- VISA APPLICATION
- What is VISA?
- Understanding The Legalities
- Availing Assistance
- The Immigration Paralegal
- School Selection and getting admitted
- GETTING A VISA
- I-20 form
- Proving the Financial Capability
- Where to apply
- When to Apply
- HOW TO APPLY FOR AN US VISA
- Paying the Visa Application Fee
- The Visa Interview Schedule
- The Interview
- FORM I-20 CHALLENGES
- Problems with Form I-20
- Problems with Educational Qualifications
- What is Immigrant Intent?
- Bringing Your Family Along
- ENTERING THE UNITED STATES
- Going through the Form Filling process
- Obtaining the Social Security Number
- EARNING WHILE LEARNING
- Introduction to earning while learning
- Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
- MAINTAINING THE VISA STATUS
- Filing for a renewal of the Visa
- Different infringements by different students
- Maintaining the status of the F-1 visa
- Penalties related to VISA violation
- When to apply for a new I-20 form
- J-1 INTERNSHIP
- J-1 Internship Program
- How to Find the Internship
- The Requirements of the Visitor Visa Departure
- Applying for the J-1 visa:
- How to go about preparing the J-1 Application Packet
School Selection and Getting Admitted
Pursuing higher education in the United States is an excellent option for students who wish to obtain a cutting edge as far as their career goes. Students from all over the world are now exploring the plethora of opportunities that schools in the United States offer. However, after the dastardly events of September 2001, the perception has taken a severe battering.
International students can most certainly study in the United States by adhering to the visa regulations. There are primarily two classifications of visa - the M and F category.
The F-1 visa presents the aspirants with an opportunity to pursue a full time course in the United States of the Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) -approved school.
The M-1 visa on the other hand, allows the aspirant to go for a full course at an SEVP-approved vocational institution, or any other non-academic institution which is recognized.
These mentioned categories allow the overseas students to study full-time, as also provides an opportunity to select an educational institute from a wide range of choices. The only mandatory clause is that the school should be approved by SEVP, as it also manages and facilitates schools and the F and M visa students and exchange visitors to the United States.
The search for the right US school is very important, and a wide range of factors should be considered before making a decision. For instance the relationship between your home country and the United States is a big factor, as also is the input of family and friends.
Many colleges and also universities recruit students from local community colleges, when they are already pursuing a two-year or a language program. Also, if one has studied in the United States as a J-1 exchange student can also lead to the F-1 status. Another very helpful aspect which will come out of any exchange program is that you can seek first-hand information and then accordingly decide which school you want.
Browse the Internet, speak to as many people as possible and then frame your decisions. Attend conferences in the area to get a better understanding of the location and the universities in that area. Make an attempt to reach out to current international students so that their experiences can help you attain invaluable information about the US colleges and universities. This will also help you build a nexus and a global bond. And finally, give yourself enough time to go through all the different clauses of admission.