Student Visa Eligibility
If you are interested in studying in the U.S. as a full-time student, you must first obtain a student visa. Depending on the course of study and the kind of school you wish to attend, you may be eligible for either an F-1 Student Visa or an M-1 Student Visa. However, the following criteria must first be met:
- You must be enrolled in an “academic” educational program, a language-training program, or a vocational program
- Your institution must be authorized by the Student and Exchange Visitors Program as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement
- You must be enrolled as a full-time student at the institution
- You must be proficient in English or be enrolled in English Proficiency courses
- You must have the funds necessary to support your entire proposed course of study
- You must keep a residence abroad which you have no intention of renouncing
What is an F-1 Student Visa?
An F-1 student visa is for full-time students who wish to obtain a degree, diploma, or certificate at either an accredited college, university, seminary, conservatory, private elementary school, or another academic program including a language-training program. The U.S. Government must have also approved acceptance of international students at the particular institution you wish to attend.
Am I eligible for an F-1 Student Visa?
The three requirements to be eligible for an F-1 student visa are
- The student must be accepted into an academic institution
- The student must have the funds necessary to pay for the institutional fees and living expenses in the U.S., AND
- The student must intend on leaving the U.S. after his or her education ends
What is an M-1 Student Visa?
An M-1 student visa is an educational visa for students in vocational or any nonacademic programs, with the exception of language-training programs.
Am I eligible for an M-1 Student Visa?
A student may be eligible for an M-1 visa if they meet the following requirements:
- The student must be accepted into a vocational/technical school, AND
- The student must have the funds necessary to study full-time.
If you or a loved one is interested in obtaining a student visa and have questions or concerns about eligibility, contact a Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Immigration Attorney today for a free case consultation.
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