F-1 Visa: Students
Students who wish to study in the United States may apply for F-1 visas. Applicant should apply to academic institutions and be admitted to the school and be issued a Form I-20. There is a requirement of I-901 SEVIS fee where a prospective student will be added to the SEVIS database and issued an ID number. F-1 students must maintain their full-time status and are expected to complete their studies before their I-20 form expires. If the students wish to continue with their progressive academic programs, they must apply for a new I-20 from the school they wish to attend to.
To qualify to apply for F-1 visa, applicants are required to fulfill the following criteria:
- Must have a foreign residence and must have intention to return to home country upon completion of studies;
- Must show financial ability to pay for tuition and accommodations;
- Must show evidence that there is strong ties to home country such as job offers, assets, and family members.
Period of Stay
Students may remain in F-1 status as long as they continue studying in their academic programs. For those prospect students who initially entered the U.S. with B-2 status may apply for a change of status to F-1. The application may be filed with the Department of Homeland Security.
Family Members of F-1 Holder
Applicant’s dependents will be issued F-2 visas. When submitting the application, a proof of the student’s relationship to his/her spouse and/or children (e.g., marriage and birth certificates.) will be required.
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