F-1 Student Visa Attorney in Ohio
Non-Immigrant Visas for Foreign Students
The United States has some of the finest schools in the world, and students from around the globe aspire to travel to this country for the purpose of pursing an education. If you or your child is preparing to attend a university, college, seminary, conservatory, high school, or even an elementary school in the U.S., then you will need to apply for an F-1 non-immigrant visa. This type of visa is intended for students who will be pursuing education on a full-time basis and makes it possible for the student to attend an educational institution that takes part in the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, a Department of Homeland Security program which serves to regulate the entry of students to this country.
Am I eligible for an F-1 visa?
The criteria for obtaining an F-1 student visa are strict but relatively simple. You must be enrolled as a student in an academic course of study, a language training program, or a vocational program, and you must be planning to attend a school that has been approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This visa is only for full-time students, and you must be able to demonstrate a level of proficiency in English or be enrolled in an English language course to achieve proficiency. It will be necessary for you to affirm that you have sufficient funds to pay for your personal expenses throughout your course of study, and you must have a permanent residence in your home country that will compel you to return upon the completion of your studies.
Can international students work in the U.S.?
The F-1 visa will permit you to enter and remain in the United States for the purposes of pursuing your education, but it does not allow you to work except under certain circumstances. During the first year of your studies, you may take on some types of on-campus employment; after the first year, you can accept limited types of employment off campus. An Ohio immigration lawyer from Robert Brown LLC will take the time to help you understand what you can and cannot do with an F-1 visa and will work diligently to help you obtain your visa with a minimum of delay.