Pre - Admission
Now that you have got the admissions from one or more universities and the long wait seems to be over, what are the next steps?
Edulix Expert Team's rule-of-thumb advice is to think in terms of your long-term interests. If Purdue offers you admission for MS program with no aid and an un-ranked small college offers you a complete tuition waiver with TA (teaching assistantship), we think you should probably take Purdue's offer. Your long-term interests are better served by going to a highly ranked school. If the rank between the programs is not that different, then accept the offer from the program that offered you some kind of financial package.
The M-1 student visa is for vocational students (in non-academic programs). To be eligible for this temporary, non-immigrant visa, you must be accepted to a community college or junior college that provides vocational or technical training and awards associate degrees, a trade school, or a school of nonacademic training other than language training. Although almost none of Edulix members are interested in this type of visa, it is included just for your information.
The J-1 educational and cultural exchange visa is designed to promote the interchange of people, knowledge and skills in the fields of education, sciences and the arts. Participants include students at all academic levels; people coming to on-the-job training with firms, institutions and agencies; teachers of primary, secondary and specialized schools; professors coming to teach or do research at a college or university; research scholars; professional trainees in the medical and allied fields; and international visitors coming for the purpose of travel, observation, consultation, research, training, sharing or demonstrating specialized knowledge and skills, or participating in organized people-to-people programs. Students sponsored by their employers or under scholarship from their own government or US government generally are required to apply to J1 visa. Such students receive Form IAP-66 form from the institution that offered them admission. J-1 visa holders are required to have a mandatory return to their country of origin and work there for 2 years before they could come back to the US on another visa.
Spouses of F1, J1 and M1 holders are granted F2, J2 and M2 visa categories respectively.
If you meet the requirements below, then prepare your papers as instructed and drop the whole package in the drop box (usually before 10:30 AM). You can pick up your visa the next visa processing day at the main gate (usually between 4:00 and 5:00 PM).
Of all the above, the proof of intent to return may be the most important and difficult document. The legal premises under which US consular officers work is that any visa-seeking person is ineligible to obtain a visa unless he/she proves to the officer that he/she has no intention of staying in the US. This is purely subjective and puts the pressure on the applicant to demonstrate, through proper documents, that he/she intends to return to their country after completion of study.
We feel this is an outdated and archaic law that was written long time ago and is inconsistent with the rapid globalization of education and economy. However, until it is changed, it is still the law and applicants should prepare to address it.
Foreign students favor the F-1 visa category because as long as the student is enrolled in a qualified academic program the student remains in lawful status. This may include periods of practical training and a 60-day grace period during which the student must depart the United States or obtain relevant visa.
For more information visit U.S. Department of State, The Bureau of Consular Affairs.
We can describe culture shock as the physical and emotional discomfort one suffers when coming to live in another country or a place different from the place of origin. Often, the way that we lived before is not accepted as or considered as normal in the new place. Everything is different, for example, not speaking the language, not knowing how to use banking machines, not knowing how to use the telephone and so forth.