Being granted the opportunity to attend an academic institution or vocational training program in the United States is an achievement for any foreign student to accomplish. Upon being authorized to study at the preferred institution, incoming visitors must also be granted a student visa to support their time in the United States. A student visa is a form of documentation that allows a citizen of a foreign country to enter the United States for educational purposes.
Student Visa Categories
Upon being accepted to his or her desired school of choice, the incoming student must register with the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Once certified, the pupil will receive a “Form I-20,” a required document for any international student. The remaining action would be to apply for the correct student visa category, which is distinguished into two classifications:
- Category F-1 would be for people looking to attend a private elementary school, high school, university/college, seminary, conservatory, or any different educational institution, such as a language training program.
- Category M-1 applies to anyone who is seeking vocational training or is enrolled in another non-academic institution.
Within each category, there is a visa available for the student’s spouse or minor child so that they would be able to accompany the student....