Atlanta Student Visa Lawyers
The United States offers many educational opportunities to international
students. Foreign nationals may attend a school approved by the United
States Citizenship and Immigration Services if they obtain student or
exchange visitor visas. The Atlanta immigration attorneys at Pozo Goldstein,
LLP have fifty years of combined experience, including experience as immigration
prosecutors and behind the bench. We can help you obtain the right kind
of visa to ensure that your study abroad goes as smoothly as possible,
and can also help you should any problems arise during your stay.
What Kind of Student Visa is Necessary?
Different educational programs require different visas, and certain types
do not allow you to switch to another program once you commence your studies.
Therefore, it is critical to make sure you make a careful decision about
the program you choose to attend, and seek the right kind of visa for
that program. For universities, high schools, seminaries, conservatories,
or other academic institutions, an F visa is appropriate. There are three
kinds of F visas. Most common is the F-1 for international students who
come to Georgia or another state to study at a university, but there are
also F-2 visas for spouses or minor children of international students,
and F-3 visas for border commuters.
The F-1 visa requires that you have a foreign residence, financial support,
and strong home ties as evidenced by family, a job offer, or bank accounts.
Immigration authorities want to make sure that you do not overstay your
visa or use entry to immigrate. An F-1 visa cannot be used to study at
any university besides the college or university for which it was issued.
Other rules apply to F-1 visa-holders. They must maintain full-time student
status, complete their studies by a deadline, and may not work for less
than 20 hours per week on campus. Moreover, they can only stay in the
United States for 60 days after meeting the deadline to complete the program.
An Optional Practical Training program is available, which permits visa
holders to stay 12 months after getting their degree. Your spouse or children
can accompany you with an F-2 visa, but they are not allowed to work.
If you are coming to the United States to participate in an educational
program that is not a university program, there are other options. A J-1
Visa is appropriate for an exchange program. A B visa is appropriate for
a recreational course not related to a degree program.
An M visa is appropriate for foreign nationals who are accepted into a
1-year vocational or technical school, as opposed to an academic program.
Like F-1 visa-holders, an M-1 visa holder must maintain a full-time status.
Under this kind of visa, there is a 30-day grace period after completion
of your program before you must return to your country.
Atlanta Student Immigration Attorneys You Can Trust
It can be tricky to navigate the complex immigration laws of the United
States as a foreign student. Our Atlanta immigration lawyers are dedicated
advocates for students who hope to study in the United States, or who
encounter legal difficulties while studying here. We offer free, in-office
consultations to prospective new clients. Contact us at (888) 472-5291
or submit your inquiry via our
online contact form