F-1 Student Visas

F-1 Student VisasHundreds of thousands of F-1 students study at universities and training programs across the United States.

If you wish to pursue academic studies in the United States, you may be eligible for F-1 student status.

This page contains links which explain how you can become an F-1 student, how you can qualify for a work permit under Optional Practical Training (OPT) and STEM-OPT, how to change your status to H-1B professional employee and, finally, how to become a permanent resident.

 

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CURRENT AND FINAL AMOUNTS
Fee Type Current Fee Fee As Of June 24, 2019
I-901 F-1 and M-1 Student $200 $350
I-901 J-1 Exchange Visitor
(full fee, for most charges)
$180 $220
I-901 J-1 Exchange Visitor
(reduced fee for au pair, camp counselor and summer work travel categories)
$35 $35
F and M School Initial Certification $1,700 $3,000
F and M Recertification $0 $1,250
F and M School Site Visit
for initial school certification
$655 $655
F and M School Site Visit
When SEVP-certified school changes or adds a new physical location to its Form I-17
$0 $655
Filing Form I-290B Notice of Appeal of Motion
to appeal a denial or wthdrawal of SEVP certification
$0 $675

F-1 Student Visas is divided into the following subtopics:

F-1 STUDENTS – GENERAL INFORMATION

RECENT UNIVERSITY GRADUATES

Graduation day is approaching and you’ve finally made it. You are about to receive your diploma and go out into the working world. You and your classmates are competing for the best jobs, but you feel at a disadvantage because you are not a U.S. citizen or even a green card holder. How are you supposed to navigate through the strange new world of immigration laws and procedures?

This is a practical guide for foreign-born students about to graduate from universities in the U.S.:

EMPLOYMENT FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS/GRADUATES

GUIDES TO STUDYING for an F-1 STUDENT

SEVIS – Student & Exchange Visitor Information System

California Sanctuary School Guidance

F-1 Visas: Additional Resources

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