M-1 Visa

If you are planning to attend a vocational school in the United States as a foreigner, then you will need to apply for an M-1 Visa. This type of visa is very specific, and it is important that you understand when and why you are submitting your application for this specific type of visa and not an F-1 visa.

When you are working with the Florida Immigration Law Counsel, you can be confident that you have a professional working with you every step of the way to make sure that your visa application is complete, that you are including all of the required details, and that you have a clear understanding of the type of visa you are applying for.

Contact us now to request a consultation with an experienced immigration attorney. During this consultation, you will be able to discuss your situation, the type of education you are planning to pursue in the United States, and get a better idea of the application process. In addition, you will have an opportunity to learn about how this entire process can be expedited with the help of an attorney, as opposed to dealing with a significant amount of complex paperwork on your own.

Read more below about an M-1 Visa, how to apply for one, and how the Florida Immigration Law Counsel can help you today.

What Is an M-1 Visa?

An M-1 Visa is a specific type of educational visa that is issued for people who are attending vocational schools in the United States. Vocational schools include programs such as culinary schools, mechanical courses, trade schools, technical courses, and things like cosmetology and beauty schools. If you are unsure of whether or not the school you are applying for is considered a vocational school, you will want to be certain of this before you begin the application process for a visa. The school will be able to give you better guidelines, or your immigration attorney will be certain that you are taking the appropriate steps to get the outcome that you need.

The M-1 Visa itself grants the bearer a variety of rights while they are in the country. When you are granted your visa, you will be able (and required) to attend your vocational school full-time, as well as open a bank account, apply for a driver’s license, access American healthcare, and will be allowed to work in very specific circumstances.

While you do have a visa, and certain rights that come with the visa, there are many restrictions on what you are allowed to do, as well. For instance, you will not be able to work full-time, and in some cases may not even be allowed to work part-time depending on the job that you are trying to do. In addition, you may not move to part-time enrollment in your schooling. If your credit hours drop to part-time, then you will be violating the terms of your M-1 Visa and will need to apply for an F-1 Visa instead.

In the first 6 months of your program, you may be able to transfer to another program. Once 6 months have passed, you will be unable to transfer from your program and must either complete the vocational school, apply for a different visa, or return to your country of origin. You will be able to complete an Associate’s degree, but if you wish to continue on for a Bachelor’s degree or an advanced degree, you will also need to apply for a different visa.

How To Qualify For an M-1 Visa

Simply wanting to attend a vocational program in the United States is not enough to qualify for the visa. There are a number of other criteria that must also be met in order to allow you to apply for this visa, and it is important that you are certain of all of these details before you begin this time-consuming process.

Your School Must Be Approved

Not all vocational programs qualify for an M-1 Visa, meaning that you must already be accepted into an approved program before you are able to begin the M-1 application.

You Must Pass an English Proficiency Exam

You must be able to prove that you are proficient in the English language by passing a test such as the TOEFL or the IELTS.

You Must Be Able To Pay For Your Education and Your Stay

If you are unable to financially support yourself during your stay, then you will not be approved for your visa. You will need to prove that you have the financial means to complete your education before your application is approved.

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If you are ready to begin applying for your M-1 Visa, contact the team at the Florida Immigration Law Counsel today and get started as soon as possible. This process is time-sensitive, and with the help of an experienced attorney, you will be able to maximize your chances of a successful application.


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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!