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Home » U.S. Student Visa: Frequently Asked Questions
What is required to qualify for F-1 visa?
To qualify for an F-1 visa, a student must meet the following requirements:
What are the benefits of F-1 visa?
Students in F-1 visa status receive the following benefits:
What are the limits of F-1 visa?
Students in F-1 visa status must do the following:
Where do I file my F-1 visa application?
What is the processing time for F-1 visa?
The processing time for an F-1 visa depends on the consulate where you are applying and the results of your background and security check. You may be able to receive your F-1 visa in a few days, or it may take weeks or longer.
How long can I stay in the U.S.?
Your Form I-20 states the length of time you may stay to finish your studies. You are permitted to stay until you finish your studies.
Can I change status while on F-1 visa?
Yes, you may apply to change to a different status while on an F-1 visa. Many students change from F-1 for instance to an H-1B, allowing them to work for a company in the United States. Other visitor and work visas are also available.
What are the requirements for a transfer to another school?
Can I travel outside the US?
Yes. You may return to the US after an absence of no more than five months. You must have a new F-1 visa if your original one has expired. Have your designated school official sign your I-20 before leaving the US.