As you apply for admission to Liberty University, an integral step in the process is applying for your student visa, as it allows you to legally study in the United States. We have compiled some helpful information for you to utilize as you are going through this process. Please take a look at the steps outlined below, or download our visa preparation PDF.
F-1 visa applicants entering the U.S. for the first time must complete the SEVIS Form I-901 and pay the SEVIS fee before their visa appointment. Fill in your name exactly as it appears on your I -20. After paying, print a copy of the online receipt.
Follow the instructions found on the U.S. Embassy/Consulate website. After you receive your I-20, follow the U.S. Embassy/Consulate instructions to schedule your visa interview appointment. Apply as far in advance as possible.
Follow the instructions found on the U.S. Embassy/Consulate website.
Form DS-160*: Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application
Gather these documents for your interview:
Arrive early and remain calm.
Under U.S. law, all applicants for non-immigrant visas are viewed as trying to immigrate to the U.S., so you must be able to convince the consular officer that you are a legitimate student. Show that you have good reasons for returning to your home country that are stronger than those for remaining in the United States. Examples might be a job in your home country, an inheritance, investments to look after, or family ties.
Expect the interview to be conducted in English and not in your native language. Practice answering interview questions in English.
Do not bring parents or family members with you to the interview. The consular officer wants to interview you, not your family. The officer needs to know that you have a certain amount of confidence and self-sufficiency to succeed on your own in the United States. You must convince the officer that you can succeed.
Many times a student will be rejected for a student visa because they are not completely honest with the consular officer. It is very important to always tell the truth and give the honest answer to every question. Consular officers are trained to use various methods to find out if a person is lying in the interview. Just tell the truth.
Be ready to tell why you want to study in a particular program at Liberty. Be excited about your chosen major!
Your visa interview will be short. Visa officers are busy. Keep your answers short and to the point.
You should make clear to the consular officer which written documents you are presenting and what they signify. Bring the envelope in which your documents were sent, as well as multiple bank statements from your sponsor, if possible.
Applicants from countries suffering economic problems or from countries where many students have remained in the United States as immigrants have more difficulty getting visas.
Your main purpose of coming to the United States should be to study, not for the chance to work before or after graduation. If you mention working in the United States during your visa interview, you will probably not be given a visa.
If your spouse and children are remaining behind in your home country, be prepared to answer questions about how they will support themselves in your absence. If you cannot prove that your dependent(s) can support themselves without you sending them money, your visa may be denied.
Don't argue or have a bad attitude. If you are denied a visa, say, "May I read your reason for denial in writing?"
The earlier you apply for your Student Visa, the better your chances are of getting it.
Familiarize yourself with Liberty and the Lynchburg, Virginia area before your interview with the embassy consular. For more information on Lynchburg, visit www.lynchburgonline.com or www.lynchburgva.gov.
If your Visa is denied, you must submit the official visa rejection documentation in order to have your $250 confirmation deposit refunded.
Please submit your documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to (434)-522-0430.
Practice your answers to each question before the interview. Have an adult sit behind a desk and ask you these questions.
Questions you might be asked at your interview: