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					Studying and Working in
        the U.S.



    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

     U.S. EMBASSY BANGKOK
Why Study/Work in the US?

• Academic Excellence
• Variety of Educational Opportunities
  and exchange programs
• Experience U.S. culture And way of
  life
• Gain work experience (For exchange
  programs only)
• Improve English language skills
   Types of U.S. Visas

 Tourist/Business  B1/B2
 Crew  C1/D
 Investor  E
 Student  F1
 Exchange visitor  J1
 Temporary Worker  H, L, O, P
 Monk (religious purpose)  R1
 Student Visas (F Visas)

Visa for full-time students who
 enroll in a school, college,
 university, etc.
General study for high school,
 associate degree, Bachelor’s degree,
 Master’s degree, Ph.D., language
 training
Ranges from 3 months to 5 years
    Choosing Where to Go

Things to think
                         Useful Web Sites
 about:
                   www.nafsa.org
  • Requirements   www.iie.org
  • Application    www.toefl.org
    processes      www.educationguide-usa.com
                   www.usnews.com
  • Costs          www.businessweek.com
  • Deadlines            www.google.com!
  • Your dreams!
What is EducationUSA?

   • global network of more than 450
     advising centers supported by the
     U.S. Department of State.
   • Millions of prospective students
     learn about U.S. study
     opportunities through
     EducationUSA centers each year.
   • www.educationusa.state.gov
    7 EducationUSA Centers in
             Thailand
Bangkok
•   American Embassy
•   Bangkok Bank
•   The Office of Civil Service Commission
•   AUA

Chiang Mai
• IC-ACE,
Chiang Mai University

Hat Yai
• Hat Yai Wittayalai School
     SCHOLARSHIPS
Fulbright program
 www.fulbrightthai.org


Thai government
 www.ocsc.go.th



Other scholarships
 www.InternationalScholarships.com

 www.fundingusstudy.org

 www.eastwestcenter.org
      When to Start? Plan ahead!

         Prepare and take exam
                                 Visa Application &
         of TOEFL and GMAT            Interview
                   Apply and receive
                        I-20 form
Search for                                          Class Begins
University
Exchange Visitors (J Visa)
Visas for educational and cultural
 exchanges
Variety of Programs
  Summer Work & Travel Program
  Au-Pairs
  Intern and Trainee Programs
  Camp Counselors
     J VISA WEBSITE




• NEW!: http://j1visa.state.gov
Summer Work and Travel

• Cultural exchange program for
  university students
• Program that offers students the
  opportunity to learn and legally
  work during their summer in the USA
• Program that encourages Thai youth
  to learn about living by themselves
Purpose of the Program
 Allows students to learn about
  American culture and share their
  culture while also developing their
  professional skills for the future
 Provides a real-life environment for
  students to practice English and improve
  both their listening and speaking skills
 Encourages students to develop an
  ability to live by themselves
 Offers students an excellent
  opportunity to spend their summer
  holidays in a useful way
        Program Period
 Not to exceed 4 months
 Thai Academic Calendar  Summer break
  is from early March – early July
 English Academic Calendar  Summer
  break is from May - August /September


* Students can enter the United States up to 30 days prior
   to the program start date and can stay for up to 30 days
                  after the program ends.
Applicant Qualifications
18-25 years old
Full-time student
(Bachelor’s or Master’s degree)
English proficiency
Flexibility in working and living with
 others
NEW!: Must be pre-placed prior to
 obtaining visa
Work & Study Program in U.S.
     Work locations in different states
      Sample Positions
Staff Members
Waiter/Waitress and
 Cook
Cashier
Housekeeper
Store Employee
Reception
Ride Attraction Officer
Fast Food & Restaurants
Theme Parks
Hotels & Resorts
Convenience/Grocery Stores
         When to Start?

             Visa Application &
                  Interview

     DS-2019 Issued
                                  Program
Application Process               Duration
Visa Statistics and Background

 • Almost 5,000 student visa
   applications
 • Over 9,000 ‘exchange visitor’ visa
   applications (including au pair,
   work/travel, and exchange
   students)
 • Over 58,000 total non immigrant
   visa applications
 • Vast majority of applicants are
   approved
How to Apply for a Student or
     Exchange Visa
Step 1: Once accepted, receive I-20 (F-
 1) or DS-2019 (J-1)

Step 2: get information on how to apply
 http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/
 Visa Point Website: https://thailand.us-
 visaservices.com/forms/default.aspx

Step 3: fill out the electronic DS -160
 Online Non-Immigrant Application
     How to Apply for a Visa
Step 4: Pay fees and schedule
  interview
• Visa application fee - $140
• SEVIS fee - $200 for F1, $180 for
  J1, $35 for swt
• Visa Information and Appointment
  Website and Call-Center
  • Website - $12.00
  • Call Center - $20.00
Make your interview appointment by
 using the Website or Call Center
   How to Apply for a Visa

Step 5: The interview
  • Bring all documents on day of
    interview!
    • I-20 or DS-2019 Form
    • DS-160 confirmation page
    • photo and passport
  • Be punctual for the appointment
  • Bring supporting documents that
    prove you are qualified
   Supporting Documents
applicants should be
able to answer the
following              Possible documents…
questions…             • Past transcripts or
                         school letters
 • Do you have
   strong ties         • Bank books, job
                         letters, and other
   outside the U.S.?     info about sponsors
 • Why will you        • Old passports
   return home?
 • Can you afford
   the program?
Key Questions for Students

• Are you a bona fide student?
• Do you have the 1st year tuition
  available? Are you able to show
  where future tuition will be
  generated?
• Does the program make sense
  given your past, present, and
  future goals?
Reasons for Visa Refusal
Why people are sometimes refused:
• 221 (g): more information
• 214 (b): visa refusal
   • The law
   • Additional Concerns
   • Some reasons for 214(b)
    Sponsorship
    Genuine student
• CAN ALWAYS REAPPLY
    Further Information



  U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    U.S. EMBASSY BANGKOK
http://bangkok.usembassy.gov
   http://travel.state.gov
   http://j1visa.state.gov

				
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