An F1 visa may be obtained for a student who wishes to pursue full-time academic studies in a college, university, seminar, conservatory, private academic high school, other academic institution, or language-training program. Tourists on a B2 visa may have difficulty changing their status to F1 with USCIS while in the U.S., unless their visa has prospective student stamp/annotation. A J1 visa holder who is subject to the §212(e) 2 year foreign residency requirement may change their status from J1 to F1, but must apply to do so from their home country or through a third country .
A F1 student may work up to 20 hours per week on campus. F1 students who suffer from economic hardship may secure off campus employment.
Foreign nationals qualified to attend a full course of study at colleges, universities, conservatories, or academic high schools in the US
In order to qualify for F-1 or M-1 status, the foreign national must first apply to, and be accepted by an academic learning institution in the United States which is authorized to enroll foreign students. The student must establish that he or she has the financial ability to pay for all costs associated with the education sought, as well as meet the school’s academic requirements and also show that he or she is sufficiently proficient in the English language.