TO GET A STUDENT
What is an
I-20 is a three-page document that is issued by SEVIS certified schools for
international students planning to enter the U.S. It is proof that a student
has been admitted to a SEVIS-recognized school, and allows the student to apply
for a visa （including F-1）at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy. It contains several
"blocks" of information that include:
Personal information (name, date of birth, and nationality)
Information about the school you will attend, your field of study, level of
long it should take you to complete the program.
Your proficiency in English
Total cost of attending the school
Sources of income/sponsorship while you are in the U.S.
Date by which you must enter the U.S.
SEVIS barcode along with a SEVIS identification number.
stands for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. It tracks and
monitors schools and programs, students, exchange visitors and their dependents
throughout the duration of approved participation within the U.S.
is an F-1 visa?
student visa is a nonimmigrant visa which allows foreign students to enter into
the U.S. to attend a full course of study at colleges, universities,
conservatories, academic high schools (subject to strict regulations) and
institutions with language training programs.
How do I
qualify for an F-1 visa?
refer to the U.S. State Department Student Visa guide: Qualifying for a
What can I
do after I get an F-1 visa?
F-1 visa, you may:
to the U.S. as a full time academic or language student enrolled in a SEVIS
recognized program of study.
are enrolled in a SEVIS recognized program in the U.S, you
1. Transfer from one SEVIS approved school
to another or switch academic programs.
With school’s approval, you may qualify for on-campus employment. Off-campus
employment is also possible at schools where practical training is
Re-enter the U.S. during the validation of the visa, or remain in the U.S.
until the completion of your studies.
How do I
get an F-1 visa?
information on how to get an F-1 visa, please refer to the following link:
for Student Visa
What can I
do if my visa request is denied?
your visa application is denied, make sure to request an explanation of the
reason for denial at the Embassy or Consulate, and also ask about the
What is an
I-94 is a form used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to denote the arrival/departure of
foreign citizens with nonimmigrant status.
will receive an I-94 Arrival/Departure Record when you enter the U.S. It is a
white form, usually stapled inside your passport. Your visa status and the
duration of your visit are located on the form. It also has a number that the
Immigration Office will use to keep track of your records, so make sure you do
not lose it. Every time you leave the U.S, you should submit current I94 upon
departure. However, if you travel to Canada, Mexico, or to certain adjacent
islands for 30 days or less, you should keep your current I-94
“Duration of Status”?
information on “Duration of Status”, please visit the following link: How Long May I
Stay on my F-1 Visa?
What is an
affidavit of support?
a form that your sponsor signs promising to support you financially during your
studies and your stay in the U.S.
does it take to get a student visa?
information on “ how long does it take to get a student visa”, please visit the
following link : Applying for a
student visa The amount of time to obtain a visa varies and is affected by
Do I have
to go to the embassy or consulate to get a visa?
country has different requirements. You must check with the American embassy in
your country for the latest information. Currently, all F-1 visa applicants in
all countries must have an interview. You can call the U.S. Embassy in your
country to make an appointment for this interview.
should I bring to the embassy or consulate?
information on what to bring to an embassy or consulate, please refer to the
following link: Required
When can I
arrive in the U.S. with a student visa?
may arrive up to 30 days prior to the Program Start Date as indicated on your
If I don't
get a visa, can I get a tuition refund?
if your visa application is denied, and you decide to not re-apply, any amount
of deposit you put toward tuition will be refunded.
IF I ALREADY HAVE A
I renew my F-1 visa?
decide to travel outside of the U.S, and your current F-1 visa will expire
before you re-enter the U.S, in order to continue your program, you must renew
your F-1 visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
If I am in
the US and my visa expires, what can I do?
students are allowed to remain in the U.S. with an expired F-1 visa provided
that they are maintaining their status and that their passport and I-20 are
valid. Although you may remain in the U.S. with an expired F-1 visa, you will
need to renew your F-1 visa if you decide to travel abroad. You will need a
valid F-1 visa in order to re-enter the U.S. Students needing to apply
for a new visa during a trip abroad should inform the DSO (Designated School
Official) before travel.
can I stay in the US after I graduate?
students have a 60 day grace period starting from their completion date of
studies. Students are allowed to stay in the U.S. during this period. Any
transfers between schools or application for a change of status must be done
during this period.
student’s parent eligible to obtain an F-2 visa if he/she wants to come and
stay in the U.S?
F-2 Visa is for the student's spouse or any unmarried children under 21, not
for his/her parents.
What is a
transfer takes place if a student wishes to change from one SEVIS certified
school to another. Each school has its own rules and regulations, but usually
you will have to complete your current term before transferring and give your
school advanced notice. Your current school will require that you provide a
transfer form and acceptance letter from a SEVIS certified school.
How do I
transfer to Bluedata?
are currently studying at another school, you can transfer to Bluedata upon
meeting our admission requirements (see Admission-Transfer Students). Please
contact a Bluedata school agent for more
will it take to transfer from another school to Bluedata?
general, a transfer will be complete as soon as the previous school releases
the student’s SEVIS record to Bluedata, the student submits the required
documentation, and the student registers for class.
What is a
change of status?
change of status is for when an individual applies for his/her status category
to be changed from one to another. For example; from a tourist visa (B-1 or
B-2) to a student visa (F-1, J-1, or M-1). If you are currently in the United
States as a temporary worker, diplomat, exchange visitor or any other
non-immigrant classification (EXCEPT Visitor in WT or WB status) and you wish
to take a course of study over 18 hours per week, you will need to change your
visa to a student visa.
How can I
apply to change my status?
information on changing your status, please refer to the following link:
How Do I Change My Status?
can only help you if you want to change your status to F-1 visa
What is a
United States has agreements with a number of countries to waive the need for a
visa for business and leisurely travel. Nonimmigrant students cannot enter
using the visa waiver program. A non-immigrant who enters the United States
using the program is not allowed to stay for more than 90 days and cannot
change to another nonimmigrant status.
Admission >Change of Status Students for more details.
you are in good standing at your school and meet all the requirements to be an
means that you are not meeting the requirements to be an F-1 student. For
instance: you are not enrolled as a full-time student, you have a job outside
the school, etc.
happens if I am "out-of-status"?
are two ways to deal with an "out-of-status" situation. You can either seek
reinstatement with the USCIS or go back to your own country immediately. If you
have finished your school program and do not plan to extend your course, you
can only stay in the US for 60 days before returning to your home
student who has overstayed his or her authorized period of stay or has
otherwise failed to maintain an F-1 student status may be reinstated to a
lawful F-1 status at the discretion of a USCIS District Director.
Bluedata help with reinstatement. For eligibility information, please contact
details, please call (212) 683-6250
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