Visa applicants don’t have to select the visa type, it is the university or the sponsoring institute who will define the USA visa type based on their application profile for a specific course.
Mentioned below are the different types of USA student visa:
· F-1 Student Visa
International students applying for a full-time study in USA institution/university which is recognized by DHS (Department of Homeland Security) will get an F-1 Student Visa.
· F-2 Dependent of an F-1 Student
This study visa is offered to dependents of an F-1 student visa holder and they cannot study in the USA with this visa. Children of F-2 dependent visa can study in the USA at the K-12 level.
· M-1 Vocational Student Visa
An international student enrolled in a vocational program in the USA will get an M-1 visa. An international student must continue a full course of study and part-time study is only allowed if approved by the Designated School Official (DSO).
· M-2 Dependent of M-1 Student
This study visa is offered to dependents of an M-1 Vocational Student Visa holder and they cannot study in the USA with this visa. Children of M-2 Dependent visa can study in the USA at the K-12 level.
· J-1 Exchange Student Visa
J-1 visa holders must maintain a full course of study and they can reduce the course duration if approved by Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) by a Responsible Officer (RO)/Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) of the designated program sponsor, by Department of State (DOS) regulations.
· J-1 Exchange Student Intern Visa
This visa is given to international students who are presently registered and studying a degree at a post-secondary academic institution outside the US.
· J-1 Exchange Visitor: Professor, Researcher, Specialist, Trainee, Physician, Intern
Professor, Researcher, Specialist, Trainee, Physician, Intern
International students who are visiting researchers, short-term scholars, professors, specialists, physicians, trainees, interns, under the sponsorship of an exchange visitor program approved by the DOS.
· J-2 Dependent of a J-1 Exchange Visitor
It is offered to dependents of a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa holder and they can study full or part-time in the USA with this visa.
The visa application process starts with the receipt of an I-20.
· Pay your SEVIS fee (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System)
· Complete online visa application form
· Pay visa fee at the nominated bank
· Book your visa interview appointment
· Attend your visa interview
Post-study work right/work opportunities along with the studies
F-1 Student Visa
A foreign student must maintain a full course of study and part-time study is only allowed with the approval of the DSO (Designated School Official) as per the rules and regulations.
The F-1 student visa allows international students to work 20 hours per week during weekdays and 40 hours per week during off-days.
To become eligible for OPT, the international student must have completed 1 academic year of their degree. Those who have completed a degree in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) courses may be eligible for a 24-month extension of OPT (36 months total
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