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  1. Hi all. I've received a fully funded PhD offer from Northeastern and my visa interview is scheduled for next month. However, I may have made a potential mistake in my DS-160. For "Person/Entity Paying for your Trip", I selected 'Self' thinking that it was asking for who is paying for the plane ticket but then later I found out that it actually asks for who is paying for my stay in the US, which is of course the university. Could this lead to a problem/rejection? I've already submitted the form, so I can't change anything now.
  2. I've been admitted to a PhD program at a reputable US grad school with full funding. I am from the UK but members of my immediate family recently moved to the US and now have permanent residency. This did not influence my decision to apply to the United States, but I am concerned it could be a problem at the visa interview - particularly when it comes to proving that I intend to return to the UK after I finish the program. Just wondering if anyone could shed some light on how much of a problem having family already in the US can be? Thanks!
  3. Hi, My admit offer for 2 year MS has GTA funding for the first year. However, it has no mention of funding for the 2nd year. I understand that the i20 will have info about 1st year expenses and my GTA funding. I'm not sure if I am required to show available financial documents for 2nd year upfront if 1st year is taken care of by GTA.
  4. Hi everyone I am from Turkey, I will start studying PhD starting August 22. My visa appointment went very well, the officer asked me only three questions, didn't ask for any additional documents and instantly gave me an approval. He even wished me good luck . However, I got my passport back 10 days later, with a yellow-colored paper attached (and without a visa). It was explained that my application required further administrative processing, but it wasn't explained why. Is there anyone here who had a similar experience? Why could this have happened to me? How long did it take you to get your visa issued? Is there anything at all that can be done to expedite the process (although I know the answer is simply no, but one can always hope). If I can't get my visa in time, I will lose my TAship and will have to defer my PhD
  5. I have received the I-20 (without funding) from my University. But now they are offering me a GRA. So a new I-20 would be issued showing the funding. As visa slots are filling up quickly, should I be waiting for the new I-20 or can I book the visa slot with the I-20 that I have right now?
  6. I have always returned to the school a few days before school began (5~10) so I never actually knew there was the earliest admission date. However, this time, I am booked for July 20th but I realized my EAD is the 22nd. This is a 2 day gap. I don't think I can change the ticket now, and have read that sometimes they are allowed in? I've been an F-1 student for more than nine years and have kept to all of the dates. Do you think they would let me slide for the 2 days? Would they let me just wait out the two days in the airport or would my I-20 status be cancelled?
  7. I had my visa interview yesterday. The interview was smooth but at the end the vo asked me about the subjects that I will take up. I said machine learning and neural networks. She then issued me 221g white form and asked me to mail some documents. My current visa status is administrative processing. Is it a thing to worry about? How long will the proceeding take ?My semester is starting from next month
  8. Hi all, I still have not heard about funding yet. My PI told me that it would take about 2 weeks for her to finalize on the funding after discussing with my co-supervisors. I emailed her after 2 weeks asking for an update only to get a reply saying she will be out of office till end of the month. I am considering emailing the co-supervisors ( but I am worried it might look like I am overstepping ) and calling the admission office. I am an international student and I am worried that I may not make it on time since I have to apply for the visa as well and they still do not give me a decision. How do I proceed ?
  9. Hi All, I am yet to make my choice of University for Fall 2018 admissions. I have received offers from Iowa State Univ. with funding and Purdue without funding. I am talking to the professors @ Purdue to know my chances for funding. Could anyone please let me know how much time I have left to decide without being too late for the visa applications. I am an Indian resident. Thanks Smrithi
  10. Hello everyone,,, Now I got accepted with an assistantship offer into a university in America. Still, this university is not my favorite option. So, I'm thinking about also applying to the Japanese government scholarship (next May), & to an Australian university that has a research center which I'm highly interested in its research (next July). But since I can't guarantee that I'll get accepted into any of these two scholarships, & I don't want to waste a year of my life, so I will meanwhile go to the American university, & start to prepare to travel there. & the results of the two Japanese & Australian scholarships appear after the start of the academic year in America! However I I'd like your opinion about whether to go ahead & apply also to those two scholarships, especially two questions: 1) While starting my academic year in the American university, if I find out that I got accepted in the Japanese or Australian scholarship, is it possible to leave that university to go to the other one in either Japan or Australia? 2) Is it possible to do the visa procedures for traveling to Japan or Australia inside the US, although I'm Egyptian & not American?
  11. I already picked up my Italian student visa and my German student visa is also approved, can I pick up my German visa too, because Italy was my plan B and I wasn't sure if I can get German visa or not? Answer Requestâ–¾
  12. Hello all, Unclear at this point on how to exactly word this, but I am looking for help on immigration and visas to the UK, specifically, or Europe, more broadly. I am a PhD student looking for eventual employment in the UK. My partner is Scottish and has British citizenship. Does anyone have any experience with the US-to-UK visa process either through academic routes or marriage/partnership routes who would be willing to share information or be in touch? General questions about what kind of visa, how UK universities engage with US PhDs, things to look out for, etc. etc. Thanks very much.
  13. Hi, I hope someone is out there helping me solve this question. I am applying for F1 visa and I have a question about "person paying for your trip" section in DS-160. The program I admitted is 2 year program, and I got "1" year RA. So on i-20, funding I got for 1 year is listed. So the question is what do I have to select for "person paying for your trip" question! self / parent / organization(university)? If i get 2year RA, i would choose university without any concern. But i am worried that i am getting 1 year for now... hope there is someone to answer my question thanks in advance
  14. Oi guys, F-1 student here who is planning on attending a conference in Canada in September. I have my F-1 status still valid but my visa expired last year. Questions: 1. It states on the Canadian immigration page that F-1 students can travel to Canada without being required to have a Visa. Does anyone have any experience with this? 2. If it is indeed possible to travel with just my F-1 status, would the cbp require a visa in returning to the country? 3. If they would, can an international student renew their visa in Canada without having to return to their countries?
  15. Has anyone used FINTIBA (http://www.fintiba.com) to get blocked account with Sutor bank before? I'm going to Uni in Munich and I was just wondering whether it'd be easy to withdraw the money from it because I could not find a branch of Sutor Bank in Munich.
  16. Hey guys, Here is the situation: I was accepted last year to an MFA program and had to defer it for a year. So I'm starting my program this fall. It's going to be time to apply for a visa very soon. What documents will I need to apply? Should I get new official acceptance letter and new I-20? Also, my TOEFL scores are expired - should I take this exam again? Please tell that I shouldn't!!! And please don't tell me to address those questions to my international student office - those guys proved to be utterly useless. If someone here went through a deferral please share your thoughts! Thanks!
  17. For those who of you are planning to pursue a PhD in the United States, what would/should you do if your visa application is placed on administrative hold? I have heard of multiple examples where people's visa applications were put on hold and eventually had to give up going to the States. As someone who is from a country which Donald Trump and his administration hate, I am extremely concerned about this even though my intended major (mathematics) is not as sensitive as aerospace engineering. Obviously, I don't want to wait for another year and re-apply, since it's already my second time applying for PhD. I am thinking about applying for some master programs in UK around May or June as backup options. Any idea/suggestion would be helpful. Thank you!
  18. Greetings from Turkey,I got a fully funded PhD offer from Illinois Institute of Technology on last April. I applied for an F1 visa to enroll in for Fall 2016 semester. Even though I got an approval on my interview, my application status remained under administrative processing for almost six months. I had to defer my admission twice, regardless of my efforts and the university's efforts to contact the embassy several times, since they were extremely indifferent and unhelpful. At the end I got really upset and sent the embassy a veeeeery long e-mail that contained literal sentences like "I can't take this anymore", "WHAT COULD I HAVE EVER DONE TO DESERVE THIS?" and "Even if I get cancer and the only cure is in the US, I will never set foot in your country" (I wasn't drunk or high). At the end of the e-mail I requested the withdrawal of my application, which they instantly agreed to like they had been waiting for me to give up already.My supervisor is trying very hard to help me and he is the coolest person on earth. So, I don't want to let this chance slip away. My question is, what would happen if I tried to apply at the same embassy. %100 administrative processing again? refusal for life? Should I apply for this visa at a different country with a valid excuse (I might do an internship abroad). Any suggestion will be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  19. Hello, I am in quite an unusual situation. I got an admit to the PhD program in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington. Unfortunately, my admit was not funded. When I inquired with the committee and asked if I can terminate my education with a Masters degree, they said I can do that. This is what I would most likely be doing. Now that I received my I20 (which is for a PhD admit), would I face any trouble during the VISA interview? Something like "how are you going to manage your funding for a phd program, and why do you think you did not receive any funding for the program?". Would it have any negative effect if I explain the situation and say that I would return with a Masters Degree if I can't get funding after I go to the university? Any kind of help regarding this is appreciated.
  20. Hi all, I'm from India and have a couple of questions regarding my passport. First, is it a problem if my passport signature and current signature (which I would use for visa, immigration, etc.) are very different? When I initially got my passport about 7 years ago, my signature was very different from my present signature. So, for any matters regarding getting my visa done, immigration, opening a bank account in the US, etc., the signature I would use would not match with the signature in my passport. Is this going to be a problem and do people check the passport signature? Should I update the signature in my passport? Second, my passport will expire in 2020. Since I will be a PhD candidate, my duration of stay will be a minimum of 5 years, and perhaps 6. Hence, I'll be staying in the US till about 2021, i.e. 1 year beyond my passport expiration date. Will this be a problem at the time of getting my visa this year? Thanks in advance.
  21. Hi, everybody, can anyone talk about the main differences between the F-1 and J-1 visa? Also, if you have experience with that, can you share your experience? Thanks.
  22. I just had my master's degree in May 2015 and it's likely that I'll be going back to school for a PhD this coming fall. I am wondering if I have to renew my F-1 VISA or do anything with it. Any thoughts?
  23. I received my acceptance letter to Parsons last friday, and will be pursuing MA in Fashion Studies. Here's the thing, applying for the school was easy, the difficult and migraine inducing part has just begun. All teh visa application stuff are very confusing and here's hoping someone out there who are also from Malaysia or international students enrolling in Parsons could help me out a little. I've tried making enquiries to the Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE) but it's not helpful as all my calls went unanswered and my emails were ignored.
  24. Hello everyone! I am not sure this is the right forum for this msg...I've applied to about 10 programs in comparative literature..If I get accepted and get decent funding, I want to go the US with my girlfriend (we don't believe in long distance relationships )..We've agreed that we could marry "on paper" (we don't believe in marriage either) to meet the visa requirements for her...The only piece of info I found out is that she has to have a J1 in order to be able to work in the US...Does anyone know anything about the process?
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