F-1 Visa

This visa is for students qualified to attend full-time college, university, academic high school and any institution with language-training programs in the United States. The basic requirements are:

  • The student must have completed the course of study required of all students entering the program;
  • Be proficient in English;
  • Proof of sufficient, easily transferable funds to cover cost of living and tuition.
  • The school must provide the student with a Form I-20 A/B.
Required documents while applying for the visa:
  • Non-refundable application fee.
  • Form DS-156, completed and signed;
  • Form DS-157 Supplemental nonimmigrant visa application (to be submitted by all male applicants between the ages 16 and 45)
  • Form DS-158.
  • Passport validity of at least six months beyond end of intended stay;
  • One photograph of 2x2" ;
  • Form I-20 A-B (form school)
  • Evidence of sufficient funds;
  • Supporting documents satisfying the consulate that the student intends to leave US after completion of studies.

How long can one stay on F-1 Student Visa?

When you enter the United States on a student visa, you will usually be admitted for the duration of your student status. That means you may stay as long as you are a full time student, even if the F-1 visa in your passport expires while you are in America. A student who has completed the course of studies shown on the I-20, and any authorized practical training, is allowed the following additional time in the US before departure:

  • F-1 student - An additional 60 days, to prepare for departure from the US or to transfer to another school.
  • M-1 student - An additional 30 days to depart the US. An M student may receive extensions up to three years for the total program.
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