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Challenges to Overcome When Getting a Student Visa

By: Maria Ruby Concepcion

You must have a student visa to study in the United States, but there are challenges that one may experience in getting it. EducationUSA YouTube account uploaded a video about queries, tips, and steps in securing a student Visa. In this video, most questions were not just about getting a visa, but also about the financial information, one should provide during the interview to be granted the student visa.

In a visa interview, you may be asked about your ability to pay the university and support your personal needs. This is asked because the Consular Offices must be confident that you can financially control the entire length of your study program. During the visa interview, make sure that you have all the financial information with you when you apply.

In many countries including Australia, Canada, and the United States, international students pay more than the tuition fees paid by the local or national students. It means to say that it is really challenging to finish your studies because of the financial challenges you may face in the duration of the program.

Though you have to present that you have funds in hand for the year of the program and then show a plan that indicates that you will be able to pay for the rest of the program, one may still struggle financially especially if you have a family to support back in your country. Having a student visa means there are limited job opportunities in terms of location and number of working hours. Students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week and full-time during summer off-campus. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website, “F-1 students may not work off-campus during the first academic year (they are enrolled in school), but may accept on-campus employment subject to certain conditions and restrictions.” If you are in a student visa, it means that most of your time must be devoted to studies and not to anything else.

You can encounter new experiences while studying abroad, learn how to manage various cultures, interact with diverse peers, and communicate in other languages. Before experiencing all these, one must first overcome the challenges of getting a student visa.

References:

  • EducationUSA (2019, July 17). EducationUSA | Student Visas (2019) [Video File]. Retrieved from
  • Hertzler, L. (2019). Challenges persist in getting international students, scholars to campus. DOI: Penn Today Retrieved April 2, 2020, from https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/challenges-persist-getting-international-students-scholars-campus
  • Wilcox, A. (2019, April 16). Are student visa challenges deterring international students? Retrieved April 2, 2020, from https://universe.byu.edu/2019/04/16/are-student-visa-challenges-deterring-international-students/