Starting Your Journey as a US Foreign Student – Obtaining a F1 Visa
June 9, 2017
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America has some of the best institutions of learning in the world. Big name universities like Harvard, Yale, and Stanford are rivaled around the world by prospective students. If you are a citizen of another country, you might dream of completing a degree in the US. The process of applying for a student visa (labelled F1 for non-vocational schools) may seem complex, but Aventura immigration attorney can help guide you every step of the way. The legal process generally follows these steps:

Get Admitted into an SEVP-Certified School – Not every US university accepts foreign students. Only schools with a Student and Exchange Visitor Program will have necessary programs to accommodate you and your studies. You can search for these schools and apply following their specific admission requirements. Once you are admitted, the school will send you a Form I-20, which serves as documentation of enrollment.

Complete a DS-160 – You’ll need to electronically complete documentation called a DS-160. This will ask basic questions that will be used by the embassy to process your visa. Part of this will require you to upload a picture of yourself that has to follow guidelines given by the State Department. You must print this document and present it at your visa interview.

Schedule your Visa Interview – Schedule an interview as soon as possible with the US embassy in your country. There can be a considerable wait time to be interviewed, so the sooner the better! This requires a non-refundable fee and you must bring all of the required documentation, generally including a passport, DS-160 form, visa application fee receipt, and your Form I-20. For this step you should follow the instructions on the US embassy’s website in your country.

Attend your Visa Interview – Don’t stress at this point! This interview is just to review your documentation and ensure you a serious candidate that qualifies for obtaining a visa. This interview will be held at your nation’s US embassy.

Why US?

The USA is one of the most sought-after countries to study in the world. Our universities are widely recognized around the world. About 30 of the best 100 school worldwide are located in the United States. There are many amazing stories of students coming to the US and having an incredible time in our schools. The cultural diversity, freedom, and career opportunities available in here cannot be found anywhere else in the world. It’s a rewarding experience and investment on the future. There are also many employment and internship opportunities at many of these campuses. The various extra-curricular activities and opportunities for advancement can help students practice what they learned in class in a real-world scenario.

How an Aventura immigration attorney can help:

Adjusting to a new culture can be scary enough. You shouldn’t be burdened by additional legal headaches. Aventura immigration attorney Stephanie Morrow is committed to answering any questions or concerns you may have regarding your F-1 Visa and make the whole process less burdensome. We want your transition to the US to be smooth and easy so you can focus on your studies!