Are you an Indian student who has gotten an offer letter or a scholarship to study at a US university? Congratulations! Chances are, you’ll be on cloud nine telling your family and friends about the great news and thinking about the process of getting a US visa for Indians. Indian students account for 18% of international students in the US, and are the second-largest community of foreign students in the country. If you’re clueless about the process of getting US student visa, don’t despair. Here’s a one-stop guide for Indian students: US visa for Indians — which is right for me? The US offers many types of visas, but there are only two types that are applicable to you as an international student: F-1 student visa This is the most common type of student visa that is needed if you plan to study at a US college or university, private secondary school, or an approved English language programme. You will also need an F-1 visa if your course of study is more than 18 hours a week. M-1 student visa The M-1 student visa is primarily intended for those who want to pursue vocational training in the US. Students can enter the US with a M-1 visa and complete their full-time vocational studies. What do I need for my US study visa? Now that you know which visa is applicable for your studies, the next step entails getting all the required documents to complete your application. Here are the documents you will need: A non-immigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) Form. Visit the DS-160 web page for more information about it. A passport valid for travel to the US with a validity date at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the US (unless country-specific agreements provide exemptions). One 2 x 2 inch (51 x 51 mm) photograph taken within the last six months. If a visa is issued, there may be an additional visa issuance reciprocity fee, depending on your nationality. The Department of State’s website can help you find out if you must pay a visa issuance reciprocity fee and what the amount is. An approved original signed Form I-20 from your US school or programme. What is the fee for US visa for Indians? After getting all your documents in order, now’s the time to pay for your visa. For both F-1 and M-1 student visas, the fees are US$160 or less than IN?13,000.