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It’s time to prepare for your student visa!

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When you dream of studying abroad the time spent waiting to make it a reality feels like forever. The good news for students wanting to study at Zoni is that US Embassies around the world are starting to reopen. That means the wait will soon be over! You are now able to book your student visa interviews!

Who needs a student visa?

Many, many students need student visas to enable them to study in the US. In fact, if you are not a resident of the United States and want to register for any full-time program, you must get a student visa to do so. This means that if you intend to study Zoni’s Premium Intensive English Program (PIEP, 20 hours per week) or the Standard Intensive English Program (SIEP, 18 hours per week) then you must apply for a student visa. There are a number of steps in the visa process:

  1. Apply to a SEVP-approved school in the United States.
  2. These Zoni campuses are SEVP-approved: Manhattan, Flushing, Jackson Heights, Brooklyn, Elizabeth, West New York, Passaic and Miami Beach.
  3. After the SEVP-approved school accepts your enrollment, you will be registered for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee.
  4. The SEVP-approved school will issue you a Form I-20. After you receive the Form I-20 and register in SEVIS, you may apply at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate for a student visa.
  5. Complete the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 and upload your photo.
  6. Print the application form confirmation page. You must bring this to your interview.
  7. Make an appointment for an interview at the consulate or embassy nearest your place of residence.
  8. Pay your application fee and get your documents ready.
  9. Have your interview.
  10. Get your student visa approved.
  11. Study at Zoni in the United States.

Detailed information about this process can be found on this link: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/study/student-visa.html#overview

Please be aware that the waiting time between booking your appointment and the actual day of your appointment can be days or even weeks long. Because of this please prepare yourself well in advance. Presently, embassies in cities like Kyiv or Seoul have wait times of roughly 3-4 weeks. Whereas students in Mexico City enjoy only 1-2 days of waiting.

Be prepared

Of course, not all embassies have reopened yet. You can find the most up to date information on which embassies/consulates are open and the wait time for visa interviews here.

Sometimes students are required to submit extra documents with their applications. These may include things like:

  • Transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates from schools you have attended
  • Standardized test scores required by your U.S. school
  • Your intent to depart the United States upon completion of the course of study
  • How you will pay all educational, living and travel costs

Even if you are not sure that you will be required to submit these documents, it is always a good idea to have them ready. Being prepared makes a good impression and saves time.

Going to your visa interview can be really nerve wrecking. During the interview the consular officer will ask you questions and take your fingerprints. This is a normal part of the process and does not mean you are in trouble. Everyone has to do it.

The opening of the embassies and consulates around the world is a very important and very positive step towards things returning to normal. We are very excited to welcome new students to our campuses in the United States and even more excited to help them realise their study abroad and language learning dreams.

If you are interested in studying at Zoni Language Centers contact us at info@zoni.edu or contact us on whatsapp at +12013557211.

 

A young adult student holding an American flag celebrates getting his F1 Student visa.