HDFC Bank. Other branches of HDFC Bank will not be able to accept payment. The designated HDFC Bank branches will begin accepting payments as of October 3, 2005. The banks will provide a bar code and, using this, applicants can schedule appointments with the appropriate consulates.



Visa Application Forms to be Completed Online



Under the new system, applicants will be asked to complete their visa forms online using an interactive website that assists applicants in avoiding errors in data entry. Applicants with confirmed appointments will also get PIN numbers, giving them access to 10 minutes of “free-talk time” by calling a national toll-free number. This talk time can be used to inquire about rules and regulations, and also to track return passport delivery. For the time being, the toll-free number is accessible from MTNL and BSNL lines only.



The announcement further indicates that applicants will have greater access to over-the-counter information and assistance. U.S. Visa Application Centers are being opened at new locations in Punjab at Jalandhar and Chandigarh, in Andhra Pradesh at Vijaywada, and in Kerala at Cochin.



The new visa service system, which incorporates the prepayment of the nonrefundable, nontransferable visa application fee, is expected to decrease the time visa applicants must wait for their interviews by encouraging the scheduling of appointments only by those applicants who actually will appear for their interviews.



Procedure for Existing Appointments



Applicants who already have appointments scheduled through TT Services (TTS) in New Delhi, Chennai, and Calcutta or VFS in Mumbai will NOT be impacted by these changes. Appointments can continue to be made through TTS until September 30, 2005. All appointments made through TTS and under the old VFS system through September 30 will be honored. The visa application fees for appointments made with TTS should still be paid through a bank draft, as is the current practice.



TTS Customers to Reconfirm Appointments



According to the U.S. Embassy, TTS customers will soon be asked to reconfirm their appointments. As this reconfirmation process progresses it is anticipated that most TTS appointment holders will be able to move their appointment times forward, although it may be several weeks before earlier appointments become widely available.



TTS has served visa applicants since 2000. The present arrangement with VFS is for a period of 3 years. The VFS WebSite <http://www.vfs-usa.co.in/> announces that their centers in Ahmedabad, Mumbai, and Pune will be closed on September 29 and 30 due to this transit, but is and expected to be online again from October 1, 2005.



We at The Law Office of Sheela Murthy understand the sensitive nature of these changes and their impact on our Indian clients as well as others in India and the United States. We will further update our readers as information on the new procedures is revealed.

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09-21-2005, 02:36 AM
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