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Internationalstudent visas are issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Department(INS), under the State Department of the United States. An internationalstudent visa grants the student permission to enter the USA legally. Inorder to obtain an international student visa to enter the US, the applicantmust meet the following basic requirements:

The international studentvisa applicant must be in good health. People who have tested positive for HIVare not allowed to enter the US and will not be issued an internationalstudent visa.

The Internationalstudent visa applicants must promise to obey all US laws, or riskdeportation.


The Internationalstudent visa applicants must be able to support himselffinancially during the course of US study.


International studentvisa applicants must agree to leave the USA after the course of US study iscomplete.


It is important to remember that applying early andproviding the requested documents does not guarantee that the international student willreceive an international student visa. Also, because each international student’simmigration situation is unique, twostudents from the same country, applying for the same international student visa may be askeddifferent questions and for different documents.

In addition, international students should be aware that obtaining aninternational studentvisa does not automatically guarantee entry into the United States. TheImmigration and Naturalization Service (INS) officer at the port of entryinto the US has the authority to deny admission even if an internationalstudent visa has beengranted. Follow all immigration rules and guidelines closely. Obtaining yourinternational student visa is a crucial step towards a successful USeducation.

Useful Links:

Institute of International Education -Information relating to theeffects of the September 11 events on international student visas and educationalexchange.

American Immigration Center - Immigration information products andservices for US Immigration, US Visas, Green Cards and US Citizenship.