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Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by OTUNBACODED: 1:02pm On Apr 06, 2016
Thanks for the prompt reply. Like I earlier stated, I already applied for the B1/B2 visa and fixed an interview date before my admission came through. And would you rather advice I wait till around June ending or early July before applying for the F-1 visa? so as to avoid the interview been close to the time of previous denial since my school resumes on the 22nd of August 2016.








abujaniv:


Hello OTUNBACODED,

Your recent application for a B1/B2 will be noted in the system, but the officer you see will look at your F1 case with fresh eyes and ask questions specifically related to that. However, we would advise that you are very upfront with the officer about why you have had two applications so close together and be sure to explain in detail how the school and program you selected further your career goals.

Regards,
Student Visa Team
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by OTUNBACODED: 9:23am On Apr 07, 2016
or should I just go ahead with my application now ? wish is better
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by abujaniv: 3:48pm On Apr 07, 2016
OTUNBACODED:
or should I just go ahead with my application now
? wish is better

Hello OTUNBACODED,

It is your decision. We recommend that you are honest and upfront, regardless of which date you select. The officer will be able to see the notes from the B1 interview and it is best to be clear and honest about your purpose of travel and why you have applied for two different classes of visa so close together. It is your responsibility to prove to the officer that you are a qualified and credible student and honesty is always the best policy.

Regards,
Student Visa Team
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by rolaesh: 4:46am On Apr 08, 2016
Dear visa officer,

These are my questions;

1. for F2 what will be the proof of sevis payment for interview purpose?, since only the f1 paid sevis and f2 sevis payment is exempted.

2. can i get a link for documents required for f2 interview?

3. is there any implication for spouse and children not attending same f2 interview at once, but seperately ( the children are all under 10 years and not available now due to school schedule)
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by abujaniv: 11:39am On Apr 08, 2016
rolaesh:
Dear visa officer,

These are my questions;

1. for F2 what will be the proof of sevis payment for interview purpose?, since only the f1 paid sevis and f2 sevis payment is exempted.

2. can i get a link for documents required for f2 interview?

3. is there any implication for spouse and children not attending same f2 interview at once, but seperately ( the children are all under 10 years and not available now due to school schedule)

Hello rolaesh,

Please bring a copy of the F1 SEVIS fee receipt as we are able to look up the payment information at the time of the interview. The same documents are required for the F2, the fee receipt and the I-20. There are no repercussions for separate interviews, but it is best to do the F2 interview either at the same time or after the F1 so that the officer knows that the F1 has been granted.

Regards,
Student Visa Team
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by rolaesh: 5:10am On Apr 12, 2016
abujaniv:


Hello rolaesh,

Please bring a copy of the F1 SEVIS fee receipt as we are able to look up the payment information at the time of the interview. The same documents are required for the F2, the fee receipt and the I-20. There are no repercussions for separate interviews, but it is best to do the F2 interview either at the same time or after the F1 so that the officer knows that the F1 has been granted.

Regards,
Student Visa Team

Thanks for your prompt response. I had an issue with F2, i-20 I sent through USPS Express mail,it has not been delivered, despite tracking it down to Nigeria, all effort to locate it has not yielded, and that has forced my spouse to reschedule her interview from 11th to 14th April but the issue still persist.

I have scan the i-20 to her before sending the hard copy, can she attend interview with scanned i-20?

Can i-20 duplicate be certified for the purpose of Visa interview and by whom?

if we reschedule the interview for second time, to sort the issue out, will i need to pay for another interview appointment fee?
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by abujaniv: 7:29am On Apr 12, 2016
rolaesh:



Thanks for your prompt response. I had an issue with F2, i-20 I sent through USPS Express mail,it has not been delivered, despite tracking it down to Nigeria, all effort to locate it has not yielded, and that has forced my spouse to reschedule her interview from 11th to 14th April but the issue still persist.

I have scan the i-20 to her before sending the hard copy, can she attend interview with scanned i-20?

Can i-20 duplicate be certified for the purpose of Visa interview and by whom?

if we reschedule the interview for second time, to sort the issue out, will i need to pay for another interview appointment fee?




Hello rolaesh,

She will need the original to travel and the officer may put her case on hold until she has the original, but you can keep the appointment and explain the situation during the interview.

Regards,
Student Visa Team
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by abujaniv: 7:46am On Apr 14, 2016
Hello Nairaland -

We are having a Google Hangout on April 26, 2016 at 3:00 pm. Join us then for even more information about the student visa process!

Did you know there are almost 10,000 Nigerians currently studying in the United States? They make up one of the largest groups of foreign students and the largest from Africa. Want to learn more about how to become one of them? Then join our live Google Hangout on Tuesday, April 26th at 3pm to ask your question about school applications, student visas, and about what it’s really like to study in America. Rufai Oseni of Inspiration FM will facilitate a discussion with American Visa Officers, EducationUSA, and Nigerian students in the United States.

You can join the discussion 26/04 at 3pm at the following link: http:///23E784Y

Regards,
Student Visa Team

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Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by Professor554: 2:49pm On Apr 14, 2016
hello student visa team

my question today is can a person with a community college I-20 get a US f1 visa? I was told by a lot of people that the embassy no longer issue visa to community college applicants. please how true is this?

best regards!!
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by abujaniv: 10:19am On Apr 15, 2016
Professor554:
hello student visa team

my question today is can a person with a community college I-20 get a US f1 visa? I was told by a lot of people that the embassy no longer issue visa to community college applicants. please how true is this?

best regards!!

Hello Professor554,

All institutes of higher learning that are accredited are eligible. As long as the school issues an I20 and the student is a qualified and credible student, a visa can be issued.

Regards,
Student Visa Team
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by abujaniv: 10:20am On Apr 15, 2016
Hello Nairaland,

Did you know there are almost 5,000 universities and colleges in the United States? Choosing among them, completing school applications, and getting a student visa can seem like a daunting process to many. Let us make it easier for you! EducationUSA, American Visa Officers, and Nigerians students in the U.S. are here to help! We’ll discuss these processes—and about what it’s really like to study in America—on Tuesday, April 26th at 3 pm via a live Google Hangout facilitated by Rufai Oseni of Inspiration FM. Join us then at the following link: http:///23E784Y

Regards,
Student Visa Team

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Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by mcselasie(m): 7:08am On Apr 17, 2016
Is there any procedure for obtaining interview transcripts or reason for refusal post interview? Also does a separate letter addressed directly to the consulate from an applicant's school explaining his scholarship and qualifications help in any way?
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by abujaniv: 7:18am On Apr 18, 2016
mcselasie:
Is there any procedure for obtaining interview transcripts or reason for refusal post interview? Also does a separate letter addressed directly to the consulate from an applicant's school explaining his scholarship and qualifications help in any way?

Hello mcselasie,

There is no transcript available for review. A letter will not be possible; however, it behooves you to speak clearly about any funding from the university in the form of a scholarship, grant or assistantship during the interview. You are always welcome to apply again.

Regards,
Student Visa Team
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by abujaniv: 1:45pm On Apr 18, 2016
Hello, Nairaland!

With their academic abilities and strong work ethic, Nigerian students are making waves in the United States (see http://7ny.tv/1SKZHRV and http:///1S32tlC)! Think you have what it takes to join them? EducationUSA and U.S. Mission Nigeria are here to help! We’ll be answering all your #StudyintheUSA questions live via Google Hangout on Tuesday, April 26th at 3 pm. Join us then at the following link: http:///23E784Y

Hope to see you all at the Google Hangout next week!

Regards,
Student Visa Team

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Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by Nobody: 4:02pm On Apr 18, 2016
abujaniv / Student Visa Team

Thanks so much for the help you're rendering here. My visa was approved today and your posts on this thread were very helpful.

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Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by rolaesh: 1:21pm On Apr 19, 2016
Hello Dear AbujaNIV,

Am F1 and my spouse has obtained F2 visa but still in Nigeria. These are my questions

1. Am presently in U.S studying and cannot attend interview with the children ( They are below 10 years), but my wife will, do they need a written consent from me? Should it be notarized?

2. Will it be necessary for them to be physically present, since they are under 10, if not what will be the procedure?
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by abujaniv: 1:32pm On Apr 19, 2016
Hello Nairaland,

Are you a strong student? Do you want to study in the USA? Do you wish you had your own academic advisor and Visa Officer to clear away all the confusion about the process for doing so? Here’s your chance! Rufai Oseni of Inspiration FM will be talking with EducationUSA and American Visa Officers the aim of demystifying the process for school and visa applications. We’ll also be joined by Nigerians in the U.S. who can tell you what it’s really like to study in the USA. Be part of the discussion on Tuesday, April 26th at 3pm by visiting the following link: http:///23E784Y.

Regards,
Student Visa Team

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Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by abujaniv: 1:42pm On Apr 19, 2016
rolaesh:
Hello Dear AbujaNIV,

Am F1 and my spouse has obtained F2 visa but still in Nigeria. These are my questions

1. Am presently in U.S studying and cannot attend interview with the children ( They are below 10 years), but my wife will, do they need a written consent from me? Should it be notarized?

2. Will it be necessary for them to be physically present, since they are under 10, if not what will be the procedure?

Hello Rolaesh,

All people who are planning on traveling on the F2 visa would need to be present for an interview regardless of their age. Your wife will need to bring the children in for the interview.

Regards,
Student Visa Team
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by isi4luv: 10:59am On Apr 20, 2016
Hello abujaNIV. Thank you for ur assistance. I have learnt a lot from this Thread. I was denied my student visa about 10 months ago. I plan on going to the embassy again with a new i-20 from a different school and a different course of study. Will I need to pay a new sevis fee? Thank you.
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by abujaniv: 2:12pm On Apr 20, 2016
isi4luv:
Hello abujaNIV. Thank you for ur assistance. I have learnt a lot from this Thread. I was denied my student visa about 10 months ago. I plan on going to the embassy again with a new i-20 from a different school and a different course of study. Will I need to pay a new sevis fee? Thank you.

Hello isi4luv,

You can go to this website for some additional information about your SEVIS - https://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/faq. You can reuse the SEVIS fee if it is within 12 months.

Regards,
Student Visa Team
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by abujaniv: 2:14pm On Apr 20, 2016
Hello Nairaland,

Applying for a U.S. student visa is not difficult. Yet many seem apprehensive, overwhelmed, and – worst of all – uninformed. You wouldn’t get medical advice from a stranger on the street, would you? Then don’t get visa advice from a tout! Join American Visa Officers and EducationUSA on Tuesday, April 26th at 3pm to learn more about how to apply to U.S. schools and about the process for obtaining a U.S. student visa. Join us then at the following link: http:///23E784Y.

Regards,
Student Visa Team

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Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by sirRiddy: 7:18pm On Apr 20, 2016
abujaniv
Please, can we listen to the show on inspiration fm at that time?
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by Nobody: 10:16pm On Apr 20, 2016
Good day AbujaNIV,

I recently obtained a Canadian Immigrant Visa (for Permanent Residence) via the FSWP.
During the long processing, I applied to schools in the U.S. for my masters. I have received admission from all the schools, and right now I have the i20 of one of them.
I have paid the SEVIS fee and I have received the receipt.
My masters program is a one year program and as a STEM course, I have OPT possibility.
I envision I will be done with my program and OPT in a Maximum of two years which would allow me to return to Canada and fulfil my residency requirement of two out of five years.

Now, I am currently in Nigeria. I intend to enter Canada in June, obtain my PR card, and then apply for a US student visa from Toronto. I understand I'm likely to receive a multi entry visa valid for ten years.
My second option is to apply now here in Nigeria for my US student visa.

Pls which of the above options do you suggest I follow?

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Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by Nobody: 10:21pm On Apr 20, 2016
JohnCanada:
Good day AbujaNIV,

I recently obtained a Canadian Immigrant Visa (for Permanent Residence) via the FSWP.
During the long processing, I applied to schools in the U.S. for my masters. I have received admission from all the schools, and right now I have the i20 of one of them.
I have paid the SEVIS fee and I have received the receipt.
My masters program is a one year program and as a STEM course, I have OPT possibility.
I envision I will be done with my program and OPT in a Maximum of two years which would allow me to return to Canada and fulfil my residency requirement of two out of five years.

Now, I am currently in Nigeria. I intend to enter Canada in June, obtain my PR card, and then apply for a US student visa from Toronto. I understand I'm likely to receive a multi entry visa valid for ten years.
My second option is to apply now here in Nigeria for my US student visa.

Pls which of the above options do you suggest I follow?

In addition, pls know that I have written GRE, GMAT twice and IELTS academic and General. I am a genuine student.
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by abujaniv: 7:34am On Apr 21, 2016
JohnCanada:
Good day AbujaNIV,

I recently obtained a Canadian Immigrant Visa (for Permanent Residence) via the FSWP.
During the long processing, I applied to schools in the U.S. for my masters. I have received admission from all the schools, and right now I have the i20 of one of them.
I have paid the SEVIS fee and I have received the receipt.
My masters program is a one year program and as a STEM course, I have OPT possibility.
I envision I will be done with my program and OPT in a Maximum of two years which would allow me to return to Canada and fulfil my residency requirement of two out of five years.

Now, I am currently in Nigeria. I intend to enter Canada in June, obtain my PR card, and then apply for a US student visa from Toronto. I understand I'm likely to receive a multi entry visa valid for ten years.
My second option is to apply now here in Nigeria for my US student visa.

Pls which of the above options do you suggest I follow?

Hello JohnCanada,

You will have to decide ultimately what is best for you. The requirements for the student visa are to show that you are a credible and qualified student, that you can afford the tuition, fees and living arrangements during the course of the program and that you will return to your country once you have finished your degree. With that being said, your ties to Canada are getting stronger and it may be easier in the long run to apply from there since you will not have to renew the visa during your program as you might from Nigeria depending on your timing.

Regards,
Student Visa Team

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Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by abujaniv: 7:40am On Apr 21, 2016
sirRiddy:
abujaniv
Please, can we listen to the show on inspiration fm at that time?

Hello sirRiddy,

It will not be available on the radio, but it will be available on our YouTube channel after completion (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCwSdBYHK2P8Oj8JgSYoCRA). You can also find the past Google Hangouts there by going to this site -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUq5yqK2ylY

Regards,
Student Visa Team

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Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by abujaniv: 12:56pm On Apr 21, 2016
Hello Nairaland,

Studying in the USA takes smarts, hard work, and strong finances. But those things mean nothing when you can’t navigate the school application and student visa application processes. We’ll be discussing those processes soon via a live Google Hangout facilitated by Rufai Oseni of Inspiration FM. We invite you to join us and to come with all your questions! It’s happening Tuesday, April 26th at 3 pm at the following link: http:///23E784Y

Hope to see you on Tuesday, April 26!
Student Visa Team
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by Icebergtm: 8:03pm On Apr 21, 2016
Hello, Gudevening pls I have a problem with paying for my SEVIS fee I have printed out the payment coupon but I can't seem to find a western union designated bank to pay for my SEVIS fee pls I need help

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