How Do I Get a Student Visa?

Mario A. Godoy
How Do I Get a Student Visa?

Many international students want to study in the United States. A student visa is required to study in the United States. Foreign nationals may not enroll as a student after entering the U.S. on a B visitor visa or through the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), except to take a recreational study non-credit class as part of a tourist visit. You must have a student visa to study in the United States. The course of study and the type of school you plan to attend determine whether you need an F visa or an M visa, according to the U.S. Department of State.

F Student Visa
F visas are non-immigrant student visas that allow foreigners to pursue grammar school, high school, college and other educational and training programs in the United States. F-1 students must maintain a full course of study.

M Student Visa
M visas are for nonacademic or vocational studies. M-1 visa holders are not allowed to work during their studies. M-1 student visa applicants must have proof that sufficient funds are available to pay all tuition and living costs for the entire period of their course and stay in the United States. 

How To Apply For a Non-Immigrant Student Visa

1. Apply and Get Accepted to an Approved School
Before applying for a student visa, you must apply to and be accepted by a school that is approved by the government for the student exchange and visitor program.

2. Complete the Online Visa Application 
Form DS-160 is the online visa application including your photo. You must print the application form’s confirmation page to bring to your interview. You must pay all required non-refundable student visa application and issuance fees when you submit your application, or at your interview, depending on your nationality.

3. Schedule an Interview
Schedule an appointment for your student visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you live. Wait times for interview appointments vary by location, season, and visa category, so you should apply for your visa early.

4. Gather Required Documentation for Interview
You will be required to submit additional documentation to support your student visa application during your interview. Required documents may include:

· Passport
· Photo
· Application Confirmation Page
· Transcripts
· Test Scores
· Travel documents
· Proof of finances

Detailed instructions and requirements for student visas by area of study and nationality are on the State Department website.

It can be confusing for international students to apply and receive their student visas in a timely manner to attend their course of study.  Mario Godoy and the other experienced immigration attorneys at the Godoy Law Office can assess your situation and advise you on your best options to apply for a student visa. Call today at 855-554-6369.  

 

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