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Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by Songitto(m): 1:37pm On Apr 22, 2016
Hello nairalanders,

I am a diploma holder (3years course duration) , right now my age is above 20s, planning to further the same course in u s, I will be grateful if anyone can give me appropriate answer to my questions;

1. Where is the best level to further my educational career in u s?

2. Are mine qualify to apply for u s universities with my diploma?

4. Are mine too old to apply for community college?

I will appreciate relevant answers to my questions from good people and experienced member of nairaland , Thanks
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by rolaesh: 11:11pm On Apr 23, 2016
Dear Visa Officer,

Thanks for your usual attention and help.

I have mistakenly cancelled visa appointment for interview twice due to error made in name which is not changing. presently, am unable to schedule appointment with the fee number. is that anything i can do to avoid paying another fee ?
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by mevisbleek: 3:54am On Apr 24, 2016
Good day VO,

Hope this message meets you well. I am a Nigerian residing in Canada with a PR status. I recently got married, my wife resides in Nigeria and we are still gathering the documents to apply for her to join me. However, she got admission to a school in the US to resume in Fall of 2016 (we have received the I-20 and SEVIS receipt.

I was thinking that she waits till she gets to Canada but the Spousal PR processing in Canada takes a while. She really wants to go for the program because it will enhance her career prospect.

Is it advisable to apply from Nigeria?
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by abujaniv: 1:04pm On Apr 25, 2016
Icebergtm:
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

Hello Icebergtm,

Please follow the directions for payment from the application. You can also check these sites for more information - https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/study-exchange/student.html and https://www.ice.gov/sevis

Regards,
Student Visa Team
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by abujaniv: 1:06pm On Apr 25, 2016
rolaesh:
Dear Visa Officer,

Thanks for your usual attention and help.

I have mistakenly cancelled visa appointment for interview twice due to error made in name which is not changing. presently, am unable to schedule appointment with the fee number. is that anything i can do to avoid paying another fee ?

Hello rolaesh,

You can typically only miss 2 interviews before you have to pay another fee, but check with CGI Nigeria if you believe that the appointments were missed by error. The website is http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ng/ng-niv-appointmentschedule.asp

Regards,
Student Visa Team
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by mevisbleek: 1:45am On Apr 27, 2016
mevisbleek:
Good day VO,

Hope this message meets you well. I am a Nigerian residing in Canada with a PR status. I recently got married, my wife resides in Nigeria and we are still gathering the documents to apply for her to join me. However, she got admission to a school in the US to resume in Fall of 2016 (we have received the I-20 and SEVIS receipt.

I was thinking that she waits till she gets to Canada but the Spousal PR processing in Canada takes a while. She really wants to go for the program because it will enhance her career prospect.

Is it advisable to apply from Nigeria?

Good day VO,

Please, I'm yet to receive a response on this one. Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by abujaniv: 12:16pm On Apr 27, 2016
mevisbleek:


Good day VO,

Please, I'm yet to receive a response on this one. Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks

Hello mevisbleek,

Your wife can apply in either place - but keep in mind that she will have to explain her plans to depart the U.S. after graduation.

Regards,
Student Visa Team
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by abujaniv: 1:40pm On Apr 27, 2016
Hello Nairaland -

Thanks to everyone who watched and participated in the Google Hangout yesterday afternoon. If you missed it, you can check out the video here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iRU3M_VYLA

Regards,
Student Visa Team
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by lionlee216(m): 5:28am On Apr 28, 2016
Hello AbujaNIV,

Assuming someone is going for studies this fall 2016 and has already gotten his F1 visa. due to some reasons, he wont be able to meet start classes in fall 2016 and defers his admission to spring 2017. I understand he will have to get a new i20 from the school but will he also need to apply for a new visa or the earlier visa will cover all that?

Thanks
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by abujaniv: 7:28am On Apr 28, 2016
lionlee216:
Hello AbujaNIV,

Assuming someone is going for studies this fall 2016 and has already gotten his F1 visa. due to some reasons, he wont be able to meet start classes in fall 2016 and defers his admission to spring 2017. I understand he will have to get a new i20 from the school but will he also need to apply for a new visa or the earlier visa will cover all that?

Thanks

Hello lionlee216,

You do not need to reapply as long as you have a new I-20 and your status is still active in SEVIS. You will need to verify in SEVIS that your school has updated your status and changed your start date. You may get a few extra questions at the POE, but just explain why you deferred your admission.

Regards,
Student Visa Team

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Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by tjwolex: 8:10am On Apr 28, 2016
Good day VO, please I need an expert advice here. I was denied an F1 visa yesterday in Lagos.
I applied for a language course in ESL because I work as an ESL instructor in a non-English speaking country (Republic of Georgia) and it is compulsory that I get recertification at my place of work.
I am still perplexed as to why the VO denied my visa. Although I filled in my application that I wasn't working at the moment (because I didn't bring my contract of employment letter with me to Nigeria as I never thought I would be needing it). However, I have made plans for it to be mailed to me. I earn an income of $2700 monthly.
Please, advise me on how my re-application should go. This course is compulsory for my career. The course starts on the 6th of June and I intend to reapply for the F1 early next week.
Please, What and what should I do differently this time around?
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by tjwolex: 12:23pm On Apr 28, 2016
tjwolex:

Good day VO, please I need an expert advice here. I was denied an F1 visa yesterday in Lagos.
I applied for a language course in ESL because I work as an ESL instructor in a non-English speaking country (Republic of Georgia) and it is compulsory that I get recertification at my place of work.
I am still perplexed as to why the VO denied my visa. Although I filled in my application that I wasn't working at the moment (because I didn't bring my contract of employment letter with me to Nigeria as I never thought I would be needing it). However, I have made plans for it to be mailed to me. I earn an income of $2700 monthly.
Please, advise me on how my re-application should go. This course is compulsory for my career. The course starts on the 6th of June and I intend to reapply for the F1 early next week.
Please, What and what should I do differently this time around?
Hello AbujaNIV, I kindly await your response. Thanks
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by abujaniv: 1:31pm On Apr 28, 2016
tjwolex:

Hello AbujaNIV, I kindly await your response. Thanks

Hello tjwolex,

You are welcome to apply again. You will need to explain very clear and concisely why you need an ESL course if you are already an ESL teacher and why you came back to Nigeria to apply if you live in Georgia. The officer is looking for proof that you are a credible and qualified student and that you will return to your country of residence after your program is completed. If you do not live in Nigeria, it may be harder to prove that your ties are strong here and compelling a return here. Have you tried to apply from Georgia?

Regards,
Student Visa Team
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by tjwolex: 1:58pm On Apr 28, 2016
abujaniv:


Hello tjwolex,

You are welcome to apply again. You will need to explain very clear and concisely why you need an ESL course if you are already an ESL teacher and why you came back to Nigeria to apply if you live in Georgia. The officer is looking for proof that you are a credible and qualified student and that you will return to your country of residence after your program is completed. If you do not live in Nigeria, it may be harder to prove that your ties are strong here and compelling a return here. Have you tried to apply from Georgia?

Regards,
Student Visa Team
Yes I tried to apply from Georgia but I was told that I stand better chances if I apply from my country of origin. Besides, I came back to Nigeria for vacation and since it is compulsory that I get recertified, I decided to apply for the course.
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by abujaniv: 8:07am On Apr 29, 2016
tjwolex:

Yes I tried to apply from Georgia but I was told that I stand better chances if I apply from my country of origin. Besides, I came back to Nigeria for vacation and since it is compulsory that I get recertified, I decided to apply for the course.

Hello tjwolex,

You can certainly reapply here in Nigeria if you are still here.

Regards,
Student Visa Team
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by Bobority: 10:23am On Apr 29, 2016
hello abujaniv i have a question concerning the ds160 that part where they ask for US POINT OF CONTACT where you are required to fill the surname and given names of the school official and also the organization name which is obviously the name of d school, Below, they ask about your relationship with what you have filled above and one is supposed
to pick school official among d options then you go
ahead to fill the address, phone number and email
address of the school official. the part I'm having
issue with is the organization name and the surname and given names of the school official. it happens that i cannot fill the two at the same time, the other
automatically ticks do not know as soon as you
start filling one of them. I hope u understand
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by abujaniv: 12:18pm On Apr 29, 2016
Bobority:
hello abujaniv i have a question concerning the ds160 that part where they ask for US POINT OF CONTACT where you are required to fill the surname and given names of the school official and also the organization name which is obviously the name of d school, Below, they ask about your relationship with what you have filled above and one is supposed
to pick school official among d options then you go
ahead to fill the address, phone number and email
address of the school official. the part I'm having
issue with is the organization name and the surname and given names of the school official. it happens that i cannot fill the two at the same time, the other
automatically ticks do not know as soon as you
start filling one of them. I hope u understand

Hello Bobority,

Systems questions can be directed to http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ng/ng-niv-appointmentschedule.asp, that is the contractor that deals with DS160 applications.

Regards,
Student Visa Team
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by Bobority: 12:44pm On Apr 29, 2016
abujaniv:


Hello Bobority,

Systems questions can be directed to http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ng/ng-niv-appointmentschedule.asp, that is the contractor that deals with DS160 applications.

Regards,
Student Visa Team


Ok thanks alot
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by tjwolex: 2:32pm On Apr 29, 2016
abujaniv:


Hello tjwolex,

You can certainly reapply here in Nigeria if you are still here.

Regards,
Student Visa Team
Thanks very much. I am highly grateful.
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by d2ddayo(m): 4:17pm On Apr 29, 2016
hi, a great job you are doing up here. please i will like to inquire as regards in a situation i visit the united states which i am presently, i found a school which i am interested in taking up a year and half certification. i am presently permitted to be in the country till october 2016. the program starts in august. what do i have to do now as regards the visa from b1-b2 to f1. i have applied to the school and i await the reply. thank you.
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by abujaniv: 7:49am On May 03, 2016
d2ddayo:
hi, a great job you are doing up here. please i will like to inquire as regards in a situation i visit the united states which i am presently, i found a school which i am interested in taking up a year and half certification. i am presently permitted to be in the country till october 2016. the program starts in august. what do i have to do now as regards the visa from b1-b2 to f1. i have applied to the school and i await the reply. thank you.

Hello d2ddayo,

That sort of question is best answered by USCIS at https://www.uscis.gov/.

Regards,
Student Visa Team
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by Nobody: 8:26am On May 07, 2016
Hello abujaniv / Student Visa Team

My phone was recently stolen and it contained a very clear picture of my F1 visa. That is, every detail contained in the visa was clearly visible in the picture. The thieves may or may not have access to the picture, depending on whether the picture was on my phone memory, or the external memory card.

Do I need to do anything?

Thank you very much for your assistance.
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by Orpheus231: 11:42am On May 08, 2016
I am in a similar situation right now. I applied for a B1 visa to attend a business conference in America at the University of Washington, but my visa was denied on the 11th February 2016, Reason being that i was on unable to demonstrate strong ties with my country which will show that i will return to my home country after my visit to the United states. I have concern if this will affect my new F1 visa application to study in America. I applied for visa on the 5th of May 2016 and my Embassy interview is on the 31st May 2016. Please can anyone assist with helpful advice/information?

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 salo4resolute: 10:14pm On May 08, 2016
Hello i reside in Lagos,wanting to apply for student visa in the us,but I was told by the agent that a 27year old dude will find it so difficult 2 get visa....but am bsc holder,wanting to go and start up an MSC course over there in the us,pls how sure its d visa,and wat form can I obtain and how do I obtain that....pls need more enlightenment about traveling to us to study! Thanks
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by abujaniv: 6:18am On May 09, 2016
salo4resolute:
Hello i reside in Lagos,wanting to apply for student visa in the us,but I was told by the agent that a 27year old dude will find it so difficult 2 get visa....but am bsc holder,wanting to go and start up an MSC course over there in the us,pls how sure its d visa,and wat form can I obtain and how do I obtain that....pls need more enlightenment about traveling to us to study! Thanks

Hello salo4resolute,

First of all, NEVER use an agent for help with a visa. Anyone that charges you for advice or has tricks and tips to get a visa, will do you more harm than good. We have seen very good applicants get refused because some agent incorrectly filled out their DS160 or provided them with fake documents or travel stamps. They do not have your best interest at heart - you should only rely on U.S. sponsored pages such as www.travel.state.gov, www.usembassy.nigeria.gov, and https://educationusa.state.gov/ to name a few.

There is no limit on age for studying - visa have been granted to 50 year olds going to the U.S. to study BECAUSE they were qualified and credible students with a clear professional goal about why studying at a particular institution in the U.S. will help further their career and life goals. As an older student, the bar is higher because we expect you to be able to clearly discuss why you selected the school and the course of study and why it makes sense at your age and how it will boost your earnings and your career.

Regards,
Student Visa Team

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Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by graco: 8:18am On May 09, 2016
Hello,
I just obtained an acceptance letter and I-20 for ESL. I originally applied for M.sc but was offered a conditional admission to enroll for ESL as my Test of English score was a mark below the cut-off. Please I would like to know if this on its own could have any effect on my chances of being issue F1 visa. Thank you.
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by teejan: 3:55pm On May 09, 2016
Dear Abujaniv,

Continue the good work.Your responses have been much detailed and helpful,you have helped demystify the US Student visa.
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by mevisbleek: 4:38pm On May 09, 2016
Good day Abuja VO,

Hope this message meets you well. Please, my wife made an mistake on the DS160 form. She is applying for an F1 visa, she has a valid B1 visa. She was denied a B1 visa in 2012. While completing the DS160 form, she mistakenly filled NO to the question that asks if you have ever been denied a USA Visa.

Please, will this pose a problem during the interview? Do you advise that she fills out a new DS-160 form.



Look forward to hearing from you....
Re: U.S. Student Visa (F1, M1, & J1) Forum - We're Listening by abujaniv: 6:07am On May 10, 2016
graco:
Hello,
I just obtained an acceptance letter and I-20 for ESL. I originally applied for M.sc but was offered a conditional admission to enroll for ESL as my Test of English score was a mark below the cut-off. Please I would like to know if this on its own could have any effect on my chances of being issue F1 visa. Thank you.

Hello graco,

The same qualifications are required for all student visas. You must explain to the officer what your plans are, how you selected that school and why it is good for your professional goals and career. From a country where English is the medium for education in schools, it is a higher bar to reach when explaining how you are still a credible and qualified student if you were not able to show that you are proficient in English. It may serve you to retake the TOEFL, so that you don't have to waste your time and money on an English proficiency course.

Regards,
Student Visa Team

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