Traveling to the USA to Study
Travel to USA is subject to exit requirements only, British nationals can enter the USA and its possessions if they’ve been in the UK, Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Chine or China within the last 14 days. If you’re eligible to enter the USA, then you must be prepared for up to fourteen days as an immigrant to remain in the country. You may be asked to register with the CBSA (Customs and Border Protection Services) – a government agency that regulates travel to the USA. If you fail to register, you may be barred from travelling to the USA. You may also face arrest and fines.
There are some important rules and guidelines related to immigration to the USA, including: you may need an immigrant visa; you cannot visit certain countries such as Mexico or Canada without a visitor visa; and you cannot leave the country without a valid travel documentation. In order to travel to the USA, you need a valid passport issued by the U.K. or a U.S. Passport card. Electronic passport verification can save time and prevent loss of your passport. You must present one copy of the approved electronic form at the port of entry and then return the remaining copy through the same channel.
If you reside in the U.S., you may be eligible for adjustment of status, provided that you have no criminal convictions. The most common reason for this is that the status was improperly obtained or revoked. To apply for adjustment of status, you need to apply in person at the nearest U.S. consulate or via mail. To apply for a lawful permanent residence, you need to reach the Secretary of State through the Electronic Benefits Transfer System (EBT).
For most non-US residents, the easiest way to reach the nearest embassy or consulate is through the Electronic Systematic Border Examination (EAS). EAS is a computer-based exam that tests knowledge of English and laws specific to the U.S. Students need to pass a battery of exams, including: Math, Verbal Reasoning, and Science, in order to successfully complete the examination. Students may also need to prove their citizenship by means of a birth certificate or a green card. In some cases, a degree from an accredited university is required.
Some people who are traveling to the United States may become a naturalized citizen while they are in the country. This status is called “naturalization” and is available to anyone who has lived in the US for at least three years. Although this status may not allow you to work in the United States, it does allow you to apply for many benefits, including: health care, school tuition, and other assistance. This does not change if you are subsequently born to a US Citizen. The only known exception is the Plywood Act, which bars citizens from taking certain American citizenship actions after two years have passed since the person was born.
If you have become a US citizen, you will automatically be eligible for an immigrant visa if traveling outside of your home country to the US. This can take several months, so you should plan on visiting the United States before actually applying. There is a formal waiting period, which begins when the visa is approved and extends until the visa expires.
After the visa expires, however, you must apply for a visa if you wish to work legally in the United States. Many international students choose to study in the United States for part of their academic year and then return to their home country for a year or two. During their time away from the United States, they must apply for an immigrant visa. Otherwise, they may not be able to return to the country at all.
Many people who travel to the USA to study find that they have an unexpected need for temporary work in the United States. They can take jobs as nannies, housekeepers, chauffeurs, waiters, or even receptionists while they complete their studies. Some employers do not hire immigrants unless they can prove through their employment documentation that they are not traveling outside of the United States to work. In this case, you must apply for a green card ahead of traveling to the USA so you can stay while completing your studies.