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F-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What are the limitations of F-1 visa?

On F-1 visa, you may:

  • Work off-campus only with prior USCIS permission
  • Attend the specific educational institution for which your visa has been approved
  • Bring your dependents, however, they may not work in the U.S.
  • Not apply for a U.S. Green Card

How long can I stay in the U.S. on F-1 visa?

The Form I-20 indicates the length of time you may stay to finish your course of study. The U.S. government takes a generous position towards students who are enrolled in full time courses in U.S. universities. You are permitted to stay until you finish your studies.

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Can I extend my stay in the U.S. on F-1 visa if I am unable to complete my studies in the assigned time?

Yes, you may apply for extension of stay if you need extra time to complete your studies. Your Form I-20 can be extended by the designated school official. The I-20 extension should be filed along with your passport, Form I-94, Arrival-Departure document, a letter stating the reason for your extension.


Can I change status while on F-1 visa?

Yes, you may apply for change of status while on F-1 visa. The most preferred change is F-1 to H-1B. You may avail of other options like M-1, H-3.

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