Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wants to come to the US must first obtain a visa, either a non-immigrant visa for temporary stay or
immigrant vs. non-immigrant visa: which one for you? - Visa USA Expert
Immigrant vs. Non-Immigrant VisaGenerally, a citizen of a foreign country who wants to come to the US must first obtain a visa, either a non-immigrant visa for temporary stay or an immigrant visa for permanent residence.Citizens of qualified countries may be able to visit the US without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program.ESTAAll travelers coming to the US under the Visa Waiver Program must obtain authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) system prior to initiating travel to the United States.Non-ImmigrantIf you do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program or are traveling to study, work, participate in an exchange program, or any other purpose that does not fall under a B visa purpose of travel, you will need a non-immigrant visa.Keep in mind that a visa does not guarantee entry to the United States. A visa simply indicates that a U.S. consular officer has determined that you are eligible to apply for entry to the United States for a specific purpose.A non-immigrant visa is used by tourists, business people, students, or specialty workers who wish to stay for a particular period of time in the United States to accomplish specific purposes. According to U.S. visa laws and regulations, most non-immigrant visa applicants must demonstrate to the consular officer in a personal interview three things:1) that they are a serious student2) that they have the finances available to pay for at least the 1st year of their schooling3) that they plan to return to their homeland after they graduate.As a Non-Immigrant student coming to the US on a student visa, you must be prepared for this interview or you can be Denied your visa approval. To make sure you are completely prepared, you need to get my eBook on preparing and passing the F-1 Interview.Go USA!– MikeAll information presented here is from my personal research and my attempts to save you time and money when pursuing your dream of coming to the USA to study. Do not take any of this information as LEGAL advice – I am not an attorney, nor do I play one on TV. This information is gathered from a variety of sources including many U.S. Government websites and I urge you to validate this information as much as possible, just as I do when posting on this blog.Get the eBook that is changing student’s lives!!