Alien - Scholarship Fellowship Visa Status Eligibility Chart

Note: Foreign Nationals who are U.S. Permanent Residents, on approved Refugee or Asylum status can study in the United States without any restrictions.

Visa
Type/Status 

Classification 

Study Restrictions 

A-1/A-2DiplomatMay engage in incidental study while maintaining valid A-1 or A-2 status
A-1/A-2Dependent of DiplomatMay engage in part or full time study.
A-3Employee of Diplomat and their dependentsMay engage in incidental study while maintaining valid A-3 status.
B-1Visitor for temporary businessMay not begin any “course of study” (neither full-time nor part-time) unless USCIS approves change of status to F, M or J student. Casual short-term classes, that are not the primary purpose of the alien’s presence in the United States, such as a single English language or craft, would not constitute a “course of study”
B-2Visitor for pleasure, tourismSame restrictions as B-1
WB/WTWaiver Business/Waiver TouristSame restrictions as B-1
C-1, C-2 & C-3Transit VisaNo study allowed
D-1 & D-2Crewman VisaNo study allowed
E-1, E-2 & E-3Treaty Trader, Treaty InvestorPrincipal E-1 or E-2 may engage in incidental study while maintaining an E status. Dependent of E nonimmigrant may engage in part or full-time study.
F-1StudentMust maintain full-time enrollment as defined by academic institution; part-time study, is only permitted with approval of Designated School Official (DSO) in accordance with regulations.
F-2Dependent of StudentF-2 spouses may not engage in full-time study; F-2 children may only engage in full-time study at the K-12 level. Part-time study that is vocational or recreational is permitted. F-2 dependents may not begin a “course of study” until a change to F-1, M-1, or J-1 status is approved.
G-1, G-2,G-3 & G-4International Organization – Representatives and their dependents.Principal G nonimmigrant may engage in incidental study while maintaining G status. G dependents may engage in part or full-time study.
G-5Personal employees of G visa holders and their family.May engage in incidental study while maintaining G-5 status.
H-1B, H-1CTemporary WorkersMay engage in incidental study while maintaining H-1 status.
H-2A, BTemporary Seasonal WorkersMay engage in incidental study while maintaining H-2 status.
H-3Trainee with United States company.May engage in incidental study while maintaining H-3 status.
H-4Dependent of H visa holder.May engage in full or part-time study.
I VisaJournalist / MediaPrincipal I nonimmigrant may engage in incidental study while maintaining I visa status. Dependents are permitted to engage in part or full-time study.
J-1 StudentExchange Visitor - StudentMust maintain full-time enrollment.  May reduce course load below full-time only if authorized in advance and in writing by Responsible Officer of designated program sponsor, in accordance with DOS regulations.
J-1 Professor, Researcher, Specialist, Trainee or Alien PhysicianExchange Visitor - ScholarMay engage in incidental study while maintaining J-1 status.
J-1 Au-PairExchange Visitor – Au-PairMay enroll in “postsecondary intuitions” while maintaining J-1 status as an au pair, as required by J au pair regulations.
J-2Dependent of J-1May engage in full or part time study.
L-1Intra-company TransferMay engage in incidental study while maintaining L-1 status
L-2Dependent of L-1May engage in full or part time study
M-1Vocational or Technical student.Must study full-time; part-time study only if authorized by Designed School Official (DSO).
M-2Dependent of M-1May engage in full or part-time study.
NATO 1-7NATO workers, staff and familyMay engage in part or full time study
O-1Aliens with Extraordinary abilityMay engage in incidental study while maintaining O-1 status.
O-2Accompanying worker of an O-1May engage in incidental study while maintaining O-1 status.
O-3Dependent of O visa holder.May engage in part or full time study.
P-1Athlete internationally recognizedMay engage in incidental study while maintaining P-1 status.
P-2Artists or EntertainersMay engage in incidental study while maintaining P-2 status.
P-3Aliens providing essential support to P1 and P2 visa holdersMay engage in incidental study while maintaining P-3 status.
P-4Dependent of P visa holderMay engage in part or full time study.
Q-1, Q-2 & Q-3Cultural Exchange VisitorsPrincipal Q visa holders may engage in incidental study. Dependents may engage in full or part-time study.
R-1Religious WorkerMay engage in incidental study while maintaining R-1 status.
R-2Dependant of R-1May engage in part or full time study.
TNNAFTA – Employee from Canada or Mexico on TN status.May engage in incidental study while maintaining TN status.
TDDependent of TN status.May engage in part or fulltime study.

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