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STEPS TO Apply for the M1 Visa
The M-1 Visa is provided for students studying at vocational schools in the United States
An international student applying for an M-1 student visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad will need to present the following:
- I-20 Certificate of Eligibility Form provided by the Michelle Danner Los Angeles Acting School
- Letter of admission provided by the Michelle Danner Los Angeles Acting School
- Financial support documents (Current proof of support that would meet expenses for program duration as indicated on Form I-20 (i.e. bank statements, award letters or loan approval letters)
- Passport valid for a minimum of six months into the future at the time of entry
- Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 – Learn more about completing the DS-160. You must: 1) complete the online visa application and 2) print the application form confirmation page to bring to your interview.
- Photo –You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160. Your photo must be in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements.
- Receipt for payment of $200 SEVIS Fee
- Visa reciprocity fee may be required by home country. For more information, please visit https://travel.state.gov
Fill out the following visa forms. Many embassies have these posted on-line or you can go to https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/study-exchange/student.html
Schedule an appointment with your local embassy. Many embassies will allow you to schedule and interview time on-line so be sure to check for that option.
Pay fees associated with your M-1 visa
How do you get an I-20?
Preparation for your visa interview with the US consulate
• An Interview required: BE ready to answer questions such as; How long do you plan to stay? Why do you want to study in the U.S. instead of your own country?
• Be ready to explain ties to home country and your plans to use your U.S. education in home country.
• Visa applications must be filled out completely and correctly. If a question does not apply to your situation, write in N/A (not applicable). This tells the officer that you have read the question, but that it does not apply your situation.
• Translations are needed with any documents not in English.
I: Bring to your Visa Interview:
• SEVIS I-20 Signed by the school & the student
• SEVIS Fee Receipt
• Passport valid for at least 6 months
• One 2×2 photo per person applying
If dependents will accompany you bring:
• Birth & marriage certificates
• Application materials & fees for dependents
• Financial documents as proof of family/student funds
– Affidavits of Support
– U.S. Sources – Form I-134
– Foreign Sources – Notarized Affidavits of Support II: Evidence of ties to home country
• Financial ties
– Current bank account statement (showing the balance & when established)
– Other Investments
– Family owned business
– Proof of University study
– Proof of University study
– Ownership of a residence in home country (a deed or lease)
• Employment or employment opportunities
– Employment confirmation letter
– Offers of employment upon return letter
– Statistics on projected position availability in field of study
• Family ties
– Immediate family in home country
– Leaving spouse and/or children
– Fiancé in home country