Student And Exchange Visitor Program

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As an international student afforded with the opportunity to study in the United States, my curiosity regarding the foreign student policies of the country, and the ways in which they have changed over the years if at all, is reasonable. Since the Immigration Act of 1924, with persuasions from the Institute of International Education (IIE), the U.S. government created a new category of nonimmigrant student visas, which circumvented the limitations set by the Immigration Act of 1921’s post-war quotas. This new visa category allowed for foreign students, with proof of admission, to study in U.S. institutions. In the times since then, escalated by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks by foreign nationals — including several terrorists on student …show more content…
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
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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

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