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What should I know about a student visa?

On Behalf of | Aug 21, 2023 | Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship Law

As another school year is set to get underway in Hawaii and across the United States, many students from all over the globe will want to come to the United States. A student visa is a key part of studying in the U.S. and making a mistake when applying for one or while in the U.S. can cause a litany of problems. It is imperative that citizens of foreign countries are aware of the various laws they must follow when entering the U.S. under a student visa.

Know the facts about a student visa

People from foreign countries who wish to come to the U.S. to study generally need to get a student visa to do so. There are two categories of student visa: F or M. An F visa is for people studying in a college or university; high school; a private elementary school; a seminary; a conservatory; or who are taking part in a language training program. An M visa is for vocational study or to attend a non-academic institution.

To study, it is necessary to get one of these types of visas. People cannot simply come to the U.S. with a visa waiver or visitor visa and go to school. They can take part in recreational studies for which they will not receive credit. If the person is taking part in a short program of recreational study, they could use a visitor visa – also referred to as a B visa.

In general, people who are moving forward with a student visa will need to have an interview. This is common for those ages 14 to 79. They will need to provide various forms of information and documentation such as a passport, their application for a non-immigrant visa, a photo and their application fee receipt.

When seeking a student visa, they might also need to provide test scores, transcripts and information from past schools attended. Those with an F visa are limited to 60 days after the program has ended. However, they can request an extension.

Comprehensive and experienced help can be crucial with student visas

The U.S. is renowned for its educational opportunities and it is no surprise that people from other countries are interested in taking advantage of that. Still, the immigration laws can be complex and people might make mistakes when they are simply entering the U.S. as students.

When obstacles arise or people just want answers to their questions about student visas and everything it entails, it is useful to have help from people who are sympathetic to their plight while also being flexible, multilingual and knowledgeable about these issues.

Professional guidance and communication can go a long way to assuaging fears and helping to clear up challenges. This is key with immigration law and anyone who is trying to come to the U.S. – especially students – should be aware of the value of having comprehensive and caring advice.