How do I apply for student Visa?

To apply for a student visa, you need to go to Nabil Bank in Maharajgunj (Behind Namaste Super Market), fill out the forms DS-160 and pay the USD $140 application fees at HDFC bank. Student visa applicants must also pay a USD $200 SEVIS fee. For more information please contact VISA ZONE at visazoneservices@gmail.com | services@visazone.in

What documents are required and not required? (Is a police report required? Is property evaluation essential?)

You should come to the interview with your original I-20 issued by the academic institution where you intend to study, all academic records (SLC, +2 certificate, etc.), and any evidence if financial resources to show that you can afford your education. While there are no specific financial documents required, you should feel free to bring everything you believe would support your case. Consular officers prefer to see at least six months transaction history from your bank accounts. A police certificate is not necessary for student visa applicants. All documents submitted should be genuine – if the consular officer at any time believes you have submitted a false document, you will be refused the visa and the document(s) could be turned over to the police.

Do I need to bring a bank statement or a 6-month transaction statement? Can bank statements be from any bank?

Consular officers prefer to see at least six months transaction history from each of your bank accounts. Bank statements can be from any bank, savings and loan or credit agency.

Can someone in the US be my sponsor?

Yes. You many have family or close friends in the U.S. who are able and willing to support you financially while you are in school. However, this sponsorship must be genuine. Every consular officer must believe the legitimacy of your financial evidence and it is extremely important that you are honest during the interview.

Can someone in the US be my sponsor?

Yes. You many have family or close friends in the U.S. who are able and willing to support you financially while you are in school. However, this sponsorship must be genuine. Every consular officer must believe the legitimacy of your financial evidence and it is extremely important that you are honest during the interview.

If I am denied a visa the first time I apply, how can I appeal?

You are permitted to apply for a visa three times within one year. For the benefit of the applicants, the Consular Section’s policy is, to the extent possible, to appoint a different interviewing officer for subsequent applications. If you are refused a visa three times in one year, you must wait six months since your last refusal. There is no formal appeal process.

hat are my chances the second time if I was denied a visa the first time? Is it better to apply with the same I-20 or a different one?

Each applicant’s case is different, but generally consular officers encourage you to wait until your circumstances have change or you have additional evidence that was not presented during your first interview before reapplying. The academic institution you choose to attend (and the I-20 you present) should be the one that is best suited to your academic interests and financial resources.

Does it matter in what order my documents are arranged?

For the purpose of the interview, it is easier if your academic records are presented first (in chronological order starting from SLC), followed by your financial information. Any other supporting documents, e.g., character references or extracurricular certificated, should be presented last.

How long is a visa interview?

At most Embassies around the world, visa interviews last roughly 2 minutes. However, we try to give you as much consideration as possible depending upon the volume of applicants that must be interviewed. Interviews typically will range from 2 to 10 minutes in duration depending upon the case.

What is the wait period for a visa appointment? What is the time line for after the appointment?

During the high visa season (summer and winter), the waiting period for a visa interview may be as long as one month. If you qualify for the visa at the time of your interview, your visa will be ready within 24 hours. The Consular Section encourages you to apply as soon as possible, but no earlier than 90 days prior to the reporting date noted on your I-20.

Can I bring many I-20s to my visa Interview?

es, you can bring all of your I-20s to the interview, but you will need to have identified, and paid the USD $100 SEVIS fee, for the academic institution that has accepted you. You must bring the I-20 for the school you plan to attend.

I heard that if I wear black for my interview, I won’t get a visa, Is this true?

Absolutely not. You are welcome to wear any color of clothing to the interview.

I heard that the lady visa consular officer is really strict. Will my chances decrease if I get her as my interviewer?

No. Every consular officer gives each applicant every consideration consistent with U.S. immigration law. At the time of the interview, the officer must believe that you intend to study, that you are able to maintain full-time student status in the U.S., and that you can afford the school.

If I paid my SEVIS fee on one I-20, and now I’ve decided to use another I-20, do I need to somehow transfer my payment? How do I do this?

Yes, you should contact the school you intend to attend and ask them to amend your SEVIS record to reflect the change. Please refer to the following website for the further information:
http://www.ice.gov/graphics/sevis/i901/faq7.htm

If I am granted a student visa for one college and decide to transfer to a second college while I am in the US, do I need to get my visa renewed? Is there a fee for this?

You do not need a new visa as long as you have a valid I-20 and a valid visa.

re there any colleges that the US Embassy has ‘blacklisted’ (i.e. the Embassy will not grant visas to attend these colleges)?

No, the Embassy accepts I-20s and visa applications for all accredited education institutions in the United States. When you apply for a college in the U.S. you should make sure that it is an accredited institution.

Do some Indian students who are granted a visa have problems or are denied at the point of entry in the US?

The F-1 student visa provides you only with the authorization to ask for admission into the U.S. from the U.S. Bureau of Citizen and Immigration Services at the point of entry. Typically, however, Indian student visa holders are granted admission.

Do my chances of a student visa for a college increase or decrease if many Indian students are already at that college?

No. The number of Indian students at any particular school has no bearing on your qualifications for a student visa.

Is it important to have a scholarship to get a visa?

Scholarships can be very important if your family will have difficulty paying for your education and living expenses in the United States. Many schools provide tuition waivers for all international students while others provide financial aid packages for students with low incomes. The Embassy encourages all prospective students to plan well ahead, apply to schools early and investigate opportunities for financial aid through the school directly. There are no fees for applying for scholarships or financial aid in the United States.

Does it make a difference if the school I apply to is a public or private school in terms of getting a student visa?

No, the type of school has no bearing on your qualifications for a student visa.

If I have relative in influential positions, will I get a student visa if they speak to you?

No, your application has to stand on its own merits.

To cut costs, I’ll be living with my brother and cousin when I get to the US. Will this count against me when applying for a student visa?

We consider all sources of income and support when considering whether you can afford you educational expenses.

My siblings have all settled in the US. Will this influence my being granted a student visa?

As a student visa applicant, you must convince the consular officer that you have the ability, intent and means to study in the U.S. The officer also must believe that you have a residence abroad to which you intend to return after finishing your education.

I’m from a underprivileged class in India. Will this count for or against me?

Consular officers do not consider an applicant’s caste or ethnicity during an interview.

If I have disabilities or health problems, will these count against me?

No. Again, if you can convince the officer that you have the ability, intent and means to study in the U.S., you may qualify for the visa

I have taken and educational loan from a Indian bank to pay for my education in the US. Will this count against me?

Not necessarily. As long as you can show that you have the means to re-pay the loans without resorting to illegal employment in the U.S. this will not be counted against you.

I’d like to go to the US as a transfer student. Do my chances increase or decrease for a student visa?

Neither. If you have a poor academic record, getting good marks at a local university can help convince the interviewing officer that you have the ability to study in the U.S. Other factors, such as the intent and means to study in the U.S. are also factors and officer considers during an interview.

I’ve completed my master’s in India and want to get my second master’s in the US. Will this count against me when applying for a student visa?

No. If you have good reasons for seeking a second master’s degree and can convince the interviewing officer that you have the ability, intent and means to study in the U.S., you will likely qualify for the visa.

I haven’t taken the TOEFL or the IELTS, or any of the other standardized tests. Will this count against me?

Most academic institutions require the TOEFL, results for admission. Standardized test help demonstrate your ability to study, but are only one of the things an interviewing officer considers. You will not be refused the visa solely on the basis that you have not taken one of the tests.

Is the IELTS as recognized as the TOEFL?

All standardized tests are considered when the interviewing officer assesses whether or not an applicant possesses the ability to be a successful student.

Can I call the US Embassy if I have a question specific to my case?

We hope that the answers in this FAQ will help answer your questions. Specific questions about your case are best asked at the time of your interview

How many Indian students are studying in USA?

79736 students from India are studying in USA as of 2003-2004 academic year. There’s no doubt the the number of Indian students is more than any other international students studying in USA

Has chance of obtaining USA student visa become difficult after 9/11 terrorist attack in USA?

No, it 9/11 terrorist attack hasn’t brought any change in the chance of obtaining USA student visa however US government has tightened the visa approval process for security.

Should first time students apply earlier for US student visa?

Yes, it is suggested that Indian students should apply earlier for US student visa but not earlier than 90 days before the commencement of Class in selected US universities.

How early can Indian students enter USA?

First time students are permitted to enter USA prior than 30 days before the commencement of classes.

How to make appointment for a US Student visa?

To make an appointment you should go to ttsvisas.com

How does one apply for an Indian Passport and what documents do I need?

You can apply for Passport through Online Registration, (after doing online registration, get print outs of the application form) click here for details for Online Registration. Apart from this applicant can submit directly in the respective Passport Seva Kendra.
Passport is needed for travel overseas. Normally, it takes 1 – 2 months to get the fresh passport but in some States it may take up to 3 months also. If there is time – apply under the ordinary processing scheme (Rs 1000 – 1500 fee). If time is short use the TATKAL scheme (Rs. 3000 – 3,500 fee); and get your passport in ONE week. Purchase the passport form, read it twice, complete it with enclosures and submit it. It is a very simple process. No need for brokers. Your new Passport will be valid for 10 years.

The following documents are needed for Passport under ordinary scheme. The completed form can be submitted personally (self attested copy of documents)

1.  Your birth certificate.
2.  Proof of residence.
3.  Bonafied certificate from school.
4.  Certificate of educational qualifications (Class X or XII Mark sheet)
5.  Annexure ‘H’ signed by parents (if student is under 18)
6.  Annexure ‘I’ done by Notary (if student is under 18)
7.  Passport(s) of parent(s) or ID proof of parent(s) (if student is under 18)
8.  Prescribed fee by the Passport office.

For application under Tatkal – you will need TWO additional documents: a) Affidavit as per format in the passport form and b) Verification letter from a Govt. officer of a certain rank – read the passport form for the format of each document and who can do verification. For Tatkal – you have to go personally and submit the form, with original documents.

The site: https://portal2.passportindia.gov.in/ contains city wise address & phone numbers of passport offices, fees and many other details. You need to submit your application personally at Passport Seva Kendra. For TATKAL you have to personally visit the office with your Original documents. We recommend you apply for your passport IMMEDIATELY if you wish to travel overseas.

For Indians what is the Eligibility for MBBS Education overseas?

Any Indian Citizen who has:
a. Attained 17 years (not more than 25) of age as on December 31st in the year of Admission.
b. Appeared & Passed 10+2 from a recognized Board in India / Abroad.
c Has Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English as subjects in 12th & passed each subject. d Has obtained minimum 50% (40% for SC/ST/OBC) in aggregate in PCB (Theory & Practicle) is eligible to enroll in the Medical courses in India or overseas. These are the minimum guidelines as prescribed by the Medical Council of India.

Is there any entrance examination prior to joining MBBS overseas? What is the Admission process?

There is no any entrance exam for admission in MBBS overseas.
a. Admission is granted on class 12th marks.
b. Admission on a first come first serve basis
c. Excellent education from Bachelors to PhD is imparted. Foreign Universities are on par with AIIMS or even better. Students pass annual examinations to be promoted. External Board Examination is held. Standard of education is very high. Class Tests are conducted every day.
d. Students wanting admission in MBBS overseas should contact Visa zone Education & Immigration Services s and we will assist you with admission. Complete the application form and fee and an admission letter will be issued to you. Submit your passport and other documents and a visa interview is set up with the Embassy in New Delhi.
e. After you get a student visa a batch is formed and you fly in a group to join class
f. The entire process takes about 4 to 12 weeks

How long does the Admission & Visa process take?

a. The admission process takes 2- 4 weeks – if all documents are & complete.
b. Admission is done year round on a “rolling admission policy”. Student applies for admission and completes Documents any time in the year. Admission is granted after filing. Student joins when the academic year commences.
c. Admission Letter by the University is issued in 10 to 15 working days. d. Visa and travel documentation is complete subject to original papers from the student – such as passport & mark sheets etc. This takes 4-6 weeks in India.
e. For one time, Student visits Delhi for 4-5 days from 15th August to 5th November to get his/ her visa issued and to comply with documentation with the MCI and any other agency.
f. The entire process takes about 4 to 12 weeks
g. Students are advised to apply for admission EARLY and to apply for their passports if they do not have one.

Does any financial document, Cash Balance, Bank Statements, Income Tax Papers or any such financial papers required for visa?

Ukraine visa process is simple. Financial documents, like Bank Balances, Income Tax returns other related or any kind of financial documents are not required at all.

Does any exam like IELTS, TOEFL, GRA, GMAT required for admission or visa?

No, IELTS, TOEFL, GRE or GMAT or other elated exams are not required for the admission or the visa.

What is MCI Eligibility Certificate and how do I get it?

  • For studying MBBS overseas Practice in India you must get a Certificate of Eligibility from the Medical Council of India BEFORE going overseas to study.
  • If one satisfies eligibility given in about Admission & Eligibility section then he/she can apply to MCI in a form with a prescribed processing fee and supporting documents.
  • After accepting MCI applications, MCI issues Eligibility certificate, which is posted/ couriered directly at the student’s residential address by MCI.
  • Visa zone Education & Immigration Services will assist with documentation and filing with MCI office in New Delhi.

What is the MCI Screening Test? How many times can I appear for it? How do I register with the MCI after my Medical Degree overseas?

After your Degree overseas – you have to appear for a “Screening test” conducted by the National Board of Education (NBE), New Delhi. This is conducted twice a year; on last Saturday / Sunday of September and on last Saturday / Sunday of March. After you pass it, you file your papers with the MCI, which will give you a Registration Number and you are now legally registered to practice as a medical professional in India.

  • There are NO LIMITS on the number of attempts for the Screening test.
  • A sincere student can pass the Screening Test in the 1st attempt. The Pass
  • mark is 50%. The test is a QUALIFYING test similar to class 12. It is NOT an
  • ELIMINATION test such as IIT, where only the top 2-3000 students get admission, irrespective of the marks. Here all that one has to do is to get 50% and one can pass the screening test.
  • Students should NOT be worried of the screening test if they have studied in class. Study material & coaching is available for screening test if needed.

Which overseas University’s Medical Degree is recognized by MCI?

  • The foreign Medical University should be recognized by the WHO (World Health Organization).
  • The Education Degree issued allows the student to practice in that country. (There should be no rule which disallows the degree holder from practicing in the country issuing the degree)

hich Bachelor’s Medical Degree is recognized internationally? How do I register as a Doctor in India or any other Country?

After WTO and liberalization of Services – a Degree issued by a Govt. recognized Medical Institute is recognized internationally. In addition – most countries take a Competency Test prior to Registration as a medical professional. Some country’s Tests are as follows:

  • India: National Board of Examination (NBE)
  • United Kingdom: PLAB
  • United States of America: USMLE
  • Canada, Australia, Singapore etc. after passing respective exam conducted by each country’s board.
  • MBBS/MD Doctors from Crimea State Medical University are eligible to practice in more than 150 countries, including India, after complying with local laws.

What is the “World Health Organization” (WHO) and WHO Directory?

The World Health Organization (WHO) is an international body. Recognizing Medical Institute is by the Government of an individual country and not the WHO. The WHO does publish a “Directory of Medical Institutes”, which is a list of Medical Colleges given to it by the Government of each Country. There is NO System of ranking by the WHO as claimed by some agents.

What is the Medium of Instruction in class – English or Local Language?

For international students, the medium of Instruction is ENGLISH. Students are given FREE classes in the local language in the first two years, so they can converse with patients in Hospitals. Students who pick up the language find it an asset in their career.

What is the Duration of the Course? What is the nomenclature of the Degree?

The course takes 5 years and 8 months. This includes practical training in Hospitals (know as internship in India). The Degree issued is MD or Doctor of Medicine. This is equal to MBBS in India and recognized as equal to the MBBS degree by the Medical Council of India.

Can I work while studying?

NO. You are on a student visa; which does not allow employment in the county. A medical student should spend time on studies not on working. If immigration finds you working they can deport you. If you are serious about your studies – you will not have free time to work.

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How are living conditions? Is it Safe? Will there be anybody as our Local Guardian?

All countries where students go are safe. There is good law, order and security in place. That is why International Students go there; same is true for Ukraine also.
Particularly, Simferopol city, where the Crimea State Medical University, is situated, is considered as one the safest and most student friendly city of Ukraine. There is a large contingent of students from India and many other countries. Students have a comfortable and pleasant stay. There are senior students who will assist in time of need. A representative for students from India is there, who you can go to if needed.

Food and mess facilities, local orientation and assistance:
There are 2 Indian Café (mess), which serves tasteful Indian vegetarian meals (Jain & Swaminarayan food is available). You can join the mess or do self-cooking. The University and the Hostel has other Cafés serving inexpensive local meals.

Does the student have to carry with him clothes, bed sheets, winter wear etc from India? 

Students should carry two weeks of every day clothes with them and toilet items. The hostel will supply the student with linen or you can buy it there. Carry one or two sweaters. Winter Clothes such as a jacket, and winter shoes should be purchased overseas as they are cheaper and much better quality than what is available in India. Take two sets of warm woolen inners with you.
VISA ZONE, provides you a comprehensive Packing advisory (Packing list), before your departure. The advisory is prepared keeping in mind the weight limits as specified by Airlines.

What is the accommodation given by the University?

Students live in a University hostel. There are rooms with either two or three beds, a common bathroom and common kitchen. Each room comes with beds, tables and cupboards. Hostels are in the University campus. There are internet facilities in Cyber cafe near the hostels and also can use internet in computer labs at free of charge or students can subscribe to low cost, high speed broadband internet for their hostel rooms.

How many Indian students are already studying there? Is it Safe?

  • Over 800 students from India both boys and girls studying Medicine in Ukraine.
  • There are many international students from USA, UK, Nepal, Pakistan, Turkey, Nigeria, Syria, China, Poland, Germany, and France studying in this Country.
  • The country is safe and crime free. Girls are given a lot of respect.
  • Crimea State Medical University of Ukraine has the largest group of Indian Medical students in the world, with having more than 800 Indian students, in this single University.

Holidays, return to India, local travel:

There are two holidays in a year. Winter holidays during January for 15 days and summer holidays in July and August for two months. Students usually come back to India during summer. You can also choose to stay back in the summer for local sightseeing and travel in your student life, as you may not get such an opportunity again.

What about the Weather? Is it a cold country?

There is Black Sea & Azov Sea surrounding Crimea State (Three side) and Simferopol is known as “Gateway to the sunny Crimea”. You will find dry climate with a non-freezing sea in winter and warm southern sea breezes in summer. All the buildings, living rooms and classrooms are heated so is the transport. The cold is acceptable and manageable.

What are the advantages of studying medicine in Philippines?
English speaking country
English is medium of instruction
Asian country with close proximity to India
Easy accessibility with several daily flights
Tropical climate with disease pattern similar to India
Syllabus and curriculum same as in India
Affordable cost of education
Excellent hands on practice
Ideal student-patient ratio

What is the degree offered?
Doctor of Medicine (MD).

How is it different from MBBS?
MBBS and MD are both primary medical qualifications. The degrees are equal. (See ECFMG list of degrees recognized from different countries). MBBS is British system of Education whereas MD is American System of Education.

What is the total duration of the course?
Approximately five years and four months

What is the eligibility for admission?
12th Grade with minimum 50% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology subjects and pass in English. And if a student belongs to reserved category, then a score of 40% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology is sufficient.
Eligibility Certificate of the Medical Council of India before joining the MD course, for which Visa zone will assist the student in procuring the same.

How can one get the eligibility certificate from MCI?
Visa zone will assist the student in applying and procuring the Eligibility Certificate from the Medical Council of India.

Can I do my Internship in India?
Yes. After completion of Screening test and procuring Provisional Registration of MCI.

Can I practice in India on my return?
Yes, after successful completion of Screening Test and internship, the student is eligible to register with MCI and State Medical Councils and can practice in India.

Are there any extra fees for the Screening Test?
The nominal exam fee is to be borne by the student.

What happens if the student fails to clear the Screening Test?
A student can appear number of times for the Screening Test. However, generally students who pass the MD degree of an American System of Education is expected to clear this exam in the first attempt.

Can I get a job in Govt. hospitals or allied Medical Institutions in India?
Yes, upon registration with MCI/State Councils, the student is eligible for any Government job.

Can a student avail educational loan? If yes, what are the procedures?
Yes, education loans are available from all nationalized and scheduled banks. The student has to apply directly to the bank at the place of permanent residence. Visa zone will assist student in procuring the loan by providing all necessary documents required from the University.

Can a student take USMLE?
Yes. Graduates from all associates Universities are eligible for appearing in USMLE.

Are there hostel facilities available in these Universities?
Yes, hostel facilities are available for both boys and girls.

What is the cost Education overseas vis-à-vis Indian Private Colleges? Is Quality of Education is better than Indian Colleges?

Fees $ 3700 per annum. Compare to Private Colleges in India, which charge Rs. 3.25 to 5 lacs a year as tuition fee and Rs. 10 to 20 lacs as Donation. Education is much CHEAPER than Private Indian Colleges – because they are owned by the Govt. and not Private Sector.
No Donation is payable for admission to Colleges overseas, unlike in India.Overseas Universities offer PG courses and their quality of education is MUCH BETTER than many Indian Private & Government Colleges, which do not offer PG courses.

International Universities offers EXCELLENT value for money education for medical students.

What about Local Communication / Calls to India / Internet:

  • You can call India from local phones or Internet phones.
  • You can take your GSM mobile handset from India or buy a GSM handset there and get a international sim-card and make international calls from your mobile which very cheap compare to if your parents do call from India. We will provide you the FREE local sim card which you can use for FREE local call.
  • You can email or chat from internet.
  • You can also buy a computer and a land-line and have an internet connection in your room – if you are so inclined. Communication is not a problem.

Can my Parent Visit me? Can I travel in my Holidays or stay back?

Parents / friends / relatives of students can visit you. Tourist Invitations can be issued. For holidays – students can stay back overseas or come back to India. Usually students’ come back after the 1st year. In the 2nd year – some stay back and do local travel, some come to India.

On completion of MBBS abroad, can I get a job in Government Hospital or Medical Institutions in India?

YES. After registering with the MCI, the Doctor is eligible to apply to the Govt. or Private sector for jobs, as s/he is now recognized by the Indian Authorities as a Qualified Doctor, registered with the Medical Council of India, to practice in India.

After completing MBBS abroad, can I do Post Graduation in India?

Yes, after registering with MCI, you will have all the rights as to any other doctor who passes MBBS in India. So, you will be eligible to apply for Post graduation admission in India.

Can I do Post Graduation Overseas? And Practice in India?

YES. After your MBBS, you can pursue PG overseas. Inquire for availability of specific courses. Some PG courses are offered in English Medium and some in local language. Each PG course takes 2 to 3 years for completion. After your PG – you need to comply with guidelines of the country where you wish to work in. In India – there are no rules for Doctors with an overseas PG degree; so they do private practice and not Govt. practice. For example: Two very famous Indian heart surgeons Dr. Devi Shetty and Dr. Naresh Trehan are both overseas trained and have roaring private practices but are not eligible for Govt. jobs as their PG is from overseas!!

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