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F-1 Visa - Student Visas

F-1 visas are issued to students who would like to come to the United States to complete an education program by going to school or college in the United States. The F-1 student must first get a confirmation and admission records from the school in the United States admitting the student in their program and the program need to be approved by the USCIS.

F-1 visa applicants need to show their intent to depart after completion of the designated educational program on the SEVIS Form I-20. The foreign national must show that he is entering the United States solely for completion of the education program and considers his foreign country his permanent home. F-1 students must also demonstrate their ability to speak fluent English or willing to be trained to speak fluent English. F-1 students must also show sufficient income to be able to pay the required school tuition as well as support themselves while they are in F-1 status.

F-1 students are given a D/S (duration of status) status which includes completion of educational program including practical training. After completion of the educational program or the practical training the F-1 student has 60 days to leave the country, transfer to another school to continue education or to change status to another nonimmigrant visa category. F-1 students are not allowed to work while they go to school except they can work on campus limited to 20 hours per week. Under special situations and per proof of severe economic hardship situations F-1 students may be allowed to work off campus.

 

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