If you are like most international students at Indiana University, you will begin your studies with F-1 status. It is the most common status for full-time international students in the United States.
Depending on your situation, you can apply as an F-1 student from your home country or while staying in the US under a different visa status.
If you are already in F-1 Status and is transferring between US institution, this process does not apply to you.
F-1 Regulation Basic
If you have F-1 status, your tuition money can come from any source—your parents, your government, a corporate sponsor, or a scholarship or loan.
If you are an IU Kokomo student, you can work on campus. However, there are restrictions. Please contact OISS for more information.
You may gain permission to work off campus if the job is directly related to your field of study, or in rare cases, because of severe economic hardship. However, you must first get authorization from either OISS or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Please contact OISS for more information.
If you have a spouse or unmarried children under the age of 21, they can enter the United States using an F-2 visa. However, they will not be able to study full time at the postsecondary level or to work.
As an F-1 student, you have a number of options, and can even get a job using Optional Practical Training (OPT).