Immigrating to the USA

Map of the USA
Map of the USA

The following map of the USA of America came from the US Government Information Exchange site, a good source of information about the USA government. AL – Alabama AK – Alaska AZ – Arizona AR...

Customs and Immigration
Customs and Immigration

Your literal journey to becoming an international student in the USA is almost over and your metaphorical one can almost begin. But before you get excited, you have to stand in long lines and...

Traveling on a Budget
Traveling on a Budget

The USA is a big place and you’ll probably want to explore it as much as possible. But you’ll also need to be able to afford those trips, as well as trips back to...

Air Travel
Air Travel

Whether this is your first time or your 50th time flying to the USA, advice about traveling is always helpful. After all, if you’re moving across the world to learn stuff, you might as...

Before You Leave
Before You Leave

You’re not stressed at all about what’s left to do before you leave your home country and become an international student in the USA, right? Good, then you won’t mind if we give you...

Packing
Packing

Just because you’re excited about being an international student in the USA doesn’t mean you’re ready to leave your home country. First things first – you have to pack.  What you should do to...

Immigration-Related Web Sites
Immigration-Related Web Sites

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)AILA is a national bar association of more than 5,200 attorneys who practice immigration law. For more information, call 1-202-216-2400, fax 1-202-371-9449, or write to American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1400...

Extra Visa Details
Extra Visa Details

Visa regulations are never ending. We let you know the most important ones. There are many, many, many moving parts of the visa process regardless of the type you’re applying for. But before you...

Employment
Employment

Work hard for your money, but only when you’re legally allowed. Attending school in the USA is super expensive, and even if you’re receiving loans or scholarships you might still want some extra cash...

Maintaining Visa Status After Arrival
Maintaining Visa Status After Arrival

Keep your student visa status legal throughout your time at school. Classes have started and you’re deep into a new routine. Now all you have to do is maintain your student visa status so...

Changing Visa Status After Arrival
Changing Visa Status After Arrival

If you’re not totally satisfied with your program, you may be able to transfer to a new one. You’ve been waiting to move to the USA for what seems like forever, but what if...

Proving Non-immigrant Intent
Proving Non-immigrant Intent

Make sure the U.S. government knows you’re just here temporarily by proving your intent to return to your home country. Going through the visa application process can be long and complicated, and you’ll need...

Sufficient Financial Resources
Sufficient Financial Resources

Show off your (financial) assets at your visa interview. One of the many elements of your  visa application is to prove that you have enough money to live and study in the USA during...

Student Visas
Student Visas

We’re excited you’ve been accepted into the school of your dreams. Let’s get you there legally with a student visa. As an international student, once you’ve  been admitted to a degree program in the...

Passports
Passports

Your passport is the gateway to the world. Here’s how to keep it safe. To paraphrase the Neil Diamond song , everyone is coming to the USA. And they’re entering with their passport and...

Conversations
Conversations

There are lots of stereotypes about how people from different cultures or who speak different languages communicate. Sometimes these are fairly accurate and can cause misunderstandings, and sometimes they’re just funny to read about....

Common Usage Errors
Common Usage Errors

Even if you passed the TOEFL with high marks, you might still make mistakes in English sometimes. And that’s ok! Just remember that most native English speakers probably speak your native language much worse...

Glossary
Glossary

As an international student in the USA, you’ll probably come across a lot of education-related terms that you don’t understand. But after reading the glossary below, you’ll be an expert on all-things education. Academic...

English-English Dictionary
English-English Dictionary

If you’ve watched both British and American tv shows, you’ll know that citizens of those countries speak the same language but use many different words. Many English-speaking countries outside of the USA often use...

British English and American English
British English and American English

We don’t like to generalize, but, generally speaking, there are differences between British English and American English. And if you’re an international student in the USA from an English-speaking country – most likely a...

Teaching Styles
Teaching Styles

Don’t forget that somewhere in between all your new experiences as an international student in the USA you’ll have to actually go to classes. But when you get there, you may be a bit...

Learning English
Learning English

Start studying now so you’ll be ready to prove you can handle anything in English. If you’re applying to schools, then you probably already know how to study. But learning a language is a...

Improving Your English
Improving Your English

Once you feel comfortable with English and can easily handle daily conversation, you’ll have to start thinking about fancier English. You’ll be able to use your advanced skills when writing an essay as part...

English Proficiency Testing
English Proficiency Testing

The whole point of moving to the USA to get a higher education is to actually learn something. But how can you learn anything if you don’t speak English? That’s why most schools require...

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