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Student Visa Rules


When you are ready to apply for a student visa, your advisor at will provide you with detailed guidance, tailored to your own circumstances. However, when planning your studies, you need to be aware of the visa rules that apply to you.

Financial Requirements

To get a student visa, you will have to prove you can pay both your tuition fees and expenses without having to work. You will be asked to provide evidence, such as bank statements, a bank loan agreement or a financial guarantee from a government sponsor. You will not be able to apply for a visa without this evidence.

Bringing Family With You

Depending on the type of course you are studying, your dependants may or may not be able to join you. If you need to bring your family with you while you study, make sure you understand the rules and how they apply to you.

Working & Studying

There are strict rules about working un the USA while you study. Your student visa may not allow you to work at all. If you are allowed to work, there are usually restrictions on the type of work you can do and the number of hours you can work.

Post Study Work

There are opportunities for international students to extend their F1 student visa to work in the USA after graduation. You must work in a skilled job in the same field you studied and the time you can stay depends on the demand for your subject. Conditions are particularly favourable for students who studied a STEM subject (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths).

The Visa Application Process

When you are accepted onto a course, the university will give you an I-20, which you can use to apply for an F1 student visa. The visa application takes 1 - 2 weeks to process, but you should allow a minimum of 4 weeks in case of delays.

You are likely to be interviewed as part of the visa application process. You will have to explain your reasons for studying abroad and you may be asked detailed questions about your finances. So make sure you prepare thoroughly in advance.

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Further Information

You can find more detailed information about US student visas in our Guide to Student Visas, or you can always ask your student advisor for advice.

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