The process of Getting F-1 (Student Visa) to study in the USA

Information on Accredited Universities:

A detailed list of recognized universities and their programs is released by the US Department of Education quite often. For an updated compiled list of US Universities and their programs, please visit
http://iascouncil.com/accreditations/accrediteduniversitiesprograms.pdf

Or, you can search by clicking the below link for accredited US Universities/Programs.
http://www.chea.org/search/search.asp

List of Educational Credential Evaluation Agencies

AACRAO Foreign Credential Evaluation Service, Washington DC aacrao.org
ACREVS Inc. (Academic & Credential Records, Evaluation & Verification Service), CA acrevs.com
Astar Education Institute, VA astarinstitute.org
Center for Applied Research Evaluation & Education, Inc., CA earthlink.net
E-Valuate, VA e-valuate.com
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE), WI ece.org
Education Evaluators International, Inc., RI educei.com
Education International, Inc. , MA gis.net
Educational Records Evaluation Services (ERES), CA educei.com
Evaluation Service, Inc. (ESI), IL evaluationservice.net
The Foreign Academic Credentials Service, Inc., IL aol.com
Foreign Credentials Service of America, TX jump.net
The Foreign Educational Document Service, CA
Foundation for International Services, Inc., WA fis-web.com
Global Credential Evaluators, Inc. (GCE), TX gcevaluators.com
International Consultants of Delaware, Inc., DE icdel.com
International Education Research Foundation Inc., Credentials Evaluation Service (IERF-CES), CA ierf.org
Josef Silny & Associates, International Education Consultants, FL jsilny.com
Knowledge Company, VA knowledgecompany.com
Spantran Educational Services, Inc., TX
Word Communication International, AZ earthlink.com
World Education Services (WES), NY wes.org

Funding from Private Resources:

Some private foundations and nonprofit organizations in USA will provide financial funding to students. Grants are also available from charitable and religious organizations. More information on available funding from private resources can be obtained from the following website.....
http://grantspace.org/tools/knowledge-base/Individual-Grantseekers/Students/funding-for-international-students

Accredited US Universities inform US Homeland Security by submitting the Form I-17 that they are admitting international students in their universities. You make sure that your intended University has submitted that Form I-17. You can verify that by accessing
http://iascouncil.com/accreditations/FormI-17approveduniversities.pdf

You need to pay the I-901 fee before applying for a visa. The I-901 form can be filled online and paid at .....
https://fmjfee.com/i901fee/desktop/students/formSelection.htm

Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form DS-160 confirmation page. The DS-160 form can be filled online at.....
https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/

Selecting a University in USA:

  • You need to make sure that your selected program and university are accredited. In some instances, the university may be accredited but some courses in that particular university may not be accredited.
  • There are two types of accreditations - one is by the 'Federal Government' and the other is by the 'Council for Higher Education Accreditation' (CHEA).

List of accreditation agencies recognized by US Secretary of Education:

Your intended university should be accredited by one of these agencies.

Accreditation Agency Scope of Recognition
Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges US Nationwide
Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training US Nationwide
Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools US Nationwide
Council on Occupational Education US Nationwide
Distance Education Accrediting Commission US Nationwide
Middle States Commission on Higher Education Institutions of higher education in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools Institutions in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Institutions of higher education in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
New York State Board of Regents and the Commissioner of Education Institutions of higher education in New York.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission Institutions of higher education in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities In Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges In Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission Christian postsecondary institutions in the United States.
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges In California, Hawaii, the United States territories of Guam and American Samoa, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior Colleges and University Commission In California, Hawaii, the United States territories of Guam and American Samoa, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Corporate Office - USA

3206 Preston Pointe Way, Cumming
GA, 30041, USA

Overseas Office - India

Plot no 49, L.I.G. Dharma Reddy Nagar Phase-1, Near JNTU, Kukatpally,
Hyderabad, India, 500072