US Now Issues Student Visas up to a Year in Advance Before Program Start Date

United States North America International Studies by Erudera News Mar 02, 2023


The US State Department has said that F and M student visas can now be issued up to 365 days in advance, meaning that students can apply for the document much earlier than before.

Until now, students worldwide were permitted to apply for a student visa only 120 days before their program started in the US. However, with the new revision of the rules, they will now be permitted to apply for F and M student visas up to a year in advance, reports.

“F and M student visas can now be issued up to 365 days in advance of the I-20 program start date, allowing more time for students to apply for a visa,” the US State Department wrote on its Twitter.

While the US State Department has decided to make such a change, the same has stressed that international students obtaining a US student visa will still be subject to the same rules regarding the entry date.

Students who obtain a US student visa up to a year in advance will not be permitted to enter the territory of the US on this type of visa more than 30 days before their program starts.

“Students are still not allowed to enter the U.S. on a student visa more than 30 days before their program start date,” the US State Department added.

The same explained that the decision to make such a change was taken to clear the backlogs and allow students, as well as the authorities of the country, to plan in advance.

The US continues to remain one of the most popular study destinations, receiving a high number of students from countries worldwide every year.

Previously, reported that despite countries in Europe offering plenty of study opportunities, over 67,900 European students chose to pursue their studies in the US in the 2021/22 academic year.

Data provided by the IIE’s annual Open Doors Report show that the United Kingdom (10,292 students), Germany (8,550), Turkey, which lies partly in Europe (8,67), Spain (8,165), France (7,751), and Italy (5,695) sent the most students to the US in 2021/22.

Other countries such as Greece, Sweden, the Netherlands, Norway, and Poland also sent thousands of students to the US to pursue their degrees.

Many students from other countries decide to go to the US to pursue their studies each year too. China and India continue to remain the two countries with the most students in the US.

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