Getting a Visa
Student visas (F-1 and M-1) are issued by U.S. Embassies and Consulates located outside the United
States. The application process typically includes an interview with a
consular official to determine the applicant's purpose of travel to the
US. Most visa interviews are short (one to two minutes) and are
conducted in English, so good preparation is essential. It is important
that you plan your answers ahead of time and that you be completely
honest and thorough.
Essential Points of a Visa Interview
- Have a clear plan.
Describe why, where, and what you plan to study in the U.S.
- Demonstrate adequate
funding to cover tuition and living expenses.
For detailed expense information, see the
Costs page of this
- Explain your intent
to return home.
Tie it to your specific situation and avoid generalities.
- If you will take
Intensive English first, and this is stated on your I-20, you can
request that your interview be in your first language.
Check for specific requirements in
your home country. Typical documentation includes:
- I-20 immigration document -
issued by Green River College
- Visa and processing fee -
paid to U.S. Embassy or Consulate
- Photo, passport-sized
- Valid passport
- Completed visa application
- High school (and university,
if available) transcripts, in English
- TOEFL scores (if available)
- Documents indicating reasons to return to home country or other
country outside the US, if available.
- Financial statement(s):
originals to show and photocopies to submit
of financial documents:
- Bank statements
- Certificates of deposit
- Earnings statements
- Tax records
- Proof of sponsorship from by a corporation or other entity
- Job offer or admission to an educational program upon return
- Documentation of research you've done on your intended job in your
country. For example, translated job advertisements, written description
of a discussion you had with a person in the kind of job you want, or
quote from newspaper article or trade industry write-up.
- Statement of future plans. (Care should be taken to demonstrate the
relevance of the US course of study to those plans).
- An indication of close personal ties in the home country (parents,
spouse, children, fiancé, etc.).
- Local identity card (indicating, if possible, your entire immediate
Commonly Asked Interview Questions
Why do you want to study at Green
River Community College in the United States?
Do you have any family members or
relatives in the United States?
If you have relatives in the United States, identify who they are,
what their relationship is to you, and where they live.
What ties do you have in your home
country that will draw you home?
- Establish a strong personal motive to return to your country after
you complete your course of study.
Who is funding your educational
- Show documents proving there is a valid source of funds, and explain
clearly how they were obtained and/or will be obtained in the future.
Issuance or Denial of Visa
If you are issued a
student visa: Congratulations! Contact us to confirm your arrival plans.
If you are denied a
Politely ask the consular official why the application was denied.
Also ask when you may reapply for a visa. Then, contact your agent or
Green River College. If the denial was based on a
misunderstanding or on poor communication, the Green River official may
be able to write a letter for you to present to the consular official
during your second visa interview. Such a letter does not guarantee
approval, but will serve to clarify points of possible misunderstanding.
If you have questions or
concerns, please e-mail us at: