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
There are three types of USA student immigration visas:
F-1 visa is issued to students who are enrolled in an academic or
English language program. The F1 visa is also required for international
students who wish to study at a US college or university. F-1 students
must maintain the minimum course load for full-time student status. They
can remain in the US up to 60 days beyond the length of time it takes
to complete their academic program. They are expected to complete their
studies by the expiration date on the I-20 form (Certificate of
Eligibility for Non-immigrant Student Status).
M-1 visa is issued to students attending non-academic trade and
vocational schools. This type of visa is valid for a maximum of one
- The J-1 visa is issued to students who need to
obtain practical training, which is not available in their home country,
to complete their academic program.
Where to apply for a US immigration visa
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
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