What is a Student Visa?

The immigration law allows foreign nationals to study in the United States. Many foreign students dream to pursue their education in the United States. Most of the foreign students do not know how to proceed with the US immigration to process their application to pursue their studies. There are various steps involved in the application process for student visa.

To begin with, the school or institution that the foreign student wishes to attend must be a qualifying institution for higher education and it must be certified by the US Investigations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). One can find the list of qualifying schools in the ICE website. All these students must apply to any one of the educational institution or schools and gain admission. They also must be issued a Form I 20 from SEVIS. SEVIS is a database which has all the information of foreign students which is maintained by the US government. A student must be registered in the SEVIS to obtain a student visa.

How to Apply for Student Visa?

The first step involved in the student visa process is that the foreign student must obtain a form from the educational institution or school . This form is necessary to show the embassy that they will be responsible for the individual at their institution. This form also must define the name of the course the student is going to pursue and the date and time of the study.

There are two types of visas issued to the foreign students. They are classified as Academic Course and Non – Academic or Vocational Course. Students for academic courses are issued F-1 visa and must file form I 20 and non – academic students are issued M-1 visa and must file a form called DS 2019. Generally the educational institution or the school in the United States will send the concerned form after confirming from the individual that he or she will attend the institution and verifying their financial details. The students must prove that they have financial support to complete their studies.

The process to apply for student visa works like this. The student must register in the SEVIS and pay the relevant registration fee. The registration can be done online. If students have sponsors then they must check with them before they register on SEVIS. The registration must be done with much attention because even a small mistake will lead to deportation or he or she may be even barred from entering United States. The second step is that the student must file Form DS 160 (Non – immigrant visa application). After submitting the form, the student must print out a copy for their records.

These students will then be required to attend an interview with the embassy at their home country. Students must ensure they do not miss the interview and they must submit the required documents. If the visa is granted they will be notified in writing. On entering the United States on a student visa, the students will be allowed to stay the duration required for the completion of the course opted.

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  2. Margarito says:

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  4. Kevin Kallis says:

    Great post. My question is , If I want to study at a public elementary school or a publicly funded adult education program, should I get a F1 visa or something else ?

    • Paul says:

      Student F-1 visas cannot be issued to persons seeking to enter the United States in order to attend a public primary/elementary school or a publicly funded adult education program.

      Dependents of a nonimmigrant visa holder of any type, including F-1, are not prohibited from attendance at either a public primary school, an adult education program, or another public educational institution, as appropriate.

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