Every country has different rules and regulation for immigration. Therefore, it is very important for every student to have an idea about the visa application process before applying for their study abroad visa for a specific country. Here are some important application guidelines for Indian students who are planning to study in USA and applying for their USA study visa.
Visa applicants don’t have to select the visa type, it is the university or the sponsoring institute who will define the USAvisa typebased on your application profile for a specific course.
Mentioned below are the different types of USA student visa:
The visa application process starts with the receipt of an I-20.
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F-1 Student Visa
Foreign student must maintain a full course of study and part-time study is only allowed with the approval of the DSO (Designated School Official) as per the rules and regulations. The F-1 student visa allow international students to work 20 hours per week during week days and 40 hours per week during off-days. International students get an hourly salary of $7-12. All F-1 student visa holders are permitted with 1-year of Optional Practical Training (OPT) for every higher education degree.
In order to become eligible for OPT, international student must have completed 1 academic year of their degree. Those who have completed a degree on the STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) courses may be eligible for a 24-month extension of OPT (36 months total).
F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Optional Practical Training is a prospect for F-1 students to attain work experience along with their academic programme and their work must be related to their major area of study like:
For 24-month extension the organisation who is providing the job must be registered with the E-Verify Employment Verification Programme regulated by US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
J-1 Exchange Student Visa
The J-1 student visa allows international students to work on campus for maximum 20 hours per week during week days and full-time during off-days only with prior permission from the Responsible Officers (RO) or Alternate Responsible Officers (ARO) of their designated programme.
J-1 visa holders are allowed 18 months of Practical Academic Training (up to 36 months for post-doctoral training).
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