Documents required for F-1 Visa

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Srishti Chatterjee
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Jun 20, 2021 19:34 IST

Documents required for F-1 Visa

The F1 Visa is a US student visa (non-immigrant) required by international students who wish to study in the US. However, if you enter the USA through this visa, you are required to complete the whole duration of the course. Only the US Embassies and USA consulates outside the US have the authority to issue F-1 Visas. No other governing body or agency can issue F-1 visas. However, extensions in stay or changes in the status of the applicant can be done within the US through legitimate agencies. Further, the spouse and/or children of the F-1 Visa candidates need to get the dependent’s F-2 Visa. The F-2 Visa holders are not permitted to join any form of employment although the children are allowed to attend public schools.

Since the visa procedure is a strenuous process, you should start applying beforehand. As soon as you receive your admit or acceptance letter from the university and the I-20 form, you should apply for F-1 Visa.

Once you receive the acceptance letter from your preferred US University, you will be registered with the SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program) and have to pay the one-time application fee (SEVIS). Students need to show the funds and pay the deposit if required by the university to get the i20. Once you receive the i20 then you need to pay the SEVIS fee. The I-20 form will act as a supporting document to prove that you have enough funds for your entire stay duration, as there is a limited number of legal employment opportunities. This form will also serve as the medium to schedule an appointment for your interview with the local US Embassy or Consulate.

F-1 Visa Document requirements

Before we share the list of documents required for the F-1 Visa interview, we would like to reiterate that you would not be asked for any documents other than your application/ appointment letter. However, being prepared is always advisable and you should keep these documents handy for that one in a million chance of the interviewer asking to see any document.

Also, file them neatly so that they are easily accessible. In addition, your original passport should be readily available, as you would be requested to submit the same.

Set 1: Personal Information

  • Passport (current and all the previous ones)
  • MRV Fee Receipt
  • Visa Interview Appointment Letter
  • DS 160 Confirmation Slip (with the bar code clearly visible)
  • SEVIS Fee Receipt
  • Passport Size Photograph (as per regulations mentioned)

Set 2: Educational Documents

  • Academic Transcripts like Class 10th and 12th Certificates and mark-sheets
  • GRE/GMAT/SAT scorecard
  • IELTS/TOEFL/PTE scorecard
  • Bachelor’s Degree/ Provisional Degree Certificate or course completion certificate or mark-sheet for all the years as well as the consolidated mark sheet (if applicable)

Set 3: Work-related Documents (if applicable)

  • Joining Letter
  • Salary Slips (last six months)
  • Relieving Letter

Set 4: Financial Documents

  • Loan Approval Letter (if applicable)
  • Saving Bank Account Statement (recommended: last three years’)
  • Fixed Deposit Certificates (recommended: last three years’)
  • Tax Returns for the past three years
  • Property Documents (residential, commercial, ancestral and/or farmland)

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Once you have all the documents ready, you need to start preparing for the visa interview. Remember to arrive a few minutes ahead of your scheduled time with all the documents and receipts. To know more about F-1 Visa interview preparation tips, read Interview Guide for F1 Student Visa for USA.

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Mohd mateeb


hi, my father is the sponcer for my master's , do I need to show money in my father account or I can show what ever the amount in my account ?

Reply to Mohd mateeb

Hi, I got the admit and I20 from university but my IELTS score is gonna expire on 22 Feb 2022 and my F1 visa interview is on April 26. So, do I need to take the IELTS exam again? Could you help me out whether to take the exam again or not?

Reply to sateesh thavitireddy


Srishti ChatterjeeStudy Abroad Expert


Not required. You can confirm by contacting the visa office as well.


Sonali Dube


Hey, Is there any minimum requirement for ITR amount?

Reply to Sonali Dube


Srishti ChatterjeeStudy Abroad Expert


ITR up to three years is required.

Arpit Singh


Do I require birth certificate for F1 visa?

Reply to Arpit Singh


Srishti ChatterjeeStudy Abroad Expert


Yes. It is required. If you do not have one, you can apply for an NABC (non-availability of birth certificate).

Arpit Singh


Do I require birth certificate for my f1 visa?
I don't possess one , my parents never applied for the same.

Reply to Arpit Singh


Srishti ChatterjeeStudy Abroad Expert


Yes, it is compulsory.

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