Student Visa Lawyers
Locate a Local Immigration Lawyer
What Is a Student Visa?
A student visa, or F-1 visa, is issued to those who are coming to the United States temporarily to pursue their studies at an established elementary school, high school, college, university, seminary, conservatory, or language school. These visas are temporary and grant the student nonimmigrant status. Every year, over 500,000 people come to the United States on F-1 student visas. The number of students who can receive the F-1 student visas to come to the United States is unlimited.
F-1 visas are mainly for academic schools for students that want to enter into an approved U.S university, college, or high school. Vocational programs require the student to obtain a M-1 visa instead of a F-1 visa.
What Are the Requirements to Obtain a Student Visa?
The alien must show that:
- The individual is accepted by a U.S. school as a student
- The student is expected to come to the U.S. as a full-time student
- The institution he is attending is approved by the Attorney General
- He has sufficient funds to meet his expenses for the period of expected study without having to resort to employment
- He has a sufficient knowledge of the English language
If the student has family, he may obtain an F-2 Visa for his spouse and children.
What Are the Eligibility Requirements for a Student Visa?
The student must be accepted to a qualified U.S school that is approved by the U.S government. The student must be expected to be a full-time enrolled student without any intentions of working and going to school part time. The student must not use school as an excuse to come to the United States and must come to the U.S under the good faith belief that he or she will be attending school. The student must also read, write, and understand English well enough to understand the school coursework.
The student's study subject must also not be a subject that has international security concerns such as terrorism or nuclear physics. This will raise red-flags and the student may be denied the student visa.
How Do I Apply for a Student Visa?
There are certain steps that an alien must take to obtain an F-1 visa:
- The alien must first apply to a U.S. school that has been approved by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
- If accepted, the school will give the alien an I-20 form which should be brought to a U.S. Consulate to obtain a student visa
- Upon arrival in the United States, the immigrant will receive a Form I-94 (Arrival-Departure Record). This form contains a record of the alien's legal admission to the Untied States
- The alien is allowed to stay for as long as he is enrolled as a full-time student. Upon approval, the alien may also be allowed to stay for a year longer to pursue practical training
Do I Need a Lawyer to Get a Student Visa?
Getting a student visa can be complicated and difficult. An experienced immigration lawyer can help you decide whether to pursue a student visa or some other type of visa. An immigration attorney also can help you file any necessary paperwork.
Consult a Lawyer - Present Your Case Now!
Last Modified: 09-02-2014 04:22 PM PDT
Link to this page