Passports & Visas
You will need to have a valid passport and a visa in order to enter the United States. Since it can take several months to obtain a passport and all the documentation, start the process as soon as you can.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the end of your intended stay in the US.
To get a F-1 visa approved, you will need to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to pay for the first year of study and that you have resources available to cover the rest of your educational program.
The B-2 visa (Tourist Visa) is not considered a student visa for full-time study. Studying in the US on a B-2 visa is grounds for deportation.
Do not count on being able to scrape up the funding after you arrive in the US. Getting a job is not an effective means of financing an education in the US.
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A visa is a grant of permission to enter the country. The US entrance requirements are listed in this section.
You may need to establish that you intend to return to your home country after your studies are complete.
If a student on a F-1 visa is not able to complete their studies by the expiration date on the I-20 form, they must apply to the school’s Foreign Student Advisor for an extension 30 days before expiration.
Contact the US embassy or consulate for information about visas to the US. Every embassy and consulate has a small library of information about studying in the US.