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6 Videos Explaining How to Get a Student Visa (One For Every Mood)

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, February 7th, 2013 at 12:00 am

In need of some advice about how to apply for your student visa? You’re in luck! Not only are there some great ones available on YouTube, but there’s one to match just about any mood. There’s a video… For when you need a bit of excitement in your life For when you don’t

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More Student Visa Advice From a Visa Officer

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2012 at 9:07 am

You might remember we have previously shared advice from visa officers for getting your student visa.  They explained how to set yourself up for a successful visa interview by applying early, coming prepared with the correct paperwork properly filled out, and being able to show that you will return home after your studies. In a […]

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State Dept Increases Student Visa Processing Fee

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2012 at 8:08 am

The State Department has announced that, as of April 13, it is raising the visa processing fee for student visas. The fee will now be $160, up from $140. What other costs can you expect? Students from some countries may pay a visa reciprocity fee.  Look up your country here: Reciprocity by Country As a […]

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No Student Visa Required?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 at 6:07 pm

I was forwarded an email today from a 60-year-old man in China who said he dreamed of studying in the U.S. when he was young.  Now that he can afford it, he wrote, he is too old, but he still holds onto his dream. It was such a sweet email, so I started looking through […]

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How Do I Get an F-1 Visa?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 at 11:39 am

Question #2 in our weeklong online event comes from “nhung” who asked: How can we get the visa F1 , I think I have enough condition to study in USA but US consulate refused to issue visa Let’s start out with me reminding you that I’m not an immigration lawyer, nor am I a consular […]

A More Exciting Way to Apply for Your Student Visa

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, September 1st, 2011 at 3:51 pm

This video from the U.S. Embassy in London lays out the procedures most students will follow to get their student visa – in the form of a blockbuster spy movie! Sure we know it’s not really that exciting to register for SEVIS, but maybe pretending to be James Bond will help. Just make sure you’ve […]

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#my911: How the Sept. 11 Attacks Changed one Iranian’s Path to a US Education

by Guest Post - Posts (69). Posted Thursday, August 25th, 2011 at 9:38 am

As part of VOA’s What’s Your 9/11? project, Sam from Iran shared this story about how the September 11th attacks influenced his plans to study in the U.S. It’s just one of many stories from young people and students around the world about the news events that have shaped a generation. Add yours and join […]

Is the Multiple Entry Visa Worth the Risk?: Azadeh’s Story Part 2

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, July 29th, 2011 at 9:28 am

Azadeh has been in the U.S. for 3 years as a PhD student at the University of Maryland, during which time she hasn’t been able to see her family back in Iran. Up until recently, Iranian students could only receive a single-entry visa, which meant their visa would allow them to enter the country one […]

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The Long Trip and the Long Wait: Azadeh’s Story Part 1

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, July 28th, 2011 at 9:39 am

As Iranian student Azadeh tells me about the rumors that circulated among her friends about how to get a student visa to the U.S., she sounds like the foreign students I’ve encountered on so many internet forums. “People say that if she takes the, for example, the yellow page it means she’s going to issue […]

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Top Tips for J-1 Students

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 at 12:38 pm

The J-1 visa is a temporary exchange visa (more information on the State Department’s J-1 website), and it’s very commonly used for students to come to the U.S. in the summer to work and travel. The Irish Voice put together a list of tips for Irish students taking advantage of these exchanges….but the advice is […]

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10 Traits of F-1 Visa Denied Students

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, July 8th, 2011 at 11:29 am

We’ve mentioned Happy Schools Blog here before – they collect and publish stories from real F-1 visa interviews. The author says he (or she) has received over 100 stories, and has noticed 10 traits that are common among students who were denied their visa: 1. Below Average to Poor English Language Skills 2. Low GRE […]

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Student Visa Tips from Visa Officers

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, June 27th, 2011 at 10:17 am

In a recent interview for the Saudi Gazette, officials at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh talked about some of the biggest mistakes students make when applying for their F-1 student visas, and gave advice for getting through the process successfully. It was the second time this month we heard visa tips from real visa officials […]

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State Dept. Launches New J-1 Visa Website

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 at 11:28 am

The State Department today launched a new website dedicated to providing information on J-1 visas.  J-1 visas apply to exchange programs and must be sponsored through an established exchange visitor program.  They’re used in many different scenarios, but one common one is for summer work travel programs in the U.S. If you’re confused about all […]

Students from Iran Tell Their Stories about Applying to Study in the US

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 at 10:01 am

EducationUSA Iran has transcribed and translated a number of interviews with Iranian students about their experiences applying to U.S. colleges.  They’re worth reading, and also available in audio format for Persian speakers. Take a look in particular at the series in which a student named Arash talks about the process of getting a visa.  There […]

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How Tri-Valley University Happened

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 at 5:44 pm

For anyone who has been following the case of Tri-Valley University, The Chronicle of Higher Education has an in depth report on how a so-called “sham university” managed to get on the list of SEVIS-approved schools…and whether other schools in the U.S. may also be operating on the fringes of the law: Other colleges—most of […]

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