F1 Visa Question: As a fully-funded PhD student, would I be required to show Affidavit of Support to VO? in IHOG: International House of Grads Posted May 15, 2019 Hello @Paramita I too have secured an admit to a doctoral program in the fall of 2019 and I have my visa interview this month. I assume your visa interview is not over. If not, then you do not have to worry about showing proof of finance for the entire duration of your PhD. I too had the same query and I did some extensive research to find a satisfactory answer to it. The visa officer is only concerned if you can meet the financial requirements for the first year. And, as TakeruK mentioned in his comment, we can never predict what happens in the future. So, as per your I20, you are short by 2.5k dollars, and you have the financial documents which can be used to prove that you are able to take care of the remaining expenses. So you are all set to go. In case your interview is over by this time, I hope you got your visa. Vijay.