Student Visa Types
Once accepted to the university, students are issued either an I-20 or DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility. These documents are necessary when applying at an American consulate or embassy for an F-1 (I-20) or J-1 (DS-2019) non-immigrant visa. Visit the US State Departments website for more details.
- Funding Sources
- Funding Verification
- Academic Issues
- Grace Period After Completing Studies
- Two-Year Home Country Residency Requirement
- No restrictions on the sources of funding.
- Must demonstrate only the first year of funding, with the continued ability to access adequate funding after the first year.
- No restrictions on either changing degrees or fields of study.
- Authorization of their Designated School Official (DSO) for on-campus employment is not needed. For other types of employment, students must have either the authorization of their DSO or must apply to the US Citizenship & Immigration Services.
- 60 days.
- F-1 dependents can neither work nor pursue a degree.
- Not subject to this requirement.
- Must be supported substantially by funding from any source other than person or family funds, unless the exchange program is carried out pursuant to a written agreement between an American and foreign education institution or government.
- Must be able demonstrate that they have sufficient funds to cover the entire duration of their program of study.
- Allowed to change to higher degree, but cannot move from one degree level to a lower degree or from non-degree to degree student. Must also remain in the same field of study as listed on the DS-2019 used for entry to the US.
- Must have the authorization of their Responsible Officer (RO) or Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) for all employment.
- 30 days.
- J-2 dependents can apply for work authorization and can pursue a degree.
- Certain J-1 students are subject to the Two-Year Home Country Residency Requirement, see the form below.
Apply for admission as an F1 or J1 student or scholar here