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Part 2 – Student Visa Guide – Enrollment

Welcome to Part 2 of our Student Visa Video Presentation. When a college has been accredited to accept foreign students they will have a Designated School Official (DSO) to handle all the students’ questions and help them through the acceptance process. If the college is a large one, it may have a Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) along with other DSO staff. The PDSO or DSO will be your only points of contact at the college, except when you are simply touring the college.

Most state and private universities specialize in Bachelor Degree and Post-Graduate programs and will have a PDSO and DSO available on each campus. Only full-time college courses will qualify for F-1 or M-1 visas. Full-time hours typically mean a course that carries at least 12 hours per week for the semester. Some full-time courses may require higher workloads. Your DSO should confirm whether your course qualifies.

Having made your initial contacts with the DSO, you will need to submit all of the information they require to officially determine your suitability for their course as outlined above. Your credential evaluation report will be their primary basis for admission. In addition, they require proof that you have sufficient monies to fund the course and yourself. These are called living expenses. Proof of funding will include a showing of bank accounts, tax returns and any other documentation proving that you or the person vouching for you can do so, so be prepared.

Example: John Smith Community State College

Tuition and fees $8,500.00
Living Expenses $14,000.00
Books $900.00
Total $23, 400.00


Once the college has accepted your suitability for a place they will issue an official certificate of acceptance called an I-20 A-B. The next step is for the student to make a formal student visa application at the Embassy or USCIS. We will work closely with you in the preparation of your visa application. You will be required to complete a General Client Questionnaire (GCQ), and from this information we shall be able to prepare your official visa application papers. You will also be required to provide us with any appropriate supporting documentation required.

When we have put your visa application package together all you will need to do is take it down to the London Embassy for submission. The Embassy may interview you then or, they make ask you to return at an appointed time, so it’s probably a good idea to call the Embassy first. The Embassy’s policy is subject to change without notice, so again, be prepared. In part 3 we’ll continue this presentation, so stay with us and we look forward to you joining us shortly.

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Chris M. Ingram LL.M., ESQ – Immigration Attorney
Admitted in New York.
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