The time that it takes to apply for a F1 student visa varies with individuals and circumstance. The entire process can take as short as 1 week, but may also extend to a few months for more complex cases.
There are several key steps in the application process that may require more time, and you should take note of these:
- Scheduling a visit to the US embassy typically takes about 3 days, but do expect a longer wait if the US embassy is experiencing high volume
- Application processing time could vary between 3 day to a few weeks depending on volume
- If the embassy finds issues with your application, the processing time may stretch up to a few months
For an estimate of the current appointment and processing times at the US embassy, you should refer to the the US Department of State's website.