USA Student Visa
Before you can come to the United States as a student, you
must be accepted to a school and prove that you have sufficient financial
resources (scholarships, loans, family or personal resources) to pay your school
and living expenses. For information on sources of financial aid, on applying to
schools, and on organizations in your country that can assist you, see the area
of our website called Study in the U.S.
There are two nonimmigrant visa categories for persons wishing to study in the
United States (a nonimmigrant is someone admitted to the U.S. temporarily):
"F" visa includes academic students in colleges, universities, seminaries,
conservatories, academic high schools, other academic institutions, and in
"M" visa is for people wishing to pursue nonacademic or vocational studies.
Am I Eligible?
To be eligible to apply for the F or M visas, you must intend to stay for a
temporary period of time and have proof of compelling ties (social, family,
economic, professional or other) to a residence outside the United States to
which you will return after the visit. You must also meet the following
You must have successfully completed a course of study normally required for
enrollment. Unless you are coming to participate exclusively in an English
language training program, you must either be sufficiently proficient in English
to pursue the intended course of study, or the school must have made special
arrangements for English language courses or teach the course in your native
You must prove that sufficient funds are, or will be, available from an
identified and reliable financial source to defray all living and school
expenses during the period of your study in the U.S. Specifically, you must
prove that you have enough readily available funds to meet all expenses for the
first year of study, and that adequate funds will be available for each
subsequent year of study. If you are applying for an M-1 visa, you must have
evidence that sufficient funds are immediately available to pay all tuition and
living costs for the entire period of your intended stay.
You must be accepted as a full-time student in a U.S. academic educational
program, language-training program, or vocational program. The school must be
approved by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), and the school
must send you a Form I-20 (which it receives from the INS).