An F-1 student visa allows foreign nationals to come to the United States to
pursue a course of study at an academic institution accredited by the USCIS. Aliens who have residence in a foreign
country which he/she has no intention of abandoning, who wishes to come to the United States to, may qualify for an F-1 student
visa. The alien must have a valid educational purpose for coming to the United States, and must be able to support himself
or herself while in the United States without working.
F-1 student visa applicant must have available sufficient funds and outside financial support to ensure he or she will not
become a public charge or accept unauthorized employment. He/she must be proficient in English or receive training to
make him or her proficient. In addition, students seeking a student visa must convincingly show that they intend to
remain in the United States for a temporary period of time. Applicants that fail to prove that there are compelling reasons
for them to return to their home land after their period of study is complete, face a high risk of having their student visa
At the end of the course of study a
period of work authorization may be requested for the purpose of gaining experience in the field of study, known as "practical
training." If qualified, the student may also change non-immigrant status to a temporary non-immigrant work
visa or adjust status to a permanent resident.
(spouses and unmarried children under 21 years of age) of F-1 holders are entitled to F-2 status. Dependents may be students
in the U.S., but may not be employed under the F-2 classification.