GET WORLD-CLASS EDUCATION, STUDY IN USA

The US is the topmost destination for international students in the world. Offering scope for education in all streams to international students, the USA helps them achieve excellence in any field they choose.

The USA has an economy that needs fresh talent annually. For this reason, it’s the preferred destination for foreign students who want to study and make a bright future for themselves after their graduation.

Y-Axis offers authoritative support to students who want to study in USA. We have a comprehension of the education system in the US as well as vast experience in its visa process. These make us the best professionals to trust when it comes to studying in the US.

REASONS TO STUDY IN USA

  • Affordable education
  • Outstanding support system for overseas students
  • Diversity and flexibility
  • Healthy and safe communities
  • Exciting campus lifestyle
  • Facility for international students to join Internships and work while studying

COST OF STUDY IN USA

The US universities can be divided into 2 major categories:

  • public-funded and
  • private institutions.

Tuition expenses paid by international students at state schools are determined on the basis of non-resident costs. These are still usually less expensive when compared to private universities. You will require approximately $10,000 to $55,000 per year to pay your tuition fees.

Study Program

Approx. tuition fees in USD

Doctoral Degree

$20,000 to $45,000 per year

Graduate programs

$20,000 to $40,000 per year

Undergraduate Bachelor Degree

$15,000 to $40,000 per year

STUDENT INTAKES IN THE USA

Colleges and universities in the US have 3 intakes in a year. Students can choose their study term from 3 main intakes that are flexible. These are:

  • Fall intake in September
  • Spring intake in January
  • Summer intake in May

Intake 1 – Fall semester, which starts in August/September. This is the major intake.

Intake 2 – Spring semester, which starts in January/February wherein intake is also available.

Intake 3 – Summer semester, which starts in May/June wherein intake is done for selected courses.

STUDENTS’ WORK AUTHORIZATION

Student applicant

  • The age of students must be above 18 years
  • International students are allowed to work on-campus for up to 20 hours per week during the academic terms. They can work full-time during the break periods viz. the summertime.
  • For off-campus jobs, you must have some form of authorization in the written or documented form issued by the USCIS or OISS. Also, you have to be currently in legal status. You must have been enrolled as an F-1 student in the US. Such enrolment must be for at least an academic year. Only then you will be eligible for off-campus employment of any type.

Spouse

Regulations of the US government states that only married spouses are eligible to get the status of a dependent visa holder. A student, employee, or scholar is allowed to add to his or her record a dependent spouse. The spouse can then go on to get a dependent visa status (F-2/H-4/ J-2). These statuses have some restrictions.

REQUIREMENTS OF STUDENT VISA USA (F1 VISA)

Generally, you will require the following to apply for your US Student Visa:

  • A valid passport valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the period you will stay in the USA
  • Latest photograph (passport size)
  • DS-160’s confirmation page
  • Form I-20
  • Payment of application fees for SEVIS
  • Application with the status of a non-immigrant

Your university will intimate you with any additional requirements before you submit your application.

AFTER GRADUATION

F1 visa holders are eligible for OPT (optional practical training) of 12 months duration upon completion of graduation. This means that you are allowed to work for a year once your studies are done.

The permission to do a job on a temporary basis allows students to grab the opportunity to get practical experience in the field of study they are involved in.

After that, you will need to file an application for a work visa in case you have to continue to work in USA. You can stay back in the US for up to 60 days after you complete doing your course. You may not have a job offer or haven’t submitted an application for OPT.

TOP UNIVERSITIES IN THE USA

QS Rankings

University Name

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

2

Stanford University

3

Harvard University

4

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

9

University of Chicago

13

Princeton University

14

Cornell University

15

Yale University

16

Columbia University

19

University of Pennsylvania

20

University of Michigan

21

Johns Hopkins University

26

Duke University

27

The University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

32

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

34

Northwestern University

41

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

43

New York University (NYU)

46

Carnegie Mellon University

53

University of Wisconsin-Madison

STUDENT DEPENDENT VISA

Another name for the Student Dependent Visa is “F2 visa”. It’s a non-immigrant, dependent visa. This visa is useful to immediate family members of the F1 student visa holders. They can move to the USA using this visa.

Dependents include:

  • Spouse
  • Unmarried children under the age of 21

Who’s eligible for the F2 visa?

  • The spouse of an F1 student visa holder.
  • The dependent unmarried child of an F1 visa holder aged below 21 years
  • The main applicant must have sufficient financial resources to support his/her family during their stay in the USA

Requirements of F2 visa

  • Passport (original and photocopies)
  • A photograph conforming to the visa rules of the US
  • Visa application confirmation (DS-160)
  • Birth certificate for dependent children
  • Visa fee payment receipt
  • Marriage certificate for spouses
  • Applicant’s I-20 form
  • Applicant’s tax records, bank statements, and employment documents as proof of financial stability
  • Copy of F1 visa holder’s I-20 form

BENEFITS OF F2 VISA

Extended visa stays

The extension made by F1 visa holders will automatically give the eligibility to apply for an extension for the F2 visa dependents. Filing Form I-539 is sufficient to renew your F2 visa together with proof of financial status.

Visa status change

After coming to the US on an F2 visa you can apply for a change of visa status. For this, you have to enroll in a US higher education program and change your visa status to F1. If you find an appropriate job, you can apply for a change of visa status.

Getting a Green Card

An F2 visa holder becomes eligible to apply for a Green Card when the F1 visa holder gets a Green Card. You can change your visa status so as to allow you to fulfill a dual purpose. Then you can apply for a Green Card.

You will become eligible for a Green Card if you find a job.

Access to healthcare

F2 visa holders can reach out to hospitals and medical services in the USA. But if you plan on a long stay or anticipate a medical situation, it’s sensible to buy a health insurance plan so that the high costs of healthcare are covered.  

F2 VISA RESTRICTIONS

  • No permission to work
  • Not allowed to pursue higher education
  • Not eligible for Social Security Number (SSN)
  • Can’t enter the US before the F1 visa holder
  • You can’t get a job in the US on an F2 visa. But you may do unpaid voluntary work, for which you can’t get any remuneration
  • As you aren’t eligible to work, you can’t get an SSN
  • You must either arrive in the USA with the F1 visa holder or come to the US on a later date for the first time on an F2 visa, following the F1 holder. You can’t come to the USA before the F1 visa holder. This is applicable only when you are reaching the US for the first time and not for subsequent travel.
  • With an F2 visa, you can’t do a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program. Nevertheless, you will have the eligibility for vocational and recreational training courses. Dependent children on an F2 visa can finish primary, middle, and high school education. If you trying to pursue higher studies, the first thing to apply for is change in visa status.

M1 STUDENT VISA (VOCATIONAL COURSE)

The M1 visa is a non-immigrant visa. USCIS issues it to international students arriving to study in the US. However, not all students get the M1 visa. The visa is primarily meant for those who wish to pursue vocational training in the USA.

Students can arrive in the US with an M1 visa, thereafter completing their full-time vocational studies.

What you can do with an M1 visa

With the M1 visa, a student can get a driver’s license, access healthcare services, a US-based bank account, and apply for work subject to some restrictions. If you have a valid M1 visa status you can bring your relatives in to live with you in the USA as dependents.

What you can’t do with an M1 visa

  • Apply for a full-time job outside the campus
  • Study the full-time course as part-time operation (with strict attendance monitoring)
  • Switch between institutions after 6 months of starting the program (doable before 6 months)
  • After doing your vocational course, continue with a bachelor’s or another degree

Requirements for M1 visa application

  • You have applied for vocational training or non-academic courses in the US
  • You were admitted by a US-based educational school and you have the Form I-20
  • You satisfy the minimum requirements for educational qualification for admission into the vocational course
  • You have the required proficiency level in the English language
  • You have permanent residence in your country of origin
  • You have shown that you have enough money to meet your expenses while living in the USA
  • The institution is convinced that whatever education you are getting will prove beneficial for your country of origin
  • You are not intending to remain in the USA and will leave once your education is done

Documents required for the M1 student visa

  • Passport valid for at least 6 months
  • Visa appointment letter
  • DS-160 confirmation
  • Recent photographs
  • Educational certificates
  • Fee receipts
  • Proof of financial stability

M2 VISA

The M2 visa is a non-immigrant visa. This US visa lets the dependent spouse as well as children (below 21 years of age) of an individual holding a valid M1 student visa to arrive in the US.

If you want to qualify for the M-2 visa, you must:

  • Prove that your intention is to stay in the US temporarily
  • Prove that you are the dependent spouse or child of the primary M-1 visa applicant and that your age is less than 21 years

Holding an M2 visa you can:

  • Study in a vocational or recreational school
  • Study in an elementary or secondary school
  • Travel to and from the US

With an M2 visa you can’t:

  • Attempt for admission at a US university
  • Seek a job in the US

How long can you stay on the M2 visa?

You may choose to stay in the US on an M2 visa as long as the applicant for the principal M1 is maintaining status. This may be for a year or for the time needed by the principal M1 applicant to finish the course. The latter could be 3 years at the most and 30 days to depart after doing the course, whichever is lesser.

J1 VISA

The J1 visa is an Intern category visa. It belongs to the J1 Exchange Visitor Program. It’s meant to give foreign students as well as recent graduates the chance to develop their skills, At the same time, they will gain knowledge of US culture and business practice.

When interns return to their home countries, they are expected to share the professional and cross-cultural experience they received in the USA. Many internships are paid.

Applicants must be mindful that the J1 visa system is designed solely to take part in an internship. The US state department categorically forbids the use of this visa system to recruit individuals to regular employee roles.

As an intern, an applicant is strictly forbidden to take any job outside of their internship in the US. If an applicant is found to be doing unauthorized work, he/she will be immediately terminated from the J1 Visa Program. He/she also stands the chance of getting deported. He/she must pay penalties via the USCIS.

Eligibility for J1 visa

To be eligibly sponsored on the J1 intern visa, applicants must have got an internship opportunity with a US company in one of the fields given below:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing
  • Construction and Building Trades
  • Health-Related Occupations
  • Education, Social Sciences, Library Science, Counseling, and Social Services
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Management, Business, Commerce, and Finance
  • Information Media and Communications
  • The Sciences, Architecture, Engineering, Industrial Occupations, and Mathematics
  • Public Administration & Law

Applicants need to also:

  • Have proficiency in the English language
  • Be ready to leave the US within 30 days of finishing the study program. This period is granted by the USCIS to let you plan to return home. Applicants aren’t supposed to continue the program, nor can they work during this period. However, they may travel within the US.

J2 VISA

The J2 visa is a visa issued by USCIS. It’s issued to spouses as well as dependents of those who hold the J1 visa. They may accompany or finally join a J1 visa holder in the USA.

Duration of the J2 visa

The duration of the J2 visa varies according to the period J1 visa holders stay in the US.

Eligibility requirements of J2 visa

  • Spouses get preference for this visa. Their eligibility is granted immediately.
  • Dependents’ age must be under 21 years. They must be unmarried too.
  • The J1 visa holder need to be present in person in the USA before the J2 visa holder arrives in the country. A J2 visa holder can enter the USA only after the J1 visa holder flies to the country, in case they are arriving in the US separately.

Documents needed for J2 visa

  • DS-2019
  • J2 Visa sticker
  • Permission to work
FAQ
How much will I be able to earn while studying in the USA?

International students in the US can make up to $20 hourly. They are allowed to work for not more than 20 hours per week. The earnings will vary on the basis of the college and occupation. As an international student, you can earn the most by working as an RA/TA.

What are the requirements for a Student Visa in the USA?

The US Student Visa needs you to submit mandatory documents along with supporting documents of financial and academic. Here is the list of documents you must submit:

  • A valid passport with a minimum validity of 6 months remaining after your period of stay in the USA has expired
  • Online application form DS-160 in print
  • Original as well as a copy of the appointment letter for the interview
  • Form I-20 from the US college/university where you are going to study
  • A receipt of confirmation for visa fees paid
  • Bank statement for at least 3 years showing enough funds to pay for the first year of studies
  • Payslips
  • Original mark sheet or provisional certificate
  • Score sheet of tests like GMAT, IELTS, TOEFL, etc.
What's the least IELTS score needed to study in USA?

US colleges/universities expect at least 6.5 bands as their IELTS score, However, it’s better to get higher scores. Most institutions accept applications for admission showing a minimum of 6.5 scores.

Can I work as a Student visa holder in the USA?

Yes. International students can work in USA while studying subject to a few restrictions. Holders of the M1 and F1 visas are allowed to work in specified training programs on the campus. They aren’t allowed to be employed outside the campus in the first year of their course.

What’s the cost to study in USA?

The tuition fees for a UG course could be anything between $15,000 and $20,000 per annum. Tuition fees for PG courses range between $7,000 and $21,000 or more. The study program you choose and the school you join (public or private) determines the fees. The cost of living per month can range between $300 to $1,000. It depends largely on your lifestyle.

How can I convert my B2 visa to an F1 visa? What’s the process and what’s the cost involved?

You can try converting a B2 visa to an F1 visa only from within the USA. International applicants outside the USA must submit an application for an F1 visa.

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