More than 600,000 international students from around the world are furthering their education in the United States. The first step for a prospective nonimmigrant student is being accepted for enrollment in an established school which is SEVP certified. In general, for academic students attending a university, college, high school, private elementary school, seminary, conservatory or other academic institutions, including a language training program, an F visa is the appropriate category. For additional details on the student visa process please visit the State Department's student visa website. The Department of Homeland Security also provides valuable information on its Student and Exchange Visitor Program for international students.
The United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan offers extensive information on educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate study in the United States, opportunities for scholars, financial aid, testing, admissions, and much more. USEFP advisors are available to help students considering higher education in the United States with any aspect of the application process, from selecting a college, to writing the personal statement, to receiving a pre-departure orientation. For additional information on USEFP services, click here.
In addition to the standard documents required for all types of visas (click here for details), student visa applicants must submit a copy of their 1-20 form (on which the name and date of birth must match their current passport) and the $200 SEVIS fee receipt (paid online here) with their application package to American Express/Speedex.