You’ve made it through the first big step and have been accepted to UB! Before you can enter the United States, you must apply for a U.S. visa stamp.
Your visa category will impact many parts of your life in the U.S. Your studies, employment, vacation, and travel are a few examples. Your visa (sometimes referred to as visa stamp or visa foil) is the document placed on a page in your passport that permits you to apply for admission to the U.S. in accordance with your visa category.
Most international students come to the U.S. on F-1 visas, while some come on J-1 visas. However, there are some other visa categories that permit studying (H-1B, H-4, L-2, E-2, etc.).
To come to the United States to study, you will need to apply for a visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
You cannot study for a degree on a tourist (B-1/2) visa or on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Therefore, you should not enter the U.S. as a B-1/2 or on the VWP if you plan to study.
Canadian students do not need to apply for a U.S. visa.