Passports & Visas

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 Eye Street, NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20005 USA. American Immigration Center This site provides information about topics relating to USA immigration....

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Additional Visa Information
Additional Visa Information

Contact the USA embassy or consulate for information about visas to the US. Every embassy and consulate has a small library of information about studying in the US. They can advise you as to the procedures required for a student visa. Key contacts for USA embassies and consulates are listed in the USA State Department...

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Employment
Employment

Do not count on being able to scrape up the funding after you arrive in the US. Getting a job is not an effective means of financing an education in the US. There are numerous restrictions on employment by foreign nationals, and some types of visas prohibit it entirely. Even when employment is permitted, it...

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Maintaining Visa Status After Arrival
Maintaining Visa Status After Arrival

If a student on a F-1 visa is not able to complete their studies by the expiration date on the I-20 form, they must apply to the school’s Foreign Student Advisor for an extension 30 days before expiration. Extensions are normally granted for academic and medical reasons so long as there have been no violations...

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Changing Visa Status After Arrival
Changing Visa Status After Arrival

The B-2 visa (Tourist Visa) is not considered a student visa for full-time study. Studying in the USA on a B-2 visa is grounds for deportation. Switching from a B-2 visa to a F-1 or J-1 visa after arriving in the USA is extremely difficult, and may be grounds for deportation or prosecution for visa...

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Proving Non-immigrant Intent
Proving Non-immigrant Intent

You may need to establish that you intend to return to your home country after your studies are complete. You may need to demonstrate economic, personal, social, and cultural ties to your home country. Some of the methods of doing this include: Providing a list of the names, addresses, ages, and occupations of close family...

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Sufficient Financial Resources
Sufficient Financial Resources

To get a F-1 visa approved, you will need to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to pay for the first year of study and that you have resources available to cover the rest of your educational program. For an M-1 or J-1 visa, you will need to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to...

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Visas
Visas

A visa is a grant of permission to enter the country. The USA entrance requirements are as follows: You must be healthy. No inoculations are required to enter the US, unless you were recently in a country with epidemics such as cholera and yellow fever. HIV-positive people are not allowed to enter the US. You...

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Passports
Passports

Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the end of your intended stay in the US. Before leaving for the US, make a photocopy of the page containing your photograph and passport number. If your passport is lost or stolen, this will make it easier to replace the passport. Keep the...

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