Student Visas

J-1 Visa FAQs

J-1 Visa FAQs

Here are some of the most common questions that we receive about J-1 visas. For more in-depth and specific information about J-1 visas, please contact us to schedule a consultation or an assessment.  Who sponsors a J-1 Visa?  The Department of State (DOS) administers work- and study-based exchange visitor programs and designates the sponsors. On the official J-1 visa website,…

How to Choose a Good Immigration Attorney

How to Choose a Good Immigration Attorney

Are you interested in immigrating to the United States and want to maximize your chances of getting your visa approved? One of the most important steps to successfully obtain a visa is to hire a licensed immigration attorney to represent you and help you with your case. Read on to learn more about some of the key considerations you should…

Changing From B-1/B-2 Visitor Visa Status to F1 and M1 Student Visa Status

Changing From B-1/B-2 Visitor Visa Status to F1 and M1 Student Visa Status

Did you know that if you enter the U.S. on a B-1 or B-2 visitor visa, you can have your status changed to an F-1 or M-1 student visa to pursue educational opportunities in the United States? If you wish to become a student in the U.S. after entering as a visitor, you can obtain student status by meeting certain…

The 5 Month Rule for an F-1 Student Visa

The 5 Month Rule for an F-1 Student Visa

When you study in the United States on an F-1 Student Visa, there might be an instance where you take a leave of absence from your studies for reasons including personal finances, medical issues, internships in your country of origin, the COVID-19 pandemic, or other personal circumstances. If you are considering taking a leave, it is important to understand the…

Five Ways to Get Work Authorization While on a F-1 Visa

Five Ways to Get Work Authorization While on a F-1 Visa

When in the United States on a student visa such as the F-1 visa, you may be wondering if you can work while you are studying. Indeed, you can! There are various options available to students to get work authorization depending on their studies and the type of work experience they are looking for. Read on to learn more about…

J-1 Foreign Medical Students: Change of Status v. Consular Processing

J-1 Foreign Medical Students: Change of Status v. Consular Processing

What is a Foreign Medical Graduate (FMG)? The ECFMG defines an FMG as a physician who received his/her basic medical degree from a medical school located outside the United States and Canada. The location of the medical school, not the citizenship of the physician, determines whether the graduate is an FMG. This means that U.S. citizens who graduated from medical…

Working on an F-1 Visa

Working on an F-1 Visa

International students can face many unexpected financial challenges while studying in the United States. The costs of tuition and fees, travel, and living expenses can quickly add up and exceed prior expectations. While working as an international student on an F-1 visa has its challenges, it can be done. Here is a guide to help you through the process! Working…

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