Apply for a visa to study in the US
Apply for a student visa in 4 steps:
Be sure to apply for your visa early so that you’re sure to have it before it’s time to begin your studies. You may be issued a visa as much as 120 days before the start of the semester. You will not be allowed to enter the U.S. more than 30 days before the beginning of the semester.
The U.S. F-1 student visa is one of the fastest visas to process. It is often processed directly before your interview at the embassy, and usually, the application is approved by the end of the interview. (Some F-1 visa applications take several days to process, though.)
At your embassy interview, you’ll be asked to verify that you meet the criteria to receive the visa you’ve applied for. Additionally, you’ll present your I-20 form, issued by FLC.