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F-1 Students

We are here to help you with everything related to your F-1 visa

Most international students come to WKU with F-1 status, the most common category for full-time international students in the US. An F1 visa is issued to international students who are attending an academic program or English Language Program at a US college or university. F-1 students must maintain the minimum course load for full-time student status.

If we send you Form I-20, you should apply for an F-1 visa. If you receive Form DS-2019, you should apply for a J-1 visa instead.

Our international student advisors are knowledgeable about F-1 visa regulations. They can help you before you come to WKU and while you are here. If you have a question or an issue related to your F-1 visa, you have three options for advising:

Apply for a Visa

You have to complete several steps to apply for an F-1 visa. We will also provide the required Form I-20 for your dependents.  They will need this to apply for F-2 visas.

Maintain Your F-1 Status

You are responsible for maintaining your F-1 status and remaining legally in the United States. You must be aware of the rules and regulations. We can help you take the appropriate steps to remain in status.

Prepare for Employment

F-1 students can get jobs with certain conditions. Any off-campus employment requires pre-authorization and on-campus employment has restrictions. We are here to help you understand what is required.

Prepare to Graduate

You should start thinking about your post-graduation plans by the beginning of your final semester. Restrictions will affect what you can do. We can help you fulfill all of your obligations before you leave, and we can help you prepare for what is next.


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 Last Modified 1/6/17