It is not necessary for a student to become a U.S. citizen in order to
gain admittance to a university, college, or
language school in the states. However, it is necessary to have a valid and current student
visa. Applying for a student visa is easier than you might think. After
the English school accepts you as a student, you’ll receive a form
to present at your visa interview.
What Type of Visa Do I Need?
The visa category for most students is “F.” You’ll need
an F-1 student visa to attend a university or college, conservatory, high
school, or English school. The only exception to this is if you plan to
attend a non-academic institute, commonly referred to as a vocational
institute. In this case, you’d apply for an M-1 visa.
What Documentation Is Required to Apply?
To attend an English school in the U.S., you can expect to go to a visa
interview at your embassy or consulate. You’ll need to bring original
documents such as your passport, which must be valid for a minimum of
six months beyond your anticipated departure date from the U.S. You must
also have your application fee payment receipt, nonimmigrant visa application,
and Form I-20A-B. Some students may be asked to bring additional documentation,
such as evidence of your academic preparation.
I’m Currently a Visitor. Can I Switch to a Student Visa?
If you’re currently in the U.S. with a tourist B-2 visa, ASC English
can help you change your status and obtain an
F-1 visa while you’re in America.
Can I Travel Outside the Country on a Student Visa?
You shouldn’t need a new student visa to re-enter the U.S., provided
your current visa is still valid. When you re-enter the U.S., the immigration
officers will check your SEVIS number along with your visa.
ASC English offers more information about student visas on our website. If you need
additional assistance applying to our language school in Boston, you can
reach us at (617) 505-1391. At ASC English, we’re dedicated to helping
our students build bright futures.