The F1 Visa, M1 Visa and J1 Visa
The F1, M1 and J1 visas are offered to students wishing to continue their studies in the United States. The specific visas and their intended recipients are:
- F-1: Academic students
- F-2: Spouses and children of F-1 recipients
- F-3: Canadian or Mexican national academic commuter students
- M-1: Vocational students
- M-2: Spouses and children of M-1 recipients
- M-3: Canadian or Mexican national vocational commuter students
- J-1: Exchange visitors
- J-2: Spouses and children of J-1 recipients
- How to Apply for an F1, M1 or J1 Visa
If you meet the requirements for one of these visas, here are the steps you need to complete for approval:
- Fill out a Form G-28. This form entitles your attorney or accredited representative to act on your behalf,
- Fill out a I-901 form.
- Apply for a SEVP-certified school.
These visas comes with certain benefits, including:
- You can freely travel in the United States,
- Your immediate family (spouse and/or unmarried children under 21 years of age) can also qualify for an for visas. While in the United States, your children can go to school and your spouse can apply for an EAD, employment authorization document, giving them permission to work legally in the United States.