Nonimmigrant Visa: Study & Exchange

The U.S. Consulate General is beginning a phased resumption of certain visa services.  On July 15, the Consulate resumed visa services for Bermudian students (and legal permanent residents of Bermuda) who are studying in the United States.  



The Student (F-1/M-1) Visa provides opportunities for qualified applicants to study at accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States. With thousands of academic programs, world-class institutions, and unmatched flexibility, the United States offers a wealth of higher-education opportunities. Visit the Department of State’s EducationUSA website to learn about educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate study, opportunities for scholars, admissions, and more.

The Exchange Visitor (J-1) Visa program provides countless opportunities for international candidates looking to travel and gain experience in the United States. The multifaceted programs enable foreign nationals to come to the United States to teach, study, conduct research, demonstrate special skills or receive on the job training for periods ranging from a few weeks to several years. To learn more about exchange visitor visa programs, program sponsors, and more, please visit

Citizens of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) participating countries who intend to study cannot travel on the VWP or on visitor (B) visas, except to undertake recreational study as part of a tourist visit. Students must travel to the United States with student (F-1 or M-1) visas. For more information on the VWP, see Visa Waiver Program.

For short periods of recreational study, a Visitor (B) visa can be used. Enrollment in a short recreational course of study, which is not for credit toward a degree or academic certificate, is permitted on a visitor (B) visa. Learn more about Visitor Visas.

Study leading to a U.S. conferred degree or certificate is not permitted on a visitor (B) visa, even if it is for a short duration. For example, distance learning which requires a period of time on the institution’s U.S. campus requires an F-1 visa.


The following is a list of circumstances that may be considered for expedited appointments:

  • an applicant for a student or exchange visitor (F/M/J visa type), whose I-20 or DS-2019 has a start date that is earlier than the first available visa appointment.
  • an unexpected need to travel to the United States for urgent business purposes that is occurring within ten days after the first available visa appointment.
  • an unexpected visit that is of significant cultural, political, journalistic, sporting or economic importance that is occurring within ten days after the first available visa appointment.

Expedited appointments may be granted in these special circumstances.  If you believe you fall into any of these categories, please book the next available appointment, then email us at outlining your emergency.  If your situation is deemed an emergency, we will reschedule that appointment to an earlier day and time.