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The Steps to a Study Visa – a general checklist for nonimmigrant students

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Any foreign student looking into studying in the U.S. has to start with a plan of attack. The college system in the U.S. is enormous and can seem daunting. The standardized test are different per field of study, and the quality of institution can vary greatly depending on location and funding. The U.S. is a large country and the community vibe also changes from town to town, state to state, region to region. And that’s all before the immigration labyrinth begins.

The U.S. provides three (3) major categories of nonimmigrant study visas, including the F, M and J Visas. Below is a simple checklist to help keep you on track as you navigate your way to a rewarding study experience in the U.S.:

The Steps to Studying in the USA:

  1. Choose a region and field of study;
  2. Choose a school;
  3. Ensure school is SEVIS Approved;
  4. Take admission tests;
  5. Collect Letters of Recommendation;
  6. Prepare a Statement of Purpose;
  7. Research and apply for financial aid;
  8. Determine loan options;
  9. Get accepted;
  10. Make sure your school registers you with SEVIS;
  11. Prepare the I-901 and approximately $200 SEVIS Fee;
  12. Get your I-901 SEVIS fee receipt and keep it;
  13. Collect all funds and prepare proof of liquid assets for entire stay (Tax returns for past 3 years [especially Form 16]; Bank records past 3 years; Fixed deposit statement from parent/sponsor; Pay check receipts and employment letter; Chartered accountant statements; Scholarship receipt letters)
  14. Prepare and have notarized the I-134 Affidavit of Support with your sponsor’s bank statements and tax returns;
  15. Collect all prior education documents, including diplomas, transcripts, test scores;
  16. Familiarize yourself with your consulate’s particular procedure;
  17. Prepare the DS-160 Form and submit it.

Stick to the steps, try not to get overwhelmed by the process, and soon you’ll be studying on the white sands of Miami Beach or drinking a cafe con leche over the books. For more information on each step or help in preparing the entire student nonimmigrant visa package, contact Miami International Attorneys, P.L. at abernhard@miamivisahelp.com or visit MIA’s website at www.miamivisahelp.com for visa help in the Miami area.

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Good Luck!


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