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More Than 25 Years Of Combined Experience
In Employment Law And Immigration

Students and Visitors

Immigration Attorney Serving Birmingham & Atlanta

Foreign nationals must have a student visa (“F-1” or “M-1”) to study in the United States. Both the course of study and type of school dictate what type of student visa is required.

Although F-1 and M-1 eligibility requirements are largely the same, these statuses differ in several important respects. Unlike M-1 students, F-1 students are afforded more time for academic study, have a greater opportunity for extensions, have a longer maximum period  allowed in the United States notwithstanding extensions, and are generally allowed to switch courses of study.

Short-term visitors to the United States, for both business and pleasure purposes, must obtain a B-visa. There are two types of B visas, including:

  • B-1 Visa: Temporary visitor for business purposes such as attending meetings, giving lectures, settling an estate and performing certain professional services.
  • B-2 Visa: Temporary visitor for pleasure such as visiting family, tourism, and participation in an event or contest.

In contrast to F-1 and M-1 visas, B-visa holders are not allowed to enroll in formal studies while in the United States.

To remain in legal status, such individuals are supposed to avoid certain actions or inactions that are legal to US citizens.  Joey has consulted with countless individuals following their arrival to the United States and helped ensure that ignore myths their heard prior to their arrival to the United States.

Alabama Attorney Serving Nonimmigrant Students And Visitors

Visa categories, requirements and application procedures can be confusing and lead to lost time and money.  Having an experienced immigration attorney assist student and visitor visas eliminates the hassle and provides a much greater likelihood of success. Capstone Law, LLC, can help. Attorney Joey A. Chbeir is an experienced immigration attorney who can answer your questions and help you through the process. Contact us to request a free consultation.