A student visa is an endorsement to a government passport that is issued to students who are enrolled in qualified educational institutions. A student visa is a non-immigrant visa that does not require the holder of citizenship to study in another country. Many countries will issue student visas that allow international students to study within their borders.
In most cases, the student must be enrolled in a post-secondary institution. For example, if you are from another country and want to study in Australia, you will need to have both of these visas. You can apply for a student visa in Australia online. The visas are available in F or M depending on which higher-learning institution has accepted you.
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Category F includes "university, college, high school or private elementary school, seminary or conservatory or any other academic institution, which may include a language-training program." Category M includes "Vocational and other recognized nonacademic institutions, other than language training programs."
A nonimmigrant visa is required for temporary residence. To study in the United States, you must have a student visa. Depending on your course of study, the school you intend to attend and the type of school, you will need either an F visa (or an M visa). A nonimmigrant visa is required for permanent residence. Citizens of other countries must obtain visas to enter Australia.
To study in Australia, you must have a student visa. Depending on your course of study, the school you intend to attend and the type of school you are attending, you will need either an F visa (or an M visa).