List of Documents for F1 Visa

The following is a list of suggested documents to carry for the visa interview. You may organize the documents in a folder (pockets will help you organize better) in the following manner:

Pocket 1

  • Passport
  • Visa interview letter and fee receipt
  • I-20 (Student’s copy)
  • Admission letter from the University
  • Scholarship letter
  • Photograph(s)
Pocket 2
  • Admit/Reject summary
  • Admit/ Reject letter(s)
  • CEAC (DS-160) confirmation page
Pocket 3
  • GRE/TOEFL Scores
  • Resume
  • SOP
Pocket 4
Pocket 5
  • Consolidated financial statement
  • Bank statement(s) or passbook(s)
  • Loan sanction letter (if applicable)
Pocket 6 (Liquid Investments)
  • Life insurance policy of a parent
  • Shares
  • National saving certificate(s)
  • Fixed deposit receipt(s)
  • Gold evaluation certificate(s)
Property evaluation documents and gold evaluations are the least preferred because they can be forged or manipulated. The bank statements are a sure measure of finances. Visa officers are well aware that the probability of selling off your property to fund education is low. Hence, try to show most of the I-20 amount through bank deposits, be it in the form of savings account or fixed deposits.

Pocket 7
  • Fixed asset valuation report
Pocket 8
  • Transcript(s)
  • Mark sheet(s)
  • Degree certificate(s)
Pocket 9
  • 10th and 12th certificates and mark sheets
Pocket 10
  • Miscellaneous
Try your best to carry the original receipts of all bank statements, fixed deposits, and NSC. Do not take a chance. 

* * * Please remember that this list is meant to help you gather and organize the documents you will usually need, but is not exhaustive. Depending on your circumstances you might need to produce special documents. * * *