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I live in China. I would like to study in college in
United States. But my English not good. Can I get visa to come to U.S. to study
Yes, it is possible to obtain a visa to come to the
United States for the sole purpose of learning English. If the English
program you would like to sign up for is a full-time course of study, or
longer than one year, you will need to apply for F-1, academic student
For more information on the eligibility requirements and application
see “An F-1 Visa to the U.S.; Do You Qualify?” and
“Application Process for an F-1 or M-1 Visa.”
Learning English is not considered vocational – in other words, it doesn't consitute practical training in an occupational field -- so applying for an M-1 student visa
will not work in your situation.
If, however, you are just hoping to sign up for a short, part-time English
language class, there is another alternative. You can apply for a B-2 tourist
visa, under which visits of up to six months may be authorized. See, for further information, “A B-2 Visa for Visiting the U.S. as a
Tourist: Do You Qualify?”.
After you feel more comfortable in English, you can apply to U.S. colleges and then apply once again for an F-1 visa.
There is another possibility to consider, however. If your
English is almost good enough for American classroom study, you may be able to find a college that will allow you to take English classes as part of your curriculum, with the idea that the classes will enable you to catch up
quickly. Some schools offer special programs to get you up to speed, for
example in the summer before the start of formal classes.
If, however, it looks
like you’re going to be spending so much time learning English that you can’t
maintain the rest of your studies, your F-1 visa in that situation is likely to be denied.
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