Study under Other Nonimmigrant Visas

Enrollment Restrictions Guideline for Nonimmigrants

This table below outlines study restrictions for various visa types and intends to serve as a general guideline for USD admission offices/administration. When approval or clarification is needed, please consult with the Office of International Students and Scholars for detail information and restriction. In general, most nonimmigrant visa catergories permit incidental study* (either part-time or full-time basis) while maintaining the primary nonimmigrant status.

Note:

  • *Enrollment Requirement for Incidental Study: A letter from the specific visa sponsoring employer clearly indicating 1) duration of status and 2) enrollment in incidental study on a part-time/full-time basis is permitted while maintaining the nonimmgrant status.
  • Assistantship can only be granted for degree seeking F or J students unless the individual has a valid EAD card (Employment Authorization Document).
VISA TYPE STUDY GUIDELINE
A-1/ A-2 PRINCIPAL: Incidental Study Only
DEPENDENTS: Part/Full-time
A-3 Incidental Study Only
B-1 Not allowed (casual, recreational classes only)
B-2 Not allowed (casual, recreational classes only)
WB, WT Not allowed (casual, recreational classes only)
C-1, C-4 Not allowed
C-2, C-3 Not allowed
D-1, D-2 Not allowed
E-1, E-2, E-3 PRINCIPAL: Incidental Study Only
DEPENDENTS: Part/Full-time
F-1/F-2/ Full-time
*F2: Part-time ONLY *Children: allowed at K-12 level only *F3: Part-time ONLY
F-3 Part-time only
G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4 PRINCIPAL: Incidental Study Only
DEPENDENTS: Part/Full-time
G-5 Incidental Study Only
H-1B Incidental Study Only
H-1C, H-2A, B, H-3 Incidental Study Only
H-4 Part/Full-time
I PRINCIPAL: Incidental Study Only
DEPENDENTS: Part/Full-time
J-1/J-2 STUDENT: Full-time
SCHOLAR: Part-time only (incidental to visit)
L-1/L-2 PRINCIPAL: Incidental Study Only
DEPENDENTS: Part/Full-time
M-1/M-2 PRINCIPAL:Full-time
*Spouses: Part-time *Children: Full-time from K-12 only
NATO 1-7 Part/Full-time
O-1 Incidental Study Only
O-2/O-3 PRINCIPAL: Incidental Study Only
DEPENDENTS: Part/Full-time
P-1, P-2, P-3 Incidental Study Only
P-4 Part/Full-time
Q-1, Q-2, Q-3 PRINCIPAL: Incidental Study Only
DEPENDENTS: Part/Full-time
R-1/R-2 PRINCIPAL: Incidental Study Only
DEPENDENTS: Part/Full-time
TN/TD PRINCIPAL: Incidental Study Only
DEPENDENTS: Part/Full-time