December 5, 2016
There are different types of visas for applicants who want to study in the U.S.: visas F-1 and M-1 for students, and J-1 visas for exchange visitors.
Student visas (F-1 or M-1)
F-1 visas are for applicants whose primary purpose is to travel to the United States to study in an academic program, while the M-1 is for vocational programs. If your main reason for travel is to study, then you need a student visa.
To apply for a student visa, you must follow the steps of the visa application process as explained in section https://santodomingo.usembassy.gov/how-to-apply.html.
Documents Required for F-1 Visas
Applicants F-1 visa must submit the following documents at the time of the interview:
• Form I-20A
• Receipt of payment of the SEVIS which is the Internet system that maintains current and accurate information on foreign students and exchange visitors and their dependents. To pay the SEVIS, please visit www.fmjfee.com.
• School transcripts and certifications of institutions attended in the past.
• The results of the standardized tests required by the educational institution such as the TOEFL, SAT, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, etc.
• Financial documents showing that you and/or your sponsors have sufficient funds to cover tuition and living expenses during the period of the stay.
Visas Exchange (J-1)
The visa category “J” involves a wide range of international programs, education and training, designed to increase understanding and collaboration between the United States and other countries.
To apply for a visa J-1 exchange, you must follow the steps in the section https://santodomingo.usembassy.gov/how-to-apply.html.
Documents Required for J-1 Visas
Applicants for J-1 visa must provide the following documents at the interview:
- Form DS-2019
- Receipt of payment of the SEVIS. To pay the SEVIS, please visit www.fmjfee.com.
- Record notes and certifications of institutions attended in the past.
The waiting time for appointments for student or exchange visas is less than a week. Visit www.ustraveldosc.com/do for more information on the application process.