F-1 Visa For Kindergarten to 12th GradeIf you want to study in the United States at the kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) level, the first step is to understand the U.S. education system and work with your parents to research the best school for you. In the United States, children attend primary (elementary and middle schools) and secondary (high school) school. Understand the Difference Between Public and Private Schools In the United States, children attend either public or private K-12 schools. Local, state and federal tax revenue funds public schools, while tuition dollars fund private schools. It is important to understand this difference because different rules apply for K-12 public schools and K-12 private schools. As an F-1 student, you may only attend a public high school in the United States and may not attend a U.S. public school in kindergarten through eighth grade. If you attend public high school, you may only do so for a maximum of 12 months and must pay the full, unsubsidized per capita cost of attending in the school district. Payment of this fee must occur before you can apply for your visa. However, F-1 students may attend private K-12 schools at any grade level and regulations place no limit on the length of time you may be enrolled. Apply to an SEVP-Certified School Only schools certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) can accept international students, and SEVP only certifies certain types of K-12 schools: Private K-12 schools, at all grade levels. Public high schools (grade nine–grade 12). This means that public primary schools (i.e., kindergarten to grade eight) are not allowed to accept F-1 students.
F-1 Visa For Postsecondary (Includes Technical & Community Colleges, Undergraduate, Graduate and Doctoral programs)"If you want to study in the United States, the first step is to research the school or program that most interests you. The United States has several postsecondary options for F-1 international students, including community colleges and undergraduate- and graduate-level programs.
F-1 Visa For English Language Training (Students of all ages can enroll in English language training programs)If you want to study English in the United States, the first step is to research the school or program that most interests you. There are two different classifications of English language training programs in the United States: “Stand-alone” schools that offer only English language training programs. “Combined” schools that offer English language training programs as well as other programs of study.
M-1 Visa For Technical program at a vocational or other recognized nonacademic institution, other than a language training program"If you want to study in the United States, the first step is to research the school or program that most interests you. You cannot enter as an M1 to just study "generally"; your program must have a goal and you must be involved in a "full course of study". A full course of study means study in a community or junior college, with at least 12 semester or quarter hours. It must be in a school where anyone attending for at least 12 semester or quarter hours is charged full tuition, or considered full-time. The only exception is where you need a smaller course-load to complete your course of study. It can also mean study at a post secondary vocational or business school which grants Associate or other degrees. Alternatively, if a school can demonstrate that its credits are, or have been, accepted unconditionally by at least 3 institutions of higher learning it can qualify. If that is not possible, study in a vocational or nonacademic curriculum, certified by a DSO to require at least 18 hours of weekly attendance or at least 22 clock hours a week (if most of your studies are in a shop or lab). If that is not possible, the last option is study in a vocational or nonacademic high school curriculum which is certified by a DSO to require class attendance for not less than the minimum required for normal progress towards graduation.
Government feesThere is a US$350 SEVIS fee on F and M visa applications and US$220 on most of the J Visa applications, this includes the cost of the computer system which is used to record your stay in the United States (SEVIS).
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We review and translate your application before being submitted to the Department of State.
You will receive your DS-16O confirmation page, by email in PDF format.
We will send you by email all the instructions on how to schedule your appointment at the Embassy.
We provide you with helpful links before your interview.
Gather Embassy Documents – Follow instructions given by the embassy.
You must pay the MRV fee accordingly and schedule your appointment.
Embassy Interview: Applicant is interviewed by consular officer at the U.S. Embassy.
Once issued, you can travel to the U.S.A.
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