The United States of America has one of the world’s finest education systems, with excellent programs across all disciplines. Its universities are world leaders in terms of technology and scientific techniques and are committed to providing the same resources to students.

The emphasis is to acquaint students with the latest in the field of science, engineering and related fields. The end result is work-ready graduates with appropriate skills using the most recent technology. It also offers a lot of opportunities for Algerian students who intend to study abroad for a better career in life so why wait any longer? Tag along and enjoy a boost in your career as you learn more about the US Study Visa for Algerians

Visa Type

Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa such as the US study visa for Algerians, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. You must have a student visa to study in the United States. Your course of study and the type of school you plan to attend determine whether you need an F visa or an M visa.

Student (F and M) visas for new students can be issued up to 120 days in advance of the start date for a course of study. However, you will not be allowed to enter the United States on your student visa for more than 30 days before the start date.

Application Procedure

There are several steps to apply for a US study visa for Algerians. The order of these steps and how you complete them may vary by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. However, these are the basic steps:

  • You must complete and print the confirmation page of the online nonimmigrant visa application Form DS- 160 to bring to your interview.
  • While completing the online Form DS-160, you will need to upload your photo which must be in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements.
  • You should schedule an appointment for your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you live. You may schedule your interview at another U.S. Embassy or Consulate, but be aware that it may be more difficult to qualify for a visa outside of the country where you live. Wait times for interview appointments vary by location, season, and visa category, so you should apply for your visa early.

Visa Requirements

    • Prepare the following required documents when applying for the US study visa for Algerians before the visa interview:
      • You need a valid passport which must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States (unless exempt by country-specific agreements). Each individual who needs a visa must submit a separate application, including any family members listed in your passport.
      • Complete and print out the confirmation page of the Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form DS-160.
      • If you are required to pay before your interview, you need to go with the application fee payment receipt. However, if the photo upload fails, you must bring one printed photo in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements.
      • Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status-For Academic and Language Students; Form I-20 or Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (M-1) Student Status for Vocational Students; Form I-20 – which your school will send to you once they have entered your information in the SEVIS database. You and your school official must sign this form. Your spouse and/or minor children, if they intend to live in the United States with you, will each receive an individual Form I-20.


      A consular officer will interview you to determine your qualifications for a student visa and may request additional documents, such as evidence of:

      • Your academic preparation, such as:
        • Transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates from schools you attended.
        • Standardized test scores required by your U.S. school.
      • Your intent to depart the United States upon completion of the course of study.
      • How you will pay all educational, living and travel costs.

    At the Visa Interview

    A consular officer will interview you to determine whether you are qualified to receive a student visa, or if another category is more appropriate for your purpose of travel.  You must establish that you meet the requirements under U.S. law to receive a US study visa for Algerians. Ink-free, digital fingerprint scans are taken as part of the application process. They are usually taken during your interview, but this varies based on location.

    After your interview, the consular officer may determine that your application requires further administrative processing and will inform you if this is required. After the visa is approved, you may need to pay a visa issuance fee (if applicable to your nationality) and make arrangements for the return of the passport and visa to you.

Additional Information

  • There is no guarantee you will be issued a visa. Do not make final travel plans or buy tickets until you have a visa.
  • For information about working in the United States during your study, review Students and Employment and Form I-765 Work Authorization Instructions on the USCIS website.
  • If you have a temporary break in your study, view the information on the SEVP website under Do Students Returning from Temporary Absences Need New Visas? If your student visa is still valid, but you are outside the United States, you should consult with your Designated School Officials.
  • Spouse and children
    • Your spouse and unmarried, minor children who intend to reside with you during your study may apply for F-2 or M-2 visas. Although SEVIS fee payment is not required, your school must issue them an individual Form I-20, which is required to apply for their visas. You must provide a copy of your F-1 or M-1 visa and provide proof of relationship.
    • Your minor children are permitted to attend school in the United States while accompanying you.
    • U.S. Embassies and Consulates will adjudicate visa applications that are based on same-sex marriage in the same way that we adjudicate applications for opposite gender spouses.
  • A valid U.S. visa such as the US study visa for Algerians in an expired passport is still valid. Unless cancelled or revoked, a visa is valid until its expiration date. If you have a valid visa in your expired passport, do not remove it from your expired passport. You may use your valid visa in your expired passport along with a new valid passport for travel and admission to the United States.

Contact Address

05 Chemin Cheikh Bachir Ibrahimi
El-Biar 16030
Alger Algerie
Telephone: 213 (0) 770-08-2000

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