The idea of coming to the United States for higher education is an exciting one for many international students. With the proper preparation and legal counsel from a qualified Miami visa lawyer, you can secure a student visa and begin your studies in the U.S. It is important to begin the student visa process as soon as possible to allow that you do not encounter unforeseen delays that adversely affect your school plans. Contact Pozo Goldstein, LLP at (305) 547-8831 to learn more about the application process.
How the Process Works
The first step to obtaining a student visa is to be accepted for enrollment to a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified school. Student visas are necessary if you are taking 18 or more course hours per week. If you are taking fewer than 18 course hours a week and your course of study is recreational, you may qualify for a visitor or non-immigrant visa. You will need a student visa to attend a conference, seminar, or other program of study in the U.S. for academic credit.
Student visas can be issued 120 days or less in advance of the school start or registration date. If you apply for your student visa further in advance, your application will be held until your visa is able to be issued at the 120-day mark. This extra time is beneficial to assist with processing, so it is to your advantage to begin the process as early as possible. Once you have your student visa, you will be able to enter the U.S within 30 days or less of the beginning of your course study start date. If you would like to come to the U.S. sooner than this 30-day time frame, you will need to apply for a separate visitor visa.
Professional Help with Your Application in Miami, Florida
If you are considering coming to the U.S. on a student visa or if you have already begun the process, it is important to involve a knowledgeable Miami immigration lawyer. Our experienced immigration attorneys can assist with any issues that may arise during or immediately following completion of the application process. We can also help you secure an additional visitor visa if necessary.