M 1Visas are for vocational education and the approval for the attendance of non-academic students and may be solicited by a community college or junior college that provides vocational or technical training and awards associated degrees; a vocational high school; a trade school or a school of non academic training other than language training.
The American aviation schools providing training must be authorized by USCIS-DHS and will issue a form I-20M-N, which will certify an applicant’s eligibility, only after foreign student application for admission and TSA (Transport Security Administration) preliminary approvals have been received and the required documentation is on file.
The M1-Visa allows the holders to train for individual or multiple courses.The M1 visa will be issued to cover the time expected for the student to complete the course and can be re-issued for any additional training that may be required to complete the course. The M-1 student visa will also allow students seeking practical training a period of one year to work after completing studies.
HOW TO APPLY :
1.- Applications for Admissions for the school is filled out and received by the American flight school.
2.-The applicant registers on TSA’s (Transport Security Administration), at www.flightschoolcandidates.gov for preliminary approval.
3.-Once the TSA notifies school that the foreign applicant has received preliminary approval for flight training and the official responsible for admissions to the school has accepted the prospective foreign student for enrollment in a full course of study, an acceptance letter and enrollment agreement will be mailed to the prospective foreign student with : a.-Official record of schooling or other educational achievement, b.-Proof of financial ability to apply all educational expenses and support.
Upon completion of all above steps, the school will courier the completed I-20M-N form and the SEVIS fee payment receipt, which has to be approved and stamped by the American Consulate posted in student’s country, with the respective DS 156 form for the consular interview.
Foreign applicants from non-English speaking countries must complete the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) examination as a demonstration of English proficiency with a score of at least 550.
TIPS ABOUT THE CONSULAR INTERVIEW :
In most countries, first time Visa M1 applicants are required to appear for an in-person consular interview. However, each American Consulate abroad sets its own interview policies and procedures regarding F1 Visas applications. Foreign students should consult American Embassies web sites or call for more details and information. The Consular Officer during the consular interview may need to get special clearances depending on the course of study and nationality of the student. As part of the visa application process, an consular interview at the American Consulate abroad is required for Visa F1 applicants from age 14 through 79. Persons age 13 and younger, and age 80 and older, generally do not require an interview, unless requested by the American Consulate abroad.
The Security Clearance screening used by some schools is triggered by nationality, country of citizenship, countries visited in the past and the field of study or expertise.Visa Application Supplemental Form (DS-157) has been created to accompany the Non-Immigrant Visa Application. This form must be completed by all foreign male, non immigrant applicants, between the ages of 16 and 45 regardless of nationality and regardless of the country where the application is submitted. Students who are required to go through a State Department security clearance will need to remain in Canada or Mexico until they receive a decision on their Visa F1 application. Students who are required to go through a State Department security clearance will need to remain in Canada or Mexico until they receive a decision on their Visa F1 application. Students from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, North Korea and Cuba are not eligible to use Automatic Revalidation. Students with a “Cancelled” Visa F1 are not eligible to use Automatic Revalidation.
SEVIS – SEVEP INFO TIPS :
All foreign students applicants must have a SEVIS generated I-20 form issued by an American flight school approved by Department of Homeland Security, which they submit when they are applying for their student Visa F1. The Consular Officer during the consular interview will verify the student Form I-20 in order to process the Visa F1 application. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) helps the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State likes monitor school and exchange programs. Exchange visitor and student information is maintained in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
SEVIS is an system that maintains accurate and current information on non-immigrant foreign students (F and M visa), exchange visitors (J visa), and their dependents (F-2, M-2, and J-2). SEVIS enables schools and program sponsors to transmit mandatory information and event notifications to the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State throughout a foreign students or exchange visitor’s stay in the United States.
SEVP collects , maintains and provides the information so that only legitimate foreign students or exchange foreign visitors gain entry to the United States of America territory. The result is an efficient accessible information system that provides fast and safe information to the Department of State, U.S. Customs and Border Protection in airports, sea ports and land borders , U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) acts as the eyes for the US federal government organizations that have an interest in information on foreign students. SEVP is high technology and the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), tracks and monitor schools and programs, foreign students, exchange foreign visitors and their dependents throughout the duration of approved participation within the american education system.