While the F1 academic student visa is the most common visa category used to pursue educational studies in the U.S., foreign nationals may also enter the United States under the M1 (non-academic) category. The M1 non-immigrant visa permits individuals to pursue full-time educational training at a U.S. vocational or other recognized nonacademic institution, other than an English language training program. Non-academic or vocational institutions generally include technical schools, trade schools, community colleges and other institutions focused on preparing students for specific field or trade.
Similar to the F1 academic student visa, under the M1 non-academic visa category, you must be admitted to a Student and Exchange Visitor (SEVP) school approved by the U.S. government.
You will also be required to meet several additional qualifications in order to obtain an M1 visa, including:
Like the F1 visa, the M1 non-academic visa will provide you with many benefits. M1 visa holders are permitted to bring their qualifying dependent family members to the United States through their participation in the M2 visa program. Students with an M1 non-academic visa may stay in the U.S. until their training program has ended and then they will be given an additional 30 days to depart the country. Upon completion of their studies, M1 students may also be eligible to extend their time in the U.S. (up to an additional six months) if they enter an approved a job-related training program.
Miranda & Weisman is a full-service immigration law firm well positioned to advise you throughout the M1 non-academic visa process. Our skilled legal team has a keen understanding of U.S. immigration laws and procedures and we will navigate you through all stages of application process. We are a compassionated and caring team of legal professionals focused on meeting the individual needs of our clients. Our firm will take the time to answer your questions and explain what is happening at each stage of the M1 visa process.
The legal team at our firm also understands that the many forms and documents required under the M1 non-academic visa program may be confusing and difficult to understand. We will assist you in gathering the necessary information and will work with you to complete the M1 visa application. Our firm can also explain how the interview process works and help you prepare for your M1 visa interview.
The legal team at Miranda & Weisman regularly assists foreign nationals who are seeking to study in the United States under the M1 visa program. If you have concerns about the M1 category or have questions about other visa or immigration matters contact our Towson immigration law firm today online, or by calling 410-321-4994.