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Any foreigner that wishes to study in the United States must obtain an F visa or M visa. The type of school and course of study that an academic or vocational student intends to attend determines whether they need an F-1 vocational student visa or M-1 academic visa.
F-1 visas are for academic students planning to attend a university, college, high school, private elementary school, seminary school, conservatory, or any other academic institution, including a language training program.
M-1 visas are for vocational students that plan to attend a vocational school or other nonacademic institution (with the exception of a language training program).
Before one can apply to be an academic or vocational student in the United States via an F visa or M visa, he or she must first be accepted into a SEVP-certified school (Student and Exchange Visitor Program). Foreign academic or vocational students that are accepted into one of these approved U.S. schools will have to pay a special fee to the SEVP information system and will then receive a special form (I-20) to include in their F-1 vocational student visa or M-1 academic visa application. There are several steps in obtaining an M visa or F visa and all must be followed closely to avoid delays or denial.
Once approved for an F-1 vocational student visa or M-1 academic visa, the academic or vocational student cannot enter the U.S. any earlier than 30 days before their study program begins. There are other restrictions that must be understood and followed pertaining to: family members wishing to travel with the academic or vocational student, renewing an F visa or M visa, seeking temporary employment while in school, attending public schools, time allowed in the U.S., etc.
If you are a foreign academic or vocational student that wishes to attend a school in the United States, talk to an immigration attorney today. Immigration lawyers can help you determine which visa is right for you and can help you to understand all requirements and restrictions that accompany an F-1 vocational student visa or M-1 academic visa. It may be difficult to obtain a visa to study in the Untied States, and there are many steps that must be accurately followed in the application process and renewal process. An immigration attorney that has experience in F-1 and M-1 visas for academic and vocational students can best help you get your visa so you can obtain the training and benefits that a U.S. education offers.
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