The F-1 Visa is granted to allow international students to enter the United States to study as a full-time student at an accredited college, university, seminary, conservatory, academic high school, elementary school, or other academic institution or in a language training program that requires research papers samples. During the first academic year, F-1 students may not work off-campus but may accept on-campus jobs with certain restrictions and conditions. The M-1 Visa is for students who study in vocational or nonacademic programs; language training program does not fall into this category. M-1 students only allows to engage in practical training after they completed the field of study.
In order to qualify for the F-1 or M-1 Visa, an applicant must meet the following criteria:
As part of the visa application process, an interview is required for visa applicants from age 14 through 79. Persons age 13 and younger, and age 80 and older, generally do not require an interview.
Applicants should submit:
Since each student’s situation is different, additional paperwork maybe requested by the USCIS.
For more information about F-1 visa and M-1 visa, you may check U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ web page: