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Student Visa

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Student Visa

Attend Technical or Vocational Schools as a Student with a Non-Immigrant Visa

 

For those wishing to enter the United States to attend a vocational or technical institution, other than a language training program, the M-1 visa is the best option. This visa is ideal for students who wish to learn or improve technical and non-academic skills. Vocational programs include design, animation, cooking, dance, music, art, photography, and mechanical training. To obtain a M-1 visa, you must be pursuing full-time study at a vocational or non-academic institution in the United States. The program you enroll in must be approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). M-1 visas are most commonly offered to those enrolled in community and junior colleges that have additional non-academic training programs.

To qualify for an M-1 visa, you must enroll full-time in a program with at least 12 hours of instruction per week. The school must also be approved by the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). You are required to be proficient in English or enrolled in English proficiency classes. You must prove you have sufficient financial means to cover expenses over your course of study, and that you have a residence abroad which you will return to at the conclusion of your program.

To apply for the M-1 visa, you must submit your visa, along with the USCIS Form I-20M-N issued by the academic institute you will be attending, to the United States Consulate, Consular Office, or embassy with jurisdiction over your permanent residence.

As an M-1 visa holder, you are able to bring certain qualifying dependents to the United States during your studies, including your spouse and unmarried children under age 21. Should the dependents come to the United States, they would do so under M-2 status and would not be permitted to work. Your children may attend primary and secondary school on M-2 status, but may not enroll in post-secondary education.

When you obtain an M-1 visa, you will be able to stay for up to one year. After the year ends, it is possible to extend the visa for an additional two years. This way, you can continue to study in the United States for a total of three years. The two year extension is typically granted in cases relating to extended studies or longer vocational programs. After the end of the study program, you will be required to leave the United States within 30 days.

If you have the M-1 visa status, you are permitted to travel outside the U.S. and its territories. Travel must be approved and school officials will be required to fill out specific forms relating to the travel. When you return to the United States, immigration officials will verify your visa status and current student forms.

It is common to fall out of the M-1 visa status as a foreign national. Some individuals may stay inside the United States after the expiration of the visa. If you file a reinstatement application, you may be able to have your application reviewed and approved.

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The F-1 Student Visa?

Under the F-1 student visa, you are labeled as a nonimmigrant foreign student that is permitted to work and study in the United States at a college or university. High schools and institutions with language training programs are also included in the F-1 student visa.

 

Qualifications for the F-1 student visa

In-order to obtain the F-1 student visa you must be able to understand and speak the English language at a proficient level. However, if you are planning on attending a language school in the United States you may be exempt from this requirement. You must also be able to prove that you can successfully live in the United States with no expectation of having financial difficulty. Additionally, the school that you are attending must be approved by the United States Customers and Immigration Services. You may be required to provide multiple forms to government officials to receive the F-1 visa.

 

Benefits of an F-1 Visa

Some benefits you may be eligible for under the F-1 visa include coming to the United States to participate in a full time study program leading to a degree or certificate. With the visa, you will be able to transfer schools and study programs with pre approval from the USCIS. Additionally, some students choose to work full or part time on or off campus. During your stay in the United States, F-1 visa students are able to travel within the United States and to other countries abroad. If you currently have a spouse or minor children, they may be able to qualify to come to the United States under the F-2 visa.

F-1 Visa Limits

If you are a student in F-1 visa status, you may face some restrictions. You may not work off-campus without prior permission from the USCIS, you must attend the specific school which your visa was approved for, and you may not apply for a Green Card in the United States. In addition, your spouse and children under F-2 status may not be employed in the United States.

Traveling while on an F-1 visa

Yes, you may travel abroad or return to your home country during vacation and holiday times. It is important to remember that, upon re-entry to the United States, you must have with you a valid Form I-20A-B with a recent signature from your school adviser; a valid F-1 visa, unless you are either a Canadian citizen or eligible for automatic visa re validation; a valid passport; and proof of financial support.

Length of stay on an F-1 visa

On your Form I-20, you can find the length of time you are permitted to stay in the United States to finish your studies.

 

Extending your stay in the United States in F-1 visa status if your studies are not completed in the expected time frame

If you need additional time to complete your studies, you may apply for an extension. A designated school official can provide you with an extension on your Form I-20. Your I-20 extension should be filed with your Form I-94 Arrival-Departure card, your passport, and a letter explaining the reason for extending your studies.

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