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AIT Urges Early Visa Application

In advance of the peak summer travel season, the American Institute in Taiwan urges all persons wishing to visit the United States in the near future to apply as early as possible for visas.

Students applying for initial-entry F-1 (academic student), F-2 (spouse or child of F-1) and M-1 (vocational training) and M-2 (spouse or child of M-1) visas may be issued those visas up to 120 days before their academic program start date, as listed on the I-20 form.  Continuing students may apply for new F or M visas at any time, as long as they have been maintaining student status and their SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) records are current.

Appointments can be made by visiting our data entry and appointment service website at

Additional information on U.S. visas can be found on AIT's website at