I know a person who came to the US under B1 visa (which he says). He says, he is currently enrolled in a flight training school.
I want to know, whether he is allowed to join academies under a B1 visa?
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Disclaimer: IANAL, consult your immigration lawyer.
Generally no, especially if you're asking about academic studies:
Is it permissible to enroll in school while in B-1/B-2 status?
No, it is not. The regulations, at 8 CFR 214.2(b)(7), specifically prohibit study in the United States while in B-1 or B-2 status.
Before enrolling in classes, individuals who are in B-1 or B-2 status must first acquire F-1 (academic student) or M-1 (vocational student) status. Enrolling in classes while in B-1/B-2 status will result in a status violation. Individuals in B-1 or B-2 status, who have violated their nonimmigrant status by enrolling in classes, are not eligible to extend their B status or change to F-1 or M-1 status. These regulations provide no exceptions. (source: USCIS)
However, allegedly there is a way kind of study legally provided that the course is short, limited to no more than 18 hours a week, and recreational.
Requirements to Study on the B Visa
- Your course of study must be less than 18 hours per week.
- You must be studying for recreational purposes, not for academic credit.
- Evidence of sufficient funds to pay for all expected expenses for the duration of your visit. (source: Serotte Law)