Interested in developing your technical- non-academic skills? The M-1 visa could be the right visa for you. The M-1 is for students who wish to study full-time at a vocational or non-academic school here in the U.S. What type of school accept M-1 students? In the United States these schools are called community or junior colleges. These schools usually offer vocational and technical training. Many are also USCIS certified which is an important requirement. The schools must prove their international students program will reach certain educational objectives and will not be used to make students work.
Can I bring my family to the United States legally?
Yes. Your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 are allowed to join you in the U.S. under an M-2 status. Form I-20M-N may be used to request an M-2 visa. If family will be joining you later, they will need to file Form I-20M-N, endorsed from the school you are attending. Can family members work or go to school while in the U.S.? No. However, young children can go to school up to 12 grade (high school).
How do I apply for an M-1 Visa?
First, you must be enrolled as a full time student in a vocational program. Make sure the school is USCIS approved (you can ask them). USCIS stands for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service. You should have the USCIS form I-20 M-N/ID (Certificate of eligibility) signed by the school.
You must file your visa application form, Form I-20M-N and other required documents with the U.S. Consulate, Consular Office or U.S. Embassy with jurisdiction over your permanent residence.
What documents do I need to file?