Study Restrictions for Different Types of Visa Holders »

Type of Visa

Study Restrictions

A-1 and A-2 Foreign Diplomatic Personnel

May engage in incidental study.

Dependent of A-1/A-2 Visa Holders

May engage in full-time study.

A-3 Employee of Foreign Government Officials

May engage in incidental study

B-2 Visitor for Tourism

May engage in part-time study incidental to visit - e.g., may enroll in short-term English language courses as long as the course of study is under 18 hours per week (part-time) and of "short-duration."

B-2 Prospective Student or Prospective Scholar

May engage in full-time study but must apply for a change of status to F-1 or J-1 immediately after entry. Full-time study is permitted while change of status is pending.

C-1 Aliens in Transit

No study allowed.

D-1/D-2 Alien Crewman

No study allowed.

E-1 Treaty Trader and E-2 Treaty Investor

Principal E-1/E-2 may engage in incidental study. E-1/E-2 dependents may engage in full-time study.

F-1 Student

Must maintain full-time enrollment as defined by academic institutions; part-time study only with approval of DSO in accordance with INS guidance.

F-2 Dependents of F-1 Visa Holders

Many engage in full-or part-time study.

Visa Waver for Business (VWB) and Tourism (VWT)

See B-1 Business and B-2 Tourism above.

G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4 Representative of International Organizations

Principal G visa holder may engage in part-time study. G dependents may engage in full-time study.

G-5 Personal Employee of G Visa Holders

May engage in part-time study.

H-1A, H-1B, H-2A, H-2B, and H-3 Visa Holders

May engage in part-time study while maintaining H visa status.

H-4 Dependent of H Visa Holder

May engage in full-or part-time study.

I Representative of Foreign Information Media

Principal I holder may engage in part-time study. Dependents are permitted to engage in full-time study.

J-1 Exchange Visitor (Student)

Must maintain full-time enrollment. May engage in part-time study only if authorized by RO of Designated Program Sponsor.

J-1 Exchange Visitor (Short- term Scholar, Professor, Researcher, or Specialist)

May engage in part-time study related to principal activity provided program can be completed within limitations of stay.

J-1 Au Pair

May enroll in "post secondary institutions" while maintaining J-1 status as an au pair.

J-2 dependents of J-1 Visa Holder

May engage in full-or part-time study.

L-1 Intracompany Transferee and L-2 Dependents of L-1 Visa Holders

L-1 may engage in part-time study. L-2 dependents may engage in full-time study.

M-1 Vocational Student

Must study full-time; part-time study only if authorized by DSO.

M-2 dependents of M-1 Visa Holder

May engage in full-or part-time study.

NATO 1-6 Personnel

May engage in full-or part-time study.

O-1 Person of Extraordinary Ability and O-2 Accompanying Personnel

May engage in part-time study while maintaining O status.

O-3 Dependents of O-1/O-2 Visa Holder

May engage in full-time study.

P-1, P-2 and P-3 Visa Holders

May engage in part-time study while maintaining P status.

P-4 Dependent of P-1, P-2, P-3 Visa Holders

May engage in full-time study.

Q Participant in an International Cultural Exchange Program

May engage in part-time study.

R-1 Religious Worker

May engage in full-time study.

R-2 Dependent of R-1 Visa Holder

May engage in full-time study.

TN Trade Nafta

May engage in part-time study.

T-D Dependents of TN Visa Holder

May engage in full-time study.

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