M-1 Visa

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What Is an M-1 Visa?

The M-1 visa is a student 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.

While the student is in the U.S. on an M-1 visa, he or she is not permitted to seek or accept employment.

How Do I Obtain an M-1 Visa?

In order toobtain an M-1 visa, you must be enrolled in a full-time vocational program at a school approved by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You must be also proficient in English, or enrolled in courses that will lead to English proficiency. Another requirementis that you need to have enough money to support yourself while staying in the United States and you must have a domicile in another country thatyou have no intention of giving up.

To obtain this visa, you should submit a completed and signed I-20 form to the U.S. embassy or consulate in your country. When a school accepts you, you can receive the I-20 form from that school.

Under certain circumstances, a student on an M-1 visa may 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.

Do I Need a Lawyer to Apply for an M-1 Visa?

If you or a loved one needs help with a visa application, you should contact an attorney. An experienced immigration lawyer can tell you the requirements of an M-1 visa, help you fill out the necessary paperwork, and explain the process of obtaining an M-1 visa or any of the other visas that might be applicable to your situation.

A lawyer can also help you with obtaining an M-2 visa if you are entering the country on an M-1 visa and wish to bring along your spouse and dependent children.

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Last Modified: 11-12-2013 10:58 AM PST

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