F-1 Student Visas
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As a student, you may be seeking the prestigious educational opportunities
that the U.S. has to offer, or you may be looking for an exciting place
to spend a year studying abroad. A student visa is a necessary part of
studying in the U.S., but the process to successfully obtain a
visa can be full of twists and turns. Our Philadelphia
immigration attorney is ready to help you take the first steps to achieving your dream
of studying in the U.S.
Speak to a member of our legal team at the
Law Office of Matthew Archambeault to learn how we can help.
Requirements for an F-1 Visa
If you hope to apply for a student visa, you must meet certain requirements.
You will need to provide proof of these requirements with your application.
F-1 Visa Requirements:
- You are a full-time student in a program that will provide a specific educational
or vocational certification or degree upon completion.
- You have already been accepted to a school which has been approved by the
USCIS to accept foreign students.
- You have sufficient knowledge of English to operate in the U.S.
- You have financial support to allow you to complete your studies without
earning additional income.
Once you have been accepted to a university, they will issue a document
called an I-20, which confirms your admission into the program. This must
be submitted with your visa application. You will also need to complete
the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) unless you are from
a country where English is an official language. An affidavit of support
and other financial documents detailing your ability to cover expenses
of one year of studies should also be submitted. Your immigration lawyer
can help you submit the necessary documents to support your application.
The Benefits and Limitations of an F-1 Visa
A student visa allows you to study in the U.S., but it can also offer other
opportunities to those who hold one. It allows you to work part-time on
campus during the school year. You can also apply to work full-time off
campus during summer breaks. After your degree has been completed, you
can apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), which will allow you
to remain in the U.S. for an additional 12 months to begin employment.
If you are in the science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) fields,
you may be able to stay for 17 months. If you wish to transfer during
your studies, you can do so by notifying the USCIS and going through the
normal transfer process of the university.
The F-1 visa is not a dual intent visa, however, which means that you cannot
be a student and intend to immigrate using the F-1 visa. If you have a
green card petition that is pending, it will be far more difficult to get a student visa.
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The visa process can be a challenge, but the
Law Office of Matthew Archambeault is here to provide you with the support and experience you need. Our Philadelphia
immigration attorney will take the time to talk with you about your options and explain
what choices can help you receive your visa more quickly. Let us help
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