M-1 Visa

An M-1 visa is designed for people taking vocational studies in the US at an accredited educational institution. An M-1 visa is usually granted for the duration of the course to a maximum of one year and extensions may be granted. The visa holder is entitled to the participate in practical training or temporary employment upon completion of their course.


  • Ability to demonstrate student status with non immigrant intent
  • Acceptance for study at an established vocational or other recognized, nonacademic institution
  • Proficiency in the English language
  • Evidence of sufficient funding to attend the educational institution in the U.S.

How to Apply

Complete the Online Visa Application

  • Online Non immigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160
  • Photo –You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160.

Schedule an Interview

You may schedule your interview at any U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country

Important documents:

  • Passport (including visa, if applicable)
  • Form I-20
  • Financial records
  • Form I-766, (Employment Authorization Document,” (EAD), if applicable)
  • Proof of admission to or enrollment in U.S. school

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