F-1 Visa

An F-1 visa is the type of visa that someone will need to be approved for if they wish to visit the United States in order to study at a university, college, high school, private elementary school, language training school or another approved academic institution.

Do you need an F-1 visa to take up your studies in the United States? There are many different things that you will need to work through in order to determine that this is the correct visa for your needs, or the institution that you are studying through will tell you which document you need. However, determining which type of visa that you need in order to visit the United States in the capacity that you are planning to visit is only one small part of your application process.

At the Florida Immigration Law Counsel, we are happy to work with you in order to help you complete your application and maximize your chances of being approved. Whether you simply need help making sure that you meet deadlines and include all of the necessary documentation, or you would like an attorney to help you through every step of the way, we are here to help. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with an experienced legal professional, and get started on your F-1 visa today.

Read more below about some general information regarding an F-1 Visa, and when you need one in order to visit the United States.

What Is an F-1 Visa?

An F-1 visa is the type of visa that someone will need to be approved for if they wish to visit the United States in order to study at a university, college, high school, private elementary school, language training school or another approved academic institution. You may find yourself confused about whether you require an F-1 visa or another type of educationally-related visa, you will want to either contact the institution that you have been accepted at or work directly with an attorney from the Florida Immigration Law Counsel in order to be certain that you are taking the appropriate steps.

This visa will grant the bearer the right to travel to the United States and attend an approved educational institution in order to pursue a high school diploma, college degree, or another type of certification. Keep in mind that if you are attending a vocational school, or are visiting an educational institution in a different type of capacity, then you may need to apply for a different type of visa. Make sure that you are absolutely sure of the type of visa you must receive in order to pursue your goal.

How To Apply For an F-1 Visa

Applying for your F-1 visa is not especially complicated, but requires a lot of your time and you must be very detail-oriented in order to ensure that your application is approved. There is nothing more frustrating than having your application rejected due to a simple error that you have made in filing, or because you have accidentally omitted information or documentation that is necessary for your application to be complete.

Although the F-1 filing process is much less complicated than some other types of visa applications, it is still important that you work with a legal professional to ensure that you are taking all of the steps to maximize your chances of being approved. We can help you with every step of your application process, from start to finish, if this is the type of help that you require. During your initial consultation, we will be able to discuss the work that you have already done, the work you will need to do in order to complete your application, and how we can help.

Requirements For an F-1 Visa

There are a variety of different requirements for an F-1 Visa, starting with an acceptance to an approved educational institution. If you have not yet been accepted to the institution, you will not be approved for your application, since you will need to submit proof of your acceptance along with the rest of your documentation.

In addition to your acceptance into the institution, you will need to be able to prove the following as well:

Permanent Residency in a Foreign Country

You will need to be a permanent resident in your country and have the full intention of returning to this country after your education is completed, in order to be approved for your F-1 visa. If you are not a permanent resident of another country, then you will need to address this important issue first.

Financial Means and Support

You will need to be able to prove that you have the financial support necessary to live in the United States, pay for your education, and generally support your lifestyle while you remain in the country. Your employment opportunities and privileges will be limited during your stay, so it is important that you account for this.

Clear Ties To Your Home Country

The U.S Department of State will also need to see sufficient proof that you have strong ties to your home country, such as family, bank accounts, a residence, and more. This is simply to illustrate your ties to your home country during your interview.

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Attorney Saman Movassaghi, Esq.

Caring and compassionate, Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez is a Florida immigration attorney dedicated to producing the results her clients need. She has over 17 years of experience helping both corporate and individual clients with an emphasis in employment/investment cases and family adjustment cases.

As the Managing Attorney at Florida Immigration Law Counsel, Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez and her team are capable of representing and helping individuals looking to attain a Family VisaWork Visa, and Citizenship/Naturalization. Her experience successfully representing clients in front of the Department of Justice for cases involving Deportation/Removal Proceedings will lead to success in your case.

Her experience and expertise in immigration litigation has led to multiple Avvo awards and other accolades, including the Clients’ Choice for 2017 Immigration Attorney. Her clients also consistently post positive reviews on her Facebook page. Her experience has also allowed her to teach a new generation of lawyers as an adjunct professor of law at Nova Southeastern University, and she also regularly gives speeches on immigration matters.

Counselor Gonzalez is also experienced in helping corporate clients through the process of filing for Employment Visas, Labor Certifications, and Business and Investment Visas with the Department of Labor. She takes on the entire case from start to finish, simplifying the process for her clients and allowing them to focus on their business.

Fluent in English, Spanish, and Farsi – Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez is dedicated to making her clients feel comfortable and assured in making her their go-to immigration attorney in Florida. Her goal is to ensure that those who want to live the American dream have a professional fighting for them and making the process as painless as possible.

Saman’s passion for immigration law stems from her personal life as the daughter of immigrants. Her parents were recipients of the student F1 visa in 1971. Her father came into this country with the goal to improve his life and the life of his children. He earned a PhD in Civil Engineering and Business, instilling in his daughter a strong work ethic that she carries to this day. Saman saw firsthand what it means to be an immigrant and achieve the American Dream.

Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez can personally understand the struggle of immigrants and the children of immigrants navigating through the bureaucratic process of immigration law. Because of this, she dedicates herself fully and provides her personal attention to every case. She prides herself on developing a strong relationship with each and every client, and she is not afraid of pushing the envelope and looking for answers where other attorneys have failed.

Saman Movassaghi makes it her goal to provide you with only the best representation for immigration matters because she believes it’s time for you to live the American dream!