F, M, J International Student/Scholar Visa
- F Visa – these visas are often granted to students who wish to attend school full time. While a school must be approved by USCIS, it can be any educational institution including elementary schools, language schools, high schools, or colleges.
- OPT–Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment that is directly related to an F-1 student’s major area of study.
- CPT — Curricular Practical training (CPT) is any alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education, or other type of required internship or practicum offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school. CPT must be an integral part of an established curriculum.
- M Visa – when a student wishes to study at a nonacademic or vocational school, the proper visa is the M Visa. The application process is slightly different than other applications and should be filled out with an experienced immigration attorney.
- J Visa – when a student is part of an exchange program, the US Department of State is involved in approving applications. The approvals are given only when the program is previously approved.
Because of the hurdles which must be overcome when applying for a student visa , as well as international student transition to other immigration or non-immigration categories, such as marriage, continuing work in the U.S., etc. ; we are well-versed in the requirements for these programs as well as the application process, we are glad to be a resource to help you address your challenges and concerns.