Student: Academic (F), Vocational (M) Visa for the U.S.



The resident of a foreign country who wants to enter the United States for study purposes should obtain this visa. The visa applicants should be accepted by an institute or program before applying for this visa. When they get approval from the educational institute, they will provide the necessary documents to submit during the visa application. The applicant will need an F visa to attend university or college, high school, private elementary school, seminary, conservatory, another academic institution, and those who want to participate in other renowned nonacademic or vocational institutions will need an M visa. F visa allows students to enrol in a language course, but M visas don’t give that facility.


The applicant must meet up the following criteria to obtain an F or M visa:

  • Specific requirements to get the approval from a SEVP institution
  • High proficiency  in the English language 
  • Strong prove that the claimant will return home after their study
  • Strong evidence that the applicant can finance their education and stay in the U.S.

How to Apply for P-1 Visa

Acquire the I-20 Form: You will get the I-20 Form after getting approval from the educational institution.

Fill in Form DS-160: Form DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application is the standard Form for nonimmigrant visa claimants. It will have queries on your data, background, as well as the determination of visit to the U.S. When you confirm it, you will get an authorization page and code which you need for your document file.

Reimburse the application fee: The visa application charge for all the F or M visa is $160. You must pay this due to being able to remain with the rest of the application stages. Also, the visa petition fee, other dues may apply dependent on the affiliation of your country, and the U.S termed visa issuance charges. The total amount is dissimilar from nation to nation. After you have paid the dues, you must save the money receipts and affix them to the documents file.  

Reimburse the SEVIS I-901 fee: As all international students are registered in SEVIS in the U.S, they have to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee and keep it for the future.

Book your visa interview: F or M visa claimants between 14 and 79 years old must have an interview with the U.S Embassy. As they may have a high workload, it is wise to book the interview as early as possible. When you book your visa interview, you will get an interview approval letter which you need to carry with you on the day of the interview.

Make ready your document file: You must have your completed document file with you when you appeal for the F or M visa. To apply for the F or M visa permit, there is a file of documents that the claimant is needed to submit. These  are the following:

  • A Valid passport 
  • A Photograph that fills up visa requirement 
  • DS-160 visa application confirmation page   
  • DS-160 form visa application fee payment receipt  
  • I-20 original Form and a photocopy
  • All Educational qualifications:
    • Degrees and diplomas.
    • Certificates and transcripts.
    • Identical test scores, etc.
  • Evidence of financial ability: 
    • Your last three years bank statements
    • Your last three years tax information for the.
    • Provide information about loans to finance your stay in the U.S (if applicable).
    • Provide all relevant information of your scholarship for education in the U.S, (if applicable).
    • If an individual supports you in the U.S, then you have to submit Form I-134, Affidavit of Support, and the last three years bank and tax return information of the person's.

Appear the interview: The visa interview will be regulated by authorized U.S Embassy officials. You must be present on the schedule and take your documents. The assessor will ask queries about your background and aim for going to the U.S. You must deliver correct information since if the authorized official feels that you are not giving them any particulars, they will reject your visa request.

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