In this blog, I will share my experience of applying for a successful U.S. Visa for my master’s in the U.S. The detailed procedure to apply for Graduate and Under Graduate study in U.S. universities for education in the U.S. is mentioned in this blog.
Things you need at the first stage after you intend to study in the U.S. or abroad.
1. A passport
Get your E-passport from your respective District Administration Office (जिल्ला प्रशासन कार्यालय ) or the Department of Passports, Kathmandu.
2. Degree to pursue in the U.S.
A clear vision of which degree course to pursue your further studies in the U.S.
3. English Proficiency Test
Nepal is a non-native English-speaking nation. So, you must take English proficiency language tests such as IELTS/ TOFEL/ Duolingo/ PTE, depending upon the country and the university you intend to apply to. Students primarily take TOFEL or IELTS for language tests for U.S. student visas. In contrast, GRE or GMAT is highly recommended to boost your claim for scholarship and Graduate Assistantship & Teaching Assistantship.
4. Degree Certificates and Transcripts from your academic institutions.
While applying for U.S. Universities, you must have all your academic degree certificates and transcripts of all the degrees you have taken. Furthermore, these degree certificates have to be photocopied and notarised (to verify the photocopies as the actual copy of the original) before submitting to the university application portal.
Degree Certificates you require For U.S. Universities:
- SEE/ SLC Certificate and Transcript.
- +2 Certificate and Transcript.
- Bachelors Certificate and Transcript or Diploma Certificate and Transcript
5. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Prepare your strong CV with all the latest degrees, qualifications, and experience.
1. Letter of Recommendation from your Professors or Employers
Visit your most recent college and ask the teachers (professors) to provide you with a letter of recommendations prioritizing the intended degree courses. You primarily require three-letter of recommendations, out of which it is better to have two from the professors and one from the employer (if you have one).
2. Statement of Purpose (SOP)
A statement of purpose or a letter of intent is detailed writing about your career path, interests, professional contributions, goals and the driving force behind pursuing a particular program abroad. It plays a vital role in whether you will be accepted by the universities or not.
Please mail me at [email protected] or [email protected] for sample LORs and Statement of Purpose.
1. Choosing the U.S. Universities and Colleges
Choosing a university or college is the most challenging part of the journey to studying abroad. Websites that I prefer are US News & Common App. to search for the university that matches your course structure, financial capability, scores and other factors. Use the filter option to filter out the courses, fee structure, ranking, acceptance rate, location, etc. Make a list of universities and decide which universities you think you can crack into.
2. Applying to the U.S. Universities and Colleges
Visit the college’s website and see if it provides your courses and check the international fee structure. Apply to the universities if you think you can crack it. Apply to at least three to five U.S. universities for the safer side. In the case of graduates and full funded seeking students, visit the university websites and go to the research section and apply for Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantship, and Graduate Assistantship. The section may vary from University to University.
1. Obtaining I-20
I-20 is the acceptance letter containing Sevis ID sent to you from the U.S. University, which has detailed information about you, the college and the expected fee you need to pay each year. After you apply to the U.S. universities, wait for your application to be reviewed. Based on your application, the university analyses your grade, SOP, Test Scores, Language proficiency, and LORs. The university provides you with the I-20 and the eligible scholarship (sometimes, you need to fill up a separate form for a scholarship). Choose the best I-20 among all the I-20s to apply for a U.S. student visa. This document is also required during the U.S. VISA INTERVIEW.
2. Filling up DS-160 for the U.S. Non-immigrant Visa
After you have selected the best I-20, visit the U.S. government site and fill up the Non-Immigrant DS-160 U.S. visa application form. For your kind information, please note down the DS-160 Application ID as the application portal session gets timed out, and you need this ID to continue your application process. After completing the DS-160 form, safely print out the DS-160 Confirmation page.
1. Book a U.S. Visa Interview Appointment
First, go to this U.S. Visa CGI site and register as a new user. Continue the process for New Appointments by registering as the Non- Immigrant as you’re applying for a U.S. Student Visa. Here, you require SEVIS NUMBER (Present in I-20) and DS-160 Confirmation Number.
Then, Pay the MRV Fee of 160$ through any Nepal Investment Bank (Either Online or through Bank Voucher). In case of payment through Bank Voucher, you need a copy of your Passport, DS-160 Confirmation page, I-20, and a receipt provided by CGI; then go to any Nepal Investment Bank Branch and fill up the Bank Voucher.
After the payment, enter the receipt number mentioned in the receipt by visiting the same website portal. The receipt number starts with S followed by 8 digits: S12345678
Note: Do not forget to ask the Bank official to highlight the receipt number in your bank voucher.
Now, go to schedule an appointment for a U.S. visa interview and appoint the date of your U.S. Visa Interview. Check regularly to appoint your preferred date & time and mail it to your account for confirmation. But, there is an issue. If you regularly check for available U.S. visa Interview dates, your account is bound to get freezed for 24 to 72 hours.
So, there are Telegram Groups that update the available Visa slots
The Telegram Group link for the Visa Slot Update – 🇳🇵Nepal F1 Visa Slot Update
Also, to prevent the freezing of your account, you can create a dummy account on the same CGI site using a different web browser to check if the dates you prefer are available. If it’s available then you can log in to your actual CGI account and appoint the date for the U.S. visa interview.
2. Pay the SEVIS Fee of 350 $
You need to pay the Sevis fee after you book your U.S. visa appointment date. To pay the sevis fee, all you need is a credit card (dollar card) or you can also visit any bank (Investment, Nabil, etc.) with your Passport and I20 to pay the Sevis fee. You should bring your SEVIS fee receipt with you to your interview. The fee should be paid at least three business days prior to your scheduled appointment date.
1. Take the U.S. Visa interview and get the U.S. Visa.
Check my U.S. F1 Visa Experience
Prepare your answers to commonly asked questions. And, make arrangements for the Documents you need to take during the U.S. Visa Interview. Documents you need but are not limited to are:
- Passport (Valid over 6 months from your intended date of stay in the U.S.)
- DS-160 Confirmation page (1st Page)
- A Photo 2×2 Size photo
- Latest Degree Transcript (You can take all transcripts from SLC/SEE)
- Sevis fee receipt
- U.S. Visa Appointment Date proof (Print from your CGI Account)
- Language Test Score (Optional)
- GRE Score (Optional)
- Financial Documents (Optional)
If you received the Green Slip from the Visa Officer. Congratulations You’ve Received Your U.S. Visa. You can now live your Dream.
After 2-3 days, you will receive an email on your email account from US Travel Docs asking you to visit the authorized location to receive your Passport with a visa.
2. Request for NOC, Migration Certificate, QR Vaccine Card, and Police Clearance
No Objection Certificate (NOC)
After you have your visa approved, you can now apply for NOC. Apply NOC from here. Complete the form submitting your documents and details, and pay the required amount in any Nepal Rastriya Bank Branch. Now, download the form from the site, sign it and submit visiting the office (Keshar Pustakalaya) with all the documents mentioned on the NOC website.
- Payment Receipt
- NOC form (Signed)
- Offer letter from University
- Citizenship Certificate photocopy
- Degree Certificate
- Language Test (If you have uploaded on the portal)
You need NOC to pay the fees to the International Universities, and it also enables us to exchange NRs and Dollars legally.
QR Vaccine Card
This is optional but some entry terminals during travel might ask for it. For police clearance, visit this Government Site. It is entirely free & online and requires you to enter your passport and citizenship information. The only thing that needs attention is the photo size; I assume you are a student applying for a U.S. visa, so the photo size required here is the same as the photo for your DS-160.
The final verification takes about two to three days, and there you go, you have a police clearance certificate.
Rent an apartment
It is your choice if you want to stay at University Dorms or stay in an apartment. It is better you seek students who are going to the same university as you do. Then be a group of about 4-5 and then seek an apartment near the University as per your needs. Before booking an apartment please contact the NEPALI people currently living there. Be in constant contact with the Nepali there and ask them before you finalise the apartment. It would do a wonders for you.
In order to book an apartment, you may use some of the popular websites like Apartments.com.
Book Air Flights and travel to the United States
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Some of the useful Telegram Group links:
Note: In case the following links has expired, please Google search the name of the group and get into the Group.
Nepal F1 Visa Discussion – https://t.me/+5EEMrycnmr9iZDNl
Nepal F1 Visa Slot Update – https://t.me/+Xjyr8fWVUl9mOTVl
F1 visa interview Experiences ❁ – https://t.me/+Xjyr8fWVUl9mOTVl
Process after visa approved – https://t.me/+Ziss58Y-TZ05NTZl
Reapply F1 Visa discussion – https://t.me/+EFmDnrS-CeAyZTM1
F1 Visa Graduate [MS/PhD] – https://t.me/+Z1TsDgmtyyEyYTFl