Guidelines for the Enrollment of International & Foreign Exchange Students
Visa Type Description Duration of Stay
F-1 Internat'l Student 12 Month max.
F-2 Spouse or child of F-1 holder Same as the F-1 holder
MPS F-1 APPLICATION WINDOW: MARCH 15 – JUNE 15
J-1 Foreign Exchange Student 12 Month maximum
J-2 Spouse or child of a J-1 holder Same as the J-1 holder
MPS J-1 APPLICATION WINDOW: MARCH 15 – MAY 15
Holders of B-1 and B-2 visas generally cannot enroll into any K-12 public school in the U.S., although some exceptions exist for B-2’s (see below)*
Guidelines for Enrollment in Minneapolis Public Schools:
(All Non-Immigrant Visas are regulated by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS)
*B-2: In some cases, a B-2 child is allowed to study if accompanying a parent and the study is incidental to the reason the parent is traveling to the United States. For example, if the parent is here for medical treatment on a B-2 visa, the children may attend a K-12 school while the parent is pursuing the primary purpose of the visit. The length of stay will not be extended to allow the child to complete a school year. Tuition is not required.
B-1 & B-2 non-immigrants who apply for a change of status to an F or M non-immigrant student may not begin attending school until the change of status is approved.
Minneapolis Public Schools school request process
General information on United States F-1 rules & procedures
Foreign Exchange & International Students are served by the New Families Center,
3345 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis 55407, 612-668-3700
Contact: Martha Swanson, PDSO firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have questions about the enrollment process, please contact us at email@example.com or call us at 612.668.1840.