Many students do not know what it takes to get their dream visa-work in America for college or a career! There are many things that can slow down your process, from having the right documents, to making sure you are notified of every meeting, to how well you speak English.
There is no standard time frame to receive word about whether you have received your visa but we can give you an average number. If you want to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible, be prepared early!
We recommend starting one month before graduation so that you have enough time to prepare for interviews and traveling to America.
The next step is to actually apply for the visa! This can be done through VISA INSITE (the government website that all international students must use to view their immigration status) or by contacting an embassy directly.
Most universities will have someone in the International Student Office (ISO), College Transfer Center, or Overseas Students’ Services who can help with this process. Make sure to check out both websites as well as social media accounts to make finding this information easy.
The student should also check if there are any additional documents they may be asked to bring depending on what country they are applying to and when they plan to leave. These documents include proof of residence and employment, health insurance, etc.
Now that you have interviewed with an embassy or consulate, you need to make sure you are prepared for your next step – applying for the non-immigrant (J-1) student visa!
Most countries require a pre-arranged meeting with a representative from their immigration office before they will issue you a tourist visa or work visa. This is called the “visa endorsement” process.
After you receive this endorsement, it must be confirmed within 72 hours of being received. If it isn’t, then there may not be enough proof that you will abide by rules in the country, which could result in denial of the visa.
This means that you have to wait until at least three days after your interview to apply for the visa. You can however, start looking into other costs like accommodation, flights etc., as early as the day following the interview.
Many students do not know what happens next once they have interviewed with an institution and received their offer letter. They assume that once they receive their I-20 or visa documents, then they can go home!
However, there is another step in the process that must occur before you can leave the country. This is when you get your J1 visa. Depending on where you are applying, this can take anywhere from one week to several months.
There are two main reasons why this takes so long. The first is bureaucracy. Immigration offices across America work very slowly due to all of the paperwork and legal requirements they have to complete before issuing visas.
The second reason is less bureaucratic but just as frustrating – staffing. Certain countries require more personnel to review applications because of how many questions there are. Some ask if you have enough money to stay here while others want proof you will return after studying abroad.
Now that you have interviewed with several companies and received conditional offers, it is time to make your next move! Depending on how many interviews you had, how quickly you were able to reply to emails, and your overall preparation, it can take anywhere from one week to months for employers to receive confirmation that you are eligible to work in the United States.
That is the hardest part – the waiting. There’s no way of knowing exactly when an employer will get around to making a visa decision, so there is no definitive “best timing” to arrive in America. All we can do is be prepared for either outcome and know that everything will work out in the end.
If your dreams include staying in the USA long term, this may feel like an eternity! But remember, you invested both time and money into seeking employment in the U.S., and now it is time to reap the benefits. So don’t give up, even if things seem slow moving at times.
Keep yourself organized and use the time effectively by investing in technology to communicate and coordinate. For example, you could use Google Calendar to organize meetings, email to keep track of messages and conversations, and Slack or Skype to chat about developments.
It also helps to remain optimistic and understand that immigration processes take longer than most people think they should.
The next step is finding out if you have already been interviewed for a visa at the American embassy or consular office in your home country. If so, you do not need an additional interview with us!
You can now apply online to get your F-1 visa instead of coming into our department for another personal visit. This way, we will know how you performed during the interviews back home, and whether you seem like you are first time applicants or not.
We also cannot give you information about your application unless you tell us under what name you want to be registered as a student. So make sure to include that info here!
If you have received a visa letter from us but it has not yet arrived at the US Embassy, then there is nothing you can do until it does. You can check current status pages for your applications here.
The next step in the process is to actually apply for the visa! This can be done through VISA INCOME SOLUTION, A website that helps international students and scholars gain entry level visas into Canada, the United States, and many other countries.
By registering with them, you get access to their Canadian representatives only, but they are very helpful and work hard to ensure every student is looked after.
Their representative will go over all of your documents, verify income, and make sure you have enough money to stay in Canada while you are studying. They also help coordinate things like finding an apartment or house if you live outside of the downtown area.
After all this, they send you an acknowledgement email which says when you can expect to receive your visa. It may take several days or weeks depending on how fast your home country moves so keep an eye open.
The final step in applying for your F-1 visa is paying the fees associated with immigrating to America. These include an arrival immigrant processing fee of $495 (the I-94 form depends on how you are traveling so this can vary), a health examination fee, and an additional medical certificate of good health fee.
The health examination fee is typically done within one week of arriving in the United States, but it cannot be processed without having paid the first two fees. Both of these fees must be received at least fourteen days before being eligible to schedule your appointment.
You will have to prove that you have adequate money to last you during your stay in the US, as well as proof of sufficient income while living outside of the country. This includes bank statements or receipts proving business investment, as well as proof of employment.
It’s important to remember that if you run out of time after completing all three steps, you may not be able to apply again until six months have passed.
Many students do not know what happens next after their interview. They are usually left waiting around for their visas to be processed. This can sometimes take weeks or even months depending on how many applicants there are for the same position.
There is an application process that must be completed before you can stay in the United States as a non-immigrant student. This includes having proof of money to pay for college, medical insurance, and accommodations.
Students should keep up with all formalities and deadlines by using good time management skills.