Visas for int'l students

<p>Hey everyone. I'm an int'l high school student. I need a little help regarding the whole student visa issue. I have relatives in the US who are thinking of applying for a Green Card for me. Will this affect my chances of getting a student visa? Also, will the fact that i have begun the process of obtaining a Green Card help in getting fin. aid from colleges which don't give aid to int'l students apart from those who are eligible? Basically, will i fall into that "eligible" category????</p>

<p>I need to know this people.</p>

<p>what do you mean exactly by "know this people" and "will the fact that i have begun the process of obtaining a Green Card help in getting fin. aid from colleges which don't give aid to int'l students apart from those who are eligible? Basically, will i fall into that "eligible" category???? " these words seem quite unclear. </p>

<p>Do you mean that you want to know whether schools will be need-blind to your application, while you have not got a Green Card at hand yet? If that is your question, the answer is no. When you apply to schools as a permanent resident, schools will ask you for a photocopy of your green card. So you are not qualified to apply as a permanent resident if you are still in the process of applying for a Green Card. So you see, you have to get a Green Card BEFORE applying to schools. </p>

<p>as for you question about getting visa, I think it won't put you at disadvantage if you tell the visa officer that you have applied for a green card--if you haven't successfully got a green card, visa officer would, naturally, ask why you applied for a green card and why you failed. Just tell VO your answers frankly and truthfully, and it would be okay.And if your green card application is processed but you haven't heard any results yet about it while you have the interview with visa officer, just tell him or her your situation frankly too. Again, don't worry, just tell the truth. :)</p>

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I have relatives in the US who are thinking of applying for a Green Card for me. Will this affect my chances of getting a student visa?

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<p>Yes. By starting the process for a green card, you are demonstrating immigration intent. The F-1 and J-1 visas are non-immigrant visas. The US embassy and consulate will probably reject your application for a student visa in this case.</p>

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Also, will the fact that i have begun the process of obtaining a Green Card help in getting fin. aid from colleges which don't give aid to int'l students apart from those who are eligible?

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<p>You won't be in the same pool as US citizens/current green card holders until you have that green card in hand.</p>

<p>frankchn is right that a pending green card application would make you ineligible for a student visa. I went through this very same issue with an immigration lawyer, and ended up postponing my green card application until after I had secured a student visa.</p>

<p>I am sure you know that there's a huge backlog in the processing of green card applications in some categories. For example, if you have a brother or sister who is a US citizen and who would be applying for a green card for you, you would be looking at waiting times between 4 and 10 years! You can check expected waiting times here: <a href="https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/Dashboard/ProcTimes.do%5B/url%5D"&gt;https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/Dashboard/ProcTimes.do&lt;/a> (Select form I-130 for family-based immigration.)</p>

<p>Just to make sure you are aware of this, only immediate family members (parents, siblings, spouses) can sponsor you for a visa. Grandparents, uncles, etc cannot.</p>

<p>That cleared up a lot of confusion. Thanks guys.</p>

<p>First get into the us on an f1 then apply for green card status. Or your name ,as they say it, will be struck off the rolls.</p>