An F1 visa is issued to international students attending an academic program or English Language Program at a U.S. college or university. F1 students are expected to complete their studies by the expiration date on their I-20 form (Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant Student Status). The U.S. college or university provides that the student has been accepted to and will attend.
Interested applicants must satisfy several criteria before they can be awarded an F-1 visa. The criteria include;
- Foreign residence; they must have a foreign residence and intent to return there upon completion of studies.
- Prove financial eligibility; you must demonstrate that you have sufficient funds available to finance your studies, including tuition and living expenses while you are in the U.S.
- English language proficiency; you must meet the required English language proficiency score, whether through standardized English tests such as TOEFL or IELTS.
- Institution certification; the institution admitting you must be approved by SEVP Immigration &Customs Enforcement.
- Ties to Home Country; you must demonstrate strong ties to your home country through; Job offer letter upon completion, Assets, bank accounts, family.
- Valid passport; have a valid passport for U.S. travel for at least six months after your program completion date.