Student Visa Requirements in the USA
There are three different types of US student visa available for Bangladeshi students; F-1 Student Visa, J Exchange Visa (J-1), and M Student Visa (M1)
Mostly, Bangladeshi students apply for F-1 Student Visa.
Let’s see what you will need to apply for a student visa in the USA.
Documents Checklist for Visa Application:
- A valid passport with a validity of at least 6 months beyond your period of stay in the United States
- I-20 form from the US university or college you have applied for
- A complete Visa application
- Visa application fee payment
- Your photograph in the required format and number as well
- Bank statement with the proof of fund
- Academic records
Cost to study in the USA for Students from Bangladesh
Visa Fees for Bangladeshi Students:
SEVIS fee – 360 USD, DS 160 fee – 160 USD (Fees are subject to change at any time without any notice by the American embassy and Immigration Service).
The student also needs to attend an Embassy interview.
Dependents will need to pay the additional Visa application fee and complete another visa application form.
(Contact ‘Career Paths’ for Updated Visa info and Application process)
The cost of studying in the USA varies by institution and level of study. Below you will find average tuition costs per year by institution type:
State College or University:
Bachelor: $15,000 to $35,000
Private College or University:
Associate Degree $2,527
Living expenses in USA for international students
In addition to tuition, students need to account for housing, food, transportation, and other day-to-day living expenses. Students need to show funds according to the particular university’s living cost in the particular state.
Boston (Massachusetts) and Miami (Florida): $1,500–3,000 USD/Month
Atlanta (Georgia): $1,200–2,200 USD/Month
Philadelphia (Pennsylvania): $800–1,300 USD/Month
Washington D.C. and New York City: $1,700–3,000 USD/Month
Los Angeles (California): $1,500–2,500 USD/Month
San Francisco (California): $2,200–4,000 USD/Month
San Diego (California): $1,400–2,400 USD/Month
New Orleans (Louisiana): $1,100–2,000 USD/Month
Seattle (Washington): $1,500–2,500 USD/Month
Chicago (Illinois): $1,300–2,500 USD/Month
Detroit (Michigan): $1,000–1,800 USD/Month
Dallas (Texas) and Houston (Texas): $1,000–2,000 USD/Month
Scholarships & Grants for Bangladeshi Students in the United States
Private and public universities offer financial incentives for deserving & meritorious students. Merit-based scholarships are awarded based on Academic Records, IELTS / TOEFL/ SAT/ GRE/ GMAT scores, and so on.
There are numerous portals to see what students are eligible for. Below is a list of scholarship portals:
Abroad Planet Scholarship Resources: Online community of international students studying in the United States
College Board: Financial aid source for scholarships, grants, and loans for all USA college-bound students
FastWeb: Scholarship search service
International Education Financial Aid: Scholarship search service for international students
International Scholarships: Scholarship database for international student
Mobility International USA: Scholarship resource for non–USA citizens with disabilities
(‘Career Paths’ will guide you to Find and Apply for a Scholarship)
Work Opportunities for International Students in the United States
Let’s see the overview of work opportunities for Bangladeshi Students in the United States
Working On-Campus with F1 Visa
Students with a valid F1 visa are allowed to work on-campus only. Students can work 20-hours per week during regular full-time semesters & full-time during study breaks (including winter and summer breaks). On-campus work is typically available at the school cafeteria, library, research labs, or admissions offices.
Working Off-Campus with F1 Visa
International students has two options for working off-campus. They have to complete at least their first academic year to be eligible for off-campus work. The options are:
Curricular Practical Training (CPT): CPT allows students to participate in off-campus training/work/internships in their program curriculum.
Optional Practical Training (OPT): OPT provides students with the option to participate in an off-campus job or internship, given it is in their field of study. There is an option for OPT extensions for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs. Students who would like to apply for OPT will need an additional visa. There are two options for students: Pre-Completion OPT & Post-Completion OPT.
Working as Temporary Non-Immigrant Workers
After graduation, students can apply to work in the USA temporarily. The prospective employer must apply as a non-immigrant work permit on the applicant’s behalf to the United States Citizenship & Immigration service.
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- Assessing your educational qualification.
- Guiding you to choose the most appropriate Program and University according to your Career plan and eligibility.
- Helping you to write the SOP, and CV (Curriculum Vitae).
- Preparing other essential documents for your application for admission.
- Assisting you to get scholarships, depending on your profile.
- Ensuring an easy process for you to get admission to one of the reputed universities in the US.
- Collecting all the essential documents for visa application.
- Preparing you for an effective visa interview at US Embassy.
- Guiding you throughout the process to secure your US student visa.
- Helping you with Flight booking, Airport Pick-up, Finding Accommodation, and many more.