Navigating the U.S. student visa process can be a daunting task. At Fibi Law, we specialize in offering expert guidance on the three main types of student visas: F, J, and M. Our team is committed to helping you understand the intricacies of each visa type and guiding you through the application process.
Types of Student Visas
F Visa: Academic Studies
The F visa is designed for international students who wish to pursue academic studies at an accredited U.S. institution. This visa allows you to stay in the U.S. for the duration of your academic program.
J Visa: Exchange Programs
The J visa is for students participating in educational or cultural exchange programs. This visa is often used for short-term studies, internships, or training programs.
M Visa: Vocational Studies
The M visa is for students enrolled in vocational or non-academic programs. This visa is ideal for those looking to acquire specific skills or training.
Before applying for any of these visas, you must first be accepted by a U.S. institution of higher education that is certified by the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP).
Acceptance Letter: Obtain an acceptance letter from an SEVP-certified institution.
Form I-20 or DS-2019: Complete the required immigration forms provided by your institution.
Visa Interview: Schedule and attend a visa interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate.
Visa Approval: Upon approval, you will receive your visa and can travel to the U.S.
How We Can Help
Our team of immigration experts will guide you through each step of the application process. From ensuring that you meet all the eligibility criteria to preparing you for the visa interview, we’re here to help.
Can I work while on a student visa?
F Visa: Students on an F visa can work up to 20 hours per week on-campus during the academic year and full-time during breaks.
J Visa: J visa holders may be allowed to work part-time with authorization from their program sponsor.
M Visa: Employment is generally not permitted for M visa holders.
What are the financial requirements for a student visa?
Proof of Funds: You must demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to cover your tuition and living expenses for the duration of your stay.
Financial Guarantees: Some visas may require a financial guarantee from a sponsor.
How do I renew my student visa?
Application: Submit a renewal application before your current visa expires.
Documentation: Provide updated financial statements and academic records.
Interview: Depending on your circumstances, you may need to attend another visa interview.
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