In order to study in the USA you need a student visa. If you’ve enrolled in some of the vocational training programs or other non-academic studies you need a student (M) visa. For academic programs (Bachelor or postgraduate studies as well as English language course) you need to apply for Student (F) visa.
The conditions to be met for a student visa are:
Student (F and M) visas allow you to study in the USA and bring your partner as well as children, who have the right to attend school in the USA. Student visa allows you to work part time jobs (up to 20 hours a week) on the campus during your semester and full time while on holidays. Under certain conditions after a year of your studies you can ask for a permission to work part time off campus.
You can extend your student visa if you wish to continue your education, you can also apply for Practical Training visa (during or after studies) which could bring you valuable work experience in this country.
Student visa can be issued on duration of your study program. You can enter the USA maximum 30 days before starting date of your program and stay up to 60 days after completion of program.
You can apply for a student visa at US embassy in your country. One of the steps in the process is interview in consular section.
Visa fee for student visa application is 160USD and processing time depends on the case. The waiting period is the time until your interview is scheduled. In certain cases, after the interview the officer could require additional processing that could last up to 6 months.
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