What is our stance on questions on people traveling with F1 visas? Are they on-topic or off-topic?

Sometimes they get closed, sometimes they stay open:

I'd remark that one doesn't have to study in the US for over 6 months to need a F1.


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I think it is not the visa on which the decision should be based but whether the person is traveling for a short time or with the intention to stay for months or longer.
Some questions are about the journey and fit with us, even when OP intents to stay long term in the final destination.
It is not always clear from the question and we do miss questions that should have been migrated to Expatriates or closed.

If you find a question that better fits on our sister site, please flag and vote to close for that reason.

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    Thank you. The OP indeed often doesn't specify for how long they'll stay in the US, since this is not relevant to 99% of questions on F1. What to do if the OP doesn't specify the length of their stay in the US? Commented Dec 19, 2020 at 23:29
  • If unsure, flag and do not vote to close, or ignore.
    – Willeke Mod
    Commented Dec 19, 2020 at 23:31

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