In many circumstances, a citizen of a foreign country must have a valid visa to enter the United States. Depending on the reason for entry, different types of visas are issued for either temporary stay or permanent residence. Students wishing to attend American International College (AIC) must apply for a temporary stay visa known as an F-1 visa.
An F-1 visa is used for the purposes of entry and reentry into the country. It does not dictate how long the applicant may remain in the United States. Therefore, an additional document, Form I-20, is used along with the visa and contains important details about the duration of stay for which the student is authorized.
An F-1 student visa is issued to international students who are attending an academic program or English Language Program at a US college or university.
Before you begin the visa application process, you must have the following documents:
You must apply for your visa well in advance of your arrival as it can take several weeks or longer to obtain the student visa. To apply for a US visa, you will need to present the following documents at the US embassy or consulate nearest to you:
In addition, the application for a US visa requires:
There have been (and continue to be) changes in the visa application process and these changes are usually reflected on the consular Web sites. Click on the following links to find more information on:
When applying for your F-1 student visa, pay careful attention to the following:
To improve your chances of being issued an F-1 Visa be prepared with the following for your interview:
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