USA Study Visa Requirements for Indian Students 2021

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Getting a USA study visa for Indian Students 2021 is difficult but not impossible. In recent years, the USA's immigration rules have undergone many overseas students to remain the world's popular country for higher studies.   

According to the QS World University Rankings survey, in 2021, US universities have attracted millions and zillions of students worldwide, but 20% from India alone.   

Now, let's talk about the various types of US student visa types, documents required to apply for a US student visa, student visa USA cost.   

Types of Student Visas   

US student visa type is divided into three main categories if you plan to go for a USA study visa for higher education. Try to understand them in detail in the section below:   

  1. F-1 Academic Studies Visa: F-1 is a perfect fit for attending the English Language or Academic program. If you are holding an F-1 visa for academic studies, then you must be a full-time student with a course. Moreover, the visa offers the student to work part-time both on and off-campus and choose optional practical training (OPT) after finishing the academic program for up to 12 months.   


  1. J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa: J-1 Visa applies to those who want to go for practical training in the US to complete the academic program. You must have a sponsorship to participate in the work and study-based exchange visitor program. This includes 10-month vocational training or research fellowship.  


  1. M-1 Non-Academic Student Visa: M-1 Visa applies to those who want to study non-academic or vocational school and is not allowed to engage in any part-time job at the time of their studies. The applicants with an M-1 visa should have enough funds to show as a piece of evidence that can cover their tuition and living expenses during the time of stay in the US.  


What are the Documents required for the USA study visa for Indian Students 2021?  

An Indian Student applying for a USA study visa should keep the following documents ready before their visa interview:  

  1. A valid passport to travel to the USA is needed.  

  1. An application should be submitted for the family members separately listed in their passports.  

  1. Non immigrant visa application and the confirmation page of form DS-160.  

  1. Certificate for the eligibility of student visa form I-20 and the fee receipt for the application/form.  

  1. A photograph – upload a photo while submitting the online form DS-160, but the photograph might require at the time of interview if it fails at the time of online uploading.  


USA Student Visa Fees  

USA student visa fees for F-1, J-1, and M-1 types are given in the table below. But remember one thing these fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.   

Type of Visa 

Visa Application Fees 

F-1 Academic Student Visa 

J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa 

M-1 Non-Academic Student Visa 





No doubt study in USA is one of the ideal destinations to go for the students planning to do graduation or post-graduation. Though, USA study visa requirements for Indian students 2021 can be a long process, so, you need to prepare well in the advance-at least three to four months before your course is about to start.  

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