The F1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa for international students who are qualified to attend a full course of study at colleges, universities, conservatories, academic high schools (subject to strict regulations) and institutions with language-training programs in the U.S.
Benefits of the F1 Visa
You can enter the U.S. as a fulltime academic or language student
You can legally work part-time on-campus. You may also work off-campus if circumstances change after entry and it becomes necessary
You are eligible to take up employment as a part of your optional practical training
You can travel in and out of the U.S. or remain in the U.S. till the completion of your studies
You can bring your dependents (spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21) to live with you in the U.S.
F1 visas are issued quickly
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Requirements for the F1 Visa
To be eligible for an F1 visa, you must prove that:
You have successfully completed a course of study normally required for enrollment
You have been accepted for a full course of study by an educational institution approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The institution must send you a USCIS Form I-20A-B
, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Student Status for Academic and Language Students
You are sufficiently proficient in English to pursue the intended course of study, or the school you intend to attend has made special arrangements to teach you the English language or conduct the course in your native language
Note: You may be exempt from this requirement if you intend to come to the U.S. to participate exclusively in an English language-training program
You have sufficient funds to cover the first year of study, and access to sufficient funds to cover subsequent years
You have a permanent residence in your home country, which you do not intend to abandon
You intend to depart the U.S. upon completion of the course of study. You may establish this by presenting evidence of economic, social and/or family ties in your homeland sufficient to induce you to leave the U.S. upon completion of studies
Your proposed education in the U.S. would be useful in your homeland, and therefore induce you to leave the U.S. upon completion of studies