Attending a U.S. school or University can be an unforgettable experience. You can make that happen with the proper preparation and sound legal advice of a South Florida visa lawyer. The process of obtaining a student visa can be time consuming. You need to make sure that your visa is timely secured so you can begin your studies in the U.S. without delay.
If you are a foreign citizen and you wish to study in the United States, then you must obtain a student visa. You would need one of two types of student visas – F-1 or M-1. An F-1 Visa would allow you to enter the United States to attend a college or University, high school, private elementary school, seminary, conservatory, or any other academic institution, including a language training program. An M-1 Visa would allow you to enter the United States to attend a vocational or other recognized non-academic institution, other than a language training program. If you wish to attend school for a short period of recreational study, a Visitor (B) Visa can be used as long as you don’t receive credit toward a degree or academic certificate.
In order to secure a student visa, you must first be accepted by an SEVP approved school. SEVP is the Student and Exchange Visitor Program that manages schools, non-immigrant students in the F and M classifications, and their dependents on behalf of the Homeland Security Department.
If you’re a new student, you can be issued a student visa 120 days or less in advance of your course of study start date, and you will not be allowed to enter the United States earlier than 30 days before your start date. If you wish to enter the United States more than 30 days in advance of your school start date, then you may want to consider a Visitor (B) Visa. However, keep in mind that you will then need to apply to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for a change of status to student status (either F-1 or M-1).
If you’re a continuing student, then you may renew your student visa at any time, as long as you maintain a student status and your records with the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) are current.
If you are considering traveling to the U.S. on a Student Visa, contact a Broward County Student Visa Lawyer today. At The Law Offices of Jonny Kousa, P.L., we can assist you with the Student Visa process every step of the way. Contact us in Coconut Creek at (954) 626-8071. Office appointments are available at three different locations close to South Florida’s major cities, including, but not limited to, West Palm Beach, Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Hollywood, or Miami Beach. Our firm serves all counties in South Florida, including Palm Beach County, Broward County, and Miami-Dade County. We also serve clients who live overseas and are interested in getting a Student Visa to study in the United States.
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