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The Ultimate Student Visa Guide: Which Nonimmigrant Visa is Right for You?

Are you interested in pursuing academic or vocational studies in the United States?

There are two nonimmigrant student categories that you can consider: the “F” category for academic students and the “M” category for vocational students.

The F-1 visa is for academic students enrolled in a full-time course of study at an accredited college, university, seminary, conservatory, academic high school, elementary school, or other academic institution. The F-2 visa is for spouses and children of F-1 visa holders who want to accompany them to the United States.

The F-3 visa is for Canadian or Mexican national academic commuter students enrolled in an accredited institution within 75 miles of the U.S. border.

The M-1 visa is for vocational students enrolled in a full-time course of study at a non-academic institution, such as a trade or vocational school. The M-2 visa is for spouses and children of M-1 visa holders who want to accompany them to the United States.

The M-3 visa is for Canadian or Mexican national vocational commuter students enrolled in an accredited institution within 75 miles of the U.S. border.

EXCHANGE VISITORS: J VISA PROGRAM

If you’re interested in participating in an exchange program in the United States, the J visa program might be the perfect fit, since it is designed for educational and cultural exchange programs.

The J-1 visa is for exchange visitors participating in programs promoting cultural exchange, such as au pair, camp counselor, intern, student, teacher, and researcher programs. The J-2 visa is for spouses and children of J-1 visa holders who want to accompany them to the United States.

Whether you’re a student looking to pursue your academic or vocational studies or an exchange visitor looking to participate in a cultural exchange program, visa options are available to help make your dreams a reality.

For personalized guidance, schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.

Contact us to learn more about how we can help you achieve your immigration goals.

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Lorraine D'Alessio
Lorraine D'Alessio

CEO and Founder of D’Alessio Law Group, Lorraine D’Alessio was named the 2017 Leader in Law by the Los Angeles Business Journal and is the recipient of the 2018 Enterprising Woman Award.

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