US Student Visa

Procedures and requirements for applying to a student visa vary from country to country, and inevitably they are more complex and demanding in some countries than others like in the United States. There are a number of places where you can obtain more information on the visa application process in general and the specific requirements for your country. Your nearest U.S. educational information or advising center will be able to give you valuable information on the application procedures for your country.

There are several things you can do to increase your chances of a favorable visa decision:
  • Start the process at least two months in advance of your departure date.
  • Assemble all the documentation that can help make your case.
  • Make sure you are well prepared if you are required to attend an interview.
  • Answer all the questions confidently and truthfully.

Types of USA student immigration visas

To study in the United States you can apply for one of the following visa types depending on your course requirements.
  • F Visa: This visa applicable if you are accepted to study in one of the following categories of institutions/programmes
    • University or college
    • High School
    • Private elementary school
    • Seminary
    • Conservatory
    • Another academic institution, including a language training program
  • M Visa: This visa is applicable for Vocational or other recognized nonacademic institution, other than a language training program
  • J Visa:  This is issued to students who need to obtain practical training, which is not available in their home country, to complete their academic program. This category includes the following:
    • Au pair and EduCare
    • Camp Counselor
    • Government Visitor
    • Intern
    • International Visitor (Dept. of State use)
    • Physician
    • Professor and Research Scholar
    • Short-term Scholar
    • Specialist
    • Student, college/university
    • Student, secondary
    • Summer Work Travel
    • Teacher
    • Trainee

Where to apply for a US Study Visa

Applicants for international student visas should apply at the US embassy or consulate in their country of permanent residence. Although, international student visa applicants may apply at any US consular office abroad, it may be more difficult to qualify for the visa outside the country of permanent residence.

In most countries, first time international student visa applicants are required to appear for an interview. However, each embassy and consulate sets its own interview policies and procedures regarding these international student visas. Students should consult their local consular office for specific application instructions.

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