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New SEVIS Requirements and the Student Visa Procedures

Our speakers are Mr. Alex Yuan and Ms. Gong Li from the Consular Section of American Institute in Taiwan.

New SEVIS Requirements and the Student Visa Procedures
Wednesday, March 09 2005 (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)

Please note: Portions of this transcript have been edited for clarity

Host: (Alex Yuan):

I am a Consular Officer at AIT. Happy to be here and looking forward to answering your questions.

 

Host: (Gong Li)

Hello everyone, I am Li, consular officer from AIT.


Start of Chat


 

Host: (Gong Li)
Q
Does the OPT (Optional Practical Training) holders need the employee letter to re-enter USA? When did the law start?
A
No you don't need a letter from the employer; however, it would be a useful document to have. When you enter the US, you need a valid student visa, valid I-20 and a valid Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card to enter the U.S.. (2005-03-11 14:06)
 
Host: (Gong Li)
Q
我有學生簽證,可是我沒有去美國。現在我申請新的I-20還是簽證上的學校,我要再申請新簽證嗎?
A
You don't need a new student visa if you are going to attend the same school. There is a SEVIS issue you might need to consider. If your I-20 was issued after September 1, 2004 you will need to pay a $100 SEVIS I-901 fee. (2005-03-11 14:13)
 
Host: (Alex Yuan)
Q
My son is 14, he is studying in the States now, with B1/B2 visa, I can only stay with him for six months, is there other visa that I could apply for a longer staying?
A
No. In addition you should be aware that if you are spending all your time in the U.S., you are an intending immigrant and may not qualify for a B visa again. There is no other visa you can use. The other visa types are for working or studying in the U.S.. (2005-03-11 14:13)
 
Host: (Gong Li)
Q
Since my wife and I will go to study our master, will visa officer suppose our immigration intension is stronger than other students who go alone?
A
I don't think this is an issue. Each applicant is looked at individually and the law we apply in dertmine the immigration intend is the same. I don't think the fact you and your wife both are going make a different in your case. (2005-03-11 14:17)
 
Host: (Alex Yuan)
Q
請問如果我已拿到I-20之後才與我太太結婚,那我能拿我的這張I-20幫我太太辦眷屬簽證(F-2)嗎?如果不能的話,應該如何處理?
A
You need to contact your school. Tell them they need to give a new I-20 FOR YOUR WIFE. You do not need a new I-20 but your wife needs a new I-20. With this I-20 you can apply at AIT for a F-2 visa. Your wife can come to AIT by herself if you cannot accompany her. (2005-03-11 14:17)
 
Host: (Alex Yuan)
Q
我現在想申請I-20,但是我並不想拿任何學位(我本身在台最高學歷為輔大廣告傳播)。我之所以想去美國的原因是去學電腦繪圖的技術,去那種專科學校就讀,請問像我這樣的情況有辦法申請到I-20嗎?
A
You can get an I-20 even if you do not want a diploma. Your school will know if you should have an I-20 or a B visa. Contact the specific school that you want to attend and they will let you know. Many Taiwanese students go to study in the U.S. on programs that do not give diplomas. For example, English schools do not give diplomas. But it seems like the main purpose of your trip is to study. In that case, you will get a student visa. The best thing to do is to contact the school you want to attend. (2005-03-11 14:24)
 
Host: (Gong Li)
Q
My wife plans to go to study in U.S. this fall and I will sponsor her expenses in the U.S.. I will ask my bank to issue a financial status of mine and I will write a document to declare that I am willing to sponsor her tuition and expenses in the U.S.. Is that enough? Is there anything else I should submit to convince the visa officer that she has enough fund to study in the U.S.? If I also apply for F-2 visa, how can I convince the visa officer that I do not have immigration intension?
A
Financial support evidence showing sufficient funds are available to cover the first year's tuition and living expenses in the U.S., and also that there is a continuing source of funds available to cover the costs of the entire course of study. If someone other than the applicant is paying for the education, applicants should present documents proving their relationship with the sponsor. Applicants for student visas must be prepared to show they have compelling ties that will cause them to return abroad after their studies in the U.S.. Again, for immigration intend, your wife is a student in the U.S., your reason for traveling to U.S. is clear. The fact you are applying for an F 2 should not make your case worse. We still have to look at your situation individually at the time of the interview to make that decision. (2005-03-11 14:24)
 
Host: (Alex Yuan)
Q
請問學生眷屬(F-2)的財力證明是否可與學生本人(F-1)是同一份財力證明文件?
A
Yes, you can bring the same financial documents. As long as the documents show enough money to cover one year of tuition. (2005-03-11 14:25)
 
Host: (Alex Yuan)
Q
Do F-2 dependents need to pay $100 SEVIS I-901 Fee?
A
No, the F-1 pays and that is enough. (2005-03-11 14:26)
 
Host: (Gong Li)
Q
Does the I-901 Fee apply to every new I-20 issued, even if I am still attending the same school?
A
No, the SEVIS I-901 fee doesn't apply to continuing students. But if you are going to the school for the first time as a new student and your I-20 was issued after September 1 2004, then you need to pay the I-901 fee. (2005-03-11 14:32)
 
Host: (Alex Yuan)
Q
之前提到說可以直接到AIT去拿 J VISA 的表格不用收取任何費用。但是我們要去工讀的人不是還要繳SEVIS 1-901的費用嗎?那我該如何拿到DS-2019的簽證呢?
A
Yes, you need to pay the SEVIS fee. Almost all J visas need to pay the SEVIS fee. It is $100. Some government funded programs do not need to pay the SEVIS fee. You get the DS-2019 from the employer in the U.S. You do not need a broker in Taiwan to get it for you. But the employer in the U.S. needs to apply and get you DS-2019. (2005-03-11 14:33)
 
Host: (Gong Li)
Q
How to show I have strong ties? Can you give me an example? By papers or oral?
A
Strong ties differ from country to country, city to city, individual to individual. Some examples of ties can be a job, a house, a family, a bank account. "Ties" are the various aspects of your life that bind you to your country of residence: your possessions, employment, social and family relationships. (2005-03-11 14:34)
 
Host: (Alex Yuan)
Q
Must I pay the SEVIS I-901 fee before I go to apply for F-1 visa?
A
YES, you must pay before coming to the interview. Remember to print out the receipt and bring it with you. (2005-03-11 14:35)
 
Host: (Alex Yuan)
Q
目前我持有H1-B document但是護照上的簽證仍是F-1 visa。 我是否可以在美國申辦轉換簽證的手續?若是可以,可否給我相關的資訊?
A
If you are in Taiwan you should come to AIT and apply for the H visa. If you are already in the U.S. you can change status to H visa. Please go to http://uscis.gov/graphics/services/tempbenefits/index.htmHowever, it is always easier and better to come to AIT and get the H visa. Applying for "change of status" in the U.S. can take many months. (2005-03-11 14:42)
 
Host: (Gong Li)
Q
已經在美國找到短期工讀、也有雇主的AGGREMENT FORM,我接下可以都自己辦嗎?
A
For a J visa, you need to have a DS-2019 form to apply. If you don't have the form, which should be provided by your sponsor, you don't qualify for J visa. An agreement between you and your employer is not enough for a J visa. It would be better to discuss this with your sponsor/employer in the US to see what he/she can provide for you. (2005-03-11 14:43)
 
Host: (Alex Yuan)
Q
請問我已在美國讀書,我太太在台灣,而我太太想申請眷屬簽證(F-2),請問她可以使用由我父親提供的財力證明文件嗎?
A
Sure. (2005-03-11 14:43)
 
Host: (Gong Li)
Q
Do I need to prepare documents regarding the source of my fund, such as income tax report and salary report/certificate?
A
That would be best if you can show that not only you have the money but also the source of the income. (2005-03-11 14:44)
 
Host: (Alex Yuan)
Q
What is the EAD document? Does student have to have this in order to re-enter the United States?
A
EAD stands for Employment Authorization Document. Your International Student Office should know about this card for their OPT students. (2005-03-11 14:46)
 
Host: (Gong Li)
Q
2002年我有申請學生簽證,由於某些原因,我沒有去美國,現在我有申請2005 新I-20表格,還是簽證上的原學校,我需要再申請新的簽證嗎?
A
you don't need a new student visa if you are going to attend the same school. There is a SEVIS issue you might need to consider. If your I-20 was issued after September 1, 2004 you will need to pay a $100 SEVIS I-901 fee. (2005-03-11 14:48)
 
Host: (Alex Yuan)
Q
My boy is only 15 years old and not a citizen of the United State of America. Is he possible to apply a high school or summer campus? Is there any limitation for VISA? I learned some private boarding school could possibly accept our application. What should I be aware of in such case?
A
Yes. High school students can apply for F visa. Many Taiwanese students go to private high schools in the U.S. If you go to a public school you must pay tuition and can only go to public school for one year. The F visa is 5 years. I recommend that the parent come with the child to the interview. Contact the private school you are interested in attending. Many of them are very interested in accepting foreign students. (2005-03-11 14:51)
 
Host: (Gong Li)
Q
My student visa has expired. In addition to the valid I-20 and proof of financial status, do I need to prepare any other documents for the AIT interview?
A
You should follow the regular procedure to submit your application for a new student visa. If you have been a student in the U.S. up till this time, you should also bring your transcript to show that you have maintained your student status while you were in the U.S.. (2005-03-11 14:52)
 
Host: (Alex Yuan)
Q
My son was born in the states in 1991, he is currently studying in the States, my wife and I take turn staying with him. We both have B1/B2 visa, the longest we can take care of him is six months that is quite inconvenience. Is there any way that we - at least my wife could apply a visa for a longer staying in the States? Thank you.
A
Please be aware that if you are staying in the U.S. for 6 months at a time and living with your child -- you are probably an intending immigrant. You may be rejected for a new B visa and/or you may be stopped at customs. Your child is a U.S. citizen but there is nothing he can do to allow you to stay in the U.S. with him. (2005-03-11 14:54)
 
Host: (Alex Yuan)
Q
Does AIT set any fixed rejecting ratio for F-1 visa ?
A
No. Every officer reviews the application at the time of interview. You can be sure that Taiwan is a visa friendly place. More than 95% of our applicants never have problems getting a U.S. visa. (2005-03-11 14:57)
 
Host: (Gong Li)
Q
問我因為返台超過五個月,現在要回學校繼續修過,因此學校又發了一張新的I-20, 請問我要繳I-901 Fee嗎?
A
Continuing students do not have to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee when returning to United States or applying for a visa to return to the United States after: An absence of less than five months to continue the same program of study or Completing authorized overseas study as part of the current program (this absence may exceed five months) Otherwise you will need to pay a new fee. (2005-03-11 14:57)
 
Host: (Alex Yuan)
Q
If I get the scholarship from the school, will this point bring me any advantage while applying U.S. visa?
A
Bring the scholarship info with you to the interview. It can always help. With a scholarship you will not need as much financial evidence. Remember you must show enough money to cover the first year. But since you have a scholarship you do not need as much money. (2005-03-11 14:59)
 
Host: (Gong Li)
Q
I'm a Taiwanese but currently working in China, where should I apply the visa?
A
For student visa, you can apply either in China or in Taiwan. However, we suggest that you apply in the country that you are a permanent resident, in this case would be Taiwan. (2005-03-11 14:59)


End of Chat


 

 

Host: (Alex Yuan)

Happy to help. I hope I was able to answer your questions. Remember, we will have AIT Consular Officers at the Education Fairs this month! If you attend the fairs we will be answering questions about student visas. Best of luck to all of you.

 

Host: (Gong Li)

Thank you all for participating this web chat. If you have other related questions, please visit our website at http://www.ait.org.tw