Entry and Stay on an M-1 Visa
A. Students may enter the U.S. a maximum of 30 days prior to the start of their program;
B. Once admitted to the U.S., M-1 students are allowed to stay for a limited time period. They are allowed the time necessary to complete course of study and practical training, plus an additional thirty days, not to exceed a total of one year;
C. Students on the M-1 visa may apply for extensions that add up to 3 years from the original start date, plus an additional thirty days.
D. M-1 visa students cannot change their status to F academic student visa. Additionally, M-1 students cannot change their status to H visa if their M training helped them qualify for H classification.
E. A student may become out of status if the student works without authorization, falls below full-time without permission, transfers without permission, fails to complete his course of study and is ineligible for extension, or has left the U.S. for more than five months.