F-1 visas are issued to international students who are attending an academic program or English language program at a college, university, high school, private elementary school, or other academic institution in the United States that is accredited by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).
The duration of an F-1 visa is typically valid for the duration of the student’s academic program, plus an additional 60 days to allow for travel and preparation for departure. This means that the student is allowed to enter the US 30 days before the start of the program and stay 60 days after the completion of the program.
The F-1 visa can be used for any length of study, whether it’s a short-term program or a multi-year degree program. The student is also allowed to work part-time on-campus and also off-campus under certain conditions.
It’s important to note that F-1 visa holders are required to maintain full-time student status and make normal progress towards completing their academic program. Any deviation from this could result in the termination of the student’s F-1 status.