F1 Student Visa
Everything you need to know about studying in the USA
What is the F1 Student Visa?
In the United States, F visas are a type of nonimmigrant student visa that
allows foreigners to pursue education (language training programs and/or
academic studies) in the United States. F-1 students must maintain a full
course of study.
F1 Student Visa Application Process
Before you apply for the F visa, you must apply to and be accepted by an
SEVP-approved school. The first step is to decide where you want to
study and what you want to study.
Click here to see the Department of Homeland Security’s official list of Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified schools and programs eligible to enroll F-1 students in the United States.
Click here if you want to study English in Miami and learn more about the program details.
Complete the application process at your chosen school by completing the school application(s) and submitting a clear copy of your passport and bank statement. When you are accepted, the school will issue you a Form I-20 and enroll you in SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System). Please visit the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) website to learn more.
Your school will send or give you the Form I-20. You will need to take the Form I-20 with you to your visa interview and present it to the consular official. Before you attend your visa interview you will will need to pay your I-901 SEVIS Fee. You can visit an Official Website of the Department of Homeland Security to learn more about this fee and make the payment.
Please note: if you are traveling with your family (spouse and/or children under the age of 21) they will also need to receive an I-20 but do not need to pay the SEVIS Fee.
Find a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, generally in your home country, where you can schedule and attend your visa interview.
Please visit the Websites of U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions to find an Embassy or Consulate and follow the instructions. The process may vary between different Embassies and Consulates.
Before your interview you must complete the online visa application. This application form is called Form DS-160. You can read more about the visa application and the fees by visiting the official Department of State website. You will need to include a photograph of yourself. Make sure to read about the photograph requirements before you begin the application.
PLAN AHEAD! Make sure to check the Visa Appointment & Processing Wait Time for the Embassy or Consulate that you plan to visit.
Have questions? Contact a Student Adviser on WhatsApp at +1 (305) 417 3615 for immediate answers! Or call us at +1 (305) 521 9434