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The following information should be used as a guide only. For complete information about applying for your M-1 visa, you should be in contact with the U.S. Consulate where you will be applying.
You will need the following documents from UND:
SEVIS Form I-20
This is the Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (M-1) Student Status--the school's statement to the government that you have met the initial admission and financial requirements to attend the university.
How to Obtain your Form I-20
UND currently issues M-1 I-20s only to contract flight training students. Your admission and I-20 will be handled via your home institution or employer.
After you have been granted admission and your financial support documentation has been submitted, your file is submitted to the Office of International Programs and the I-20 will be created by an International Student Advisor.
Your I-20 will be sent to you via your home institution or employer.
Obtaining I-20 Forms for Dependents
You may bring dependents (spouse or children) with you when you come to the United States.
Each dependent will need to apply for an M-2 visa.
Each dependent will need his or her own I-20 form.
If you are bringing dependents, be sure to indicate the following information on your financial support documentation:
That you are bringing dependents
That you have the additional funding sources requested for dependent I-20s (indicated on the certification of finances form)
Provide the requested biographical information for each dependent
Scheduling your visa appointment
In most circumstances you will not be able to schedule your visa appointment until you have your I-20. You will need your I-20 for the appointment.
If you are able to schedule the appointment without your I-20, be certain that you will have it in time for the actual appointment.
Review the information on the U.S. State Department M-1 Student Visa Information Page and on the website of the consulate for detailed lists of what you will need to bring to your visa interview.
Gather all of the documents that you will need.
Pay your SEVIS (I-901) Fee before the day of your interview. You will need to bring the receipt with you to your interview.
Pay your non-refundable Machine Readable Visa Fee (Visa application Fee) as directed by the U.S. Consulate
Be prepared to answer questions honestly and clearly about your program of study, your plans, your finances, and your intent to return after your studies. Remember that your visa interview is a conversation, not just a review of your documents.
After the Interview
There are three possible outcomes of your visa interview
Approved: Your visa is approved. You will receive information from the consular official regarding the production of the visa and approximately when you will receive it. Often your passport with the new visa is sent to your home within a few days.
Denied: Your visa application is not approved. The consular official will give you a paper with a written explanation of the denial. Be sure to keep the paper. If you choose to pursue the application again, it will be important to have the written information about why you were denied the first time.
Pending: A decision has not yet been made on your visa application. It may be necessary for the consulate to do an additional background check or clearance, do additional review or your case or you may need to provide the consulate with additional documents. You should be given an explanation in writing telling you what the next steps in your case will be.
In general, the Office of International Programs cannot intervene in the visa application process. However, if you have questions, you are welcome to contact an International Student Advisor at any time.