In 2016, the United States provided nearly $13.5 million of development aid to Togo, primarily in the health, security, and education sectors. Universities and colleges in the US offer a wide range of degrees and courses in all academic fields so it won’t be difficult to find excellent programs at the undergraduate and graduate level of study. US degrees are recognized and accepted around the world for their excellence, therefore, with the US Study Visa for Togolese, you have a very good opportunity to study at world renown institutions and rub minds with some of the world’s best brains as an international student.

Visa Type

  • If you wish to attend a US university, high school or community college you must obtain a visa first such as the US Study Visa for Togolese.
  • The type of visa to continue your education in the United States is an F1 or an M visa. Your course of study and the type of school you plan to attend determine whether you need an F-1 visa or an M-1 visa.
  • The Student (F-1/M-1) Visa provides opportunities for qualified applicants to study at accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States with thousands of academic programs, world-class institutions, and unmatched flexibility.

Visa Requirements

As you seek to obtain the US Study Visa for Togolese, make sure to gather and prepare the following documents before your visa interview:

  • Passport valid for travel to the United States – Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States (unless exempt by country-specific agreements). Each individual who needs a visa must submit a separate application, including any family members listed in your passport.
  • The Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page should be printed out.
  • The application fee payment receipt should be made available if you are required to pay before your interview.
  • Photo – You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160. If the photo upload fails, you must bring one printed photo in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements.

Application Procedure

There are several steps to apply for a visa such as the US Study Visa for Togolese. The order of these steps and how you complete them may vary by U.S. Embassy or Consulate however these are the basic steps.

  • Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 – You must complete the online visa application and print the application form confirmation page to bring to your interview.
  • Photo – You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160. Your photo must be in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements.
  • You should schedule an appointment for your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you live. You may schedule your interview at another U.S. Embassy or Consulate, but be aware that it may be more difficult to qualify for a visa outside of the country where you live. Wait times for interview appointments vary by location, season, and visa category, so you should apply for your visa early.

Additional Documentation 

Additional documents may be requested to establish if you are qualified for the US Study Visa for Togolese. For example, additional documents such as

  • The purpose of your trip,
  • Your intent to depart the United States after your trip, and/or
  • Your ability to pay all costs of the trip.

Evidence of your employment and/or your family ties may be sufficient to show the purpose of your trip and your intent to return to your home country. If you cannot cover all the costs for your trip, you may show evidence that another person will cover some or all costs for your trip.

Note: Visa applicants must qualify on the basis of the applicant’s residence and ties abroad, rather than assurances from U.S. family and friends. A letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support is not needed to apply for a visitor visa. If you choose to bring a letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support for your interview, please remember it is not one of the factors used in determining whether to issue or deny the visa.

Attend Your Visa Interview

Pay the non-refundable visa application fee, if you are required to pay it before your interview. A consular officer will interview you to determine whether you are qualified to receive a visitor visa such as the US Study Visa for Togolese. You must establish that you meet the requirements under U.S. law to receive a visa. Ink-free, digital fingerprint scans are taken as part of the application process. They are usually taken during your interview, but this varies based on location. After your visa interview, the consular officer may determine that your application requires further administrative processing. The consular officer will inform you if this required.

After the visa is approved, you may need to pay a visa issuance fee (if applicable to your nationality) and make arrangements for the return of the passport and visa to you. This generally means the visa is valid from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your validity period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Additional Information

  • Do not make final travel plans or buy tickets until you have a visa.
  • Students who are outside the United States, and who have not been attending classes for five (5) months or more, should apply for a new student visa to reenter the United States.
  • Spouse and children
    • Your spouse and unmarried, minor children who intend to reside with you during your study may apply for F-2 or M-2 visas. Although SEVIS fee payment is not required, your school must issue them an individual Form I-20, which is required to apply for their visas. You must provide a copy of your F-1 or M-1 visa and provide proof of relationship.
    • Your minor children are permitted to attend school in the United States while accompanying you.
  • Unless cancelled or revoked, a visa is valid until its expiration date. Therefore, a valid U.S. visa in an expired passport is still valid. If you have a valid visa in your expired passport, do not remove it from your expired passport. You may use your valid visa in your expired passport along with a new valid passport for travel and admission to the United States.

Contact Address

U.S. Embassy in Lome
Boulevard Eyadema
B.P. 852, Lomé
Phone:(+228) 2261 5470.
Fax:(+228) 2261 5501.

A visa allows a foreign citizen to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry (generally an airport) and request permission to enter the United States. A visa such as the US Study Visa for Togolese does not guarantee entry into the United States. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the port-of-entry have authority to permit or deny admission to the United States. If you are allowed to enter the United States, the CBP official will provide an admission stamp or a paper Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record.

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