F-1 visas will only be issued by a US Consulate to International students that intend to be full time students. The following information is provided as a guide. An F-2 visa will be issued to the dependents of an F-1 student. Please visit: American Consulate to find the nearest Us Embassy/Consulate that has jurisdiction over your visa application.
In most cases, you can apply for your F-1 visa at the US Embassy/Consulate that has jurisdiction over your country. Depending on what country you come from, you might be able to apply for your visa at an Embassy/Consulate that is far from your country. This is called “third country national (TCN’s visa). Call the Embassy/Consulate before you make the appointment for your visa.
You can apply at any time before the start date of your program (see I-20); however, the Consulate will not issue the visa until 90 days prior to the start date on the I-20.
You can enter the US only 30 days before the start date of your program listed in you I-20 (item 5 second line).
**This is general information and is NOT intended to provide legal advice.
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