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International Students USA

What is a Visa?

A nonimmigrant visa allows a non-U.S. citizen to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry and request permission from a U.S. Customs & Border Protection officer to enter the country. A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. Based on your circumstances and country of origin, you may qualify for different types of visas. For more information please visit the U.S. Department of State's website here.

Do I Need a Visa?

Certain travelers are allowed to enter the United States without a visa, such as citizens of countries which participate in the ESTA Visa Waiver Program, as well as citizens of Canada and Bermuda.  For more information, please visit the ESTA Visa Waiver Program website here.

What Kind of Visa do I Need?

Because our classes are less than 18 hours per week and qualify as “personal enrichment” courses, individuals coming to the U.S. as tourists on B2 visitor visas may be allowed take our courses during their stay. Please note that we are not able to offer F or M student visas at this time. For more information on visitor visas, please visit the U.S. Department of State website here.

General Information

You may apply for a B2 visitor visa by contacting the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you live. To find your U.S. Embassy or Consulate, please visit this website.

Please keep in mind that there may be an interview with a representative from your U.S. Embassy or Consulate, and that administrative processing times may be 60 days or more from your date of application.

To apply, first gather the required documentation and prepare yourself for your interview. Items you must bring to your visa application interview include:

  • Passport - Your passport must be unexpired and valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States, unless exempt by country-specific agreements. If more than one person is included in your passport, each person who needs a visa must submit a separate application.
  • Nonimmigrant Visa Application - Form DS-160 confirmation page.
  • Visa Application Fee Payment Receipt - If required to pay before your interview.
  • Photo - You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160.  If the photo upload fails, you must bring one printed photo in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements.

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