answer their questions along the way.
What is a Student Visa to Come to the U.S.?
There are two types of student visas you can use to come to the U.S.: an F-1 Visa for academic students and an M-1 Visa for vocational students.
F-1 Student Visas
You may be allowed to enter the United States as a full-time student at an accredited:
- Language training program
- Other academic institution
With an F-1 Visa, you must be enrolled in a course of study or program that ends in your receipt of a degree, diploma, or certificate. The school you attend must be authorized by the U.S. government to accept international students, as well.
M-1 Student Visas
M-1 Visas allow vocational students to come to the U.S. for vocational or other nonacademic programs (not counting language training, which is covered under the F-1 Visa program).
Working on a Student Visa
If you receive a student visa, either F-1 or M-1, you may be able to work while you’re here in the U.S.
If you have an F-1 visa, you cannot work off-campus during your first academic year, but you can work for your academic institution as long as you meet certain conditions. After your first year, you can take a job doing curricular practical training, optional practical training, or STEM practical training.
If you’re an M-1 student, you can only engage in practical training after you’ve completed your studies.
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