For foreign students who wish to pursue non-academic studies, vocational studies or enroll in a technical school within the United States may be eligible for an M-1 visa. Students who acquire an M-1 visa may reside within the United States for the duration of their studies but cannot seek employment while holding the visa.
M-1 Visa Requirements
In order to obtain an M-1 visa, applicants must be enrolled full time (at least 12 course hours per semester) at an approved junior or community college and have a specified focus of study. Applicants wishing to pursue an associate’s degree or applicants who have smaller course loads (less than 12-course hours) may also qualify. Prospective applicants who wish to enter the United States to enroll in vocational or non-academic programs are required to attend classes for at least 18 hours on a weekly basis.
In addition to the previous enrollment and attendance requirements, applicants must also provide the following evidence and documentation:
- Evidence of medical insurance
- Evidence of sufficient financial funding (bank statements, etc)
- Evidence of program eligibility
- Completed Form I-20
- Proof of the applicant’s intention of returning to their country post graduation
Upon meeting the requirements stated above and the completion of Form I-20, prospective applicants may begin the application process. In order to apply for an M-1 visa, applicants must provide the following:
- Non-refundable application fee
- Completed and submission of Form DS-160
- Completed and submission of Form DS-157 (for males between the ages of 16 to 45)
- Valid passport which is valid for 6 months or more past the anticipated applicant’s graduation date
Speak To An Experienced Immigration Attorney
If you are a foreign student wishing to enter the United States in order to pursue non-academic studies, vocational studies, or enroll in a technical school should speak with an experienced immigration attorney prior to applying for an M-1 visa. The Law Offices of Kermit A. Monge, PLLC has years of experience assisting applicants with collecting necessary documentation and guiding them through the application process. For more information or to begin the application process, reach out to our experienced immigration attorneys by calling 703.273.5500 or requesting a consultation online.