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M-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What duties must I fulfill to remain in good M-1 status?

To remain in good M-1 status, you must:

  • Pass your course work every semester
  • Pay tuition fees on time
  • Maintain an international address to which you intend to depart upon completion of studies
  • Always maintain the same educational objectives

Can I change status from M-1 following the completion of my course of study?

Yes, you may apply for change of status to most other categories of nonimmigrant visas. However, you may not change to F status or H-1B status if the job offered is based on skills gained through studies while in M status.

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Can I bring my dependents on M-1 visa?

Yes, your spouse and unmarried children under 21 years of age may come with you to the U.S. on M-2 nonimmigrant visa.


What is the procedure to bring my dependants on M-2 visa?

To bring your dependants on M-2 visa, your dependants must:

  • Visit the U.S. embassy or consulate with you when you apply for your M-1 student visa
  • Be prepared to prove their relationship with you
  • Provide the U.S. embassy staff with a copy of your Form I-20I-D issued to them and proof of their relationship with you if they plan to follow you at a later date
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