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Apply for F1 Visa for Fall term in January?

Postby crazycat503 » Mon, 14 Dec 2015 01:41:03 -0500

Hey all,

I got admitted to three colleges...I was hoping to go in spring term but due to some things, I postponed it to the fall term which starts in august...since i have all my documents now (bank and tax returns), is it ok to apply for visa for the fall term? I dont intend at all to go to the US before August the 15th. How does the embassy feel about this?
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Re: Apply for F1 Visa for Fall term in January?

Postby StudentGuru » Thu, 14 Jan 2016 12:03:08 -0500

Hi Crazycat503,

Thanks for your question. That's great you've been accepted into three colleges! Unfortunately you will make the tough decision of picking one so you can obtain your I-20. You will want to apply for your F1 visa early, but you will first need your I-20.

Keep in mind that even if you apply early your F1 visa can only be issued up to 120 days prior to your course start date and you can only enter the US up to 30 days prior to your course start date.

You can view more details on getting an F1 visa here: ... y-f1-visa/

Good luck!
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