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F-1 Visa

Do you need an F-1 visa to take up your studies in the United States? There are many different things that you will need to work through in order to determine that this is the correct visa for your needs, or the institution that you are studying through will tell you which document you need. However, determining which type of visa that you need in order to visit the United States in the capacity that you are planning to visit is only one small part of your application process.

At the Florida Immigration Law Counsel, we are happy to work with you in order to help you complete your application and maximize your chances of being approved. Whether you simply need help making sure that you meet deadlines and include all of the necessary documentation, or you would like an attorney to help you through every step of the way, we are here to help. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with an experienced legal professional, and get started on your F-1 visa today.

Read more below about some general information regarding an F-1 Visa, and when you need one in order to visit the United States.

What Is an F-1 Visa?

An F-1 visa is the type of visa that someone will need to be approved for if they wish to visit the United States in order to study at a university, college, high school, private elementary school, language training school or another approved academic institution. You may find yourself confused about whether you require an F-1 visa or another type of educationally-related visa, you will want to either contact the institution that you have been accepted at or work directly with an attorney from the Florida Immigration Law Counsel in order to be certain that you are taking the appropriate steps.

This visa will grant the bearer the right to travel to the United States and attend an approved educational institution in order to pursue a high school diploma, college degree, or another type of certification. Keep in mind that if you are attending a vocational school, or are visiting an educational institution in a different type of capacity, then you may need to apply for a different type of visa. Make sure that you are absolutely sure of the type of visa you must receive in order to pursue your goal.

How To Apply For an F-1 Visa

Applying for your F-1 visa is not especially complicated, but requires a lot of your time and you must be very detail-oriented in order to ensure that your application is approved. There is nothing more frustrating than having your application rejected due to a simple error that you have made in filing, or because you have accidentally omitted information or documentation that is necessary for your application to be complete. 

Although the F-1 filing process is much less complicated than some other types of visa applications, it is still important that you work with a legal professional to ensure that you are taking all of the steps to maximize your chances of being approved. We can help you with every step of your application process, from start to finish, if this is the type of help that you require. During your initial consultation, we will be able to discuss the work that you have already done, the work you will need to do in order to complete your application, and how we can help.

Requirements For an F-1 Visa

There are a variety of different requirements for an F-1 Visa, starting with an acceptance to an approved educational institution. If you have not yet been accepted to the institution, you will not be approved for your application, since you will need to submit proof of your acceptance along with the rest of your documentation. 

In addition to your acceptance into the institution, you will need to be able to prove the following as well:

Permanent Residency in a Foreign Country

You will need to be a permanent resident in your country and have the full intention of returning to this country after your education is completed, in order to be approved for your F-1 visa. If you are not a permanent resident of another country, then you will need to address this important issue first.

Financial Means and Support

You will need to be able to prove that you have the financial support necessary to live in the United States, pay for your education, and generally support your lifestyle while you remain in the country. Your employment opportunities and privileges will be limited during your stay, so it is important that you account for this.

Clear Ties To Your Home Country

The U.S Department of State will also need to see sufficient proof that you have strong ties to your home country, such as family, bank accounts, a residence, and more. This is simply to illustrate your ties to your home country during your interview.

Contact Us Today

No matter where you are in the process of applying for your F-1 student visa, contact us today in order to speak with a legal professional about how we can help. We will be happy to discuss your options, and determine the best way for us to work together as soon as possible. 

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There is not much more to say about Florida Immigration Law Council aside from the fact that they are absolutely amazing. As delicate and scary that these situations are, their professionalism and attention to detail made the process stress free. My family and clients are forever grateful to you. This company is a testament to the American way and dream! You have my gratitude.

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- Christine Rakhar

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Saman and her team are knowledgeable and friendly. Her and her teams knowledge in immigration is very notable as I had visited two other firms and felt they did not have the answers or had to look them up. Overall friendly staff and excellent service and value. Would highly recommend

- Bryan Torres

Everyone that works with Saman is amazing, they're very helpful and understanding throughout the whole process from start to finish. My first stage Green card has been so fast I can't believe it a matter of months. I look forward to them helping me with further stages as the time goes on. I highly recommend anyone in miami needing immigration services to use this practice, they are truly a Dream team. Complete package.

- C Murphy

Simply phenomenal from start to finish. Her legal skill is great, she is competent, professional, and personable. More important, she is a supportive attorney who truly cares. My case had a lot of hurdles, she went above and beyond and did everything she could to ensure a great outcome. I luckily received my green card. She always available daily and responded directly to my questions promptly and professionally. She always showed her best. Thank you again for all her hard work, professionalism, and enthusiasm. If you are involved in litigation and needing a good attorney, I highly recommend Saman Movassaghi to represent you.

- Ahsan Siddiqui

5 stars are not enough for the amazing and exceptional service we received during our immigration process. We worked with Saman since June 2019 and she provided a great service from the second we meet her . She always was available via email or phone during the entire process even through the waiting period when nothing was happening other than to wait and have patience. The entire team is amazing and they are always going for the extra mile . Please don’t hesitate to contact Florida Immigration Law Counsel either if you need help inside the USA or via the consular process. Their success rate is incredible and if you need more info please check them on Instagram( cases updates ,immigration news or changes in policy and forms) I wish all the best and can’t wait to make a visit to their office to say “hello “.

- Silviu Stefan

Very professional teams. They solved any problem that came up during the process very fast. We are very satisfied with the outcome. I would definitely come back if I ever need help again. Thank you!

- Sherry Lyu

Saman and her team were on top of everything. Very professional and extremely organized. Quick to respond to any questions or concerns regarding her clients cases. Very thankful for all she’s done for us and making the process smooth for us.

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Saman and all her staff are very friendly, knowledgeable, very responsive and dedicated, very helpful, and they provide great service, if anyone need an inmigration lawyer she is the Best. I recommend her 100%, thank you Saman, thank you all. Florida Law Counsel is the one. Can't wait for my next step My citizenship. Call them you won't regret it...

- Claudia Saldana

If your reading my review I want you to know that I did very large search to hire the best attorney in Florida. In my research I took everything into consideration. Saman was the only lawyer I found with zero bad review and zero client complaint. I worked remotley with Florida Immigration law counsel. From day 1 saman and her team Rebecca and Madelyn were on top of my case. Rebecca Helped in preparing the pockets and filling up the forms. very easy going and fast. Madelyn did amazing job breaking down my bill and making sure I understand it. Some Important notes: 1- I was able to reach saman anytime even if it was weekend or holidays. 2- If I called the office asking for attorney call back it does not take more than 2 hours to get my requested call back. 3- Saman made sure she review my case before calling back.

- Shahab Aal Shahabi

Attorney Saman Movassaghi and her Paralegal Lianette, filed my EB-1 petition in December 2019, and get it approved in less than 6 months. Immediately after my I-140 was approved they filed the adjustment of status for me in my family, right in the middle of the pandemic (June 2020). Even though my biometrics appointment was delayed until October 2020 due to Covid-19 mandatory closures, and USCIS never issued my EAD regardless countless of requests from my Attorney, my adjustment of status was approved in January 2021. My family and I are now Permanent residents of the United States. Saman and her team are excellent professionals. They kept close management of my case, and I always received articulate, knowable, and effective feedback from them when I contact them with a request or concern. They made the process so much easier and gave me peace of mind in a stressful but successful outcome. I not only recommend attorney Saman Movassaghi’s Law Firm but I guarantee once you have used her services you too will look no further.

- Yehoshua Ratovsy

As a former employee I thank everyone in the office for being such great co-workers and such an outstanding team of professionals. If anyone is looking for anything immigration related Saman Movassaghi is the best out there.

- David Lobo

Great firm! Saman always make herself available to answer any questions or concerns. Very responsive, professional and proactive team!

- Ben Nave

It is my Pleasure to give my full recommendation for this firm, helped my brother case from the beginning .

- Ahmed Yousry

Efficient, professional, takes her time with her clients, explains everything very well, highly recommended .

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Extremely knowledgeable in every field of the immigration process and clear case handling, and Saman is completely accesible.

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Such an amazing experience with Samen, everything went so well. She made sure all of my Husband and I paper work was in order.. Communication was always Immaculate I truly appreciate her and her office staff, she was always on top of us for any information that was needed and made our process go so smooth, even with the pandemic they still made sure we were preparing for our interview. We are beyond greatful and had an amazing outcome BEST LAYWER!

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- Jon Virtue

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- Christopher Wadsworth

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- Ashfaq Lodhi

Ms. Saman Movassaghi is an outstanding lawyer with a great depth of knowledge! She went above and beyond to assist me! Throughout the entire process she was professional and always responded to my questions and concerns quickly! I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking advice or assistance.

- Elisha Mahilal

I wanted to thank Saman for her professional help and guidance on my case. With her knowledge and experience, I had the smoothest and quickest experience I could ever imagine for getting my citizenship last week. Her involvement in my case made all the difference! Thanks for all you did! I definitely recommend her for anyone who is looking for the same quick result and smooth experience.

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