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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