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M-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


How do I apply for M-1 visa?

While applying, the M-1 visa documents required are:

  • A valid passport and any previous passports you have held which are still in your possession
  • Fully completed and signed application Form DS-160
  • Recent passport-size photographs of you taken on a plain white background. Face must be thumb size, full face, without glasses or head covering
  • A police certificate issued within the last year if you are 14 years or older
  • Original Form I-20M-N issued by the school you will attend
  • Electronic verification received at the Embassy from your school that you have been accepted for enrollment
  • Evidence of sufficient funds

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How can I change my nonimmigrant status to become a student if I am already in the U.S.?

To change status to an M-1 student visa, you must:

  • Apply to study at a USCIS-approved school in the U.S. that accepts foreign students
  • Receive Form I-20M-N, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant M-1 Student Status, from the school
  • Submit Form I-20M-N, your I-94, Arrival-Departure document, and a completed Form I-539, Application to Extend or Change Nonimmigrant Status, to the USCIS
  • Prove that you have the financial resources required for your education and stay in the U.S.
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