F-1 Student Status

F-1 visa status is granted to nonimmigrant students temporarily in the United States to study full-time at an academic or language institute. Students in F-1 status must be enrolled full-time at an academic institution certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), US Department of Homeland Security.

F-1 students are admitted to the US for the duration of their status. This means that as long as an F-1 student is in possession of a valid form I-20 and valid I-94 record (with admit until date of D/S), is enrolled full-time at a SEVP-certified school, is making academic progress towards his/her degree, and is not violating any of the terms of his/her status, the student can legally remain in the US.

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