If you wish to pursue full or part-time academic studies in the United States, you may be eligible for a nonimmigrant student visa called the F-3. The F-3 visa is intended for Canadian or Mexican students who are “border commuters” – individuals who live close enough to the border to commute to a U.S. academic institution.
If the F-3 is an option for you, the primary advantage of this visa category over the standard academic student visa (F-1) is that you can continue to reside in your home country. In addition, you are not required to be enrolled as a full-time student, and can study part-time if you choose.
The F-3 visa comes with several limitations. You are not allowed to reside in the United States at any point while on an F-3 visa. In addition, border commuter students cannot obtain derivative visas for their family members to accompany them. Further, your choice of schools is limited geographically, depending on their distance from the border.