The M-1 visa is a visa that allows students enrolled in non-academic, vocational studies at an accredited institution to come to the United States. The visa generally lasts for 1 year.
During a student’s time in the U.S. on an M-1 visa, they are not permitted to seek or accept employment.
To obtain an M-1 visa, the applicant must be enrolled in a full-time vocational program at a school approved by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the student must be proficient in English, or enrolled in courses that will lead to English proficiency, the applicant must have enough money for self-support during his or her stay in the U.S., and must have a domicile in another country which he or she has no intention of giving up.
Under certain circumstances, a student on an M-1 visa will be able to extend his or her stay for longer than a year, either for medical reasons, or if the educational program lasts longer than a year.
To obtain this visa, an applicant should submit a completed and signed I-20 form to the U.S. embassy or consulate in his or her country. The I-20 form is issued by the school that has accepted the student.
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Last Modified: 12-21-2011 12:01 PM PST