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Here we provide some tips that may be helpful as you are applying for your initial visa to come to the U.S., or for a visa renewal during your program at Rice. Even though each case is as unique as the applicant is, here are the general requirements that everyone must follow:
We recommend you visit the website of the U.S. Embassy / Consulate where you wish to apply for your visa to find out the full requirements and forms.
Interviews are too short as consular officers have a very short time for each applicant. Come to the interview well prepared.
Making a misrepresentation of any type or providing fake documents to consular officer is against the law. Not being truthful may result in a lifetime ban on getting a U.S. visa of any type.
When applying for a student visa, be ready to prove these three things:
For more information on visa denials based on inability to prove appropriate intent, please see https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/visa-denials.html.
The required documentation depends on your situation, as each case is unique. Check the website of the U.S. Embassy / Consulate you plan to visit for their list of required and/or recommended documentation.
The consular officer may not ask for any documents at all. They may try to get the relevant information from you during the very short interview. However, it is always a good idea to have all the relevant documents with you, in case they are requested. Show your efforts and that you came well prepared!
U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the globe have produced short informational videos to help prepare people for the nonimmigrant visa application process. To find out what the process can be like, check out these links below!
These videos talk specifically about temporary intent:
Check out these links for information just for students: