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United States Student Visa Applications Starts Nov 24

Starting from November 24, 2021, the United States will open visa applications for students. A student visa (F-1 or M-1) is required to study in the United States.

US Student Visa Requirements

The United States has come to be known for its exceptional universities and high levels of education. For this reason, many international students apply each year to study abroad in the US.

To become a full-time international student, you will need either the F-1 or M-1 student visa. Each of these student visas are nonimmigrant visas that allow you to study in the U.S provided you meet a set of requirements.

To avoid having your F-1 student visa application denied, it is important to read and follow all instructions carefully. Always double- and triple-check your documents before submitting your application.

Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. You must have a student visa to study in the United States. Your course of study and the type of school you plan to attend determine whether you need an F visa or an M visa.

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U.S Student Visa Application in Nigeria

According to punchng, the United States Mission in Nigeria will open visa applications for students with effect from November 24, 2021.

According to the information from the United States Embassy in Nigeria official site, it explained that an individual may be eligible for a priority student visa interview slot if the applicant is a prospective student seeking an F1 visa appointment and if he has not been refused an F1 visa in the past six months.

The Mission said it would be expanding operations to better serve the student population in the country through a special procedure for those who need to renew the student visas to continue their course of study, and a series of dedicated interview days for prospective new students.

How to apply for U.S student visa

Interested applicants are expected to submit required documents as soon as possible to take advantage of the limited opportunity.

The statement titled, ‘US student visa surge begins November 24, 2021,’ said requests for appointment reschedule would not be accommodated in order to schedule as many qualified and interested students as possible.

For students in Abuja, the surge days was fixed for December 8, 15, and January 12.

The mission said, “These surge days will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To make an appointment in Abuja, visit www.ustraveldocs.com/ng and review the criteria and instructions to request an emergency student visa interview, and prepare the below documents: A completed DS-160; an approved I-20 ; receipt for your I-901 SEVIS fee; a GTBank (MRV) receipt for your visa fee; a scan of the biopage of your current valid passport and your passport photograph meeting these requirements.

“Lagos student surge days will take place on November 24, December 8, and 15. These surge days will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To make an appointment in Lagos, you should e-mail all the documents to LagosStudents@state.gov.”

To be eligible for a special application procedure, the embassy added that such “must be renewing a student visa that is still valid or has expired within the past 24 months and are renewing your visa either to continue participation in the same major course of study even if at a different institution or attend the same institution even if in a different major course of study.”

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The applicants are required to present a passport containing the expired student visa, if that passport is expired, adding that a current valid passport and full transcript are also required.

Abuja applicants were directed to log on to www.ustraveldocs.com/ng and follow the instructions to complete their visa application while Lagos applicants were required to bring all the requirements to the US consulate at 12:30-1:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, between November 25 and January 5.

F-1 student visa interview

To prepare for your F-1 student visa interview, here are some questions you might be asked:

During your F-1 student visa interview, you want to sufficiently demonstrate that you are traveling to the US to study and planning to return to your home country once your program is complete. Keep this in mind as you answer your interview questions.

Can you work in the U.S with a student visa?

Your US student visa allows you to work on-campus up to 20 hours per week when school is in session and full-time during school break periods (up to 40 hours per week).

International students can work in the USA while studying but there are some restrictions. International students who have an F-1 and M-1 visa are allowed to work on-campus and in specified training programs. Students are not allowed to work off-campus during their first academic year.

On-campus employment is defined as work that takes place on campus, or at an off-campus location that is affiliated with the school.

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