There are three types of student visa available in the USA:
F-1 (Student visa) : This is for full time students who are undertaking an academic or language program. They can stay for the full duration of their course plus sixty days. They must complete their studies by the expiration date on their I -20 form.
M Visa(Non academic or vocational studies): This is suitable for those who want to study or train at a non-academic institution in the USA, such as an apprenticeship or a finishing school.
J-1 (Exchange Visitor visa): This is for students who need practical training, directly related to their academic program, that is not available in their home country in order to complete their academic program. Such students must return to their home country for two years before they can apply for permanent residency in the US.
Eligibility criteria for applying for a US Student visa include the following:
- A Confirmation letter of acceptance from the university, called the Certification of Eligibility Form (the I-20)
- Students must establish their knowledge of English by undertaking the TOEFL or IELTS exam
- Proof of sufficient funds to cover education and living costs must be furnished.
- Documents that demonstrate intent to return to the home country,such as proof of land ownership, letters demonstrating future role in a family business and so on.
When making the application, ensure that you keep all the required documents at hand, and follow the rules perfectly. Getting a US visa is not easy, and you should apply sufficiently well ahead of time. For a student visa the interview can be arranged up to 120 days before the commencement of the course at the university, and the student can enter the US 30 days prior to the beginning of classes.