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I’ve just been accepted for an academic program in US, I feel like am running out of time, how long does it take to get a student visa?

My application has just been confirmed by a top US university, this is a dream come true! I can now pursue my education in the top institutions in the world. My worrynow is how long does it take to get a student visa. I hope student visa processing time will not go past the date I am supposed to report to college. I am also thinking of expanding on my career by doing my further studies or taking my first career job there. Will it work if I requested for student visa extension? If possible, I need to know how to extend student visa.

Dana Keller

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Victoria Fowler on February 5, 2018

it really does matter a lot knowing how long it does take to get a student visa considering you already have been guaranteed a place in an institution. Missing an admission date just because of a visa processing that went past the predetermined university reporting day will be a lifetime of regrets. An F-1 visa can be issued by consulates and embassies not more than 120 days before your United States’ academic program resumes. To be on the safer side, it is better to even apply for the student visa more than 120 days before the beginning of your program, it breaks no bone. Your country’s US embassy or consulate will keep your visa until the time you can be legally issued the document. They can use more time to accomplish the visa’s administrative work. It is recommended that you do your F-1 student visa application as soon as the United States’ academic program has accepted you into their system and you have been included into the SEVIS. Like any other major interview, it is vital for you to gather required information and documentation long prior to the interview day since this can take time. It is very important to keep the track of time taken to process student visa for things to move smoothly.

In case you want to extend your stay in the United States after your study time expires, it is very much possible. For information on how to extend your student visa, what you do is just check-Extend Your Stay from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website. You can actually extend your student visa beyond the date which your course of study is intended to come to an end, as indicated in the I-20 and paper Form I-94. You can seek to learn more information on maintaining your student status from the website of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement SEVP under Maintaining Your Immigration Status While a Student or Exchange Visitor. If one fails to depart the United States within the student visa time limits, then this will be regarded by the United States as being out of status by law, you are automatically voided with respect to Section 222(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. You can risk losing your visa’s validity for future entries into the United States if it is confirmed that your visa was voided under the circumstance of being out of status as a result of having a multiple entry visa. To avoid ineligibility for future visa application, it is advisable to keep up with the United States laws on Visa Denials, Ineligibilities and Waivers.

Kyle Mckinneya year ago

I think it is not 100% sure that you will get the visa after getting the acceptance letter from your institution of choice. The United States cannot still guarantee to issue you a visa on such basis, so it is worth noting that you should not start making final travel plans or such things as buying tickets until you are issued the visa. As for the question of how long it does take to get a student visa, there cannot be a simple answer to this. The government does factor in a lot of variables like quotas imposed by Congress, your country of origin and your personal profile. The United States Department of States has got online help for applicants. Wait time for interviews can be obtained from this site as well as US embassies and consulates all over the globe. From this site, applicants can be updated on typical wait time for the visa processing and its availability for pickup. Generally, in cases where there is administrative processing, it may take more than 60 days.


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