The first step for a prospective nonimmigrant student is being accepted for enrollment in an established school which is SEVP certified . In general, for academic students, including those in language training, F visas are the appropriate category, and for nonacademic vocational students an M visa is the appropriate category.
If you are going to the U.S. primarily for tourism, but want to take a short course of study which is recreational, and the course is less than 18 hours per week, you may be able to do so on a visitor visa. If your course of study is 18 hours or more a week, you will need a student visa. When traveling to the U.S. to attend seminars or conferences for credit towards a degree, then you’ll need a student visa.
If you entered on a B-2 visa (Tourist) and decide while you are here that you would like to enroll in an approved educational program, we can process your “Change of Status” application once you have the approval to attend the school.
Spouses and minor children of F-1 Visa holders are given F-2 status which allows them to stay in legal status but not to work.
Many people try to apply for Immigration benefits on their own. While certainly some succeed, it can be a complicated and risky process, requiring strategic decisions, knowledge of the latest legal and procedural requirements, local rules, correct application packaging and ability to get files on track when they are lost, rejected or denied.
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