Foreigners visiting the United States for tourist
purposes may take a short study course if it is less than 18 hours a
week. For foreigners coming to the United States to study over a more
extended time period, the two most common student visas are F-1 and M
Academic institutions and language training
programs such as high school foreign exchange programs or undergraduate
and graduate studies at universities require F-1 visas for study. F-1
visas are not allowed for elementary school educational programs.
During study, students do not have employment authorization beyond
on-campus work for more than 20 hours a week.
F-1 visa students are usually admitted for the
duration of their student status. They are able to remain in the United
States as long as they are full-time students, even if their F-1 visa
passport expires while here.
As families can accompany a student, F-2 visas may
be issued to the student's spouse and children. Under an F-2 visa, the
spouse may not work or study. However, the children may attend school
up through the 12th grade.
M-1 visas are provided to foreign students for
vocational, technical, and non-academic programs. M-1 visa students are
able to remain in the United States for either one year or for the
duration of their full-time enrollment in a vocational program plus 30
days to prepare to leave the country, whichever is shorter.
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