The United States welcomes foreign students who come to study in the United States. Before applying for a visa, all student visa applicants are required to be accepted and approved by their school or program. Once accepted, educational institutions will provide each applicant the necessary approval documentation to be submitted when applying for a student visa.

The first step for a prospective nonimmigrant student is being accepted for enrollment in a SEVP certified school

In general, academic students, including those in language training, require F visas, and for nonacademic vocational students require M visas.

For more information on U.S. student visas, please visit AIT’s website at


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