[UPDATED: August 12, 2021] Please note that due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) related travel restrictions and vaccine requirements, study abroad options may be affected. Many programs are open for in-person instruction, however, ApplyESL recommends contacting schools of interest to check status, and local embassies or consulates, to obtain information regarding visa services currently available.
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Can I remain in the United States while my student visa is still valid?

Just because you have a valid student visa does not necessarily mean that you are allowed to stay in the United States for the entire period allowed by it. The length of your student visa and the number of days you can stay in the country may be different. Your student visa is the document you need in order to enter the country and the I-20 document provided to you by the school will note the specific period of time you are allowed to stay. When a student visa has expired, a full-time student in status may stay legally in the United States as long as they possess a valid I-20 document. If you successfully complete your course and your student visa is valid, you may stay in the United States legally for 60 days, but unless you extend your study program, you must return to your country after that.