M-1 Non-Academic Visas
The M-1 student visa is for international nonacademic and vocational students. M-1 students must be involved in a specific vocational or nonacademic program, and they must have a full course load, and attending classes full time. The program may be offered by community or junior college, or post secondary vocational or business school.
The first step of the M-1 visa process is obtaining the I-20 from the school the student plans to attend. Before the school can issue the I-20, four requirements must be met. First, the student must make a written application to the school. Second, the school must receive the student's academic record and evidence of financial support. Third, the student must meet the school's qualifications for admission, including English proficiency. Fourth, the school must accept the student for future enrollment.
The school will require the student to show that s/he has the financial resources to support him/herself while studying without having to work. Additionally, the school may require the student to have sufficient health insurance.
Once the I-20 is issued by the school, the student will apply for the M-1 visa at the US consulate in his/her home country. The student must present the I-20, a valid passport, Form OF-156 (application for nonimmigrant visa), one passport photo, evidence of financial support and the necessary processing fees. The student must show the consular officer that s/he has ties to the home country, and s/he has no intention of abandoning your home country. Evidence should include ownership of property, proof of immediate family in home country, evidence of mortgage payment, assets, car payment, and any other evidence showing you have no intention of staying in the United States.
If the prospective student is not positive which school s/he wishes to attend, the student may request a B-2 visa, which will allow the student to enter the United States to visit possible schools. Once the student has made a decision, s/he can file for M-1 status while in the United States.
M-1 visa students are not authorized to accept employment either on or off campus. M-1 students may participate in practical training programs in the United States after they complete the study program. The request for practical training should be submitted no earlier than 60 days before the completion of study program, and no later than 30 days after completion. Practical training is not to exceed six months.
The student's spouse and children are eligible for M-2 visa status.
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