Waterbury Student Visa Lawyer

Criteria for Coming to the United States for Schooling

In order to enter the United States on a student visa, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be enrolled in an academic, vocational, or language program.
  • You must be enrolled as a full-time student.
  • You must be enrolled in a school that has been approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
  • You must have the finances to support yourself during your studies.
  • You must be proficient in the English language or you must be in the U.S. to study English.
  • You must have residence abroad and you must not intend to lose it.

Before applying for a student visa to the U.S., all interested parties must first become certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program. If you have additional questions about the requirements listed above, we urge you to speak with a Waterbury immigration lawyer at the Law Offices of James A. Welcome. We can answer your questions and help guide you through the application process.

Types of Student Visas

There are two main types of visas available to students looking to enter the U.S.

  • F-1 Academic Student Visa: The F-1 visa can be used by anyone who wants to become a full-time student. It can be utilized by students at almost every grade level, from elementary school students all the way to university students. F-1 student visas are only given to students who are enrolled in a program that will ultimately yield a degree or diploma, or in some cases, a certificate.
  • M-1 Vocational Student Visa: The M-1 visa can be used by students who wish to attend a vocational school or another type of non-academic program. Students who utilize this visa must be enrolled as full-time students of their programs.

Legal Help with Your Student Visa in Connecticut

Applying for a student visa should be handled sensitively. You wouldn't want one mistake to cost you the ability to enter the U.S. as a student. If you are interested in applying for an F-1 or M-1 student visa, you can learn more about the process by speaking with a Waterbury immigration attorney at the Law Offices of James A. Welcome. Contact our Waterbury immigration lawyer today for more information.

We proudly assist immigrant students in all of New Haven County, including Danbury, Norwalk & Waterbury.