how should I apply?

<p>I live in the U.S. but without permanant resident status or citizenship.
I have F-2 Visa.</p>

<p>I'm going to apply to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Emory University-Oxford College (both EA).</p>

<p>would they see me as an international student and if they do, does that mean I can't apply early?</p>

<p>Yes, you're an international. Some schools allow you to apply early, others don't so ask the schools. You probably won't want to apply anywhere ED if you need financial aid.</p>