The F-1 visa is for foreign students who seek to study in the United States. The F-1 student visa is issued to students who wish to pursue a full course of study at colleges, universities, conservatories, or academic high schools in the U.S.
Spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 are allowed to join the F-1 visa holder in F-2 dependent visa status.
F-1 Quick Facts
- F-1 applicants must be proficient in English.
- Applicants must demonstrate that they have sufficient funds to cover all expenses including tuition while in the United States.
- Applicants must be able to establish intent to return to their home country upon completion of studies.
- F-1 visa may be utilized for study of academic or language training programs in the U.S.
- F-1 visa holders may travel in and out of the U.S. freely as long as they have a valid visa.
- F-1 visa holders may be eligible to work part-time on campus and those facing economic hardships may work off-campus with permission from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
- F-1 visa holders may apply for H-1B work visa upon completion of studies.
- Spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 cannot work in the US.
F-1 Visa Process
Our firm regularly assists individuals obtain F-1 student status. We frequently represent students seeking work authorization and change of status application to or from student status. As part of the visa process:
- Applicants must first apply and gain acceptance into a U.S. college or school that is authorized by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to accept foreign students.
- The educational institution in the U.S. then sends the related form (Form I-20 - Certificate of Eligibility or Nonimmigrant student status for Academic students) to the student applicant.
- The applicant completes the form and signs the application.
- If residing abroad, the overseas applicant completes the Non-immigrant Visa application form and applies for the visa at his/her local U.S. consulate or embassy with all supporting documents.
- If the applicant is currently in the United States in another visa status, he/she may apply for change of immigration status to that of a student.