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FAQs about Student Visas

Every year, countless students arrive from around the world to study in Texas and other parts of the United States. Are you or your loved one next? Start learning what you need to know about student visas by reviewing the following FAQs. For further details, contact our Spanish-speaking attorney in Houston.

Who is eligible for an F-1 visa?

F-1 visas are issued to international students attending an academic program in the United States. To qualify, you must have the following:

  • A Sponsoring School
  • A Foreign Residence and the Intent to Return Upon Finishing Your Studies
  • Strong Ties to Your Home Country
  • Sufficient Financial Support

What types of education does an F-1 visa cover?

The F-1 visa is most often used to attend an accredited college or university. However, they may also cover seminaries, conservatories, high schools, elementary schools, and 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. Talk to a Spanish-speaking attorney if you have questions about whether your intended program qualifies.

How do you start the application process?

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), consult with your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate to determine in what order you should complete the student visa application process.

Free Webinar to Teach How to Sponsor an Individual for an H1-B Visa

Toppins Webinar 2 AdvertisementNow is the time to file an H1-B Visa to recruit talent from around the world. Beginning March 1, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will implement an H1-B visa process change that streamlines the lottery process. 

Toppins & Williams Attorneys at Law, PC, will offer a free webinar called “How to Sponsor an Individual for an H1-B Visa” on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, from 11 a.m. to noon CST. During the webinar, Wilka Toppins, Esq., will teach you step-by-step how to sponsor a foreign candidate for professional employment for a period of up to 6 years and how to take advantage of the new registration process. 

Many employers report having a difficult time recruiting qualified and available candidates for professional positions. Have you considered hiring global talent or, perhaps, recruiting on college campuses for international students in the United States on OPT? Have you considered tapping into existing H1-B candidates that can “port” their visa to your company? The H1-B visa is designed to allow U.S. employers to recruit and employ foreign professionals who wish to perform services in a specialty occupation. Plenty of talented workers are available when you know how to utilize employment sponsorship programs like H1-B. It is easier than you think! 

The “How to Sponsor an Individual for an H1-B Visa” webinar will be interactive, and Attorney Wilka Toppins, Shareholder of Toppins & Williams, PC, will answer your questions about the H1-B visa LIVE! Register for the webinar now.  Email us or call us with any questions: (713) 621-8588.

Toppins & Williams Processes H1-B Work Visas for Project Engineer Mario Monetta

Mario Monetta

Mario Monetta, Project Engineer

“Wilka is not one of the best . . . she is the best!” said Mario Monetta, Project Engineer for Gorham Group, LLC. Toppins & Williams Attorneys at Law processed Monetta’s initial H1-B Work Visa in 2013 and all its subsequent extensions.

At the beginning of the H1-B Work Visa application process, Monetta felt anxious. But then Toppins & Williams stepped in and provided resources, solutions, and support each step of the process. “Wilka, and her team, work in a very professional and efficient way,” Monetta said. “They treated me kindly, giving me all the answers I requested, and making me feel safe and confident. The results of the application were successful!”

Monetta is a Project Engineer with Gorham Group, LLC, which is currently developing USA Industrial Projects and working on Small Scale Fertilizer Projects. Recently, Monetta worked with his team to complete three ammonia plant projects: two in Tennessee and one in Nebraska. He heard about Toppins & Williams from his company CEO, Mrs. Marlene J. Sarres. Monetta said, “Marlene told me: ‘Mario, please, do not worry because I know one of the best lawyers in Houston that shall be helping us to get the work Visa.’ And you know what, Mrs. Marlene was completely right!’”

An H1-B visa is one of the most popular nonimmigrant visas available to aliens. It is designed to allow U.S. employers to recruit and employ foreign professionals who wish to perform services in a specialty occupation. Qualifying occupations are those requiring highly specialized and technical knowledge, such as accounting, computing, education, technology, law, finance, and engineering. Read more about the H1-B visa and its requirements or ask us a question.