The United States supports international education and welcomes international students and exchange visitors. It is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean. Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture centre, and capital Washington, DC. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for influential architecture and on the west coast, Los Angeles’ Hollywood is famed for filmmaking. Therefore you shall not want for thrilling places to visit while studying using the US Study Visa for Cape Verdeans.

International students in the US with F visas must depart within 60 days after the program end date listed on Form I-20, including any authorized practical training. Failure to depart on time will result in being out of status which further implies that you may become ineligible for visas in the future. It suffices to note that except in cases of emergency travel (i.e. serious illnesses, injuries, or deaths in your immediate family), before making inquiries about the status of administrative processing, applicants should wait at least 180 days from the date of interview or submission of supplemental documents, whichever is later. 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 as you will not be allowed to enter the United States on your student visa for more than 30 days before the start date.

 Visa Type

A valid U.S. visa such as the US study visa for Cape Verdeans 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. There are two nonimmigrant visa categories for persons wishing to study in the United States. These visas are commonly known as the F and M visas.

The F-1 Visa (Academic Student) allows you to enter the United States as a full-time student at an accredited college, university, seminary, conservatory, academic high school, elementary school, or other academic institution or in a language training program. You must be enrolled in a program or course of study that culminates in a degree, diploma, or certificate and your school must be authorized by the U.S. government to accept international students. F-1 students may not work off-campus during the first academic year but may accept on-campus employment subject to certain conditions and restrictions. After the first academic year, F-1 students may engage in three types of off-campus employment: Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT) (pre-completion or post-completion), Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Optional Practical Training Extension (OPT).

The M-1 visa (Vocational Student) category includes students in vocational or other non-academic programs, other than language training. M-1 students may engage in practical training only after they have completed their studies.


To be eligible for the US student visa for Cape Verdeans,

  • You must first gain admission and be enrolled in an “academic” institution for an educational program, a language-training program, or a vocational program. The school will send you the Form I 20 that will provide essential details about your admission and financing. Also, you must be enrolled as a full-time student at the institution.
  • As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.
  • Before applying for a visa, students and exchange visitors must be accepted by their schools or program sponsors.
  • Photo Requirements: It is recommended that you use a professional visa photo service to ensure your photo meets all the requirements.


  • Your school must be approved by the Student and Exchange Visitors Program, Immigration & Customs Enforcement.
  • You must be proficient in English or be enrolled in courses leading to English proficiency.
  • Evidence of sufficient funds available for self-support during the entire proposed course of study.
  • Maintaining a residence abroad which you have no intention of giving up is equally important.

 Visa Requirements

Owing to the fact that there are usually many applicants for the US study visa for Cape Verdeans, you stand a better chance of qualifying if you go along with important and supporting documents of financial and academic records such as:

  • A valid passport with a validity date at least six months beyond your period of stay.
  • A printed copy of the confirmation page of Form DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Application.
  • Interview appointment letter (original and copy).
  • Form I-20 sent by the college (where you are going to study).
  • Visa fees payment confirmation receipt.


  • Bank statement for at least three years showing that you have enough assets to pay for the first year (could be of parent or guardian).
  • Payslips (Application fee payment receipts) are a must-have.
  • Original mark sheets/provisional certificates are equally important.
  • Score sheet of exams like TOEFL, GMAT, IELTS and so on should be included.
  • An upload of your photo while completing the online Form DS-160 should be done but 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 is essential.
  • Form I-20 or Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (M-1) Student Status for Vocational Students. Your school will send you a Form I-20 once they have entered your information in the SEVIS database which you and your school official must sign.
  • All students must be registered in the Student and Exchange Visitor System (SEVIS).
  • Provide proof of the amount of funds you need to cover for the first year total expenses.

NB: 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.

Application Procedure

There are several steps to apply for the US study visa for Cape Verdeans which will be considered seriatim:

  • Your visa process starts when you receive Form I-20 from your college. Though you can pay the SEVIS fee anytime during the application, it is strongly recommended that you pay the SEVIS I-901 fee before you start your US visa application.
  • After paying the SEVIS fee and getting a receipt, you can apply for a DS-160 visa form.
  • Print the application form confirmation page to take to your interview.
  • Pay the visa fee through NEFT or at authorized AXIS bank/Citi bank locations.
  • Schedule a biometric and an interview appointment.
  • For the biometric appointment, you will be required to appear in person to get your photograph clicked for the visa and get your fingerprints scanned.


  • Upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160. Your photo must be in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements.
  • At the personal interview, the interviewer will ask you questions about your choice, of course, college, finances, and intent of coming back. If s/he is convinced, they will keep your passport with them to get the visa stamped.
  • Complete the online nonimmigrant visa application and print the application form confirmation page to bring to your interview.
  • Prepare the required documents before your visa interview.
  • Attend your visa interview after which the consular officer may determine that your application requires further administrative processing. You will be informed if this is required.

In the same vein,

  • 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, like transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates from schools you attended; and standardized test scores required by your U.S. school; your intent to depart the US upon completion of the course of study; and how you will pay all educational, living and travel costs.
  • In all cases, you must submit the online visa application form first (DS-160), pay the application fee, and schedule the first available interview appointment. Only at this point will a consular section consider your request for an expedited appointment.
  • After you present your passport, visa, and Form I-20 at the port-of-entry, a CBP official will make a decision and once you are allowed to enter the US, the CBP official will provide an admission stamp or paper Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record.  There is no guarantee you will be issued a visa. So, do not make final travel plans or buy tickets until you have the US study visa for Cape Verdeans.

Visa Fee

A Canadian visa from Cape Verde costs $160 USD.

Contact Address

The US Embassy in Cape Verde is located at:

  • Rua Abilio Macedo 6, Praia, Cape Verde
  • Phone: (238)-260-89-00
  • Fax: (238)-261-13-55


A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States.  A visa only allows a foreign citizen to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry (generally an airport) and request permission to enter the United States. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the port-of-entry have authority to permit or deny admission to the United States.

Are you aspiring to study abroad as an international student? You are on the right track and stand the chance to enjoy the US experience by applying for the US study visa for Cape Verdeans.

Good luck!

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