F-1 Programs

Get Started: Qualifications for International F-1 Programs at Schools

Educatius collaborates with our extensive international staff and network to consult and recruit students from across the world on an F-1 visas to study abroad at high schools across America.

What is a F-1 visa?

The F-1 visa are type of non-immigrant student visa that allows foreigners to pursue an education (academic studies and/or language training programs) in the United States. F-1 students must maintain a full course of study. These visa are only issued in U.S. embassies and consulates outside the United States. Prospective F-1 students must apply at the schools and receive an

I-20 Form in order to apply for an F-1 visa. (Source: Wikipedia)

What is the Difference between a J-1 and F-1 visas?

Most study abroad programs bring students to the U.S. on a J-1 visa. Educatius’ students enter the USA on the F-1 visa. 

  • Schools receive tuition paid by students on the F-1 visa, while schools and tax payers support students on a J-1 visa.
  • F-1 students are sponsored by the school rather than by the U.S. Department of State. This gives the school the discretion to qualify and deny certain students.
  • Families that host F-1 students through Educatius will receive a monthly stipend to offset the cost of having a teenager in their home. J-1 host families cannot receive compensation. 
How is tuition collected and paid to schools?

Once we have received an official acceptance letter on school’s behalf, Educatius will collect all tuition funds from the student. We then conduct a wire transfer directly to the account specified.

SEVIS Certification (Student Exchange Visitor Information System)

All schools/districts MUST be SEVIS certified by Homeland Security and abide by all policies and practices, in order to open academic programs to international F-1 visa students. Schools cannot participate in any F-1 visa partnerships without the proper certification and acquire I-20 Forms as valid documentation. 

Schools will need to pursue SEVIS certifications immediately to conduct a future partnership with Educatius. The process can take up to a year to complete before outlining any future plans to accept international students. Certifications must be verified and renewed every two years.

The school/district will be request a I-17 Form Petition and pay the government a first-time fee for the review and application, as well as an additional fee to be paid for a government official to conduct a site visit at the school. The site evaluator will then complete a report and submit it to SEVIS for review. This process can take up to a year to complete.

Principal Designated Official (PDSO) and or the Designated School Official DSO:

The school must assign representatives to become the Principal Designated Official (PDSO) and/or the Designated School Officials (DSO). Each individual is required to complete an online training. Educatius schools and/or districts will need to choose at least two professionals to complete the training and be issued the designated statuses. This keeps the entire team informed, as well as expedites any future admissions processes.