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F-1 Visa Checklist


An international student applying for an F-1 visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad will need to present the following, please make full use of this checklist before applying your F-1 Visa I-20 Certificate of Eligibility Form provided by ISSO at UCSF Letter of admission provided by Graduate Division or UCSF professional school Financial support documents (Current proof of support that would meet expenses for program duration as indicated on Form I-20 (i.e. bank statements, award letters or loan approval letters) Passport valid for a minimum of six months into the future at the time of entry Form DS-156 “Nonimmigrant Visa Application” available at the Consulate office or the Department of State website Form DS-157 “Supplemental Nonimmigrant Visa Application” if the  applicant is male and between the ages of 16 and 45. Available at the Consulate office or by clicking here. Two photos (see requirements here) MRV fee Machine Readable [...]

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Why Choose Home Stay?


It’s common for students to flock to live in arrangements that are similar to their current housing: dorms or apartments.  Some students contend that living with a host family cramps their style, but this is rarely the case.  Most students who live with a family enjoy the freedom to come and go as they please.  They also enjoy home-cooked meals and insightful conversations with their hosts.  Which you won’t get in student housing. Here are 5 benefits of living with a Homestay: 1.  You learn the language faster. If you are studying English in U.S, then living with a home stay family is definitely the best way to adjust.  The more time you spend with other Canadians, the more you are forced to speak the country’s native language.  The best way to learn is to use it all the time without a crutch. 2.  You experience the customs and tradition [...]

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How to travel to Canada with F-1 Visa


Summer holiday is just around the corner and have you decided where to go outside of the U.S?  Give yourself a break after all the hard working last semester. Canada is a great place to go and you can have yourself some fun there. It is an attractive and convenient travel destination for international students in the United States. Many foreign students in the US take the opportunity and travel to Canada with F-1 Visa. They could explore North America and experience the exciting cities, vast natural landscapes, and distinct cultures that Canada has to offer. So why not take this summer to broaden your horizons? Before you go, consider these two important factors to travel to Canada with F-1 Visa: 1- Ensure that all your United States immigration documents are in order so that you will not have any problems returning to the USA. F-1 Student Visa Holders will require A valid SEVIS Form [...]

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How to Rock the F-1 Visa Interview

F-1 Visa Interview

F-1 Visa interview is so important that it would decide whether or not you can go to study abroad.  Although there is no specific question that they would ask, some general questions might appear during the interview.  For example, they may ask you about your studies, funds, sponsors, your chosen university, your destination of study or anything. My suggestion is always be prepare but do not feel nervous about that. Here are some questions that might be asked during interview. Why have you chosen this university? Who will sponsor your education? How will you pay for your stay in the US? Why do you want to go to the US? Why don’t you study this course in your own country? Why have you chosen this course? Why do you want to go abroad? Do you have any family there? Who earns in your family? What do you know about course [...]

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How to get F-1 Visas and make your studying abroad dream come true

F-1 Visas

I was so excited when I first got the acceptance letter from University. However, I found it is such a tedious process for international student to get F1-Visa to study in the U.S. and Canada. There are a lot of materials that you need to prepare before going to U.S. embassy. Here are the steps that I did for my Visa application that I hope can help you in gathering all the necessary paperwork! Step1. Presenting the Required Document you’ll need: • Form DS-2019 (Certificate of Eligibility) issued by your program sponsor. • Other supporting documents – check the specific embassy or consulate website. This may vary from different collage. • Passport valid for travel to the United States. • Completed Online Form DS-160, nonimmigrant visa application. • Fee receipt showing payment of the $160 visa application fee. • 2×2 photograph, meeting format requirements(white background) • Your admission letter. • [...]

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