M1 Visa

Learn About M1 Visa Requirements And Eligibility


The M1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa for international students who wish to pursue a course of study that is not principally academic in nature at an established vocational or other recognized nonacademic institution such as a post secondary vocational or business school.

VisaPro’s experienced immigration attorneys will prepare and file all the required documents for vocational or non-academic students with an approved I-20 applying for the student M1 visa.

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M1 Visa Eligibility – It Is Suitable For:

  • Foreign nationals to attend a full course of non-academic study at colleges, universities, or conservatories in the U.S.
  • Foreign nationals coming to the U.S. to attend a full vocational course

Working on The M1 Visa

You may be allowed to accept employment only if it is a required part of your practical training and the employment is approved in advance by the office of the USCIS.

M1 Visa Benefits

  1. You can enter the U.S. as a fulltime vocational student
  2. You can legally work part-time on campus. You may also work off campus if necessary (with prior approval from the USCIS)
  3. You can freely travel in and out of the U.S. while on a valid visa
  4. Your dependents can live with you as long as you maintain your M1 status
  5. M1 visas are issued quickly

M1 Visa Requirements

To qualify for a student visa, you must prove that:

  1. You have successfully completed a course of study normally required for enrollment
  2. You have been accepted for a full course of study by a vocational institution approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The institution must send you a Form I-20M-N, certificate of eligibility for nonimmigrant (M1) student status for vocational students
  3. You are sufficiently proficient in English to pursue the intended course of study, or the school you intend to attend has made special arrangements to teach you the English language
  4. You have sufficient funds to cover the first year of study, and access to sufficient funds to cover subsequent years
  5. You have a permanent residence in your home country, which you do not intend to abandon
  6. You intend to depart the U.S. upon completion of the course of study. You may establish this by presenting evidence of economic, social and/or family ties in your homeland sufficient to induce you to leave the U.S. upon completion of studies
  7. Your proposed education in the U.S. would be useful in your homeland, and therefore induce you to leave the U.S. upon completion of studies

M1 Visa Notes

  • Students on M1 visa may accept employment in the U.S. as a part of their practical training by obtaining an Employment Authorization Document.
  • To change the purpose of your visit while you are in the U.S. on an M1 student visa, you must change your visa status.

M1 Visa Fees

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