Is it possible to apply for the F-1 visa to the US from the UK? I have no UK citizenship, nor Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. I plan to apply for the UK visitor visa first and re-apply for the F-1 visa to the US, as US embassies in my country are closed now.

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    For completeness, does re-apply indicate an expired F-1 or a refusal?
    – Traveller
    Oct 21 '20 at 10:24
  • What does your academic institution recommend?
    – CGCampbell
    Oct 21 '20 at 12:43
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    This site is about short term travel like vacations. Questions about living and studying abroad belong on our Expatriates site. Oct 21 '20 at 12:53
  • Requests not made on home countries are always looked with suspect (people try to do visa shop). You should have a very good reason, and better documentation (and probably it will be checked also in your home country [e.g. because of study diplomas]). So, if you had a refusal; chances are very low, and it will just lower chances for future visas. -- but legally you can apply in any US embassies/ US consular offices. Oct 21 '20 at 14:09
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    If you're not from the EU/Schengen/UK, I wouldn't recommend going to an EU/Schengen/UK country for a US visa in 2020 while the proclamation banning travel within 14 days from these countries to the US is in effect... Maybe try a country closer to your home country instead.
    – krubo
    Oct 22 '20 at 10:27

Is it possible to apply for the F-1 visa to the US from the UK? I have no UK citizenship

Yes. See https://expatriates.stackexchange.com/a/8013/164 by Michael Hampton:

The US does not restrict where you may apply for a nonimmigrant visa (such as a student visa) from. You may do so in any country you've legally entered, even if as a tourist.

From the US State Department: travel.state.gov > Visas > Study and Exchange > Student Visa:

You must schedule an appointment for your visa interview, generally, at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you live. You may schedule your interview at any U.S. Embassy or Consulate, but be aware that it may be difficult to qualify for a visa outside of your place of permanent residence.

  • Excellent, thank you so much! Oct 22 '20 at 7:45

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