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Apply visa turis/student ke Amerika

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Thread ini di buat untuk sharing cara nya dapetin visa non-immigrant seperti visa student, dan visa turis. Untuk informasi tentang visa kerja, immigran atau dapetin GC lotere liat di atas thread yang bener nya....

Yang pasti ada disclaimer nya juga...info2 disini bener banget tapi ya mesti di cek lagi karena soal imigrasi itu ruwet dan peraturan nya ganti terus. Gue bukan lawyer and kalopun gue lawyer, gue bukan lawyer eloe. emoticon-Big Grin Ini termasuk juga yang kasih saran2 disini... jadi jangan nyalahin kalo info nya meleng dikit emoticon-Big Grin

Jadi nya eloe di thread yang bener... kalo eloe:
a. mau apply visa student
b. mau apply visa turis
c. anything to do with visa student dan turis

Berbagai macem2 visa Amerika secara umum nya... kalo mo lebih jelas liat di sendiri di: http://www.unitedstatesvisas.gov/ ya. Kalo eloe pegang paspor warna laen selain ijo - mungkin ada visa waiver buat eloe tapi yang pasti kalo paspor kita ijo ya kita harus apply visa Amerika.

Visa Denials:
Kalo eloe apply visa terus belum siap, mending review kenapa visa itu di tolak, daripada ntar di tolak baru cari tau kenapa di tolak. Biasa nya sih simple banget alesan nya seperti: gak percaya tujuan eloe ke amerika itu beneran mau jalan2, gak percaya kalo duit segitu itu duit kita, ada kemungkinan eloe mo netep, dll. Tapi ya itu eloe mesti kurang lebih tau di otak nya konsuler tuh apa ya....Anggapan si konsuler itu "The presumption in the law is that every visitor visa applicant is an intending immigrant. Therefore, applicants for visitor visas must overcome this presumption by demonstrating that:" Ini untuk tujuan visa non-immigrant ya....jadi kita selalu harus buktikan kalo kita gak ada niat untuk netep atau kerja di Amerika kalo mau apply visa berdasarkan non-immigrant visa....
Kita harus bisa buktikan kalo kita itu:
a. tujuan berkunjung ke Amerika itu untuk business, turis atau kesehatan;
b. hanya untuk sementara dan waktu terbatas;
c. punya bukti duit untuk biaya di amerika;
d. punya bukti ada hubungan keluarga dan ekonomi di luar amerika;
e. tinggal di luar Amerika dan juga punya hubungan erat dll yang pastikan akan keluar dari Amerika setelah berkunjung.

Nah ini yang beneran menjadi kendala umum untuk visa yang kena di tolakin. Kalo eloe bisa buktikan itu butir a sampe e dengan pasti, pasti visa eloe di approved. Kalo eloe pernah di tolak, coba pikir lagi apakah mungkin jawaban eloe ngambang atau gak pasti lalu bikin mereka curiga kalo niat eloe itu gak sungguh tapi ada maksud laen nya.

Mau liat alesan lengkap nya eloe gak dapet visa? Nih disini... http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/in...ties_1364.html

Coba baca thread ini dri depan ke belakang... banyak yang pernah di tolak setelah mampir kesini... visa nya pada tembus...

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Visas for USA - United States Visa Requirements

Who requires a visa?
A citizen of a foreign country, wishing to enter the U.S., generally must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. The type of visa you must have is defined by immigration law, and relates to the purpose of your travel. Having a U.S. visa allows you to travel to a port-of-entry (airport, for example) and request permission of the Department of Homeland Security, Customs Border Protection immigration officer to enter the U.S. A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States.

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of certain countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. The program was established in 1986 with the objective of eliminating unnecessary barriers to travel, stimulating the tourism industry, and permitting the Department of State to focus consular resources in other areas. VWP eligible travelers may apply for a visa, if they prefer to do so. Not all countries participate in the VWP, and not all travelers from VWP countries are eligible to use the program. VWP travelers are screened prior to admission into the United States, and they are enrolled in the Department of Homeland Security’s US-VISIT program. <<<< Paspor ijo alias Indonesia gak qualify emoticon-Frown
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Selametin old thread lagi judulnya di rubah dikit biar tau beda nya antara yang baru dan lama... kalo mau di google biar kagak bingung... doeloe nya "apply visa ke us" di mulai dari taon 2005. Parah banget banyak yang hilang...Yang warna merah itu missing page...

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sengaja di tempat yang laen jadi kalo di hapus ada 2 tempat... emoticon-Big Grin

kalo ada yang ketemu tuh yang missing... di save as html aja... terus di tambahin... PM maling biar ntar di tambahin di top ya...
Hi hi semua, mau curhat aja, kemaren tgl 30 baru maju ke embassy US di medan merdeka selatan, dengan sejuta harapan untuk approved dan terbang ke USA, padahal semua surat uda lengkap, I-20 uda keluar segala macemnya, eh pas interview si konselornya bilang sorry you are not qualified for us visa.

Damn...
@MalingCewek... thanks yaaaa sudah selamatin thread yg apply visa, sebelumnya aku pernah coba cari googling jg tapi dptnya kok berantakan satu2 gitu so I gave up dehh hehe

@Gooday, Hii.. sis / bro? bole share pengalamannya? waktu nov - dec 2007 kemarin jg apply 3x F1 visa ditolak hiks.. n tahun ini udah dpt I20 lagi maybe mo apply sekitar akhir june.
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Gooday bisa share info yang lebih lengkap? kayak umur, sekolah, dan jurusan yang Gooday pakai untuk apply student visa nya.

Mungkin gw bisa kasih sedikit saran atau pendapat mengapa ditolak.
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Hi bro, male taun ini 25. sekolahnya Bahasa di ELS, tapi nantinya ambil MBA di Adelphi.
Padahal semua surat2 uda lengkap, dan referensi bank and uang tabungan penjamin who is nyokap gw uda ada lah sekitar 45rb us(dirupiahin)

pas gw tanya dia gamau jelasin. hari selasa depan gue maju lagi, doain ya bro/sis.ehhehe

emoticon-Angkat Beer
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wah 3x F1 ditolak?gimana nasibnya gue neh.
bedanya F1 ama I20 apa ya?

lupa.hehe

thanks buat sharingnya.
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Jadu eloe ke Amrik bilangnya mau sekolah ELS, MBA, atau dua2nya? eloe sudah S1?

Menurut gw, eloe punya alasan ditolak bukan masalah surat2 atau dana di bank. Ini ada beberapa kemungkinan kenapa ditolak:

A: eloe bilang mau sekolah ELS di Amrik dan eloe sudah 25 tahun. Ini biasanya signal yang jelek bagi interviewernya. Karena, umur 25 itu umur nikah. Apalagi eloe male, lebih mencurigakan lagi.

B: eloe pakai I-20 dari sekolah bahasa. Akan lebih susah dapat visa daripada kalau eloe pakai dari College atau University. Karena I-20 dari sekolah bahasa terkenal gampang dapatnya di Amrik. Persyaratannya jauh lebih rendah dibandingkan kalau College atau Univeristas.

Sesuatu yang gooday musti tahu, interviewer di Embassy sudah di train untuk melihat tanda2 alasan yang mencurigakan. Mereka dilatih untuk mencari alasan seseorang untuk tinggal di Amrik dan tidak balik ke Indo. Yang paling mereka takuti adalah orang luar ke Amrik dan tidak balik lagi ke negara asalnya dan jadi illegal immigrant. Kalau gooday baca2 di website immigrasi Amrik, USCIS, gooday bisa baca bagaimana cara mereka mengevaluasi seseorang.

Daripada menghabiskan uang coba2 ke kedutaan. Mendingan gooday coba cara lain. Kalau bisa, jangan langsung masuk sekolah bahasa di Amrik. Tapi, daftar ke College dan Universitas di Amrik, kayak Adelphi atau State University (Univesrsitas negri di Amrik), dan pakai I-20 dari mereka. Kalau tidak, coba cari Community College di Amrik yang cukup ada namanya dan daftar untuk sekolah bahasa atau untuk ambil jurusan. Nanti kalau sudah di Amrik, tinggal ganti jurusan atau transfer ke sekolah lain.

Yang susah adalah umur. Gooday harus meyakinkan ke interviewernya kalau gooday bakalan balik. Kalau ada kesempatan, cobalah berbasa basi sedikit. Contohnya, gooday seperti bilang "ada pekerjaan yang saya tertarik di Indo yang membutuhkan MBA", atau bilang "Di Indo banyak dicari jurusan MBA dari Amrik, maka itu saya mau coba untuk sekolah sebaik mungkin dan balik ke Indo untuk bekerja", atau... kalau gooday punya pacar, bilang kalau berat ningallin pacar untuk sekolah ke Amrik, dll. Jangan bohong! Coba bilang sejujurnya ke dia kalau intensi eloe ke Amrik memang mau sekolah dan bakalan balik setelah sekolah. Orang Amrik pada dasarnya baik2. Cuma, orang2 di embassy memang sudah dilatih secara psychologis untuk mengintimidasi orang dan untuk membaca gerak gerik/ekspresi orang.

Ini semua pintar2 nya gooday berbicara. Jangan gugup, jangan kelihatan takut, dan jangan bohong. Gw sudah banyak pengalaman interview. Apalagi interview pekerjaan di Amrik...weleh....lebih strees lagi. Tapi, dimana2 pada dasarnya tujuannya sama, meyakinkan orang yang di interviewer maksud kamu atau alias menjual diri "selling yourself".

Good Luck! I hope all the best! emoticon-Smilie

PS: Sorry kalau tulisan Indo gw blepotan atau banyak salah. Gw sudah lama banget tidak menulis dalam bahasa Indo. Kalau ada yang kurang jelas, bilang saja.
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I-20: Surat yang eloe dapat dari University/College/Intitut di Amerika yang dipakai untuk mencari visa di kedutaan. I-20 juga berperan sebagai ijin tinggal eloe di Amrik. Jadi, eloe bisa tinggal di Amrik selama I-20 masih berlaku dan eloe full time student.

F1: F1 itu adalah nama dari Student Visa yang dikeluarkan oleh kedutaan Amerika. Visa Amerika ada macam2 (F1, J1, B1, H1, etc). F1 visa adalah ijin masuk ke Amerika untuk tujuan study. Ingat! Visa bukan ijin tinggal. Jadi, kalau eloe dapat visa F1 untuk 1 tahun, bukan berarti eloe cuma bisa di Amrik 1 tahun. Itu berarti eloe bisa keluar masuk Amrik selama 1 tahun tanpa harus cari visa baru.

Jadi..eloe bisa tinggal di Amrik meskipun visa sudah expired asalkan I-20 masih berlaku dan status masih student/legal. Tapi, kalau visa F1 sudah expired dan mau liburan pulang ke Indo, eloe harus apply visa baru di kedutaan Amerika.

I hope this clears up ! emoticon-Smilie
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Thanks banget bro untuk penjelasan yang rinci.

btw bhasa u masi bagus kok, excellent.hehehe.

tu gw PM biar lebi jelas. cheers emoticon-Angkat Beer
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saran nya bener tapi alesan nya salah kalo gue bilang... gak masalah mau umur berapa... masuk akal dong... kalo mau lanjut ke MBA dah S1 khan paling gak dah umur 22 pas lulus S1 nya jadi alesan eloe dah umur nikah gak bener kalo gue bilang.... umur 25 mah jamak kalo mau ke MBA program. Malah average umur MBA candidate itu lebih dari segitu lagi.

kalo emang ingris nya jelek masuk di akal kok emang gak bisa mau gimana maka itu khan sekolah bahasa dulu, dah gitu baru ke MBA.

masalah nya kalo gue bilang gak bisa yakin kan kalo abis sekul akan balik ke indo gak mau menetep di america, lain kagak.
Hi Gooday.. so kapan mo interview lagi? menurut g seh drpada buang2 duit mendingan u semedi dulu teliti lagi alasan lu ditolak. jangan gegabah kek gua dulu hehe... udah buang2 duit kan track record kita di sana jg jadi jelek. haiz.. g telat menemukan kaskus seh emoticon-Big Grin

buat sesepuh2 visa, bole ga sblm aku interview ntar interview dulu sama sesepuh2 emoticon-Big Grin ?
tenkiuuuu
rajin yah si maling revive thread yg ilang emoticon-Big Grin, nice effort bro! emoticon-thumbsup:
^dijeeyy..

namanya juga bos maling gitu lohhh... apa seh yg ngga dia kerjain, mulai dari motong2in poto, nyelametin thread, bantuin ngevote, apa coba yg belom... hehehehehe... emoticon-Big Grin emoticon-Big Grin emoticon-Big Grin
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maksud ente gue ga lo2s karna kurang meyakinkan gitu?
kalo emang gitu paling masuk akal se diantara kemungkinan yang lain, karna kalo umur merid bisa kapan aja.

tapi yang nanti jadi pertanyaan, rentang waktu dari gue lu2s kul sampe sekarang ini ngapain?
masa gue bilang sejujurnya which is kerja. gitchu, sama aja menggali kuburan sendiri gua.

bener ga ling?emoticon-Angkat Beer
Nah sekarang misal nya tuh visa dah dapet terus mau process masuk nya pas tiba di Amerika gimana? Ini dengan catatan eloe pake cara resmi ya bukan masuk lewat container atau loncat pagar emoticon-Big Grin

Nih nyolong dari website nya si DHS..
http://www.customs.ustreas.gov/xp/cg...to_the_u_s.xml

Admission into United States
(11/02/2007)
Q: What is the Inspection Process?
A: All persons arriving at a port-of-entry to the United States are subject to inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers. CBP Officers will conduct the Immigration, Customs and Agriculture components of the Inspections process. If a traveler has health concerns, he/she will be referred to a Public Health Officer for a separate screening.

Q: What Does the Law Say?
A: The legal foundation that requires the inspection of all persons arriving in the United States comes from the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), see INA § 235 [8 U.S.C.]. Rules published in the Federal Register explain the inspection requirements and process. These rules are incorporated into the Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] at 8 CFR § 235.


Q: What Can I Expect to Happen at a Port-of-Entry? (*)
A: Airport
When arriving at an airport, the airline will give all non-United States citizens a form to complete while still en route to the United States, either Form I-94 (white), Arrival/Departure Record, or Form I-94W (green), Nonimmigrant Visa Waiver Arrival/Departure Form and Customs Declaration form 6059B. The forms ask for basic identification information and the address where you will stay in the United States.
Upon arrival, the airline personnel will show you to the inspection area. You will queue up in an inspection line and then speak with a CBP officer. If you are a U.S. citizen, special lines may be available to you. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you should use the lanes marked for non-citizens. If you are a U.S. citizen, the officer will ask you for your passport and Customs Declaration form, verify your citizenship, and welcome you back to the United States. You may be asked to proceed to a second screening point with your belongings for additional questioning by CBP Officers. If you are a U.S. citizen, the officer will ask you for your passport, verify your citizenship, and then welcome you back to the United States. You will then proceed to the Customs inspection area.

If you are an alien, the CBP Officer must determine why you are coming to the United States, what documents you may require, if you have those documents, and how long you should be allowed to initially stay in the United States. These determinations usually take less than one minute to make. If you are allowed to proceed, the officer will stamp your passport and customs declaration form and issue a completed Form I-94 to you. A completed form I-94 will show what immigration classification you were given and how long you are allowed to stay.

Also, If you are an alien, CBP Officers may decide that you should not be permitted to enter the United States. There are many reasons why this might happen (see INA § 212(a)). You will either be placed in detention, or temporarily held until return flight arrangements can be made. If you have a visa, it may be cancelled. In certain instances, Officer(s) may not be able to decide if you should be allowed into the United States. In this case, your inspection may be deferred (postponed), and you will be instructed to go to another office located near your intended destination in the United States for further processing.

Land
At a land border port-of-entry you will undergo the same general process. One officer will conduct the primary inspection on the vehicle lane. That officer may send you for further review or issuance of needed papers to a secondary inspection area. Once a determination is made to allow you into the United States, you may be sent for further Customs inspection or immediately allowed to proceed on your trip.

Sea
The inspection process at a sea port-of-entry is similar to the airport process if inspection facilities are available. Otherwise passengers will be instructed where to report for inspection on board the vessel.

(*) Sekarang ini di finger prints ama di foto, bisa di pilih random untuk special registration. Nah kalo kena special registration, pas mau keluar amerika nya mesti laporan dulu. Laporan nya bisa sehari sebelum keluar.

Extend stay
Kalo eloe masuk Amerika nya resmi tapi keluar nya lewat batas waktu nya itu berarti eloe dah Out of Status. Pokok nya kalo eloe dah di Amerika terus salahin maksud dan limitation dari visa eloe, ya itu eloe Out of Status ya.

Kalo misal nya perlu perpanjangan waktu tinggal di Amerika, eloe dari jauh2 hari dah mesti masukin perpanjangan waktu. Ada formulir nya sih tapi kebanyakan sih mereka akan di tolak untuk final decision nya. Setelah eloe masukin perpanjangan nya dan dapet tanda terima nya, berarti eloe gak out of status. Nah misal nya makan waktu 3 bulan untuk dapetin decision nya ya selama 3 bulan itu eloe masih legit. Kalo misal nya at the end ternyata gak di kasih ya udah dalam waktu tertentu eloe mesti keluar dari Amerika. Nah eloe kalo gak lewat waktu itu ya gak apa. Tapi siap aja laen kali masuk ke Amerika lagi bakalan di tanya kenapa tempo hari minta extension.
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Student Visa F-1 & M-1

>>STUDENT VISA F-1 dan M-1<<
Full info nya disini: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/ty...ypes_1268.html
http://jakarta.usembassy.gov/consula...VSTUDENTS.html

Student Applicants (for F-1 and M-1 visas) - Overview
If you are going to the U.S. primarily for tourism, but want to take a short course of study of less than 18 hours per week, you may be able to do so on a visitor visa. You should inquire at the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate. If your course of study is more than 18 hours a week, you will need a student visa. Please read this information for general information on how to apply for an F1 or M1 student visa. For additional student related information, visit the EducationUSA website created by the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to learn about educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate study, opportunities for scholars, financial aid, testing, admissions, and much more.

In most countries, first time student visa applicants are required to appear for an in-person interview. However, each embassy and consulate sets its own interview policies and procedures regarding student visas. Students should consult Embassy web sites or call for specific application instructions.

Keep in mind that June, July, and August are the busiest months in most consular sections, and interview appointments are the most difficult to get during that period. Students need to plan ahead to avoid having to make repeat visits to the Embassy. To the extent possible, students should bring the documents suggested below, as well as any other documents that might help establish their ties to the local community.

Changes introduced shortly after September 11, 2001 involve extensive and ongoing review of visa issuing practices as they relate to our national security. It is important to apply for your visa well in advance of your travel departure date.

What documents will be required?

All applicants for a student visa must provide:
- Form I-20A-B, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status. For Academic and Language Students or Form I-20M-N, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (M-1) Student Status for Vocational Students.
You will need to submit a SEVIS generated Form, I-20, which was provided to you by your school.You and your school official must sign the I-20 form. All students, as well as their spouses and dependents must be registered in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), an Internet-based system that maintains accurate and current information on non-immigrant students and exchange visitors and their dependents (F/M-2 visa holders). Your school is responsible for entering your information for the I-20 student visa form into SEVIS. Students will also have to pay an SEVIS I-901 fee for each program of study. Questions regarding your exchange program should be directly to your program sponsor;

- A completed application, Nonimmigrant Visa Applicant, Form DS-156, together with a Form DS-158.[/b] Both forms must be completed and signed. Some applicants will also be required to complete and sign Form DS-157. A separate form is needed for children, even if they are included in a parent's passport. The DS-156 must be the March 2006 date, electronic "e-form application." Select Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form DS-156 to access the electronic version of the form DS-156.

- An interview at the embassy consular section is required for almost all visa applicants. The waiting time for an interview appointment for applicants can vary, so early visa application is strongly encouraged. During the visa interview, an ink-free, digital fingerprint scan will be quickly taken, as well as a digital photo. Some applicants will need additional screening, and will be notified when they apply.

- A passport valid for travel to the United States and with a validity date at least six months beyond the applicant's intended period of stay in the United States (unless country-specific agreements provide exemptions). If more than one person is included in the passport, each person desiring a visa must complete an application.

- One (1) 2x2 photograph. See the required photo format explained in nonimmigrant photograph requirements;

- A MRV fee receipt to show payment of the visa application fee, a visa issuance fee if applicable and a separate SEVIS I-901 fee receipt. While all F-visa applicants must pay the MRV fee, including dependents, only the F-1 principal applicants must pay the SEVIS fee.

- Students who are authorized for Optional Practical Training (OPT) must have an I-20 endorsed for OPT, and provide a USCIS-issued Employment Authorization Document (EAD).

All applicants should be prepared to provide:
- Transcripts and diplomas from previous institutions attended;
- scores from standardized tests required by the educational institution such as the TOEFL, SAT, GRE, GMAT, etc.;
- financial evidence that shows you or your parents who are sponsoring you have sufficient funds to cover your tuition and living expenses during the period of your intended study. For example, if you or your sponsor is a salaried employee, please bring income tax documents and original bank books and/or statements. If you or your sponsor own a business, please bring business registration, licenses, etc., and tax documents, as well as original bank books and/or statements.

Applicants with dependents must also provide:
- Proof of the student’s relationship to his/her spouse and/or children (e.g., marriage and birth certificates.);
- it is preferred that families apply for F-1 and F-2 visas at the same time, but if the spouse and children must apply separately at a later time, they should bring a copy of the student visa holder’s passport and visa, along with all other required documents.

Additional Information
- No assurances regarding the issuance of visas can be given in advance. Therefore final travel plans or the purchase of non refundable tickets should not be made until a visa has been issued.
- Unless previously canceled, a visa is valid until its expiration date. Therefore, if the traveler has a valid U.S. visa in an expired passport, do not remove the visa page from the expired passport. You may use it along with a new valid passport for travel and admission to the United States.

Time required to issue visa
Advance travel planning and early visa application are important, since visa applications are subject to a greater degree of scrutiny than in the past. If you plan to apply for a nonimmigrant visa to come to the United States, we know you ’d like to estimate how long you will have to wait to get an interview appointment to apply for a visa.

It is important to thoroughly review all information provided by your Embassy's Consular Section for local procedures and instructions, such as how to make an interview appointment. Your Consulate will also explain any additional procedures for students, exchange visitors and those persons who need an earlier visa interview appointment.

You'll also want to know how long it will take for your nonimmigrant visa to be processed at the Consular Section, after a decision is made by a Consular Officer to issue the visa, and the visa is available for pick-up by you or the courier at the embassy. Some visa applications require additional special clearances or administrative processing, which requires some additional time. Most special clearances are resolved within 30 days of application. Applicants are advised when they apply. When additional special clearances or administrative processing is required, the timing will vary based on individual circumstances of each case.

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Student Visa F-1 & M-1

When Do I Need to Apply for My Student Visa?
- Students are encouraged to apply for their visa early to provide ample time for visa processing. Students may apply for their visa as soon as they are prepared to do so.
- The consular officer may need to get special clearances depending on the course of study and nationality of the student. This can take some additional time.
- Students should note that Embassies and Consulates are able to issue your student visa 120 days or less, in advance of the course of study registration date. If you apply for your visa more than 120 days prior to your start date or registration date as provided on the Form I-20, the Embassy or Consulate will hold your application until it is able to issue the visa. Consular officials will use that extra time to accomplish any of the necessary special clearances or other processes that may be required.
- Students are advised of the Department of Homeland Security regulation which requires that all initial or beginning students enter the U.S. 30 days or less in advance of the course of study start/report date as shown on the Form I-20. Please consider this date carefully when making travel plans to the U.S.
- A beginning student who wants an earlier entry into the U.S. (more than 30 days prior to the course start date), must qualify for, and obtain a visitor visa. A prospective student notation will be shown on his/her visitor visa and the traveler will need to make the intent to study clear to the U.S. immigration inspector at port of entry. Before beginning any studies, he or she must obtain a change of classification, filing Form I-539, Application for Change of Nonimmigrant Status, and also submit the required Form I-20 to the Department of Homeland Security office where the application is made. Please be aware that there is an additional fee of $140 for this process, and that one may not begin studies until the change of classification is approved.
- Continuing students may apply for a new visa at any time, as long as they have been maintaining student status and their SEVIS records are current. Continuing students may also enter the U.S. at any time before their classes start.

How do I apply?
Recently, the U.S. has updated its visa policies to increase security for our citizens and visitors. It will likely take you longer to get a visa than it used to, and you will find that a few new security measures have been put into place. Click the following for US Embassy in Jakarta to apply for student visa: http://jakarta.usembassy.gov/consula...VSTUDENTS.html

What is the cost of a visa?
Most non-diplomatic and non-official visas issued by United States consular officers abroad require a visa "application" (machine-readable visa - MRV) fee that recovers for the United States the costs associated with manufacturing, processing, and printing the visa. The current visa "application" fee is $131.00. Most visa applicants (visitors, students, temporary workers, etc.) are charged this $131.00 visa "application" fee. (bayar visa harus pake uang rupiah cash gak bisa pake uang dollar dan harus uang pas.)

How long is the visa valid for?
When you enter the United States on a student visa, you will usually be admitted for the duration of your student status. That means you may stay as long as you are a full time student, even if the F-1 visa in your passport expires while you are in America. For a student who has completed the course of studies shown on the I-20, and any authorized practical training, the student is allowed the following additional time in the U.S. before departure:
- F-1 student - An additional 60 days, to prepare for departure from the U.S. or to transfer to another school.
- M-1 student - An additional 30 days to depart the U.S. (Fixed time period, in total not to exceed one year). The 30 days to prepare for departure is permitted as long as the student maintained a full course of study and maintained status. An M student may receive extensions up to three years for the total program.

As an example regarding duration of status, if you have a visa that is valid for five years (note dari malingcewek: kebanyakan dari Indo cuma 1 taon) that will expire on July 1, 2010, and you are admitted into the U.S. for the duration of your studies (often abbreviated in your passport or on your I-94 card as "D/S"), you may stay in the U.S. as long as you are a full time student. Even if July 1, 2010 passes and your visa expires while in America, you will still be in legal student status. However, if you depart the U.S. with an expired visa, you will need to obtain a new one before being able to return to America and resume your studies. A student visa cannot be renewed or re-issued in the United States; it must be done at an Embassy or Consulate abroad.

What Items Do Returning Students Need?
All applicants applying for renewals must submit:
- A passport valid for at least six months;
- an application Form DS-156, together with a Form DS-158. Both forms must be completed and signed. Some applicants will also be required to complete and sign Form DS-157. Blank forms are available without charge at all U.S. consular offices.
- a receipt for visa processing fee. A receipt showing payment of the visa application fee for each applicant, including each child listed in a parent’s passport who is also applying for a U.S. visa, is needed;
- a new I-20 or an I-20 that has been endorsed on the back by a school official within the past 12 months.

All applicants applying for renewals should be prepared to submit:
- A certified copy of your grades from the school in which you are enrolled;
- financial documents from you or your sponsor, showing your ability to cover the cost of your schooling.

Students Away from Classes More Than Five Months
Students in or outside the U.S., who have been away from classes for more than five months, will likely need a new visa to enter the U.S.

Can I work in USA?
Under an F-1 student visa, work is generally not permitted.
KECUALI kerja di campus termasuk kerja ama University nya (computer lab, mail delivery, recreation room attendante, resident hall assistant, class grader, dll) dan kerja di food service (restoran) di lokasi University walaupun yang jalanin food service company lain (Amarak, Host Marriott, McDonald, Burger King, Taco Bell dll.) atau other company on campus (toko buku, sport store dll) yang penting physical lokasi nya on campus.
After 1st year bisa minta ijin khusus dari DHS untuk kerja off-campus. TAPI ini hampir mustahil dapet dan nunggu nya lama banget. But bukan berarti gak mungkin bisa dapet.
Please check ama International Student Office karena tiap sekolah beda mana yang boleh mana yang gak

Student Visa F-1 & M-1 + Exchange Visitor Visa J-1

Entering the U.S. - Port of Entry
A visa allows a foreign citizen coming from abroad, to travel to the United States port-of entry and request permission to enter the U.S. Applicants should be aware that a visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have authority to permit or deny admission to the United States. Student visitors/Exchange visitors must have their Form I-20/DS2019 in their possession each time they enter the United States. Students/Exchange visitors should review important information about Admissions/Entry requirements by the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection. Upon arrival (at an international airport, seaport or land border crossing), you will be enrolled in the US-VISIT entry-exit program. In addition, some travelers will also need to register their entry into and their departure from the U.S. with the Special Registration program. If you are allowed to enter the U.S., the CBP official will determine the length of your visit on the Arrival-Departure Record (Form I-94). Since Form I-94 documents your authorized stay in the U.S., it’s very important to keep in your passport.

Staying Beyond Your Authorized Stay in the U.S. and Being Out of Status
- You should carefully consider the dates of your authorized stay and make sure you are following the procedures under U.S. immigration laws. It is important that you depart the U.S. on or before the last day you are authorized to be in the U.S. on any given trip, based on the specified end date on your Arrival-Departure Record, Form I-94. Failure to depart the U.S. will cause you to be out-of-status.
- Staying beyond the period of time authorized by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and being out-of-status in the United States is a violation of U.S. immigration laws, and may cause you to be ineligible for a visa in the future for return travel to the U.S.
- Staying unlawfully in the United States beyond the date Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have authorized--even by one day--results in your visa being automatically voided, in accordance with INA 222(g). Under this provision of immigration law, if you overstay on your nonimmigrant authorized stay in the U.S., your visa will be automatically voided. In this situation, you are required to reapply for a new nonimmigrant visa, generally in your country of nationality.
- For non immigrants in the U.S. who have an Arrival-Departure Record, Form I-94 with the CBP admitting officer endorsement of Duration of Status or D/S, but who are no longer performing the same function in the U.S. that they were originally admitted to perform (e.g. you are no longer working for the same employer or you are no longer attending the same school), a DHS or an immigration judge makes a finding of status violation, resulting in the termination of the period of authorized stay.

Visitor Visa B-1/B-2

>>VISITOR VISA B-1/B-2<<
Full info nya disini: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/ty...ypes_1262.html
http://jakarta.usembassy.gov/consula...IVTOURIST.html

B-1/B-2 - Overview
The "visitor" visa is a nonimmigrant visa for persons desiring to enter the United States temporarily for business (B-1), for pleasure or medical treatment (B-2), or combination of both (B-1/B-2) purposes.

Business Visitor Visas (B-1) - For example, if the purpose for your planned travel is to consult with business associates, travel for a scientific, educational, professional or business convention, or conference on specific dates, settle an estate, or negotiate a contract, then a business visitor visa (B-1) would be the appropriate type of visa for your travel. After reviewing this website information, should you need additional information about business related (B-1) visitor visas, select Business Travel to the United States – What Type of U.S. Visa Will You Need.

Pleasure, Tourism, Medical Treatment - Visitor Visas (B-2) - As examples, if the purpose of your planned travel is recreational in nature, including tourism, amusement, visits with friends or relatives, rest, medical treatment, and activities of a fraternal, social, or service nature, then a visitor visa (B-2) would be the appropriate type of visa for your travel. For more information regarding travel and tourism in the United States please visit DiscoverAmerica.org.

Persons planning to travel to the U.S. for a different purpose such as students, temporary workers, crewmen, journalists, etc., must apply for a different visa in the appropriate category.

Qualifying for a Visa
The presumption in the law is that every visitor visa applicant is an intending immigrant. Therefore, applicants for visitor visas must overcome this presumption by demonstrating that:
* The purpose of their trip is to enter the U.S. for business, pleasure, or medical treatment;
* That they plan to remain for a specific, limited period;
* Evidence of funds to cover expenses in the United States;
* Evidence of compelling social and economic ties abroad; and
* That they have a residence outside the U.S. as well as other binding ties that will insure their return abroad at the end of the visit.


Required Documentation
Each applicant for a visitor visa must submit these forms and documentation, and submit fees as explained below:
- An application, Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-156, completed and signed. The DS-156 must be the March 2006 date, electronic "e-form application." Select Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form DS-156 to access the electronic version of the DS-156.

- A Supplemental Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-157 provides additional information about your travel plans. Submission of this completed form is required for all male applicants between 16-45 years of age. It is also required for all applicants from state sponsors of terrorism age 16 and over, irrespective of gender, without exception. Four countries are now designated as state sponsors of terrorism, including Cuba, Syria, Sudan, and Iran. Select Special Processing Procedures to learn more. You should know that a consular officer may require any nonimmigrant visa applicant to complete Form, DS-157 .

- A passport valid for travel to the United States and with a validity date at least six months beyond the applicant's intended period of stay in the United States (unless country-specific agreements provide exemptions). If more than one person is included in the passport, each person desiring a visa must make an application;

- One (1) 2x2 photograph. See the required photo format explained in Nonimmigrant Photograph Requirements.

Additional Documentation <<< PENTING SEKALI
Applicants must demonstrate that they are properly classifiable as visitors under U.S. law by:
* Evidence which shows the purpose of the trip, intent to depart the United States, and arrangements made to cover the costs of the trip may be provided. It is impossible to specify the exact form the documentation should take since applicants' circumstances vary greatly.
* Those applicants who do not have sufficient funds to support themselves while in the U.S. must present convincing evidence that an interested person will provide support.
* Depending on individual circumstances, applicants may provide other documentation substantiating the trip's purpose and specifying the nature of binding obligations, such as family ties or employment, which would compel their return abroad.


How Do I Extend My Stay?
Those visitors who wish to stay beyond the time indicated on their Form I-94 must contact the Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to request an application to extend status. The decision to grant or deny a request for extension of stay is made solely by the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services. Learn more about Extension of Stay. To visit the Department of Homeland Security’s, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services internet site to find out more detailed information, select How Do I Extend My Stay in the United States? http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/usc...0045f3d6a1____

Entering the U.S. - Port of Entry
A visa allows a foreign citizen coming from abroad, to travel to the United States port-of entry and request permission to enter the U.S. Applicants should be aware that a visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have authority to permit or deny admission to the United States. If you are allowed to enter the U.S., the CBP official will determine the length of your visit on the Arrival-Departure Record (Form I-94). Since Form I-94 documents your authorized stay in the U.S., it’s very important to keep in your passport. In advance of travel, prospective travelers should review important information about Admissions/Entry requirements, as well as information related to restrictions about bringing food, agricultural products or other restricted/prohibited goods explained on the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection website. Upon arrival (at an international airport, seaport or land border crossing), you will be enrolled in the US-VISIT entry-exit program. In addition, some travelers will also need to register their entry into and their departure from the U.S. with the National Security Exit Entry Registration System (NSEERS), also referred to as Special Registration program.

Staying Beyond Your Authorized Stay in the U.S. and Being Out of Status
- You should carefully consider the dates of your authorized stay and make sure you are following the procedures under U.S. immigration laws. It is important that you depart the U.S. on or before the last day you are authorized to be in the U.S. on any given trip, based on the specified end date on your Arrival-Departure Record, Form I-94. Failure to depart the U.S. will cause you to be out-of-status.
- Staying beyond the period of time authorized by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and being out-of-status in the United States is a violation of U.S. immigration laws, and may cause you to be ineligible for a visa in the future for return travel to the U.S. Select Classes of Aliens Ineligible to Receive Visas to learn more.
- Staying unlawfully in the United States beyond the date Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have authorized--even by one day--results in your visa being automatically voided, in accordance with INA 222(g). Under this provision of immigration law, if you overstay on your nonimmigrant authorized stay in the U.S., your visa will be automatically voided. In this situation, you are required to reapply for a new nonimmigrant visa, generally in your country of nationality.
- For nonimmigrants in the U.S. who have an Arrival-Departure Record, Form I-94 with the CBP admitting officer endorsement of Duration of Status or D/S, but who are no longer performing the same function in the U.S. that they were originally admitted to perform (e.g. you are no longer working for the same employer or you are no longer attending the same school), a DHS or an immigration judge makes a finding of status violation, resulting in the termination of the period of authorized stay.
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