International students face a number of challenges when preparing to move
to the U.S. to study. While it can be difficult, studying in a new country
can be an exciting experience and one that is full of fond memories. Here
are some things to keep in mind as you get ready to come to the U.S.for school.
Americans are known globally for being extremely friendly, talkative, and
loud. Be prepared to engage in conversation with strangers frequently.
There are many quirks of U.S. culture that can seem strange to someone
who wasn’t raised here, like always holding the door for others
and greeting each other with “How are you?” without caring
about the answer. Many Americans also consider driving a necessity, especially
in areas without adequate public transportation. More diverse cities will
have a wide variety of food available, but the portion sizes may be larger
than you are used to.
In the U.S., it is very rare for first-year students to know what their
major will be in college. Often, this decision is made towards the end
of their second year. Another thing to remember is that American universities
are expensive. Public universities are less expensive than private universities,
but tuition, housing, supplies, and text books can cost thousands of dollars
a year. Many classes have a more relaxed atmosphere, but the grading can
still be tough. It is also important to build relationships with your
professors since they can be valuable sources of advice and mentoring.
The Student Visa Process
Obtaining a student
visa can be a complex process. A student visa, or an F-1 visa, requires proof
of several requirements, including:
- You are maintaining a residence abroad.
- You are enrolled or planning to enroll in an educational program.
- The school you are enrolled in or are planning to enroll in is approved
by the USCIS to accept foreign students.
- You have sufficient financial support for your studies.
- You are enrolled or planning to enroll as a full-time student.
Law Office of Matthew Archambeault help you take the next steps in your education. Our experienced Philadelphia
immigration attorney can help you navigate the application process for an F-1 visa,
and help you reach your dreams of an education from an American university.
Learn more about what you need to accomplish your goals with a
Contact our law offices today by calling (215) 649-7535.