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The Top 10 Things You Should Know About Getting a U.S. Visa As An International Student

There are certain things which you have to know if your dream is to study in United States. Before applying for your favourite programe, anyone outside of US planning to pursue their education has to have a thorough knowledge of the visa process. This will ensure you a smooth educational experience. Blue Link, global visa service Qatar will help you through each process of visa application. 

Below are the top 10 things which an international student should know about getting a U.S visa.

1) Types of Visas - On the basis of different purposes International students are granted three types of visas in US. They are F1, J1and M1. Having sufficient experience and expertise in global visa service Qatar, Blue Link has good understanding about these visas and their purpose.
a) F1 – Academic studies:  F1 visas are granted to anyone pursuing academic program or an English Language program. Students with this visa can opt for on-campus work (fewer than 20 hours per week) or part time work. They also have the option to choose OPT (Optional Practical Training) for a period of 1 year after their studies. As per the expiry date on I-20 form which is the Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status students are expected to complete their education.
b) J1 Visa - Practical Training: Students holding this Visa can work part time and choose on campus employment. Employment is possible only if consent have been given by exchange visitor program sponsor. This type of visa is granted for students who come to get training that are not available in their own country.
c) M1 Visa - Non-Academic/ Vocational Studies: Issued for technical and vocational study, M1 visas are granted to those applying for non-academic and vocational studies. While studying students taking up these courses are not permitted to work. Students will be granted this visa only if evidence of funds to meet tuition fees and living costs are submitted.
2) Admission policy – Admission polices differs from university to university. Having a thorough knowledge about this is important when you apply for a student visa.
3) Eligibility – Find out the eligibility requirements put forward by different universities. According to schools and courses the eligibility changes. The test score, qualifications, SOP (Statement of purpose) and other requirements have to be studied in detail before selecting your institution. Blue Link, global visa consultant Qatar will aid you in determining your eligibility.
4) Finance – While moving to US for studies, proper financial statements displaying that you are financially secure without having to work have to submitted.  Not having proper funding can get you in trouble. Examine financial requirements since working with student visa is not easy in US and strict immigration regulations are there. Outline your finance in advance for your future stay as well. Unless you can teach or assist in research, working in US is not easy.
5) Insurance – Applicants have to take proper health insurance and produce it while applying for a visa.
6) CBP (Customs and Border Protection) – CBP determines whether you can enter United States and decide your stay period. Even if applicants get a Visa they will have to get a form I-94 which is the permission to stay in US.  Form I-94, Record of Arrival-Departure will be verified at the port of entry by a CBP official.
7) Stay period - According to the stay period allowed by different types of visas students are expected to leave after their studies. F visa holders are to move out of US after 60 days and J and M visa holders within 30 days after the program finishes.
8) Visa extension - Through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website it is possible to extend visa, if you wish to stay back after your studies.
9) Visa status – After apprising DSO (Designated School Official) students can change their visa status while in US. Their non-immigrant status through USCIS can be modified without applying for a new visa.
10) Healthcare option – Exploring and studying the healthcare system of United States properly helps in being economical while staying in US.
Getting a visa is a demanding process, therefore it is necessary to have complete understanding of its requisites. If you are on the lookout for the leading global visa consultant Qatar, reach out to Blue Links, global visa service Qatar. We will provide all the information regarding visa application and assists you in its processing.