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The USA has maintained its status as an advanced country in all over the world. It is offering quality education for their national and worldwide students. Every year students are increasing rapidly.

There are more than 4,000 open and private schools and colleges according to USA authorities. A student who gains his degree from USA has a permission to work all day /year for experience. This is Optional Practical Training (OPT).

This post will guide you the process for student to follow. Through this, he can obtain a USA student visa and can complete his studies in the USA.
The process for study in the USA is divided into different steps, following are those steps:

Steps to follow for Study in the USA.

USA universities are inviting students from everywhere throughout the world. So differences in religion, culture, and countries make it additionally fascinating.

Colleges and universities in USA have authorization with various representing bodies. They endeavoring to convey their best administrations to foreign students. Here is the complete information regarding Study in the USA for Pakistani Students.

Step-1: Selection of University & Course

In the first step, you need select a university of USA where you want to study. There is some factors which you must keep in your mind while the selection of university and course. Following are the few things you must keep in your mind when selecting the university and course:

  • Your Interest
  • Graduate Employment Rate
  • Your Aptitude
  • Your academic performance.
  • Finance

Above factors will help you to find a suitable university and course for yourself. Students usually ask about the best university in the USA. Here is the list of top 10 universities in the USA. According to QS ranking following are the top 10 universities of the USA

QS Top 10 universities list to for selection of university.

QS Top 10 Universities of United States in 2020 & 2021
Sr# University Name Ranking
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 1
2 Stanford University 2
3 Harvard University 3
4 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) 4
5 University of Chicago 9
6 Princeton University 13
7 Cornell University 14
8 Yale University 15
9 Columbia University 16
10 University of Pennsylvania 19

After selecting the university /course, you need to submit your application. The selection of the course is an important factor. Here is the list of top 10 courses which international students prefer all around the world.

To 10 Courses which international students select:

Sr# Course Name Number of students
1 Business & Administrative Studies 60000/-
2 Engineering & Technology 28000/-
3 Social Studies 21000/-
4 Creative Arts & Design 17000/-
5 Law 14000/-
6 Biological Science 13500/-
7 Medicine 9500/-
8 Computer Science 9200/-
9 Languages 7000/-
10 Physical Science 6500/-

after you select your university and course. You must consider another factor which is Finance. This is a very important factor because without funds you can not live and study at university. Following is the cost breakup for a student who wants to study in the USA.

Cost of study in the USA:

Following is the costing map to get an idea. Fees at US universities, 2020-21

Charges for 2 years, Public Institute Public Institute 4 years Charges Charges out of states, 4 years nonprofits 4 year charges
Tuition and other fees $3,347 $9,139 $22,958 $31,231
Room and board $7,705 $9,804 $9,894 $11,188
Total per year $11,052 $18,943 $32,762 $42,419

Required eligibility to Study in the USA in 2020-21

International students must request I-20 confirmation directly in US colleges. Furthermore, students should apply specifically to any US college or university. The administration of that college will manage the students admission and study process.

Please check the requirements for issuance of I-20:

Eligibility – A Student must have 12 years of education (F.Sc/F.A, O-Levels, A-Levels, DAE, D.Com, DBA). He will only be eligible then for USA student visa.

Language Requirements:

You must be very good in English language, It is the demand of the educational institution in U.S.A.

Following is the detail of the English requirement for different courses.

  • IELTS 5.5: for diploma and advanced diploma courses
  • IELTS 6.0 to 6.5 for Graduation and post-graduation degrees.

GRE (Graduate Record Examination):

In some US universities, you need to provide the result of GRE. GRE score requirement can be different for different universities.

Note: There are some universities where you can get admission in BBA and MBA without TOEFL and IELTS. You can contact us for detail of those universities

Bank Statement Requirement:

Universities of USA issue I-20 after checking your financial situation. For this purpose they demand personal or sponsor’s bank statement. The required amount of bank statement  varies from university to university and city to city. But you can calculate your required funds by applying this formula

Required funds = Tuition Fee + Living Cost

Usually, the living cost for 1 year is USD 10,000/- per year.

After obtaining the course fee you can determine your required funds.

Procedure to get admission in USA University or college:

Students who want to apply for a graduate or postgraduate degree program in USA. First, They should send their documents to the college via email or courier.

International students must check information about the last date of application. Usually, it is mentioned on the university or college website clearly.

A student should also confirm that how they can apply, either by email or by post.

Each graduate program has different confirmation criteria.  students must contact the office for further information.

Following is the process to apply for I-20 in USA College or university.

Submitting the application:

Mostly American educational institutes give admission to students with impressive educational record. The student must also have good scores in a test like IELTS, TOEFL, the SAT or ACT. If you are applying to doctoral level universities, the GRE and GMAT, is necessary .

Cost of Application:

The cost for each application is US$35 to US$100. This money takes care of your application and is non-refundable. Paying little heed to the way that you aren’t admitted to the US institute.

Application for Master Program:

Students who want to apply for Master level program in USA University. They will provide information about his/her previous education.

  • Along with Personal data,
  • the student will show research work,
  • exercises,
  • instructive arrangement,
  • Essay,
  • proposal letter and other information which the institute has requested

Students must send them before the last date of admission.

Updated information regarding admission in 2020 please check this post.

Numerous institutions in USA  require TOEFL for international applicants. This is only to know their English language ability. Presently many colleges additionally acknowledge the IELTS and PTE for language capability.  GRE test is a fundamental part of getting confirmation in US colleges for foreigners.

The amount required for Master Degree Program in the USA:

Master’s level students in USA need sach between $5.000 to $50,000 every year. The cost of study will be according to the courses. The living cost of students may vary from  $6,000 to $15,000 every year because of cities and other factors.

NOTE: Application fee is nonrefundable by the USA Universities

Required Documents for application:

  1. Application forms of university
  2. A passport valid minimum of 6 month and having blank pages on it.
  3. Photographs white background. Detail of photograph can be send from US embassy website.
  4. Proof of your financial statement that will help you to study in US. In other words Personal or Sponsor Bank Statement. which shows that you have enough arrangement of funds that you can complete your studies in the USA.

Step-2 Issuance of I-20 from US College/University

There is no better feeling than being accepted into your program of choice to study in the USA. You’re one step closer to achieving your dreams!

While it might feel like you have gotten over the hardest part of the process. There are still some hurdles to jump over.

The I-20 Form is a Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status. After you get admission into certified college or university. Pay your I-901 SEVIS fee.

An official representative from your school will give you the appropriate I-20 Form. It would be based on whether the school you attend is in F-1 or M-1 status.

Every school that accepts you will send you an I-20 Form once you’ve paid the fee. Only complete the I-20 Form from the school that you decide to attend.

Now college has accepted you. It’s time to figure out your visa and immigration paperwork to legally study in the USA.

Step-3: Apply for US student visa in US Embassy

Those students who are looking to continue their studies abroad.  They can get detail information from this article.

Here we will tell how you can get a Student visa for the USA. Some students are not fully aware of the documents and procedures. That’s why they are unable to get admission in USA.

We have provided full information to all those students who want to continue studies in the USA. This is the aim of this article.

Visa Types for USA Student visa:

Usually, there are the following types of visas for USA student.

F-1 Visa:

This is a very common type of visa for students.

  • you need F-1 visa for any of the educational institution in U.S.
  • If your coursework is more than 18 hours a week then you have to take an F-1 visa.

J-Exchange Visa

This type of visa is given to those students who are willing to study an exchange program.

M Student Visa:

If you are willing to attend in a non-academic or vocational study  then you need an M-1 visa.

US Public Schools

US Law, does not allow the schools  to issue study permits to international students. Students (kindergarten to 8th grade) are not eligible to get a study permit.

F-1 is issued for public and high school (grades 9 to 12) attendance. But the student is not allowed to attend school for a period of more than 12 months. On the letter of I-20, the institute clearly mentions about your cost of living and tuition fee.

See the website of the Department of State for more information on F-1 legal requirements.

Note: Holders of A, E, F-2, G, H-4, J-2, L-2, M-2 may enroll in public elementary and secondary schools.

Required items for Student visa Application

To apply for USA student visa in the US Embassy, you should present the following documents:

  • A Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) Form. Visit the DS-160 website page for more data about the DS-160.
  • A valid passport with a valid expiry date not less than a half year.
  • One (1) 2″x2″ (5cmx5cm) photo taken according to the required specs. Photo must be fresh and recent less than 6 months. You can take further information about photo from official website US department.
  • A payment receipt showing that you have paid US$160. It is  non-refundable nonimmigrant visa application processing charges. This amount can be paid in your local back as cash.
  • Signed and stamped Form I-20 from your U.S. college or university.
  • Past 10-year travel history
  • List of your siblings and dependents.
  • Confirmation of appointment in the US Embassy which you have booked already.
  • You may bring whatever supporting records you have to the consular officer.

How to apply for student visa in Embassy


In the first step arrange all your documents which we  have mentioned above. Then fill the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form.


Find the bank from official website of US and pay the application fee for visa in that bank. This amount will be paid in cash. The amount is USD 160.


Now you have to schedule your appointment by visiting US official website. For appointment booking you have

Schedule your appointment on this web page. You will need the following information to schedule your appointment:

  • Your passport number
  • The receipt number from your Visa Fee receipt. (Click here if you need help finding this number.)
  • The ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page


Visit the U.S. Embassy or Consulate on the date and time of your visa interview. You must bring a printed copy of your:

  • appointment letter,
  • your DS-160 confirmation page,
  • one photograph taken within the last six months,
  • your current and all old passports,
  • the original visa fee payment receipt.

(NOTE) Applications without all of these items will not be accepted.

Step-4 Attend Your Visa Interview

A consular officer will interview you to check whether you are eligible for a student visa. Or if another category is more appropriate for your purpose of travel.  You must establish that you meet the requirements under U.S. law to receive a visa.

Ink-free, digital fingerprint scans are taken as part of the application process. They are usually taken during your interview, but this varies based on location.

After your visa interview, will determine whether your application requires further administrative process.  The consular officer will inform you if this is required.

After the approval of visa, you have to pay visa issuance fee. (if applicable to your nationality). Then he will make arrangements for the return of the passport and visa to you.  Review the visa processing times to learn more.

Supporting Documents

Supporting documents are among other factors.

A consular officer will consider it in your interview. He will look at each application.

Then will consider professional, social, cultural and other factors during adjudication.

A Consular officer may look at your specific intentions. He can ask about your Family situation, long-term plans and prospects.

He will examine each case individually and  according to the law.

Caution:We have clearly mentioned that don’t present false and misleading document in US Embassy. Otherwise you will get a permanent ban from the USA.

You should bring the following documents to your interview:

  • Documents that show strong financial, social and family ties with your country.
  • Financial and any other documents you believe will support your application. They will give credible evidence of the  available funds to meet all expenses for the first year of study. Also will tell that you have access to funds enough to meet all expenses while you remain in the United States. M-1 applicants  must prove that he can pay all tuition and living costs of the entire period .
  • Photocopies of bank statements will not be accepted. You have to show original copies or original bank books.

If a person sponsor you financially, bring proof of your relationship to the      sponsor. Such as

i- your birth certificate

ii-the sponsor’s recent tax forms,

iii-the sponsor’s bankbooks,  

  1. fixed deposit certificates.

Academic documents that show scholastic preparation.

Useful documents includes:

i-school transcript (original copies) with grades,

ii-public examination certificates (A-levels, etc.)

iii-standardized test scores (SAT, TOEFL), or diplomas.

  • Dependents

Spouses or unmarried children under the age of 21 will join the principal visa holder in the United States.  For the duration of his or her stay need derivative F or M visas. There is no derivative visa for the parents of F or M holders.

Some families don’t want to live in the USA with the principal visa holder.

They only wish to visit for vacations, Then they may be eligible to apply for visitor (B-2) visas.

Spouses and dependents may not work in the United States on a derivative F or M visa. If your spouse/child seeks employment, the spouse must get the appropriate work visa.

Supporting Documents for Dependents

Applicants with dependents must also provide:

  • Proof of the student’s relationship to his or her spouse and/or child (e.g., marriage and birth certificates)
  • We prefer that families apply for their visas at the same time. But if the spouse or a child apply separately at a later time. Then they need to bring a copy of the student visa along with other required documents.

Step-5 Entering the United States

The visa only allows foreign citizen to travel to U.S.A.

The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection can deny or permit your entry.

After you present your passport, visa, and Form I-20 at the port-of-entry, a CBP official will make this decision. On arriving the United States, the CBP  will provide an admission stamp or paper Form I-94. With Arrival/Departure Record.

Learn about procedures for students (with F or M visas on the CBP website. Under the section of Arrival Procedures for Students or Exchange Visitors.  Learn about admissions and entry requirements. Restrictions about bringing food, agricultural products, and other restricted/prohibited goods.

Other Information for Study in the USA

Jobs and Work allowed to International students.

Many International candidates are now studying in the US with F-1 Visa. On this America allow them work permit. Only the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)  control this. Countless terms will be according to what you have recorded on your F-1 Visa.

There are two work types for students who are studying in the US to support their educational and other costs i.e:

  • On-Campus
  • off-campus jobs.

On-Campus Jobs

On-campus, jobs are very simple for international students in contrast to off campus work. Students can do various assignments amid on-campus work. For an instance, a students work in school he has ,amy areas to work. Such as, at business firms in school, textbook store  and cafeteria.

These are the best alternatives for students to do work amid their reviews.

Worldwide students can do 20 hours work for each week amid their school sessions.

In some instances, the student has different controls to carry out a vocation. Students must maintain their considerable F-1 status in the US.

Off-Campus Job Allowed With a F-1 Visa

All international students with F-1 Visa can do a job with some limitations.

Students can’t carry out an occupation amid their one year of the period to live in the USA.

After you finish one year of the study in the USA, you can do Optional practical job. International students must get authorization from related authorities to do work.

Accommodation for International Students

International students can get two sorts of grants during the study in the USA.

  • Campus settlement
  • Off-campus flats

On-grounds Residence

The quarter is the one of suitable residence. Airy portions with a room, laundry and commonplace.

Off-campus Residence

The off-campus, residence is another option. In case you don’t get hostel accommodation then you can take accommodation out of campus. There is a number of options available where any student can stay.

Scholarships in the USA: Study in the USA with scholarship

List of scholarships is given below:

Scholarships by USA Government

  1. Fulbright Foreign Student Program
  2. Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program

Scholarships by different NGOs.

  1. Abbey Road Summer Scholarships
  2. The NextGen Scholarship Fund
  3. Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship
  4. David P. Shapiro Annual Leukaemia Scholarships

Scholarships by different Universities

  1. American University Emerging Global Leader Scholarship
  2. Brandeis University Wien International Scholarship Program
  3. Clark University Global Scholars Program
  4. University of Oregon International Scholarships
  5. University of Wisconsin Superior Non-resident Tuition Waiver Program
  6. Emory University Needs-Based Scholarship Program
  7. Iowa State University International Merit Scholarships
  8. Michigan State University International Scholarships
  9. New York University Wagner International Scholarships
  10. The Art Institutes Scholarship Program


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