Questions tagged [f1-visas]

A citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States as a non-immigrant and intends to become a student in the United States is granted an F-1 visa.

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Can a non-US citizen board an outbound plane (leave the US) without a passport back to home country?

Let's say I am a foreign student in the United States and I applied for another country's visa at their consulate in Washington DC. They are holding my passport for visa stamp and it takes 6-8 weeks ...
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How can I (Indian, 28) visit my fiance (pursuing a master's degree in the US) for a few months?

About me: I have worked as a freelance developer (sole proprietor) in the crypto space for the past about a year. In these 12 months I've worked with only one client that pays me well and is based out ...
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Should I apply for a new passport because of FNU in US Visa at this moment?

I have read this post: Old Passport with US Visa FNU and I understood what the US travel website recommends. But I want to know the answer in the context of my current situation in the travelling ...
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Clarification on entering the US on B2, leaving to Mexico and re-entering the US on F1

To provide more context: I am a Malaysian citizen & holding a Malaysian passport so I don't qualify for the VWP. However, I hold both a valid B2 visa & an F1 visa. My i-20 states that the ...
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Additional point of contact in DS160 for F1 visa

Will it cause a problem if one of the additional points of contact in the ds160 is a cousin? I have already submitted the form. So should I make a new submission?
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F1 Visa Duration and Passport Expiration

I am planning to attend my masters in US for upcoming Fall 2022. My passport is expiring on January 2024. However, my course duration is from Sept 2022 till June 2024. When the F1 visa gets stamped, ...
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Booking tickets to the US from India with a single name

I am planning to visit the US on an F1 visa and need to book tickets for the same. My passport (and all my other documents) only have a single name. My name on my (Indian) passport appears as follows: ...
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Canadian transit visa for an international student in the US [duplicate]

I'm an international (Indian citizen) student with an F1 US visa. I wish to transit through Canada on my way to Schengen for a conference. I cannot get a clear answer on whether in need a transit visa ...
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Does cancelling F-1 visa extension interview void my current visa?

The end date on my I-20 is May 2023. My current F-1 visa expires in June 2022. I scheduled an interview to extend my visa on the 9th of May 2022, but due to personal reasons I cannot attend that. ...
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Traveling to the USA on an ESTA while having an F1 visa

I have a valid F1 visa but I will be studying online from my home country during the first semester. Can I travel to the United States on an ETSA during this first semester while studying online?
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Exiting US on ESTA and re-entering US immediately on old F-1 with new I-20 [closed]

I entered the US in 2018 with a valid I-20 and valid F-1 (exp 2023) but gave up my program and left during Covid in the middle of 2020. I came back to the US in the middle of 2021 this year on an ESTA ...
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Choosing sponsor for f1 visa

I'd like to go to US for 2/3 months to study an English intensive course, the college that I'm planning to enroll asks for 9k USD funds. I have 2 available sponsors which I'm confuse which one to ...
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Did I overstay my F1 visa by staying in the US for 5 months after graduation?

According to the dates written on my f1 visa paper, I did not overstay. According to PROGRAM START/END DATE written on I-20 form, I did not overstay. However I think F1 visa is valid as long as you ...
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mismatching information in DS-160 form and the embassy site

On my DS-160 form the type of my visa is B1/B2 whilst on the embassy site it is an F-1 student visa and my appointment is within 5 days. Can I change the DS-160 information (it has been more than 30 ...
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Change in the US contact's address in US visa application form DS-160 [closed]

My husband has a US's F-1 visa. He is currently on his OPT (optional practical training). I am applying for F-2 visa (F-1 dependent). I have following two questions regarding the form DS-160 (form ...
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Doubt regarding a question DS160 application (countries you have visited)

While filling DS160 I bumped into this question which was asking about the countries I visited. Should I mention transit too? Because I had a transit in Germany (when travelling from Sweden to India) ...
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Visa Waiver Program-> Mexico -> F1 Visa [duplicate]

I am a New Zealander wanting to clarify some travel plans for next month regarding my F1 visa to alleviate some anxiety! Current itinerary is: Fly NZ-US, enter on VWP ~60 days before class starts (...
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Confusion in DS160 address and passport address

I am from India. I will be applying for F1 Visa. While filling the DS160 form I got confused about what to fill in my home address and mailing address. My present address on my passport is of the ...
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travel restriction exemption from India to the US on an F1 visa

Because of the high covid case loads in India the US announced travel restrictions between the US ad India. There appear to be exemptions to these restrictions for students on an F1 visa. It is not ...
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F1 Interview after 2 Tourist denials [closed]

My gf applied for Tourist visa in 2018 and got denied twice (in a span of 1 month) with 214b (insufficient ties) first time and for no significant change in the second attempt. [We realized that this ...
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Applying for a B1 Visa after F1

So I have been in the US for the last 4 years on an F1 visa. Followed all the procedures and left the country before my F1 visa expired. However now I am trying to apply for a B1 visa to the US and ...
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What are some technical words that I should avoid using while giving F1 visa interview? [closed]

I am a Physics PhD and I have my F1 visa interview in a few days. I recently heard from my friend that there are some technical words that I should avoid using in the interview. This word list is ...
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Do visa officers know about my previously filled incorrect DS 160?

I recently filled a DS 160 for F-1 visa and in that I checked "Yes" in the question "Do you have any other relatives in U.S.?". But I don't actually have blood relatives in the U.S....
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Should I include scholarship in "employment" section of DS160? [closed]

I did my BS-MS dual degree in India, and while pursuing my degree (was a full-time student) I was offered a scholarship. Can this scholarship be considered as an employment? Should I include this in ...
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Taking jewellery from United States to India

I bought some jewellery during the black friday sale for my family. The total cost of which is around $500 but the actual value is higher. Can I still take all of the items I purchased without paying ...
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Details about part-time jobs in DS-160 form

While filling up my DS-160 form, I was not able to enter details of my part-time work in the past 5 years. After filling up details of my full-time employment, the "Add more Employment" ...
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Travelling to the US via London transit during Covid

I'm an F-1 OPT visa holder who has to visit my home country because of unavoidable personal reasons. Can I enter back into the US via London transit considering the Presidential Proclamation travel ...
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What to put for primary occupation in the DS-160 form when uni date has been pushed back?

I was supposed to attend university starting fall 2020 but due to the pandemic my final semester exams were postponed and I had to defer my admission to spring 2021. So, I graduated in September and I'...
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Reapplying for the F-1 visa from the UK as a foreigner

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-...
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How to schedule Visa interview to some consulate other than post of interview?

I am from India and will be applying for the F1 US Visa. For scheduling the interview and biometrics, I need to select my residence state, which will choose my post of the interview by default. In my ...
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How to pay US F-1 Visa through credit or debit card?

I am an international student from India enrolled in a US university. I have completed my Visa application and just have to pay the fees. However there is no option for credit or debit card payment. ...
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CWOP on F1 Visa

Recently I traveled to India. While traveling back to the USA I got cwop on my F-1 visa in Doha. Then they sent me back to India. My question is: I have a one year valid OPT (optional practical ...
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One day earlier than Earliest admission date | F1 OPT application [closed]

I am on F1 and applying for OPT. I was misadvised by our school International Office and arrived 1 day earlier than the Earliest admission date stated on my I-20. I was admitted into the US after ...
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Applying for f2 visa in last semester [closed]

I got married 2 months ago and I want to have my wife over. The problem is my current i20 says that my program will end in 2022 however once I apply for my opt my i20 will say that my program ends in ...
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Already hold B1, will immigration be a problem with F1?

I have a B1 visa for the USA which I used in Dec-Jan for 2 months. Now I am back in India, I got a university admission last evening and am planning to go to the USA on the F1 visa in Aug. But my ...
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Converting visa status from B1/B2 to F1

I currently have a B1/B2 visa and am applying to universities in the US. If I get admitted for fall semester, I can only go about a month before my courses start, i.e. about july. But, I have a family ...
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Re-enter USA for F-1 student [closed]

I am currently a graduate student studying in the United States and traveled outside the country for the winter break. I will doing an internship in the spring 2020 semester and have been issued a new ...
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Am I eligible for transit without visa at Heathrow Airport? [duplicate]

I will be traveling from Chicago to Copenhagen on 15th December with an overnight layover at Heathrow airport (Terminal 3, American airlines). I'll be reaching UK at 10:45 pm and will be leaving the ...
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Visa in Passport is expired, my i-20 is valid and I am changing levels from Bachelors to Masters. Will Automatic Re-validation rule apply to me?

I entered into USA on my f1 in 2014 and have been in good standing ever since. The visa stamp on my passport has been expired for the past year and I have been able to travel to Canada from time to ...
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Applying for Schengen Visa while near I-20 expiration. Would it affect my application?

I am an international student on F-1 Visa in the US. Does the Schengen Visa application require my I-20 to be valid for a minimum of 3 months after the travel end date? From the consulate website ...
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F1 visa renewal after having changed schools [closed]

I came to the US as an international student in 2015, and joined school A. My F-1 visa was valid until 2020. After a couple of years (in 2017), I changed schools to join School B. My I-20 for School B ...
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Do I need a Transit Visa of Canada if I have F1 and SX1 Visas? [duplicate]

I have a flight reservation from Austin, Texas to New Delhi, India. The flight transits through Toronto. I have a valid F1 and SX1 Visa. Do I need transit visa to transit through Canada? My layover is ...
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Can I re-enter the US with an F1 Visa after arriving with a VWP (ESTA)?

So currently I’m planning to enter the US with an ESTA on the 21st of December as my F1 Visa only allows me to enter on the 22nd of December. However, I’m unable to change my flight because I booked ...
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Can I use my B1/B2 visa to enter US right after I complete my OPT?

I am holding a F-1 and a B1/B2 visa. Can I enter the US right after I complete my OPT employment? I am currently on OPT and it will end in coming November. Once I complete my OPT (F-1), can I leave ...
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Can I apply for en ESTA visa while on an F1 [closed]

I am studying on an F1 visa but have to take leave to find funds to continue my studies. When I take leave I have 15 days to leave the country. My question is, can I apply for an ESTA while I'm still ...
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Re-entry to USA from Canada (previously on F-1 Visa)

I am a Canadian citizen, currently back home in Canada. I completed my BFA in NYC from 2014-2018, and also finished my OPT from July 2018-July 2019. My grace period is 60 days, meaning it should've ...
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Change the country of interview

Can I change the country for an interview while applying for my F1 visa? My first interview was in Kyiv (Ukraine), I would like to reapply but the emergency interview in Ukraine is father than in ...
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US Visa application question

In the application for US Visa I found the following question: I am confused about the first two. For the first question, I have a US driver's license but I am not sure if that is considered as a ...
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Arrive in the US with a Tourist Visa before Student Visa starts [duplicate]

My girlfriend will be starting college in the US in January. Is it possible for her to get a tourist visa so that she can be here more than 30 days before the start of her classes?
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Re-entering the US for the third time in 3 consecutive months

I went to the US for vacation in the middle of June, then came back to my home country for two weeks. Went back to the US in the middle of July then came back home. Both times on ESTA. Now I just got ...