American Student Visa

Our American Student Visa Service

Introduction

One of the most common questions we get is whether students really need a lawyer to obtain an American student visa. F-1 visa applicants can apply on their own. In my article, U.S. Student Visa Policy, Requirements and Process, I explain how to apply for the American student visa and the standards that must be met for visa issuance. While American student visa applicants may apply on their own, applicants should be aware that in FY 2015, almost 25% of student visa applications were denied. A similar percentage of F-2 dependent visas were also denied. This was up from approximately 23% in FY 2014. An initial student visa denial will likely make it more difficult to receive an American student visa at a later date. Assuming that an initial denial may be overcome on a reapplication, delays can be both stressful and costly.

Our American Student Visa Application Service

Our American student visa service helps American student visa applicants avoid delays and proceed with peace of mind. The first step in our American student visa service is to advise the American student visa applicant of the standards that must be met in order to obtain the American student visa. The student’s short term study and long term immigration goals are defined and assessed. With this in mind, we then undertake a thorough review of your application and supporting documents. Deficiencies are identified and remedied. With the application complete, we then prepare the American student visa applicant for his or her interview at the assigned U.S. embassy or consulate.

Many times American student visa applicants wish to have family members accompany them to the U.S. either for a short term visit or long term residency that will extend until the end of the term of study. Our American student visa service extends to accompanying family members. We will assess their short and long term immigration goals and advise the accompanying family member of their visa options. We will then review their application and supporting documents. After any deficiencies are identified and remedied, we then help them prepare for their interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate.

Limited Ancillary Legal Support

Moving to the a different country can be stressful and complicated. Arrangements have to be made for housing, home stays and other services. As part of our American student visa service, we can review lease documents or home stay agreement documents. We will advise you as to whether leasehold or other agreements adequately protect you. We may also advise you as to whether goods and services are being offered to you at market rates. We may negotiate on your behalf to assure that you receive a fair deal. This may lead to substantial cost savings.

Maintaining American Student Visa Status

Our American student visa service does not end at visa issuance or when the student and dependents move to the U.S. to begin study. The Law Office of L. Ford Banister, II will continue to be available to the American student visa holder for consultation and guidance until the end of the term of study. Many American student visa holders make mistakes while studying in the U.S. Due to a lack of understanding of of American student visa restrictions, many students violate their visa status. Status violations often involve engaging in unauthorized employment or not maintaining required academic workloads. Dependents and accompanying family members of may also fall out of status. A loss of status may result in the inability of a student to remain in the U.S. to complete his or her degree as well as other negative immigration consequences. American student visa clients of The Law Office of L. Ford Banister, II are guided through all visa related processes. Costly mistakes may be avoided.

We are also available to our American student visa clients on a limited basis for general guidance as they progress towards their degree. It is not uncommon for foreign students to be cited by police for minor transgressions such as drinking alcohol in public. Even minor arrests or citations will complicate and may jeopardize the status of American student visa holders and dependents. We are available to advise our American student visa clients on how to deal with these events when and if they arise so that damage is minimized. Our American student visa clients receive similar service in relation to school based honor code violations. Students accused of cheating or plagiarism are often severely punished and may be expelled in which case they are unlikely to be able to transfer to other schools. We not only help our American student visa clients in dealing with these situations but also advise them as to how best to avoid them.

Long Term Immigration Planning

As noted in our article, U.S. Student Visa Policy, Requirements and Process, American student visa applicants must prove that they do not have the intent to immigrate to the U.S. but instead intend to return to their home countries after the term of study. Students who study in the U.S. are often presented with opportunities to remain and work after graduation or to pursue additional study. As part of our American student visa service, we explore and review options that are likely to present themselves to the American student visa applicant. A common post-graduation visa option is the H1-B visa for specialty applications. Students also often meet their future spouses while studying and may become U.S. residents and perhaps citizens through marriage. Early planning may be key to taking advantage of these opportunities.

Conclusion

As a former university instructor, American Student Visa lawyer Ford Banister takes great pride and pleasure in assisting aspiring international students to enter and thrive in the U.S. university system. Our American Student Visa service does not end with the filing of the American Student Visa application or the issuance of an American Student Visa.  The Law Office of L. Ford Banister, II is available throughout the term of study to assist and guide our American student visa clients in achieving their long term goals.

Contact the Law Office of L. Ford Banister, II today for a free consultation and further information about our American Student Visa service.