Visa Requirements

To enter the nation, migrants must obtain a non-immigrant (temporary) or immigrant (permanent) visa. The following visa categories are options to check if you want to study:

  • The F Visa enables a student to enrol in educational institutions such as private elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities, seminaries, conservatories, and language-training courses.
  • The M visa allows students to enrol in vocational schools besides language training programmes.
  • A student can participate in exchange programmes in the nation with the J Visa (Exchange Visitor). These programmes include camp counsellors, government visitors, interns, international visitors, professors and research scholars, short-term scholars, students, summer work travellers, teachers, and trainees.
  • Visiting visas or the Visa Waiver Programme: If you have a visitor (B) visa or the Visa Waiver Programme, you are only allowed to travel and engage in leisure activities while travelling.
  • A brief recreational programme may be registered with a visiting (B) visa, but it will not count towards a degree or academic qualification.

Student Acceptance at a SEVP-Approved School

After being admitted into a school approved by the Student and Visitor Exchange Programme (SEVP) and paying the SEVIS-901 cost, the student can register for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

New Students: New students with an F or M visa are permitted admission one month before the start date, while the visa may be approved up to 120 days in advance. Students with an F or M visa are permitted to enter the country any time before classes start. In addition, if the student is enrolled in a school that has received SEVP and SEVIS approval, such visas may be issued at any time.

Documents required:

  • A valid passport
  • Non-immigrant Visa Application
  • Application fee payment receipt
  • Photo
  • Certificates of Eligibility for Non-immigrants (F-1) Student Status for Academic and Language Students (Form I-20)
  • Certificates of Eligibility for Non-immigrant (M-1) Student Status for Vocational Students

Additional requirements for an F and M visa:

  • Records of all educational transcripts and certificates
  • Plan to leave the country upon the completion of the course.
  • Financial capabilities

Additional Requirements for a J Visa:

  • The intent of your commute
  • Your intentions to leave the country after your travel
  • Financial abilities.
  • Visa preparation and filing steps

The following are the steps for a visa application:

  • Complete the online visa application.
  • Schedule an interview.
  • Prepare for your interview.
  • Attend your visa interview.
  • Student visa with dependents

Dependents of F and M Visa holders:

  • Dependents must apply for an F-2 or M-2 visa, respectively, if they intend to accompany you during your stay and must produce a copy of the same along with proof of relationship. They are also required to file Form I-20 individually.
  • Minors are permitted to attend school in the country while they are there.
  • Embassies and consulates will grant visa applications to dependents of same-sex marriage the same way they grant applications for opposite-sex partners.

Dependents of a J visa holder:

  • Dependents of a J visa holder may apply for a J-2 visa if granted admission to your exchange programme. They will be issued DS-2019 forms and must produce a copy of the applicant's visa (J-1) and state their relationship.
  • Dependents who are minors are permitted admission to schools in the country.
  • Embassies and consulates will grant visa applications to dependents of same-sex marriage the same way they grant applications for opposite-sex partners.
  • A valid U.S. passport.

List of universities

S.No. Universities Country
1 American University District of Columbia, United States
2 Andrews University Michigan, United States
3 Arizona State University Arizona, United States
4 Arkansas State University Arkansas, United States
5 Auburn University Alabama, United States
6 Augusta University Georgia, United States
7 Barry University Florida, United States
8 Baylor University Texas, United States
9 Binghamton University New York, United States
10 Boise State University Idaho, United States
11 Boston University Massachusetts, United States
12 Brandeis University Massachusetts, United States
13 Brigham Young University Utah, United States
14 Brown University Rhode Island, United States
15 Chapman University California, United States
16 Clark University Massachusetts, United States
17 Clarkson University New York, United States
18 Clemson University South Carolina, United States
19 Delta State University Mississippi, United States
20 East Carolina University North Carolina, United States
21 Eastern Kentucky University Kentucky, United States
22 Emory University Georgia, United States
23 Fisher College Massachusetts, United States
24 Florida Atlantic University Florida, United States
25 Florida International University Florida, United States
26 Florida State University Florida, United States
27 Fordham University New York, United States
28 George Mason University Virginia, United States
29 Georgetown University District of Columbia, United States
30 Georgia State University Georgia, United States
31 Harvard University Massachusetts, United States
32 Hofstra University New York, United States
33 Howard University District of Columbia, United States
34 Illinois Institute of Technology Illinois, United States
35 Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Indiana, United States
36 Iowa State University Iowa, United States
37 James Madison University Virginia, United States
38 Johns Hopkins University Maryland, United States
39 Kent State University Ohio, United States
40 Lincoln University California, United States
41 Louisiana Tech University Louisiana, United States
42 Marshall University West Virginia, United States
43 Miami University Florida, United States
44 Mississippi State University Mississippi, United States
45 Murray State University Kentucky, United States
46 New Jersey Institute of Technology New Jersey, United States
47 New York Film Academy New York, United States
48 North Carolina State University North Carolina, United States
49 Northern Arizona University Arizona, United States
50 Oakland University California, United States
51 Ohio University Georgia, United States
52 Oregon State University Oregon, United States
53 Princeton University New Jersey, United States
54 Rice University Texas, United States
55 Rush University Illinois, United States
56 San Francisco State University California, United States
57 The Catholic University of America District of Columbia, United States
58 The University of Alabama Alabama, United States
59 Thomas Jefferson University Pennsylvania, United States
60 University of Montana Montana, United States
61 Tufts University Massachusetts, United States
62 University of South Florida Florida, United States
63 University of Southern California California, United States
64 University of the Potomac District of Columbia, United States
65 Washington State University Washington, United States
66 The University of Alabama in Huntsville Alabama, United States
67 University of North Alabama Alabama, United States
68 University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska, United States
69 University of Arizona Arizona, United States
70 University of Arkansas fayetteville Arkansas, United States
71 University of Arkansas Pine Bluff Arkansas, United States
72 Loma Linda University California, United States
73 Stanford University California, United States
74 University of the Pacific California, United States
75 California Institute of Technology California, United States
76 University of San Diego California, United States
77 California State University Long Beach California, United States
78 University of California Irvine California, United States
79 University of California Santa Cruz California, United States
80 California State University California, United States
81 University of California Merced California, United States
82 University of California Riverside California, United States
83 University of California Davis California, United States
84 University of California San Diego California, United States
85 University of San Diego Usa California, United States
86 San Diego State University California, United States
87 University of Colarado Colorado, United States
88 Colorado School of Mines Colorado, United States
89 University of Denver Colorado, United States
90 Colorado State University Colorado, United States
91 University of Colorado Boulder Colorado, United States
92 Yale University Connecticut, United States
93 University of Connecticut Connecticut, United States
94 University of Delaware Delaware, United States
95 Florida Institute Of Technology Florida, United States
96 University of Central Florida Florida, United States
97 University of Florida Florida, United States
98 Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia, United States
99 Valdosta State University Georgia, United States
100 University of Hawaii Hawaii, United States
101 University of Idaho Idaho, United States
102 Loyola University Chicago Illinois, United States
103 Northern Illinois University Illinois, United States
104 University of Illinois Chicago Illinois, United States
105 University of Chicago Illinois, United States
106 University of Notre Dame Indiana, United States
107 Purdue University Indiana, United States
108 The University of Iowa Iowa, United States
109 Wichita State University Kansas, United States
110 Kansas State University Kansas, United States
111 Louisiana State University Louisiana, United States
112 University of Louisiana at Lafayette Louisiana, United States
113 University of Maine Maine, United States
114 The University of Maryland Maryland, United States
115 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Massachusetts, United States
116 Smith College Massachusetts, United States
117 Western Michigan University Michigan, United States
118 Wayne State University Michigan, United States
119 Michigan Technological University Michigan, United States
120 University of Michigan Michigan, United States
121 University of Minnesota Twin Cities Minnesota, United States
122 Southeast Missouri State University Missouri, United States
123 Truman State University Missouri, United States
124 University of Central Missouri Missouri, United States
125 Missouri University of Science and Technology Missouri, United States
126 University of Missouri Missouri, United States
127 University of Missouri-Kansas City Volker Campus Missouri, United States
128 Saint Louis University Missouri, United States
129 Creighton University Nebraska, United States
130 University of Nevada Nevada, United States
131 Rutgers University New Jersey, United States
132 New Mexico State University New Mexico, United States
133 The University of New Mexico New Mexico, United States
134 Stony Brook University New York, United States
135 New York University New York, United States
136 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute New York, United States
137 University at Albany New York, United States
138 Cornell University New York, United States
139 Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai New York, United States
140 New School New York, United States
141 Syracuse University New York, United States
142 Wake Forest University North Carolina, United States
143 The University of North Carolina North Carolina, United States
144 North Dakota State University North Dakota, United States
145 Bowling Green State University Ohio, United States
146 Case Western Reserve University Ohio, United States
147 University of Cincinnati Ohio, United States
148 The Ohio State University Ohio, United States
149 The University of Akron Ohio, United States
150 Oklahoma State University Oklahoma, United States
151 The University of Oklahoma Oklahoma, United States
152 The University of Tulsa Oklahoma, United States
153 Portland State University Oregon, United States
154 Oregon Health and Science University Oregon, United States
155 University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania, United States
156 Haverford College Pennsylvania, United States
157 University of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, United States
158 Lehigh University Pennsylvania, United States
159 University of Rhode Island Rhode Island, United States
160 The Medical University of South Carolina South Carolina, United States
161 South Dakota State University South Dakota, United States
162 The University of Tennessee Knoxville USA Tennessee, United States
163 University of Memphis Tennessee, United States
164 Southern Methodist University Texas, United States
165 University of North Texas Texas, United States
166 Texas A&M University Texas, United States
167 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Texas, United States
168 University of Houston Texas, United States
169  University of Houston–Downtown Texas, United States
170 Texas Tech University Texas, United States
171 Utah State University Utah, United States
172 The University of Utah Utah, United States
173 University of Vermont Vermont, United States
174 Old Dominion University Virginia, United States
175 University of Virginia Virginia, United States
176 William and Mary Virginia, United States
177 George Washington University Washington, United States
178 University of Washington Washington, United States
179 University of Wisconsin Wisconsin, United States
180 University of Wisconsin-Parkside Wisconsin, United States
181 University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Wisconsin, United States
182 University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Wisconsin, United States
183 University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Wisconsin, United States
184 University of Wisconsin-Stout Wisconsin, United States
185 University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Wisconsin, United States
186 University of Wyoming Wyoming, United States
187 Auburn University at Montgomery Alabama, United States
188 University of Toledo Ohio, United States
189 The New School New York, United States
190 University of California, Santa Barbara California, United States
191 University of Hawaiʻi Hawaii, United States