F1 visa applicants must meet several strict criteria including the following:
Proof of residency- Candidates for the F-1 visa must provide proof of residence in their country of origin and must intend to return after graduation.
Sponsoring Institution– Your F-1 visa allows you to take your courses specifically from the institution through which the visa was granted. As such, you must have proof that a university has accepted you.
Financial support– Applicants must demonstrate sufficient financial support to be approved. The USA Funding Study Guide can help you prepare for this aspect of your time abroad.
Ties to Your Country of Origin- All applicants must demonstrate strong ties to their country of origin, which can include the following:
- A Letter of intent for employment after graduation
- Assets such as a house, land, vehicle, etc.
- Bank Accounts
- Family ties in your country of origin