Student And Exchange Visitor Program
has become a great deal more restrictive and cumbersome.
For the many internationals interested in studying in the United States, your first task is to research and apply to schools that fit your desired program of study. Furthermore, it is necessary to ensure that whichever school you apply to be Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified. On acceptance to your preferred institution, the designated school official (DSO) will issue to you a Form I-20 provided you are able to present proof of financial responsibility and a host of other supporting documents. This, along with payment of the mandatory SEVIS I-901 Fee would facilitate your application for a student visa at your designated U.S. Embassy or Consulate. It is incorrect to assume that the provision of all required documents will guarantee being granted a student visa. The …show more content…
For them to maintain ‘status’ while in school, they must be enrolled in a full course load, a minimum of 12 units for undergraduate degrees and 9 units for graduate degrees, for the duration of their program. Furthermore, foreign students are required to check in constantly with the designated school official (DSO) per their educational progress, held to and expected to maintain a higher academic standing than their American peers, obtain authorization for any international travel plans amongst other things. These seem reasonable enough, however, what comes as a disappointment to most international students are the severe restrictions imposed on international student employment in the United States. In view of the fact that foreign students pay full tuition and are ineligible for direct aid from the U.S. government, a majority arrive with the hopes of being able to gain some form of employment to keep up with their high educational expenses. While there are a few avenues available where you may be eligible to work as an international student, the limitations on these opportunities are so stringent that it becomes almost impossible to meet the required criteria. Nevertheless, many foreign students instead focus on completing their degrees, anticipating employment avenues that would present themselves upon