Passport & Consular Services

What is the M1 Visa Processing Time?

The processing time for an M-1 visa can vary depending on various factors, including the volume of applications, the specific U.S. embassy or consulate where you apply, and other circumstances. It’s important to note that processing times can change, and it’s advisable to check with the embassy or consulate where you plan to apply for the most up-to-date information.

In general, the processing time for an M-1 visa can range from a few weeks to a few months. Here’s a general breakdown of the steps involved in the M-1 visa application process and their typical timeframes:

School Acceptance and Form I-20 Issuance: The time it takes to receive an acceptance letter from a SEVP-certified school and the issuance of the Form I-20 can vary depending on the school’s processing times. This step can take several weeks to a few months.

DS-160 Form and SEVIS Fee Payment: The completion of the online DS-160 form and payment of the SEVIS fee can usually be done within a few hours or days, depending on your preparedness and the availability of appointment slots.

Visa Interview Appointment: The wait time for visa interview appointments at U.S. embassies or consulates can also vary. It is recommended to schedule the appointment well in advance, as the wait times can be several weeks or longer.

Visa Processing and Administrative Review: After the visa interview, the processing time for the visa application itself can vary. In some cases, the visa may be approved on the spot, while in other cases, additional administrative processing may be required, which can extend the processing time.

To get the most accurate and up-to-date information on processing times, it’s advisable to visit the official website of the U.S. embassy or consulate where you plan to apply for the M-1 visa. They may provide estimated processing times or specific guidance regarding the timeline for visa applications.

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