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F-1 Visa Articles
An alien, who is on a visitor visa and wants to take a short course of study of less than 18 hours per week, may be able to do so. However, if the course of study is more than 18 hours a week, he/she will need a student visa. F-1 visa is for nonimmigrants wishing […]
Applying for Student Visa An interview at the embassy consular section is required for visa applicants from age 14 through 79. The waiting time for an interview appointment for applicants can vary. It is important to remember that applying early and providing the requested documents does not guarantee that the student will receive a visa. […]
Before you apply for the F-1 visa, you need to obtain the I-20 form from the university or institution you want to attend. A university or school will only give you admission and the Form I-20 if you satisfy its admission requirements. Each university has its own admission requirements.
Before the interview, you are required to pay a non-refundable visa application fee and then provide the receipt on the interview day.
An immigration officer will issue you an I-94 card at the port of entry when you arrive in the U.S. The I-94 card shows your F-1 status (which refers to the non-immigrant status given to you by the USCIS to enable you pursue your program of studies) and your authorized stay. This means that you can stay in the U.S. legally to complete your education. On the completion of your program of studies, you are entitled to a year of OPT/CPT and a 60 day grace period before returning to your country of origin or country of permanent residence.
The F-1 visas are issued to international students primarily to enable them study in the U.S. Thus, there are strict restrictions on employment for students with F-1 visas. However, they are allowed to engage in certain types of compensated employments. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) defines a compensated employment as a type of work done in order to get some benefits, which include off-campus, on-campus, part-time and full-time work.
Though your employment option is limited, you are allowed to take off-campus, on-campus, part-time, and full-time employment under certain conditions. You can discuss your employment options with a foreign student advisor of your university or school. Below are various employment options for international students with F-1 visas and their requirements.
You are given the F-1 status and visa primarily to enable you pursue your education or attend a program of study in the U.S. and you are expected to pursue this purpose. But if you later have a change of purpose, you can change your F-1 status to the non-immigrant status you want in so far as you meet the requirements. Getting a new status can be challenging and somewhat stressful. There are two different ways through which you can change your F-1 status to another non-immigrant status.
International students studying in the U.S. with F-1 status can travel outside of the U.S. However before you travel out of the country, there are some documents that you should check in order to determine your eligibility to return to the U.S.