F-1 Student Visa USA
The F-1 Student Visa would be your choice for entering the United States to pursue an academic course of study (rather than a vocational course of training). With the F-1 Student Visa, you can be a full-time student at an accredited college, university, seminary, conservatory, academic high school, elementary school or other academic institution, or else in an English language training program.
The further education of Negasi Yonas with a F-1 Student Visa from USA
No one questioned that Negasi Yonas was very quick in his English speaking skills. In his hometown of Awash, he regularly listened to the Voice of America and BBC discussions, and by the age of 12 could perfectly mimic both American and British accents. Everyone also agreed that knowing English was not going to help him all that much and that he should focus on his textbooks.
A year before he finished high school — where his grades were outstanding — his father asked him which college in Addis Ababa he wanted to study in.
Negasi didn’t hesitate a moment. “I want to go to Harvard Business School,” he said.
“There is no such school in Addis,” his father said.
“Yes, but there is one in the United States,” said Negasi. He had already gone online and checked out the Harvard courses available and their costs.
They were not a poor family but when Negasi’s father did his calculations, he realized that he could scrape together enough money to support his son for a year, or perhaps 18 months.
“Just send me there,” said Negasi. “Pay for a year. I will win a scholarship and manage the remaining years.”
Thus began the young Ethiopian lad’s journey into an American higher education. He would be needing, he learned, an F-1 Student Visa.
The F1 Student visa is without question one of the single most popular visas for young people wanting to study in one of the USA’s shining institutions of higher education. It is specially designed for those wishing to follow an academic pathway leading to a degree, diploma or a certificate.
In 2019, a total of 362,896 F-1 Student Visas were issued. There are currently 1,169,464 students in the United States on student visas, including the F1 visa.
Before he could apply for an F-1 Student Visa, Negasi had to receive admission into Harvard Business School. His outstanding English language skills came in handy, and he secured excellent marks in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). One day, he received an email from Harvard with news — he had been accepted into their business school.
A few days later came a second later — Negasi had received a special scholarship that would pay for his first year of college. His parents were proud and overjoyed.
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