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about Mike ward I live in Tampa, Florida and I have two daughters who are just finishing their college here in the USA and I want them to travel the world.

about Mike ward - Visa USA Expert

About Mike WardHello, I’m Mike Ward. I live in Tampa, Florida and I have two daughters who are just finishing their college here in the USA. I’ve been traveling the world since I joined the US Navy when I was 18 so I know all about moving overseas, living, and working in different places and exploring different cultures and people. So far I’ve been to 16 countries, been around the world twice, and I earned my B.A. and my M.Ed., in education so I can keep traveling and teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) when I can.I believe traveling and exploring the globe is the best way to expand your mind and I consider myself the luckiest person on Earth – that’s why I’ve made it my life’s purpose to help international students come to the USA for their college education.I didn’t win the lottery, I drive an 11 year old car, and I’m not a millionaire. What I do have are two amazing daughters, a loving family, and a spirit for adventure that never lets me sit around and watch life go by – I’m a doer, not a dreamer. It’s this same kind of spirit that brings people from all over the globe to the USA for their education.My StoryA few years ago I traveled with a good friend to attend the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, where they celebrate the Running of the Bulls. It was a dream vacation for me until I took a day trip to Barcelona and my backpack was stolen, including my clothes and my passport. I had to go to the police and fill out paperwork in Barcelona, then travel to the Consulate in Madrid where I would fill out more paperwork and apply for a replacement passport (my temporary visa!). My interview was scheduled the following day and I showed up thinking I would be there ten minutes, maybe get fingerprinted, then get my new passport and leave. I had no idea how wrong I was because I did not understand the interview process at all.I had no idea what was going to happen and was not prepared for this interview at all.I clambered through security, waited in lines, then finally I was called to a window for some questions. The Consular Officer was American with a southern accent (I am from the south here in the U.S.A) and he acted at first like this was a formality and I would be out of the Embassy in 10 minutes. And then he turned into a stern, angry state worker and accused me of lying, of selling my passport, of doing drugs, of being a criminal, and of forging my documentation so I could get another passport that I could sell for money and more drugs. Needless to say, I was terrified.My Consular Officer acted like he didn’t believe anything I said, he continued looking at documents that indicated I was lying, and he would leave, make me stand and wait, then come back shaking his and continuing to insist I was lying.My interview lasted a full two hours, with me standing at a window completely exasperated, talking through a plate of clear glass, and my emotions surging from relaxed, to confused, to anxious, angry, to resigned, to angry again, back to resigned…and after two hours of making no progress I just gave up.Exhausted, angry, fed up, I started to think of another way to get back home, knowing of course that this was almost impossible.I looked at him and was unable to control my anger any longer, told him furiously, “I don’t know what else I can tell you to convince you…keep the passport and I’ll figure something else out later.” And I started to walk away.I’ll never forget the fear, the sinking feeling that I was never going to be able to convince this official that I was telling the whole truth and nothing else. My head was spinning, how much would this cost? Where will I stay? The questions were almost endless…As if by magic, the Consular Officer looked up and motioned me loudly to stop.“Oh, I’m sorry Mr. Ward. I had you confused with another applicant. I must have mixed up your social security numbers. Your temporary travel passport is approved. Enjoy your travels.”You are in a very different situation than I was back then, but the feeling of not knowing what is going to happen to you, is this one public official going to stop me from getting back home, from living my dreams, can make you anxious, agitated, even angry and perhaps a bit depressed.So Why Visa USA Expert Blog?With this blog, I want to help international students who have access to an overwhelming array of options, sort through all the information and assist them in making the right decision, not just the easy decisions. I’m here to help the students who want to come to the US to continue their college education but know their time is valuable and they can’t afford to waste it surfing the Internet and getting more and more confused and frustrated with information that they don’t need, or can’t trust is right. I understand the pressure that is being placed on you to make your family proud by getting your degree and improving your life…This blog is a companion to the ebooks I am writing too, it’s a combination of resources that lets me offer you the important details you won’t find anywhere else on the Internet.The details that you must know if you want to be successful on your journey from your homeland, through the visa process, to moving to the US, attending college and eventually graduating – and all of the fun, frustration, adventure and joy that comes with earning your college degree and starting your career (wherever you decide to go after you graduate). My goal is to give you as much information as possible, ensure it’s accurate, easy to read, and make myself available when you have questions. I look at this blog as a unique way of teaching, using the power of the Internet.If you’re not sure you want to come to the US for your college education, but thinking about it, you can still see what it’s like, see what’s involved and make decisions on your own without having to pay someone a lot more money and be subjected to the possibility of false claims and wasted time and energy.Please feel free to subscribe to my newsletter below and get exclusive information just for international students that you cannot find here on the blog, as well as easy access to my eBook, Preparing for and Passing the F-1 Student Visa Interview, which has just been discounted for the upcoming Summer semester!And finally, please read this carefully:I don’t consider myself an immigration lawyer or immigration expert, my information and tips are not secrets and the kinds of things I teach are not “sneaky, inside information” – far from it actually.This is why you won’t see me offer any paid consultations  - not because I don’t want to help, but because honestly most of the information I could give you can be found for free here on my blog or elsewhere online but it may take you weeks, maybe months, for you to find it and know how to use it. I do charge low prices for my eBooks because of the time it takes to research, verify, and write eBooks on this subject and from my experience, you get what you pay for on the Internet. If you want to talk about anything you read here on in my eBooks, just send me an email and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.Being approved for your student visa and completing your college education here in the US takes a lot of hard work, a lot of patience and a little bit of luck too. I know I have an inspiring story and I am here to inspire you too, however I want to do it the right way. I speak only from my experience and this is a way I can add value and give back to the students and friends around the world who have helped me when I needed it too.Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope to see you on the blog sometime soon!Thanks!- MikeShare this:Like this:Like Loading... Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. 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