F1 Student Visa General Information: The United States welcomes foreign
students to American language schools, high schools, universities and other
institutions of higher education. Thousands of learning institutions are
approved by the USCIS to accept foreign students as full time students. It is
possible to change schools and universities while being on an F1 Visa without
leaving the country.
F1 Student Visa Eligibility Requirements: An applicant for a US student visa
must come to the United States to pursue an academic program in an institution
recognized by the United States government. The foreign citizen must have a
valid educational purpose for coming to the United States and be a full time
student. It is not possible to be a part-time student on an F-1 Visa. The
student can stay in the United States for as long as he/she is enrolled in
school. The student visa is normally issued at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in
the student’s home country.
Traveling on F1 Student Visa:
Foreign students may enter the United States multiple times if they hold a valid
F1 Student Visa.
It is important that the F1 Student Visa holders have all the necessary
documents and signed authorizations to avoid any problems at the U.S. port of
The passport must also be valid for a certain amount of time in order to be
F1 Visa holders can also travel freely within the within the United States.
Working on F1 Student Visa:
Students may work on campus as long as they are enrolled in school
Students may apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) to gain work
experience in their field of study while being a full time student
- Students may take advantage of Optional Practical Training (OPT) once the degree
is completed as a full time employee
- Many students obtaining a bachelor or master degree in the United States go on to be sponsored by their employer for an H1B