F1 student visas are nonimmigrant visas that allow international students to pursue an academic program in the United States. They can be extended up to 60 days after graduation. An Optional Practical Training (OPT) program enables F1 students to work part-time while in school.
The duration of an F1 visa is typically one year. However, there are some exceptions to the rule. Students who hold an F1 visa that expires before their course of study should apply for an extension at least 45 days before the visa expires.
Another way to extend the F1 visa is to find a new employer. H1B visa holders can change employers as often as they want.
International students on F1 visas can also work part-time while attending school. They can earn up to 20 hours per week while school is in session and up to 40 hours per week during the university’s recess.
A good way to determine the true F1 student visa duration is to ask the designated school official. A good way to do this is by calling the International Students’ Office at the school.
An F1 visa may be a short-term stay, but it is a great way for international students to experience the U.S., and it is not uncommon for them to travel to their home country while they are here. During their studies, they may be able to travel back to their countries, but they should make sure they have the appropriate paperwork on hand.