We help you getting your U.S. Student Visa in Ghana
There are 2 major types of student visas:
Any person planning to study in the U.S. needs a student visa. Tourists who are taking a class or two for recreational purpose can do so on a B-visa without violating their visa status.
To qualify for an F-1 or M-1 student visa, an applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:
Proof of acceptance into an approved institution
Applicant must have been accepted at a school approved by USCIS for enrollment of foreign students. Virtually all public and accredited private colleges and vocational schools have been approved. However, it is important for an applicant to check with the school they have been selected to be sure that it has been approved by USCIS to accept foreign students. Once the school has accepted the applicant, they will be enrolled in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Applicant must pay the SEVIS I-90 fee. The school will then issue the applicant a certificate (SEVIS form I-20) which will be presented to the consular officer when they attend their visa interview.
Applicant must demonstrate that they are a bona fide student entering the U.S. truly for the purpose of study. In order to qualify for a student visa, an applicant must be enrolled in a program that leads to the attainment of a specific educational or vocational objective. For example, a diploma, certificate, or degree would be an obvious educational goal.
English language eligibility
Applicant must demonstrate that they know the English language well enough to pursue their course of studies effectively. The practice is that consular officials let each school decide for itself who is and who is not qualified to study in the U.S. However, during the consular interview, the officer will be listening closely to the applicant’s ability to understand and communicate in English. If the applicant’s school does not require that they take certain tests, they should obtain a letter from the school stating same. When a school is willing to admit an applicant without taking the required tests, the consular officer may deny a student visa because they think the applicant’s English is not good enough. U.S. embassies however strongly recommends that all student visa applicants provide standardized test scores like TOEFL and SAT, GRE, GMAT or LSAT;
Proof of adequate financial resource
Applicant must show that they have enough money to complete their entire course of studies without working. At the time of their application they must show that they have enough cash on hand to cover all first-year expenses. The SEVIS I-20 gives the school’s estimates of what applicant’s total annual expenses will be. Specifically, they must show that they must show that they have enough money presently available. They must also provide documents that show that they have source(s) of funds to cover their expenses in future years without having to work. To satisfy this requirement, the following documents may suffice:
Paying the tuition expenses in advance (either in whole or in part) is a good way to show proof of funds, but there is no general requirement to pay in advance.
Proof of academic qualification
Applicant will be required to show proof that they are academically qualified to pursue the program, even though they have in fact being accepted by the school. Evidence may be in the form of:
Evidence of intention to return
Applicant must provide documents establishing their intent to leave the U.S. when their studies are completed. The consular officer will want to see evidence that the applicant’s ties to their home country are so strong that they will be highly motivated to return. This may be in the form of the following:
If an applicant is a young person with no or little work or working experience they may not have many such ties. The important thing to stress in such a situation is for the applicant to show that is too early in their young stage to have formed a firm intent to leave their home country and to settle the U.S.
Spouse and Children of F-1/M-1 visa holder
An applicant who qualifies for an F-1 or M-1 visa may bring their spouse and unmarried children who intend to reside with them to the U.S. They will be issued with an F-2 or M-2 visas. The applicant’s school will have to issue separate SEVIS Forms I-20 for each applicant. They must also show evidence of relationship to the applicant in the form of marriage and birth certificates and evidence that the applicant has sufficient financial resources to support them in the U.S.
F-2 and M-2 visas authorize accompanying relatives to stay with applicant in the U.S. but not to accept employment. Family members may also enroll in elementary or secondary school, (kindergarten through to 12th grade) or in any vocational or recreational studies. They may not, however enroll full-time in a degree granting course of post-secondary study without obtaining their visa.