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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Paid for article while in US on F-1 visa? [closed]

I am an international Ph.D. student in the US and am planning to write an article for a US-based magazine. I'm doing this to increase my presence and build a relationship with this publisher. They ...
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Can I ever get a Schengen visa again?

I'm from India and I applied for a Schengen visa to visit Sweden for a duration of 4 days and since I'm 18 years old, to prove my intent to return home after my visit, the Embassy wanted me to submit ...
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As an Indian citizen, can I apply and have both a B1 and F1 visa?

I got admitted into a university in USA and received my I-20 for the same. I am yet to apply for my F-1 visa. The program start date is 8th August, 2016. Meanwhile, I also got selected for a Youth ...
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Multiple US Visas

I have travelled to the US on B1/B2 visa and later on an F-1 visa. Due to a personal emergency I had to leave midway in the program while I was on an F-1 visa. But I'd informed the graduate office, my ...
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USA F1 visa renewal before expiry [closed]

My U.S. F1 Visa expires on 30th June 2015, and I am visiting India near end of December this year. Can I apply for F1 visa renewal (category,university, etc. everything remains the same). Is it too ...
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Automatic US visa revalidation - boarding pass in Canada

My F1 is expired, but other documents are ok (I-20, I-94). I plan to come back to the US after a short trip to Canada using the AVR rule. Will I have any problems with getting a boarding pass on my ...
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Can I re-enter the United States after overstaying?

This is my situation. In 2011, I moved to the United States from Sweden to start at the university. I entered with an F-1 student visa that would last me until 2015, but I messed up school after my ...
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F1 to B1/B2 in the USA, without having studied in the USA

I got a students visa, F1 for the USA, for an additional MBA. I went to the USA and since I was not really happy with what I went through, I decided to come back. The college had given fake ...
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Visit to US before F1 using the Visa Waiver Program

I am going to start a phd at the US with an F1 visa. University told me that I could enter the US only 30 days before the date on I-20. Since English is not my first language (and this would be a big ...
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Can I travel to the US on a F1 visa to attend a funeral?

I have a valid F1 visa and I want to travel to the US for 2 weeks. My intent is not to study but to visit my best friend who recently lost her boyfriend and to attend his funeral. I read that it takes ...
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Can I just go to a country like Canada to apply for a new US Visa?

I am a Russian citizen, staying in the US on an F1 visa. Unfortunately, the F1 expires after a year for Russian nationals, so it seems that I must fly back to Russia annually to apply for a visa every ...
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Old passport has missing pages. What should I tell the Visa Officer during the visa interview? [closed]

I am applying for US F1 visa. My old passport had some mistake in my surname. So I got a new passport two years back. I did not know that I may need my old passport during the visa interview. My ...
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Can I enter the United States on a Visa Waiver, go to Mexico and re-enter with an F1 visa?

I have seen this question being asked many many times but yet have not found a satisfying answer nor anyone with experience. I have an F1 visa to study in the United States and I know I can only ...
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Can I apply for a B-1/B-2 visa when my previous F-1 visa has expired but my SEVIS record has not been released?

I finished my studies and left the US (all within grace period). I was going to further my studies, so I applied for another school and requested a transfer from my current school to the other. My ...
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Ways to return to US without a physical F1 Visa

I am travelling in Mexico (it's been about a little more than a week) and need to go back to the States asap as my school is starting soon. However, I forgot to bring my F1 visa which was in my old ...
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Can I travel within the US with an expired visa?

I am an international student and authorized to stay in US for 2 years on my I-20 form. My visa expired on June this year and I need to fly to some states outside Georgia to visit colleges. Can I fly ...
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As a Canadian Citizen, F1 visa to a B1/B2: will I have to leave the US and re-enter?

I am a Canadian citizen, and I intend to travel to the US for a student clinical elective at a university in Texas for the months of September and October. The university will help me obtain an F-1 ...
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Can I get in the US on a B2 before an F1 starting date?

I'm a European citizen studying in the US on a F-1 visa. I'm currently spending this current semester in South Korea as an exchange student. Since this semester is considered to be out-of-status for ...
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“CWOP” on visa, and extension refused under 221G. Can I travel with this visa to the US?

I recently applied for an F-1 visa extension six months before the expiration of my current visa. However, they refused the extension of my visa under 221g and have also written CWOP on my current ...
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F1 visa even for a three-week course?

I am planning for a 3-week summer course with credits in the US. It was suggested to apply for an F1 visa, despite being the holder of a B1/B2 visa (travelled to the US a couple of times and never ...
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How to cancel a US visa application after consular interview and document submission?

I'm an Indian citizen who's been working in the US after graduation. While on holiday in Thailand, I noticed my F1 visa had expired, though I had valid supporting documents that would mean I would ...
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Can I apply for F-1 visa to the US before I leave the US for vacation back home?

I'm an international student on F1 visa. I am planning a trip home this summer. Is it possible to file for a return visa while I am still in the US so that I know or am sure that I will be able to ...
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Do I have to carry my I-20 for travelling within the US?

I am on a F1 Visa (student) which won't be expiring anytime soon. I am planning to travel around the country, and I was wondering if my passport alone would suffice at the airport. Do I have to carry ...
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B1/B2 visa validity after getting F1

I recently got F1 visa, but I won't be able to attend college due to family issues. My question is what will happen to my B1/B2 visa? Is it revoked because I got F1 or is it still valid?
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F1 / OPT / ESTA for USA

I graduated last May and was granted OPT. I went back to the UK for the summer, with the intention of returning to the US in July when my new job began. Sadly, my mother became very sick and was ...
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US B2 Visa Depature Date - flight just after midnight, entry period ends the day before

I have a question that I am a foreign student in the US under F1 visa, my father arrived in Dec.8, 2014 under a B2 visa to attend my graduation ceremony and we plan to do some sightseeing after worth. ...
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Travelling to London from US with an F1 Visa for vacation

Hi I am an Indian with a valid passport and am currently pursuing my graduate studies at the United States and I hold an F1 visa. For my summer vacation I plan to visit my cousins in London for a two ...
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Can I retain B1/B2 visa status along with a F1 visa to enter US more than 30 days before commencement of course at an University?

Will a person having a B1/B2 visa be allowed to retain their B1/B2 visa status along with F1 status? If so, can that person enter USA with the B1/B2 visa? I want to enter USA more than 30 days before ...
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Can I Use B1/B2 to travel to the US When Applying F1

I'm living in Vancouver and currently holding a valid B1/B2(visitor) VISA. I'm planning a trip to California from June 9 to June 17 with my friends. However, I got admitted into an US MBA program ...
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Marital status for re-entering USA if you got married abroad without registering?

If I came to the US as a single student on an F1 visa, then during college vacation got married abroad (but did not register it in any country) is it okay to declare my marital status as single? I'm ...
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Leave Zurich Airport during a long layover [duplicate]

I am traveling from San Francisco to Mumbai via Zurich Airport, where I have 18hrs halt. I have an Indian Passport and a valid US F1 visa. Can I leave the airport and do some sightseeing in Zurich?...
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How to deal with a change of marital status between application and interview for a US F-1 visa? [closed]

I have prepared an application, which asks for marital status among many other information about me and my whereabouts. I'm an Indian citizen applying for a US visa of type F-1. As an applicant (i.e....
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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 ...
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Visit USA again after having left USA, but with unexpired F1 visa & I20/OPT

I was an F1 student in the USA till Sept 2014. Then I had a job offer in S. America that started in Jan 2015 (so I am living in S. America now). As soon as I graduated in Sept, my major program ...
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Can an international student on F1 in the US invite her friend to visit her for touring?

Can an international student on F1 in the US invite her friend to visit her for touring? I live in Ghana and want to visit my friend in the US for touring.
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Can I travel to the USA with an ESTA while my OPT application is pending?

I from Austria and studied in the USA for a while. After graduating I applied for post-completion Optional Practical Training authorization (OPT). However, this is where my problem starts. I had to ...
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Can I enter on the VWP while my F1 visa is pending?

This is my situation: I have studied in the US for three years and I have just finished my OPT. I left the US in May after finishing my job. I will be starting a PhD program end of August and have ...
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F1 visa after graduation

I am planning to move to Europe with my fiance after I graduate this summer. I would leave maybe 2 days after the program end date to Europe so I can take my things there and come back for the rest ...
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Can I use the automatic visa revalidation to layover in the US?

Birth and residence: China, P.R. Current: F1 in US, with valid I20 & I94 (valid until 2018), visa expired, visitor visa of Canada Travel: Toronto -> Chicago -> Beijing My question is, can I ...
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Grace period after second study period in USA? [closed]

I've enrolled in a language school in the US for six months. I have an F-1 visa. I know that after six months I have a 60 day grace period. If I decide to register at another school for example three ...
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As an Indian Citizen, can I use my b1/b2 visa after f1 visa period or will I have to leave US and reenter? [duplicate]

I am from India.I intend to travel to the US for a student clinical elective at a university in Texas for the months of November and December. The university will help me obtain an F-1 status. However,...
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F1 visa for vacation purpose?

I m a student in the US with a current F1 visa, i traveled back to Mexico for summer vacation. I m Mexican, my current B1/B2 is expired and is under renewal. In the meanwhile i want to travel during ...
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Can I enter Mexico during I-20 in grace period?

I am an Indian passport holder: I am on an F1 Visa which expires in 2018 (as indicated on the visa page in passport) The I-20 form indicates program end date of 26 Aug 2017 I wish to travel to Mexico ...
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My F1 US visa interview went wrong. Could you please suggest how to improve? [closed]

Below is my conversation with the Visa Officer (VO). I tried to recreate the conversation as best as I could remember. I have another appointment for the visa interview in a week. Please help me ...
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Procuring both F-1 and B-1 at the same time [duplicate]

I'm an Indian citizen, and I need to attend a business meeting from 13th of July in the US sponsored by my company. Hence I will require a B-1 visa for 10 days in mid July. However, soon after the ...
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Travel near end of F-1 OPT before applying for STEM

I have a question I’m a F1 student on a valid F1 visa & OPT (end date September 25 2018). I plan on applying for OPT STEM on Sept 19. I have an emergency back home & I was planning on coming ...
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Can I enter the US on the VWP three weeks after I leave it on F1 status?

I'm currently in the US on a F1 visa, doing OPT. My work permit expires on July 23rd and I decided to go back to my home country. The "problem" now is that I've already planned a vacation with my ...
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Port of entry far from the university [duplicate]

I am a student from China. I'm going to attend Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. I have planned my itinerary, where I will first take a flight from Shanghai to Los Angeles, then I will ...
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Do I need a transit visa to travel to USA from India, if I already have a F1 visa?

I have a valid F1 visa (student) stamped in my Indian passport. I am traveling from India to USA with a connection in Doha. Doha doesn't need a transit visa, but Chicago does - as per the travel ...
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Can I use F1 instead of B1 visa? [closed]

I have both a B1 and an F1 visa. I entered the US with the B1 and while I'm there I got a new I-20. So I need to use the F1 instead of the B1; what should I do in this case? Should I leave and come ...