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How Not to Look Stupid When Communicating via Email

January 13, 2018

  Last week, I realized a far more important problem that’s common and prevalent among prospective international students from India applying to study abroad. What problem is that? Lack of…

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Does Your Email Have This Quality to Create a Great First Impression?

January 12, 2018

The first impression is the Best. When it comes to asking for help with a stranger or even requesting for a job interview, first impression counts. We use as primary for to…

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I Increased GRE Score by 28 Points and Got Admit with Full Tuition Waiver (with Formula for Success)

January 11, 2018

Nandhini (Happy Schools Reader) wrote a comment about her American Education and Study Abroad experience at 5 Bitter Facts About Unambitious Students. Her thoughts and comments are something every student should…

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F1 Visa Refused After 9 Months on 221(g). What happened Next is MIND BLOWING!

January 7, 2018

We often hear students attending F1 Visa multiple times after rejections. You will be amazed to see 6 to 7 F1 Visa rejections in a span of 6 months. Most…

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I Lost My Passport With Valid USA Visa. What’s Next?

January 4, 2018

What do you do when your Passport with Valid US Visa stamp is lost while you are in the USA? That’s exactly what happened to a couple of students on…

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The Role of Consultancies in the U.S. Admission Process – Student’s Speak Out

January 4, 2018

We have been covering the role of consultancies (aka agents) in U.S. College admission process. So, far we have seen a couple of experiences from readers (who were in India)…

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Is it Possible to Get Green Card via EB5 Visa for H1B Visa and F1 Visa Holders?

January 2, 2018

Looks like several Indians holding H1B Visa and F1 Visa are interested in Green Card via EB5 Visa route. Are you considering applying for Green Card via EB5? I received…

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Experience – H1B Visa Interview – Dropbox, 221g and Interview at U.S. Consulate in Chennai

December 26, 2017

Here’s an H1B Visa renewal Dropbox Experience in Chennai with 221(g) (happened in Mid 2017) as shared by an reader. As you read through the experience, you may realize the…

H4 EAD – Latest Update – DHS to Propose New Rule to Revoke [Feb 21, 2018]

December 14, 2017

DHS has published the Rule Making Agenda for 2018. It includes a Notice to Propose a Rule to Remove H4 EAD for certain spouses along with other Immigration related notices.…

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IELTS Test Prep Tips: How to Score 8.0 and Above

November 30, 2017

I am Rizwana from Udaipur, India. Honestly, with just a month’s preparation using just the IELTS official guide, I was able to get overall band 8 on IELTS. Here’s my…

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Studying in Sweden vs USA – Quick Comparison of Cost and Visa Options

November 27, 2017

I had an offline discussion with someone who completed three Masters Degree (India, Sweden and The United States). I learned a great deal from the discussion and figured it will…

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Here’s Why I Don’t Regret My Decision To Study in the United States

September 3, 2017

When I chose to come to America, I was just 20. And, being the eldest daughter and grand daughter of the house, I was always pampered and never away from…

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Why Is It So Damn Difficult for Non-STEM, Non-IT Students in the USA to Find a Job?

August 2, 2017

Let’s talk about the State of Job Market in the U.S.A. and chances of finding a Full-Time Job in the USA. By, Full-Time, I’m referring to Direct Hire positions, not…

The First 10 Seconds of Your U.S. Visa Interview – Narrated by a Consular Officer

July 17, 2017

Written by Jon Matzner – Former U.S. Diplomat and Consular Officer. During my years as a US visa and consular officer – I was asked several questions over and over:…

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How to Select a Major in Your Graduate School?

July 1, 2017

What is the best way to select a major in Graduate School? The Simple answer would be, “Son find what excites you. Choose a job you love, and you will…

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26 Things You Should Know (and Do) To Find a Full-Job on F1 Visa and OPT

June 30, 2017

Job search is hard and requires lot of effort. Here in Happy Schools, you have read several experiences shared by students about the process they took to find a direct,…

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Here’s Why I Came to Study in USA At Uncertain Times – Interview with Preyksha

June 9, 2017

When you watch this interview, you are going to feel how a student is supposed to study and experience the American Education and Lifestyle in this President Trump’s Era. Introduction…

Case Study: F1 Visa Rejected for Fall 2017. What Are The Chances of Getting In Second Attempt?

May 18, 2017

Your fate to Study in the USA hinges on your performance during the F1 Visa Interview. I have seen on the faces of student and parents after F1 Visa is…

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F1 Visa Interview Experience – Fall 2018 – Review, Analysis and Lessons Learned

May 14, 2017

Here’s an F-1 Visa Interview Rejection experience, where you can learn several lessons to help you with your F1 Visa interview and avoid rejection. What’s Included in this article: Student Profile…

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How I Got Two Full Time Job Offers After MS in IT – Interview with Bindhu [Master Class]

April 30, 2017

Bindhu recently (within last two weeks) started working as Data Analyst (Full-Time Job) in Illinois. She received two Full-Time job offers after graduating from the University of Texas at Dallas…

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US Green Card Process Steps and Stages for EB1, EB2 and EB3

April 27, 2017

In this article (and video), you can learn about the Green Card Process and various steps involved for EB1, EB2 and EB3 category. You may be applying for Green Card…

Dropbox – US Visa Interview Program Waiver in India for F1, H1B, L1 Visa

April 26, 2017

US Visa Interview Waiver or Dropbox program was introduced in 2012. Since then several thousands of US visa interview applicants have utilized the dropbox in India. Note: If you qualify for…

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$100,000+ Jobs for Data Analytics Graduates – Interview with Professor Max Kilger from UTSA

April 23, 2017

Masters in Data Analytics is the trend among Masters Degree. Over 90% of applicants for Masters Degree in Computer Science Graduates who came for my F1 Visa Coaching were going…

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6 Reasons to Join GRE Coaching Classes. You Won’t Agree to #3

April 23, 2017

Do I really need to attend GRE Coaching class to get a good score in GRE Test? Well, first of all, this article – How to select the best GRE…

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President Trump Signs Executive Order to Reform H1B Visa (& More)

April 18, 2017

President Trump signed the “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order(EO) today. One of the key pieces of the Executive Order is to reform the H1B Visa program. There are so many…

USCIS Memo: Computer Programmer Would Not Generally Qualify for H1B Visa

April 4, 2017

I just completed a Facebook Live video to discuss the impact of the new memo from USCIS about “an entry-level computer programmer position would not generally qualify as a position in…

I Moved to USA for 11th Grade and Journey to Bachelors Degree – Interview with Niraja From UTSA

April 3, 2017

Nirja was studying 11th grade in Nepal. Then her family immigrated to the USA. She had to move to USA in the month of February (in the middle of High…

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F1 Visa Interview Hyderabad 2017 – Shortest and Weirdest

March 23, 2017

You must be wondering why do I have a picture of a car for a blog post about  F1 Visa Interview Experience in Hyderabad 2017. Trust me, there’s a very…

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H1B Visa Premium Processing is Suspended for 6 Months

March 3, 2017

H1B Visa Premium Processing is suspended for up to 6 months by USCIS starting April 3, 2017.  Let me highlight the following: Only Premium Processing for H1B Visa is suspended. This…

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F1 Visa Interview for Attending High School in USA (& 5 Lessons Learned)

February 20, 2017

I found F1 Visa for High School interview experience while digging the archives for unpublished articles, experiences shared by readers. I didn’t realize, I missed this F1 Visa interview for…

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H1B Visa: $130k Salary vs Trump vs Travel Outside USA

February 3, 2017

Oh My! What’s going on with the President Trump’s Executive Order, Travel Ban and ever growing rumors of H1B Visa Restrictions, minimum salary of $130,000. I know it’s a lot…

H1B Visa and Minimum Salary of $130,000 – The Real Math

January 31, 2017

$130,000 minimum salary for H1B Visa Applications? Let’s take a deep dive and look at the real numbers by using TCS as an Example. Title: Computer Systems Analyst Location: Tampa,…

H4 EAD and STEM OPT TO be Revoked By President Trump?

January 25, 2017

Update: Dec 2017 Original article about the leaked memo was published in Jan 2017. As per leaked memo STEM OPT and H4 EAD could be revoked. There was a a…

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H1B Visa Bill and Green Card Bills – Latest Updates – Feb 2017

January 23, 2017

President Trump wanted to reform the H1B Visa Process and we have seen  New H1B Visa 100k bill already introduced. We don’t have a clear idea on what to expect from…

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H1B Visa Lottery Lawsuit – Lottery to Be Replaced With Waiting List?

January 9, 2017

What? H1B Visa Lottery Lawsuit? Where did this come from? Just when things are getting crazy with President Trump vs H1B Visa, now we have a pending H1B Visa Lottery…

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ACICS Loss of Accreditation – Options for International F1 Visa Students

January 4, 2017

ACICS Accreditation has been in the news for a while now. On Dec 12, 2016 Department of Education confirmed the Loss of ACICS Accreditation. So, how is this loss of Accreditation going…

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H1B Visa 2018 – Lottery Results and Receipt Numbers

January 2, 2017

H1B Visa 2018 Cap is Reached. Total Applications are 199,000. Details Below in the Timeline section.  This page you will find the following contents: H1B Visa Lottery Guide H1B Visa…

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Are Paying for H1B Visa 2018 Sponsors? Read This Warning First

December 15, 2016

Are your H1B Visa 2018 sponsors a consulting company? Are you paying for H1B Visa Application? If your answer is Yes and Yes. Then continue to read this blog post.…

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Get H1B Visa 2017 Updates, Cap Count, Latest News from USCIS

November 25, 2016

Welcome to H1B Visa 2017 Updates and Latest News Page. What you will find on this page: First Time H1B Visa Applicant? I strongly recommend you read and watch the…

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How to Get F1 Visa After 214(B) Rejection? Interview Experience – Mumbai Consulate

November 22, 2016

This interview (and show) is for going to mesmerize you. I recorded the feedback from one my student who joined F1 Visa Coaching after her visa was rejected for Spring 2017…

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300% Increase in Salary Between Jobs on H1B Visa – Interview With Pritam

October 24, 2016

You are going to be mesmerized when you watch this interview with Pritam Banerjee. I interviewed Pritam in 2012 to promote The University of Texas at Tyler. Since then he has…

The Paper Clip Project: Interview With An Executive MBA Student at UTSA

October 4, 2016

In this video interview, you are going to witness, learn something amazing. It’s called “The Paper Clip Project”. When you go to B-Schools you learn  real world skills, attitude and sales…

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H1B Visa Worker Deported at Port of Entry After CBP Officer Finds Fake Resumes on his White iPhone

October 1, 2016

I came across the transcript of Indian National with H1B Visa deported at Port of Entry at Chicago recently (Sep 2016). The CBP Officer found fake resume with 7 years…

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How to Get F1 Visa Again After Getting Caught Red Handed for Lying?

September 22, 2016

It’s becoming common for F-1 Visa students  lie during F1 Visa Interview. Why? Hoping that the Visa Officer’s are not smart enough (or dumb enough) to  not notice your lie…

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Here’s How I Got a High Paying, Full-Time Job on F1 Visa and Barely Applied for 50 Jobs

September 20, 2016

Let’s start with comparing Swimming with Job Search (The Wrong Way). Assumption: You don’t know how to swim. Yet, you are standing at the edge of a swimming pool that’s 20…

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10 Months. 968 Jobs Applied. 704 No Responses. 12 Interviews. 1 Job Offer – Life of International F1 Student

September 14, 2016

I received an email from Chiranjeevi with his job search journey. The moment I read the email, I knew that it is going to inspire thousands of students who are…

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Admitted With Full Scholarship and Graduated with Multiple Job Offers – Interview with Aqsa

September 13, 2016

There are universities like The University of Texas at San Antonio where students get a great education along with cultural immersion as an International student. Aqsa is one such student from India.…

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Study Bachelors Degree in the U.S. Without SAT or ACT Scores – Interview with Jessica Guiver

September 10, 2016

Please welcome The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) to Happy Schools. UTSA is our brand new partner university. In coming weeks, I will be interviewing students from The University of Texas…

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This One Piece of Knowledge Will Get Your F1 Visa Approval

August 8, 2016

Let’s start with a story. I was coaching a student who had two admits out of 15 applications. His GRE Score is just above the average score of 300. But,…

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Two Undergraduate F1 Visa Interviews – 3 Lessons Learned

July 30, 2016

Here’s two undergraduate F-1 Visa Interview Experience as shared by the two students who attended visa interview in recent weeks. And there’s an interesting statement at the end of the…