Student Visas

Orlando Student Visa Attorneys

What Is a Student Visa?

To come to the United States to study, you must apply for and receive a student visa. There are two types of student visas: one for academic study (F-1) and one for vocational study (M-1). Once your initial forms are submitted, you will be interviewed at a U.S. Embassy near you. Both types of student visas provide options for your spouse and dependent children to receive visas to be in the U.S. with you during your studies.

To learn more about student visas, contact our experienced attorneys in Orlando to request a free in-person consultation.

Student Visa Options

M-1 – Vocational Student Visa

  • You must be enrolled at a vocational or other nonacademic institution

F-1 Academic Student Visa

  • Your program must result in a degree, diploma, or certificate
  • You must be enrolled at an accredited college, university, seminary, conservatory, academic high school, elementary school, or other academic institution or in a language training program
  • Your program must be authorized by the government to accept international students

What you need:

  • A valid passport
  • Photo
  • Form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status from the institution you will attend
  • Form DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application
  • Pay for the SEVIS and application fees
  • Additional documentation on your previous education
  • Ability to finance your education in the U.S.
  • Intent to return to your home country after your program

Can I Work?

F-1 – Academic Student Visa

  • You cannot work off-campus during your first year of school
  • You can work on campus in positions related to your area of study but must get approval prior to starting work
  • After your first year, you can work off-campus in three areas:
    • Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
    • Optional Practical Training (OPT)
      • You can get up to 12 months authorized employment before or after you complete your program
    • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Optional Practical Training Extension (OPT)
      • You can apply for up to a 24-month extension to the Optional Practical Training if your degree and subsequent OPT were in a STEM field

M-1 – Vocational Student Visa

After your studies are completed, you may go into practical training.

Schedule a free in-person consultation at Lim Law, P.A. in Maitland today. You can contact us online or call (407) 512-9919.

Attorneys

  • Henry  Lim, Esq. Photo
    Henry Lim, Esq.

    Founding Attorney

    Born in Nicaragua, Orlando immigration lawyer Henry Lim knows the immigrant experience firsthand. He knows how stressful the process can be. Because of this, Henry knows the value of an aggressive immigration attorney. He uses his skill and insight to work for you.
  • Rafael  Ortiz-Segura Photo
    Rafael Ortiz-Segura

    Of Counsel

    With 23 years of experience on the bench, former Immigration Judge Rafael Ortiz-Segura brings a unique perspective and a wealth of knowledge to Lim Law, P.A. His time in Orlando immigration court makes him one of the most experienced professionals in immigration in all of Central Florida. Most immigration lawyers in Orlando have argued cases before him.
  • Henye S. Perez Photo
    Henye S. Perez

    Attorney

    Henye S. Perez has handled a multitude of cases involving complex immigration matters, ranging fro visa petitions to defending immigrants in removal proceedings. He has advocated for clients before U. S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration Customs & Enforcement, and the Executive Office of Immigration Review in immigration court. Mr. Perez graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2010. He then continued his studies at ...
  • Michelle  Villagran Photo
    Michelle Villagran

    Attorney

    Michelle Villagran joined the Lim Law, P.A. team in 2017. As the daughter of immigrants from Mexico, she has a personal understanding of the struggles individuals endure while navigating the American immigration system. Ms. Villagran graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010, where she received a bachelor's degree in Business Management. She later graduated from the Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law. During her law school career, Ms. Villagran participated in the ...
/

Testimonials

  • Margarett G., via Facebook

    Los recomiendo 100%.

  • Rosario L., via Facebook

    En las Oficinas de Lim Law,P.A Usted encontrará a los mejores Abogados de Inmigración.

  • Lily G., via Google

    Henye went the extra mile to explain things and answer all our questions.

  • Ariadna B., via Google

    La atención hasta el momentp ha sido muy buena, están atentos al caso

  • Giuliana P., via Google

    I truly recommend him to anyone trying to get their citizenship.

  • Julia B., via Facebook

    el mejor abogado felicitaciones.

  • Julie D., via Google

    Tienen la experiencia y la audacia para luchar por sus clientes.

  • Eduardo R., via Google

    Overall fantastic service, very professional and I would recommend Lim Law to anyone needing immigration services.

  • Antonietta M., via Google

    They were phenomenally awesome with great customer service and attention to detail to every concern or question you could have.

  • Elzem G., via Google

    Gracias a Henry Lim Law, a el Sr Pedro, a la sra. Nancy, y a Hennie Pérez Law por su colaboración y ayuda siempre en todo momento.

  • Marita S., via Facebook

    I’m such an extremely happy client and thrilled to now be living here in the States.

  • Robert A., via Google

    I would highly recommend Lim & Associates to anyone.

  • Mareen E., via Facebook

    They are wonderful. Great job!

  • Ana B., via Google

    Henry and his staff are amazing and very well verse in immigration law.

  • Ady G., via Google

    Muy prefecionales y siempre están para ti en las dudas o ayuda que tengas.

  • Diogenes Q., via Google

    A fantastic lawyer and great staff.

  • Gerardo L., via Google

    Excelente Profesional!

  • Billy D., via Facebook

    I've been in law for over 15 years and never seen such an advocate of rights as Henry Lim.

  • Ismael R., via Facebook

    Lim & Associates are great & honest people. They look for the best possible ways to help you & make everything much easier for you

  • Jennifer W., via Facebook

    Henry is an asset to the community, he is a superior leader and mentor.

  • M.A., via Google

    Exceptional customer service.

  • Giovanni C., via Google

    Altamente recomendado para todas aquellas personas que buscan una respuesta a su situación migratoria.

  • Lu K., via Google

    He was there through the whole process, provided detailed information about which documents my wife and I needed, what kind of photos and letters would be helpful, what kind of records and invoices we should have.

  • Debo, via Google

    Get an attorney, get a good attorney, get Lim & Associates. Do it right the first time!

  • Marina D., via Google

    Mr. Lim and all of his staff were extremely helpful and knowledgeable.

  • Fiyen E., via Facebook

    El es uno de los abogados mas capacitado en asuntos de inmigracion.

  • Amy H., via Facebook

    Su excelencia,capacidad y humanidad lo caracterizan.

  • Stefan M., via Facebook

    If you are looking for someone who will handle your immigration issues with personal concern and a high degree of integrity, I would recommend this firm.

  • Martin L., via Google

    His staff is very friendly and everyone there strives to make sure any question or concern you may have gets answered.

  • Lisa S., via Google

    Mr. Lim was able to walk me through this very complicated process as easy as possible.

  • Rosario L., via Facebook

    En las Oficinas de Lim Law,P.A Usted encontrará a los mejores Abogados de Inmigración.

  • Alba F., via Facebook

    Reliable and trustworthy.

  • Margarett G., via Facebook

    Los recomiendo 100%.

  • Ivette R., via Facebook

    Excelente servicio muy profesionales contestan tus preguntas y te mantienen al tanto de cómo va tu caso.

  • Salvador S., via Facebook

    Y la abogada Michelle excelente profesional .Dios los bendiga.

    I'm very [pleased] w/the services I have got from Lim Law office.