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If you apply for your visa after the specified program start date on your I-20, they might reject your visa. To avoid this, ensure that you apply for your visa at least eight weeks before your programโ€™s start date.

Lacking English Proficiency

Finally, if your English proficiency seems inadequate, they might reject your visa. If you donโ€™t feel satisfied with your current proficiency, revisit the official and unofficial resources for listening and speaking that we mentioned in the chapter on preparing for competitive exams.

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