Learn How to Get a United States Student Visa
Becoming an international student studying in the United States is exciting! Applying for a visa can seem long and complicated but Immigration Direct can help, our knowledge is your power.
Different Ways to Study in the United States on a Student Visa
The F-1 visa applies to students who are interested in obtaining a full-time degree or attending an academic program at a school, college, or university approved by the U.S. Government in compliance with the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). The F-1 visa is valid until the student's course of study is completed. An F-1 visa also permits students to work on campus and, in some cases, off campus.
The M-1 visa is for students who would like to enroll in a non-academic or a vocational program of study. The M-1 visa differs from the F-1 visa in that it is valid for only one year. An M-1 Visa holder may apply for cumulative extensions for up to three years. M-1 visa holders are permitted to reduce their full-time study course load for medical reasons only and for a maximum total period of six months.
The J-1 exchange visitor visa was developed for individuals wanting to participate in educational and cultural exchanges between the United States and other countries. It is only available to individuals who are sponsored by an approved organization with the Department of State and individuals who intend to enter the United States to participate in an exchange program focused on learning, teaching, receiving training, or conducting research.
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