Your application should consist of the items on the checklist below.
A few of the items on this checklist require additional explanation.
Evidence of academic qualifications. If you will be attending a u. s. college or university, some consular officers will require you to prove that you are academically qualified to pursue the program, even though the school itself has already accepted you. Therefore, you should present evidence of all of your previous education, in the form of official transcripts and diplomas from schools you attended. Also, submit standardized test results, if your school required such tests. If these documents are not available, submit detailed letters by officials of the schools you previously attended, describing the extent and nature of your education.
Evidence of intent to return. You
will need documents establishing your intent to leave the u. s. when your studies are completed. The consulate will want to see evidence of ties to some other country so strong that you will be highly motivated to return there. Proof of such ties can include deeds verifying ownership of a house or other real property, written statements from you explaining that close relatives live there, or letters from a company showing that you have a job waiting when you return from the united states.
Evidence of sufficient funds. Most important, you must submit documents showing that you presently have sufficient funds available to cover all tuition and living costs for your first year of study. The Certificate of Eligibility, Form sEVIs I-20, gives the school’s estimate of what your total annual expenses will be. specifically, you must show you have that much money presently available.
You must also document that you have a source of funds to cover your expenses in future years without having to work.
The best evidence of your ability to pay educational expenses is a letter from a bank, or a bank statement, either in the U. S. or abroad, showing an account in your name with a balance of at least the amount of money it will take to pay for your first year of education.
Alternatively, you can submit a written guarantee of support signed by an immediate relative, preferably a parent, together with your relative’s bank statements. unless your relative can show enough assets to prove he or she can support you without additional income, you should also show that your relative is presently employed. You can document this by submitting a letter from the employer verifying your relative’s work situation.
Although the guarantee of support may be in the form of a simple written statement in your relative’s own words, we suggest you use Form I-134, called an Affidavit of support. A copy of this form is on the USCIS website at www. us – cis. gov. The questions on Form I-134 are self-explanatory. Be aware that the form was designed to be filled out by someone living in the United States. Since it is quite likely that the person who will support you is living outside the u. s., any questions that apply to u. s. residents should be answered “N/A.”
Additional documents for flight trainees. If you’re applying for an F or M visa for U. S. flight training, you will be required to submit written information and documents specifying the following:
• your reason for the training (be specific)
• current employer and your position
• who is paying for the training (name and relationship)
• your most recent flight certifications and ratings
• information on what kind of aircraft the training is for (document must be signed by a school official in the United States)
• certified take-off weight of the aircraft type (document must be signed by a school official in the U. S.), and
• current rank or title if you are presently working as an active pilot.
o-3 visas are available to accompanying spouses and unmarried children under age 21 of o-1 or o-2 visa holders. o-3 visas allow relatives to remain in the u. s., but they may not work. They may seek permanent residence while in o-3 status.
Although people on 0-1 visas and their spouses and children on 0-3 visas are permitted to apply for permanent residence (a green card) while in nonimmigrant o status, this is not true of o-2s (support staff). They must have the intent to depart the U. S. and they must maintain a residence abroad during their U. S. stay.
After assembling the change of status application, you must mail it to the usCIs regional service center having jurisdiction over the area where you’re currently living. usCIs regional service centers are not the same as usCIs local offices—for one thing, you cannot visit regional service centers in person. There are four usCIs regional service centers spread across the United States. See the USCIS website at www. uscis. gov for the regional service centers’ addresses and P. O. box numbers.
Within a few weeks after mailing in the petition, you should get back a written confirmation that the papers are being processed, together with a receipt for the fee. This notice will also contain your immigration file number. If USCIS wants further information before acting on your case, all petition papers, forms, and documents will be returned to you with a form known as a Request for Evidence. You should supply the extra data requested and mail the whole package back to the service center.
Until recently, foreign students could submit applications for student status but begin school before receiving the USCIS’s okay. Under the new rule, USCIS promises to issue its approvals (or denials) within approximately 30 days—in return for which it requires applicants to wait for its decision before starting school.
When your application has been approved, the USCIS service center will notify you using a Form I-797 Notice of Action. A new I-94 card will be attached to the bottom of the form. You will also be issued an I-20 Student ID.
G. Step Three: You Enter the U. S With Your Student visa
When you arrive in the U. S. with your new F-1 or M-1 visa, the border officer will examine your paperwork, ask you some questions, and if all is in order, approve you for entry. You will be given a small I-94 card. This will be stamped showing you have been admitted either until a specific date or for the duration of your student status (D/S). Also shown will be the name of the school you have been authorized to attend.
Each time you exit and reenter the U. S., you will get a new I-94 card authorizing your stay and indicating the time limit. When you have stayed in the U. S. on an M-1 visa for a year (or whatever time you were given) and you wish to
The law empowers a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspector at the U. S. airport or border to summarily (without allowing judicial review) bar entry to someone requesting admission to the U. S. if either of the following are true:
• The inspector thinks you are lying about practically anything connected with entering the U. S., including your purpose
in coming, intent to return, and prior immigration history. This includes the use or suspected use of false documents.
• You do not have the proper documentation to support your entry to the U. S. in the category you are requesting.
If the inspector excludes you, you cannot be readmitted to the U. S. for five years, unless USCIS grants a special waiver. For this reason it is extremely important to understand the terms of your requested status, and to not make any misrepresentations.
If you are found to be inadmissible, you may ask the CBP inspector to withdraw your application to enter the U. S. in order to prevent having the five-year deportation order on your record. The CBP may allow this in some exceptional cases.
remain longer, you may apply for one two-year extension of your I-20 to your designated school official. F-1 students may apply for extensions of stay indefinitely, as long as they continue to maintain their eligibility for the status and their Dso grants an extension to complete studies.
student visas and student statuses can be extended to allow necessary continuation of your studies. F-1 students can extend their permitted stay up to the revised estimated completion date of their academic program. M-1 students can, after one year, extend their permitted stay for a maximum of two more years.
Your authorized stay as indicated on your Form I-20 may last longer than the expiration date of the entry visa stamped in your passport, or it may expire before your visa expires. Therefore, depending on your situation, you may need to extend your I-20 date, your visa, or both. statuses as written on the Forms I-20 can be extended only by your Dso in the united states. student visas can be extended only at consulates (but you can wait until your next trip outside the u. s.).
Extensions are not automatic. Your Dso or the consular officers have the right to reconsider your qualifications based on any changes in the facts or law. If you seem not to be making progress
P-1 visas are available to athletes or athletic teams that have been internationally recognized as outstanding for a long and continuous period of time. Entertainment companies that have been nationally recognized as outstanding for a long time also qualify. unlike o visas, which always rest on the capabilities of individuals, P-1 visas can be issued based on the expertise of a group. However, don’t be surprised to find a lot of overlap between uses and qualifications for О and P visas.
In the case of entertainment companies, each performer who wishes to qualify for a P-1 visa must have been an integral part of the group for at least one year, although up to 25% of them can be excused from the one-year requirement, if necessary. This requirement may also be waived in exceptional situations, where due to illness or other unanticipated circumstances, a critical performer is unable to travel. The one-year requirement is for performers only. It does not apply to support personnel. It also does not apply to anyone at all who works for a circus, including performers.
Like О-1 visas, P-1 visas are issued only for the time needed to complete a particular event, tour, or season. You may also be allowed some extra time for vacation, as well as promotional appearances and stopovers incidental and/or related to the event. Individual athletes, however, may remain in the U. S. for up to ten years.
To qualify as a P-1 athlete, you or your team must have an internationally recognized reputation in the sport. Evidence of this must include a contract with a major u. s. sports league, team, or international sporting event, and at least two of the following:
• proof of your, or your team’s, previous significant participation with a major U. S. sports league
• proof of your participation in an international competition with a national team
• proof of your previous significant participation with a U. S. college in intercollegiate competition
• written statement from an official of a major U. S. sports league or the governing body of the sport, detailing how you or your team is internationally recognized
• written statement from the sports media or a recognized expert regarding your international recognition
• evidence that you or your team is internationally ranked, or
• proof that you or your team has received a significant honor or award in the sport.
P-1 visas are not available to individual entertainers, but only to members of groups with international reputations. Your group must have been performing regularly for at least one year, and 75% of the members of your group must have been performing with that group for at least a year. When your employer files a petition on your behalf, the employer will have to supply proof of your group’s sustained international recognition, as shown by either its nomination for, or receipt of, significant international awards or prizes, or at least three of the following:
• proof that your group has or will star or take a leading role in productions or events with distinguished reputations
• reviews or other published material showing that your group has achieved international recognition and acclaim for outstanding achievement in the field
• proof that your group has and will star or take a leading role in productions or events for organizations with distinguished reputations
• proof of large box office receipts or ratings showing your group has a record of major commercial or critically acclaimed successes
• proof that your group has received significant recognition for achievements from organizations, critics, government agencies, or other recognized experts, or
• proof that your group commands a high salary or other substantial remuneration.
Circus performers and essential personnel do not need to have been part of the organization for one year to get a P-1 visa, provided the particular circus itself has a nationally recognized reputation as outstanding.
USCIS may waive the international recognition requirement for groups that have only outstanding national reputations, if special circumstances would make it difficult for your group to prove its international reputation. such circumstances could include your group having only limited access to news media, or problems based on your group’s geographical location.
USCIS may waive the one-year group membership requirement for you if you are replacing an ill or otherwise unexpectedly absent but essential member of a P-1 entertainment group. This requirement may also be waived if you will be performing in any critical role of the group’s operation.
Visitors may be invited by the U. S. government to participate in exchanges that strengthen professional and personal ties between key foreign nationals and the United States and U. S. institutions. They may be issued J-1 visas for the length of time necessary to complete the program, but no more than 18 months.
Youth workers over the age of 18 coming to serve as counselors in u. s. summer camps may be issued J-1 visas for no more than four months.
Postsecondary students may use a j-1 visa to work and travel in the united states for a four-month period during their summer vacations, through programs conducted by Department of state – designated sponsors.
Professors and other academics participating in short-term activities such as seminars, workshops, conferences, study tours, or professional meetings may be granted up to six months on a j-1 visa.