The F-1 Visa is given to foreign nationals who intend to study in the U.S. at an accredited school or university that is approved by the Attorney General.
Procedure & Requirements
- Apply for a visa at the U.S. Consulate; an application to the US Citizenship & Immigration Service is not required;
- Demonstrate that the applicant is a bona fide student with nonimmigrant intent;
- Must first apply and be accepted to a US Citizenship & Immigration Services approved school in the US;
- Document evidence of funds to cover expenses in the United States as well as proficiency in English language.
- The applicant for a F-1 visa has to document that s/he is not an intending immigrant – evidence of compelling social and economic ties to abroad;
- The applicant should have a residence outside the United States that s/he has no intent to abandon;
- Intends to depart from the United States upon completion of the course of study;
- Students in or outside the U.S., who have been away from classes for more than five months, will likely need a new visa to enter the U.S;
- Spouse and unmarried child(ren) under the age of 21 are allowed to join the F-1 in the U.S. under F-2 status. F-2 spouse is not allowed to work or engage in full time study though F-2 child may engage in full time elementary of secondary school study.