USA Students Visa for Nigeria Students

The Student Visa USA is substantially a legal endorsement on students’ passports, allowing them to enter and stay in the US until their education period ends. The Student Visa USA is an essential document that needs to be carried while travelling to the US. There are three types of US Student Visas F, J, and M, that students need to get according to their educational goals. A Student Visa US can be acquired by submitting proper documents to the US Embassy and Consulate office in your country.

AECC Global can extensively guide and support students in their quest of receiving their student visas. Our counsellors are professionals who can direct the students on the right path. They regularly advise students on the do’s and dont’s of the student visa process. To be an early applicant and an early receiver of the student visa, reach out to us and learn the process and realise one of the goals of receiving your student visa.

USA Visa Rules for International Students to Study

There are some imperative rules laid by the US government that ought to be followed to legally enter the country and stay to commence the higher education.
  • Students who wish to study in the US must obtain either a non-immigrant visa for temporary stay or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. (Mostly, students will be applying for non-immigrant visas to temporarily stay in the country and study).
  • International Students who want to commence their higher education in the US cannot enter the country with a Visitor Visa or Visa Waiver Program (VWP).
  • Those who enter on Visitor Visa can only do short periods of recreational study, which shouldn’t add value to their degrees.
  • International Students should only apply to US education institutions that are SEVP-approved (Student and Exchange Visitor Program).
  • Students should start the visa process only after their application forms of admission are confirmed by their SEVP-approved Universities.

What are the types of Student Visas in USA?

There are three types of Student Visas that the US government provides. To get any one of the three Student US Visas, students must be first accepted by the University they have applied for.


Types of Student Visa



F1- Student Visa

F1 Student Visas are the most common type of US student visa that international students apply for to study in a SEVP-approved US college or university for full-time courses or studying the English Language at any English Language Institute.


J1- Student Visa

J1 Student Visas are the other non-immigrant visas for international students to study exchange programs.


M1-Student Visa

M1 Student Visas are for students who want to attend non-academic or vocational study programs.

F-1 Student Visa USA

In brief, F-1 Student Visas are non-immigrant visas that allow international students to study full-time courses at US government-approved colleges, universities, seminaries, conservatories, academic high schools, and elementary schools or other academic institutions or language training institutes. With F-1 Student Visa, students can also transfer to different colleges or universities to switch educational programs after notifying the change to the USCIS. Students holding F-1 Visas are also allowed to take up part-time jobs on-campUS.

F1 Students are also entitled to undertake OPT (Optional Practical Training) for 12 months if they have applied for it. They can start their OPT after they complete their course study after graduating. Optional Practical Training is allowed especially to help F1 students to gain practical experience in their field of study. After completing 12 months of OPT, students must apply for a work visa to stay and work in the US. If they haven’t applied for OPT or don’t have a job, they have six months of time to stay and find work in the US with an F1 Student Visa.  

J Exchange Student Visa

The J Student Visa is for international students and working professionals who want to study exchange programs in the US. J student visas allows international students and working professionals to come to the US to study at their university’s partner's university.

M Student Visa

M Student Visa is issued for international students to do their non-academic and vocational studies. With an M Visa, students are not allowed to work on or off-campUS during their course studies. Also, holding the M Student Visa means students can apply for a driver’s license, start a bank account in a US bank, get access to health care services and work under certain restrictions.

Student Visas USA Cost

The US Student Visas cost depends on the visa you are applying for. The US Cost of an F1 Student Visa is $510.  The cost of a J1 Visa is $160. While the cost of an M1 Visa is $160 respectively. For a more general understanding,  we have given in the table format.


Visa Type


Fee Amount in USD


F1 Visa

For studying full-time courses or English Language



J1 Visa

For studying Exchange programs



M1 Visa

For non-academic and vocational studies


Eligibility Criteria for USA Student Visa

There are many criteria that students need to fulfill to get a US Student Visa. To get the US Students Visa, students need to have:
  • A Secondary School Leaving Certificate.
  • Score certificate of an English Language proficiency exam. (such as IELTS or TOEFL, maybe).
  • Evidence of Financial support like Bank Statements, Scholarships and Bursaries.

USA Student Visa Requirements

The requirements for international students to get their US Student Visas successfully.

  • A Passport with a validity date of more than six months beyond your period of stay.
  • Recent passport size photographs.
  • DS-160 Confirmation page.
  • Form I-20.
  • Payment receipt of application fees for SEVIS.
  • Non-immigrant application.

Documents required for a US Student Visa

  • A Valid Passport with six more months of validity beyond your period of stay.
  • Form I-20, given by your University or College.
  • Payment receipt of SEVIS I-901.
  • Recent Passport size photographs.
  • Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 students.
  • Certificate of Eligibility for M-1 students.
  • Academic Transcripts such as diplomas, degrees, and school mark certificates.
  • Score certificates of English proficiency tests such as IELTS or TOEFL.
  • Your intent to depart United States after the completion of your study.
  • Proof of funds to bear your educational, living and travel costs. 

USA Student Visa Process Step by Step

We are explaining the process to get the US Student Visa step by step.

  • International Students should start by applying to the SEVP-approved US Colleges and Universities.
  • They have to wait till they receive the confirmation of acceptance letter from their University.
  • Once they receive their enrollment acceptance, they will be registered in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
  • When they are informed of being registered in the SEVIS by their college or university, students have to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee.
  • After paying the SEVIS fee, they will receive a form called I-20 from their University.
  • Students must present this form to the Consular Officer when they attend the Visa interview.
  • If a Student’s Spouse or Children want to live in the US, they will also be enrolled in the SEVIS and receive separate I-20 forms from the university.
  • Students can either apply Online or Offline for the US Student Visas.
  • In Online, students must fill out the form DS-160, the Online Non-Immigrant Visa application form.
  • Students should print the application form confirmation page and bring it to the interview.
  • In Offline, students should visit the US Embassy and Consulate office in their area and fill out the DS-160 application form.
  • Students should pay the non-refundable application fee.
  • Get all the documents ready for the visa interview.
  • Schedule your visa interview.
  • Attend your visa interview.

Student Visa USA Processing Time

Students who are newly applying for the US Student Visa, both F and M, will get it in 120 days before the start of their course study. The Stats say that students can get their US Student Visa within 3 days to 3 weeks to 3 months.

How to Apply for the USA Student Visa from Nigeria?

Students from Nigeria can follow the step-by-step guide to apply and successfully receive a US Student Visa.

How much does it take to apply for a US Visa?

As we have mentioned before, the charge to apply for a US Visa depends on your educational goal. Students can look up in the Student US Visas cost section and know the charge separately for each type of Student Visa.

What is an Online Student Visa Application for USA?

In the Online method, Students have to fill out the Online Non-Immigrant Visa Application Form DS-160. To successfully apply the application, students have to pay the application fee. Students have to print the application confirmation page to bring it to their interview. Then they should upload their photo while completing the Form DS-160.

Students Dependents Visa USA

The international student’s (holding a F1 visa) dependants coming to the United States to stay with them must get a F2 Visa. In short, the international student’s dependants’ visa is called F2 Visa. The F2 Visa is a non-immigrant visa allowing the immediate family members of the F1 international student to enter and stay in the United States. The dependants can be the student’s spouse and children below the age of 21.

Eligible Conditions for Getting the F2 Visa

  • Must be the spouse of the F1 Visa holder.
  • Must be the child (below 21 and unmarried) of the F1 Visa holder.
  • The F2 visa applicants must show enough funds to take care of themselves to stay in the US.

F2 Visa Requirements

  • Passport (Original and Photocopies).
  • F2 Visa application confirmation (DS-160).
  • Recent Passport Size Photographs (As per US Visa rules).
  • Birth Certificate for Children.
  • Marriage Certificate for Spouse.
  • Visa Payment Receipt.
  • Dependent’s 1-20 Form.
  • F1 Visa holder’s 1-20 Form.
  • F2 Visa applicant’s bank statements, tax records and employment documents as proofs of financial stability.

Post Study Work Permit in USA

F1 visa students need to get Post Study Work Permit in the USA to continue their stay and work in the US. A Post Study Work Permit of the USA allows international students studying in the US to take up work in the United States legally.

To get Post Study Work Permit in US, F1 Visa students should

  • Request Your Designated School Official (DSO) to enter an Optional Practical Training (OPT) request in SEVIS.
  • Sign the Form I-20 provided by your DSO.
  • Fill in the application for Employment Authorization.
  • Submit the application form, pay the OPT extension fee and provide the supporting documents by uploading them online or through mail.
  • Submit evidence if asked by USCIS.
  • Receive approval.

How Can AECC Global Help with Visa Applications?

AECC Global is committed to assist and guide students in their study abroad education dream. Therefore, we leave no stone unturned in the process. Right from the University Admission process to the Visa application, we profoundly help students to achieve their goal of experiencing international education. We have expert counsellors in the house who have extensive and thorough knowledge of the abroad education proceedings. Getting a Student Visa to USA from Nigeria is now easy with the help of AECC Global. The International Student Visa can now be easily claimed with our expert counsellors' help. 

FAQs about USA Student Visa

1. With Student Visa, is it possible to work in the USA?

Yes. With an F1 student visa, students can work on-campus up to 20 hours per week when the university runs. During vacation breaks, students can work up to 40 hours per week. To work off-campus, students must get their Designated School Official (DSO) approval. Moreover, students should have completed one full year of academic study in their college or university. Particularly the US educational policy states that students willing to work off-campus must get approval from the US Department of Homeland Security’s Emergent Circumstances.

The conditions may vary from university to university. So it is better to look for the precise information on the university website before applying for a scholarship. If you feel stuck in the middle or even at the beginning of a process, contact AECC Global or visit one of our nearest branches. Our expert counsellors will guide you through each of the single methods and help you realise your abroad education dream.


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