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IL immigration lawyerBeing 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.

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IL immigration lawyerDo you have family members in another country who would like to immigrate to the US? If you are a US citizen and own a business, you should consider the possibility of sponsoring your relatives for an employment-based immigration visa. The wait times can be much shorter for employment-based (EB) visas than for family preference (F) visas, and you can sponsor more distant relatives for an EB visa than you can for an F visa.

Limitations on Family-Based Immigration Visas

There are no annual quotas for immediate relative (IR) visas, but these are only available to a U.S. citizen’s spouse, parent, or unmarried child under age 21. There are quotas, and often substantial waiting lines, for family preference (F) visas, which are available for adult children and siblings. The wait times for family preference visas can be five, 10, or even 15 years, no matter what country your relatives are coming from. And you cannot sponsor a cousin, nephew, or aunt for a family-based immigration visa at all.

Younger Relatives Can Most Easily Get Student Visas

If your relative is of college age, consider having them first come to the U.S. on an F-1 visa, which will enable them to stay in the U.S. until they finish their degree. Students in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and math can then stay in the US and work for an additional year under the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program and extend for an additional two years under the STEM OPT program.

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Il immigration lawyerMedia coverage sometimes denigrates the enforcement actions taken by U.S. immigration authorities, calling them overly aggressive or harmful to families. Yet if agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) did not actively seek to capture and punish those who violate U.S. criminal laws and immigration laws, the U.S. could not maintain the public safety and homeland security that the citizens and lawful residents of the nation expect and deserve. Deportation and removal actions are an unpleasant but necessary reality.

That said, U.S. immigration law is complex and often intimidating. There are many unexpected ways that foreign citizens wishing to live in the U.S. can run afoul of the law.

Young people hoping to advance in life are particularly at risk of being taken lured into fraudulent immigration schemes. The skill of an experienced immigration attorney is often necessary to help holders of student visas to stay out of trouble with U.S. immigration officials.

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