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If you would like to study as a full-time student in the United States, you will generally need a student visa. The F-1 Visa (Academic Student) allows you to enter the United States as a full-time student at an accredited college or university, other academic institution, or in a language training program. You must be enrolled in a program or course of study that culminates in a degree, diploma, or certificate and your school must be authorized by the U.S. government to accept international students.
After you have been formally accepted to Buffalo State, we will send you a Form I-20. The I-20 is a document issued by a U.S. government-approved educational institution certifying that a student has been admitted to a full-time study program and has demonstrated sufficient financial resources to stay in the United States. The I-20 is officially titled the “Certificate of Eligibility” because it allows an individual to apply for an F-1 student visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad.
You will need to apply for an F-1 visa after you receive your Form I-20 from Buffalo State. There are four primary steps to apply for your F-1 visa:
Maintaining your F-1 status means that you are abiding by regulations that provide you legal immigration status.
It is critical that you stay in legal status. If you fail to maintain your F-1 status, you no longer have legal immigration status and could face serious problems with US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This could compromise your ability to get a US visa or enter the United States in the future. If you fail to maintain legal status, you will also be unable to receive employment authorization.
Tips to Maintain Your F-1 Status
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services can provide you with information and advice you need to maintain your status. However, maintaining your status is your responsibility.
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