New US visa rules for students By PAUL JUMA Posted Sunday, November 8 2009 at 12:19 Students applying for American visas must now get a consent from their financial sponsors, according to the US embassy. The US embassy in Nairobi the new measures, which require sponsors to obtain and fill a consent form for the students under their sponsorship. In addition, the sponsors may be contacted to verify the consent and the authenticity of their financial documents. New regulations will also apply for those who choose to present bank statements in support of their applications as they will have to present original statements from commercial banks registered by the Central Bank. A statement from the embassy announced that the new measures were meant to enhance customer service and ensure continued integrity of the visa application process. The new rules became effective at the beginning of this month.