F1 visa requirements for student’s visa
F1 visa provides an opportunity to the students from different parts of the worlds to come and study in U.S.
The F1 visa is for the non- immigrants that is they are in the country for the temporary basis and have no intentions to become permanent resident of the country.
The F1 visa holders are the students from different countries of world who are allowed to study full time courses in the United States at the recognized primary, secondary or the other higher educational institutions.
Such visa usually holds the eligibility for 12 months of practical training including the employment opportunities permitted to them, during and after they complete their studies.
Some of the students who intend to stay back in the country take the training and other opportunities provided as a plus point and use F1 visa benefits as a ladder leading to their permanent residence in the country.
For a student to acquire an F1 visa he should satisfy the following conditions, the very first condition is an offer to study in the country by an authorized educational institute, a valid passport, the intention to get admission for a full time course in the American institution as certified by the educational institution in postgraduate or postdoctoral level or having at least 12 semester hours on the university levels.
The next condition is the student should prove that they have enough funds to carry the whole course, at times in special circumstances the student might also be allowed to work. Fluency in the English language is must or the student should be enrolled in immersion course is must. They should also have intentions to return to their native country after the validity of their visas.
There are also other opportunities given to the foreign students by the country, students may also take part in Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, through which they can earn from the jobs that shows them the practicality of their course work, which normally constitutes of 12 months in all. Foreign students may apply for OPT as part time options during the school session and as full time when it is or after graduation.
According to the statistics given by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services around 70, 000 overseas students are currently part this OPT. Under this a 17 month extension is given to the students having degrees in certain science and technological courses.
During this training time, if a student worker gets a sponsor for oneself, they may begin the process of getting H-1 B non- immigrant work visa or a green card which will further lead to permanent residence in the country.