Passport & Consular Services

What are the M1 Visa Requirements?

To apply for an M-1 visa, there are several requirements that must be met. Here are the general requirements for the M-1 visa:

Admission to SEVP-Certified School: You must have been accepted for enrollment in a vocational or non-academic program offered by a school certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). The school should provide you with a Form I-20, which is a Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.

Proof of Financial Resources: You must demonstrate that you have sufficient financial resources to cover your tuition fees, living expenses, and any other associated costs during your stay in the United States. This may include bank statements, scholarship letters, or other documentation that verifies your ability to financially support yourself.

Intent to Return to Home Country: You must demonstrate that you have strong ties to your home country and have a genuine intention to return after completing your studies in the United States. This can be shown through family, employment, or property ties in your home country.

English Proficiency: While there is no specific English proficiency test requirement for the M-1 visa, you should possess sufficient English language skills to successfully participate in the vocational program.

Nonimmigrant Intent: You must demonstrate that you have a nonimmigrant intent, meaning that you plan to enter the United States temporarily for the purpose of studying and will return to your home country upon completion of the program.

Consular Interview: As part of the visa application process, you will be required to schedule and attend a visa interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country. During the interview, you will need to provide the necessary documentation and answer questions about your intended studies and your background.

It’s important to note that these requirements may vary depending on your specific circumstances and the U.S. embassy or consulate where you apply. It’s advisable to consult the official website of the U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country for detailed instructions and specific requirements for the M-1 visa application process.

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