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VISA F1/Unemployed

DonovanMDonovanM Registered User Posts: 15 Junior Member
Hi there,

I'm currently unemployed (since 3 months) and I'm about to apply for a 3 month F1 Visa regarding a whole other field than my last job. I've been accepted to a musical school in the US and my home country is France.
Is this a problem for the officer if I'm unemployed and especially if I'm having the unemployment benefits while I'm applying for the F1 Visa ? Should I provide the paper that mention that I have the unemployment or should I only stipulate that I'm unemployed ?

Thank you all for you answers.

Replies to: VISA F1/Unemployed

  • b@r!um[email protected]!um Registered User Posts: 10,364 Senior Member
    Whether you are employed or unemployed does not usually matter for F-1 purposes. You might have to quit your job anyway to study in the US.

    The US consulate will be concerned about your ability to pay for your education. If you emphasize that you are currently receiving unemployment benefits (i.e. government assistance), the consulate may take another look at your financial documents.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 38,837 Senior Member
    How will you pay for your music education? You need to answer this question in order to get a visa. It could be from a scholarship or from savings, it doesn't matter.
  • DonovanMDonovanM Registered User Posts: 15 Junior Member
    Besides having the unemployment benefits, I actually have the funds to pay my studies and my living expenses. I spend 1 year working to save money and my account prove that I have enough funds.
    The unemployment benefits could be a "plus" or is it better to not mention it and just mention the fact that I'am unemployed ?
  • DonovanMDonovanM Registered User Posts: 15 Junior Member
    MYOS1634, yes as I said I have the money to pay for my music education. I saved money during 1 year while I was working to be able to finance my projects. Now I'm unemployed and having unemployment benefits. And I don't if having unemployment benefits could be a problem for the officer to allow me to get the visa ?
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 38,837 Senior Member
    If you have enough and can prove it, then you don't need to discuss unemployment benefits.
  • DonovanMDonovanM Registered User Posts: 15 Junior Member
    Alright thank you for your answers MYOS1634 :)
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