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M-1 Student Visa Program

Details on how to apply for a student visa at BFMS.NY

About Our Student Visa Program

Our M-1 student visa process can be understood in 4 steps:

Gather Documents

Collect all required documents for your app

Submit Documents

Submit required documents by mail or email

Admissions Decision

1-2 weeks from completed application

Visa Application

VISA Application & Arrival in the USA

Step 1: Gather Required Documents

Depending on educational background and the program applying to, applicants will need to provide the following:


  • Completed and signed Admissions Application

  • Proof of English Proficiency, if required

    • TOEFL Internet-Based Test (iBT); minimum score of 41 required

    • International English Language Test (IELTS); minimum score of 4.0 required

    • Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report; minimum score of 38 required

    • Duolingo English Test; minimum score of 80 required

    • TOEIC; minimum score of 600 required

  • Transcripts verifying prior educational attainment

    • ​Business, Finance and Management Program - High School (Secondary School)  Diploma or the Equivalent

    • Management Program - One (1) year of College or University completed, at minimum; business program preferred

  • Copy of Passport identification page, including the applicant’s full name and photo

  • Financial Support Documentation 

    • Recent (< 60 days) bank statement or a letter from the applicant's bank or sponsor’s bank if applicants have a sponsor (in English) showing sufficient funds for tuition fees and for the length of study in New York. If applicants have a sponsor, they must also complete an Affidavit of Support.


*The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand, in under an hour for only $49. The test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample which are shared with BFMS.NY when applicants send their results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session.

Step 2: Sending Documents

Submit original or certified copies only. Applicants should submit the above materials as a single package to BFMS.NY.

By regular mail:


The Business, Finance and Management School of New York

1350 Avenue of the Americas

New York, NY 10019, USA


By email:

Step 3: Admission Decision

Expect to be notified of an admissions decision within 1-2 weeks from a complete application submission. Upon acceptance at BFMS.NY, applicants will receive an enrollment agreement. The applicant will sign the enrollment agreement and an admissions agent of BFMS.NY will countersign the agreement. A copy of the fully-signed agreement will be provided to the accepted applicant, who is now a BFMS.NY student!

Finally, the student (or sponsor school/organization) will pay the program tuition, which is fully refundable (with the exception of a Registration Fee of $100) if the visa application is rejected.

Step 4: Visa Application & Arrival in the USA

After payment is received by BFMS.NY, the DSO will issue the I-20 form. The I-20 enables the student to apply for a student visa.


The student will need to pay the SEVIS fee using form I-901, and then make an appointment with the US Consulate/Embassy to complete the visa application. Visa appointment wait times can be viewed here.

Contact the BFMS.NY staff for help with the student visa process & travel questions.

We Are Here To Help

Contact the BFMS.NY staff for help with the application and student visa process.


This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.

Please note, BFMSNY does not participate in the F-1 visa program nor issue F-1 visas.

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Discover New York City

As an approved M-1 Student Visa program, BFMS.NY students may arrive in New York up to 30 days prior to the start of classes, and remain in the US for up to 30 days after the programs' conclusion. During their studies, students have the opportunity to visit world-renowned attractions such as Broadway musicals, restaurants, monuments and attend the various events that are constantly hosted in our beloved city. 


What Our Students Say

"A true human experience with an amazing group of international students, from the US, the UK, France, India, China, etc. The various classes of Business, Finance and Management really allowed me to truly connect to my classmates and get to know them." -Andrea

"A big thank you to the BFMS.NY staff, administration, facility participants, companies and universities for their support and contributions in making this highly robust NY program possible. Greatly Appreciated." -Valery

"The perfect program if you want to upgrade your curriculum and your network! I really felt that the program was a real plus in my education and opened my eyes to the real world, in Wall Street and in New York in general." -Shen

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