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Helping Students Gain Educational Access to the United States

Do you want to pursue your education in the United States? Every year, countless students arrive from around the world to study in Texas and other parts of the United States. We can help you learn what you need to know about student visas so you can achieve your goals.

Baker Donelson is dedicated to providing top-notch services to our clients by utilizing our knowledge, experience and diligence to strive for your desired outcome. We are loyal to all our clients and we consider ourselves a part of our client’s top talent management team.

For more on how we can help you with your immigration matters as a student, call our office at (713) 286-7182 or complete our online contact form.

Our Immigration Services Include:

  • Full review of your personal circumstances
  • Confirmation the Visa type is appropriate for you
  • Accurate preparation of your visa application
  • Submission of your visa application to the proper government agencies
  • Careful co-ordination of all correspondence with government agencies
  • Advice on how to handle yourself at your Consular or USCIS interview and what to expect
  • Unlimited personal communication with your Houston student visa attorney

Requirements for the F-1 Student Visa

The F-1 Visa (Academic Student) allows you to enter the United States as a full-time student at an accredited academic institution or language training program.

The F-1 visa is most often used to attend college or university. However, they may also cover:

  • Seminaries
  • Conservatories
  • High schools
  • Elementary schools
  • Other academic institutions

The course of study must culminate in a degree, diploma, or certificate, and the school must be authorized to accept international students.

    To obtain the F-1 visa, you must:

    • Be enrolled in an “academic” educational program, a language-training program, or a vocational program
    • Be enrolled as a full-time student at the institution
    • Be proficient in English or enrolled in courses leading to English proficiency
    • Have sufficient funds available for self-support during the entire proposed course of study
    • Maintain a residence abroad which you have no intention of giving up

    In addition, your school must be approved by the Student and Exchange Visitors Program, Immigration & Customs Enforcement

    Schedule your consultation with our skilled attorneys by contacting our office online or calling (713) 286-7182 today.

    How to Apply for an F-1 Student Visa

    Before you start applying for an F-1 visa, you must first be accepted into an accredited academic program.

    After you’ve secured admission (and the school’s sponsorship), you will need to register with the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, or SEVIS. You pay the I-901 fee, currently $350 for most immigrants.

    Your school will send you Form I-20, which will serve as proof of your acceptance. Once you have Form I-20, you can apply for your F-1 visa at your local U.S. embassy or consulate.

    The process for applying at an embassy or consulate can differ. However, most applicants will undergo a visa interview.

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    Here to Help You Complete the Student Immigration Process

    At Baker Donelson, our Houston lawyers understand that the process to apply for a student visa can be overwhelming. That is why we will be by your side every step of the way to ensure the accurate completion of your visa application.

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