There are tremendous educational opportunities in the United States for students across the globe. However, it’s critically important to understand the process of receiving the correct visa to study here. At the Florida Immigration Law Counsel, our Florida immigration lawyers can guide you through the process of obtaining the appropriate visa for your situation. At FL-ILC, we can also assist you, should you have any issues with your status while in the United States.
If you are planning to visit the United States to study at educational institution, you may apply for one of the following visas:
F-1 Visa: If you are planning to attend a school or college full-time (8-12 units per semester) with the intent of earning a degree, you must attain an F-1 visa. It’s important to note that F-1 visa holders must show proof that they have a tie to their home country that would make it likely that they would return, such as a job offer letter or proof of a bank account.
M-1 Visa: If you are entering a vocational school, you can apply for an M-1 visa. M-1 visa holders must also be full-time students.
J-1 Visa: If you are going to be a part of an exchange program, you will need a J-1 visa.
Other Visas: The spouses and children of F-1 visa holders can obtain an F-2 visa. B visas are used for students who are taking a recreational course.
To apply for an F-1 visa, you must complete a non-immigrant application online (form DS-160). The application should have an accompanying photo. Next, you are required to schedule an interview with a U.S. embassy or consulate. You must also select the school you would like to attend and have that school register you in their Student and Exchange Visitor System (SEVIS) database. It is required that you request a Form I-20. You and your school will sign the I-20 form.
Student Visa applicants must bring their passport, application fee, photo and forms DS-160 and I-20 to their interview.
If you would like to study in the United States or if you are experiencing any legal issues while you are in the U.S, we can help. Our team of Florida immigration attorneys have the experience and determination necessary to guide you through this process. Contact us today at 1-800-666-4996.