You should have a short list of degree programs that match your needs, interests, and abili- ties. You should also feel confident that you have the minimum entrance requirements for studying in the United States and that you can meet the costs of a U.S. higher education. The entire application process, from obtaining initial informa-tion to applying for your student visa, should begin 12 to 18 months before you wish to start studying in the United States. It may be possible to complete the process in less than 12 months, but late applicants usually find they have a more limited choice of institutions, and even more limited chances of receiving financial assistance. Application procedures are complicated and must be personalized for the student. However when a student applying for an undergraduate of graduate program there are major documents that he she has to submit. Those documents are, personal statement, TOELF or IELTS scores, reference letters, financial support documents and portfolios. Some schools may also require interviews online or in campus for their doctoral program applicants. Different types of tests (e.g., GRE, GMAT, SAT, etc.) must be required with respect to the specific programs or majors.