A student visa is a special endorsement added to a government passport issued to students enrolled at qualified educational institutions. Student visas are non-immigrant visas that do not require the holder to obtain citizenship. Any prospective student seeking higher education in another country must obtain a student visa from that country.
Understanding Student Visas
Most countries will issue student visas to allow foreign students to attend school within their borders. However, in most cases, the student must first be enrolled at a post-secondary institution of higher learning. So, for example, if you’re from another country and you want to come to the United States to study, you’ll actually need both these two visas:
A non-immigrant visa for a temporary stay or an immigrant visa for permanent residence
A student visa
These visas come in two categories, F and M, depending on the type of higher-learning institution that’s accepted you. Category F encompasses “university or college, high school, private elementary school, seminary, conservatory, or another academic institution, including a language-training program.” And category M contains Vocational or other recognized nonacademic institution, other than a language training program.
A student visa is an endorsement that is added to a government passport, which permits foreign students to study at a country’s qualified educational institutions.
Any prospective student seeking higher education in another country must obtain a student visa from that country.
The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs manages student visas in the U.S.
American citizens who wish to study abroad must follow the rules and regulations of the government of the country where their desired school is located.