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5 Reasons Why You Are Not Finding a Full Time Job on OPT (or CPT Internship).

May 18, 2016

How to find a Full-Time Job on OPT or even an Internship on CPT? It’s tough. As an International student, things are getting desperate these days to find a job. First…

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4 Problems With 24 Months STEM OPT Extension Application and Form I-983

May 17, 2016

24 Months STEM OPT Extension application process is going to be a pain in the neck for some. Could you share your concerns, problems faced in the comments section? You can…

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F1 Visa Stamp is Valid for 2 Years Not Typical 5 Years. Problems?

May 16, 2016

When you get F-1 Visa approved after F-1 Visa student interview, visa stamp is typically valid for five years. But, there are times where the F1 stamp is expired in…

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Does Consulting Job qualify for 24 Months STEM OPT Extension?

May 12, 2016

24 Months STEM OPT is a Go! May 10, 2016 is here and it’s time to apply for 24 Months STEM OPT Extension. Students on OPT are finding out that…

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500 Jobs Applied and ZERO Interviews – An Indian Students Job Search Journey

May 2, 2016

Success.  I’ve been running behind it without knowing what it actually was. As defined by a typical middle-class Indian above the age of 21, it is the status of a…

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Graduate Research Assistant = 50% Perseverance, 30% University Specific and 20% (Guess?)

April 20, 2016

I’m part of the former, a Graduate Student in Civil Engineering at Iowa State University. I’ve been going through this blog, and while it’s a treasure chest of info, I think…

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J1 to H1B or J1 to F1 to H1B Visa and 2 Year Residency Requirements

April 9, 2016

I spoke to two Happy Schools Readers on the same topic: J1 Visa and 2-Year Residency requirements, and its future impact on the F1 Visa and H1B Visa Application. One…

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I Went to A Consultant for Training. They Offered Classes for “How to Create a Fake Resume”

April 5, 2016

When it come to job search for F1 Visa students, patience is a must. It can take several months before you can get your job after you start looking for…

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#1 Rule to Follow When Writing Your Statement of Purpose for Ph.D

April 4, 2016

One of the more difficult writing skills to learn is how to show rather than tell. When trying to signal to the Admissions Committee that you belong in a Ph.D.…

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H1B Visa 2017 – News, Process and Key Dates

April 1, 2016

Are you excited for New H1B Visa 2017 Cap Season? We are totally excited and happy to help you navigate this new H1B Visa Cap Season for FY 2017.  First…

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How to Approach A Professor for Funding – Interview with Nur Mohammad from Bangladesh (UT Tyler)

March 29, 2016

I would have never assume that banks in Bangladesh don’t give loans for students to Study Abroad. Along with that, I learned several new things about Nur Mohammad. About Nur: Graduate…

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Desi Consulting Companies and Their Dirty Business

March 24, 2016

What do you think about Consultancies here in the U.S.,  who help you get a job and get placed as contractors at client sites? I have written about this in…

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Summary of 24 Months STEM OPT Extension and Key Dates to Remember [Videos]

March 23, 2016

As you can imagine, F-1 Visa students on OPT status have a bunch of questions about applying for 24 months STEM OPT Extension. By now you should have learned from STEM…

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The Profile Evaluation Conundrum (To Study in United States)

March 22, 2016

I  have received probably over 25,000 emails and comments asking for Profile Evaluations ever since I started this journey to help students reach their goals (and dreams) to study, live…

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How to Apply for PhD Admission in USA. Tips From a Student With $48,000 Scholarship

March 12, 2016

Giridhar was planning to apply for a Ph.D. He visited about eight admission consultants in Hyderabad, India. He realized they were trying to trap him for number of reasons. He…

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6 Take Aways from 21 Days Internship Trip to the United States [Video]

March 8, 2016

For the first-year internship, Hitisha went to Malaysia for 42 days. For the second year, she went to the University of Oklahoma for 21 days. For the third year, she’s…

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Agent: Pay $5000 or You Can’t Study in the U.S. – True Story

March 2, 2016

Have you wondered what U.S. Admission agents do to students or how they work? Here’s an experience shared by a student who went through the ordeal of an Agent in India.…

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These 5 GRE Test Taking Tips Actually Works like Magic

March 2, 2016

As you are getting ready to take GRE test, these 4 simple Revised GRE test taking tips should come in handy. Your primary goal during practice sessions is to learn…

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9 Different GRE Reading Comprehension Strategies (and You Pick the Best)

March 1, 2016

Do you really need a GRE Verbal strategies? Here’s an actual experience shared by a GRE Test Taker. It is quite distressing for most readers of this blog to open…

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5 Reasons Why America is Better Than India for Bachelor’s Degree

February 29, 2016

This article was written by Aditi. Ultimate goal is to answer this question: Study Bachelors in India or USA? I debated with my parents and friends and college counselors  to decide to…

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3 Simple Reasons to Study in Community College in USA

February 28, 2016

  Students can save lot of money by studying in a Community College in USA. Especially for international students planning to study Bachelors degree in USA, community college is a…

Total Cost of Studying Bachelor’s Degree in USA – With Breakdown

February 27, 2016

Do you want to know what is the total cost of studying Bachelors Degree in USA? This post is exclusively written for students who have completed their 10th grade and…

3 Hot Job Search Tips For Students From a Hiring Manager

February 27, 2016

Guest Post by Haley Gray ( Duke University – Executive MBA Class of 2012). One of my responsibilities in my current role is to recruit engineering co-ops and interns for…

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From Sky diving to Drowning – Interview With Sreenidhi – UT Tyler

February 25, 2016

As the interview went on, at one point, I said to her “It’s really difficult to have a serious conversation with you.” Because she’s has this gregarious and upbeat personality.…

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SprinTax Reviews – International Students File Your Taxes and Get Refund.

February 9, 2016

Are you ready to file your Taxes using SprinTax? Here’s SprinTax Reviews from Happy Schools and new users who filed their taxes using Sprintax. International Students here in the U.S.…

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Indian Students Deported: Who is Responsible? Students vs Authorities

February 2, 2016

Reports of Students Deportation have calmed down in recent days. It’s not over, but Spring 2016 colleges have started, and volume of students entering the USA will pick up for…

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24 Months STEM OPT Rule Lawsuit Updates – Case Dismissed – April 19, 2017

January 17, 2016

Get the latest 17 Months STEM OPT Extension updates here. STEM OPT Extension rule  published in April 2008 by President George Bush Administration is Vacated by the Court. Related Articles on…

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Deported From USA at Chicago for Wright State University (Exclusive Interview)

January 15, 2016

CBP Officers Deported this Indian Student flying via Air India to attend Graduate School at Wright State University. He claims that he’s been given five years ban from entering theUSA.…

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This is How Far Visa Officers Go to Find Fraudulent Visa Applicants

January 13, 2016

Over 200 Indian students are reported to be denied entry into the USA since December 2015. Several travelers shared their experiences with CBP officers at the various port of entry.…

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12 FAQs About Bank Statement for University Admission in the USA for I-20

January 1, 2016

International students should send Bank statement for University admisison to receive I20 (or financial affidavit) for both  Undergraduate and Graduate school applications in the U.S. An Form I-20 will be…

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Simple Trick to Get F1 Visa for a Community College in USA

January 1, 2016

Is it possible to get F1 Visa for community college? Yes you can. But, there’s a trick to that.  I will explain that with two examples. In this article, you can…

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Denied Entry into USA for Attending SVU (blacklisted) – Interview

December 29, 2015

Listen to this exclusive interview with an Indian female student. CBP officer denied entry into USA at Abu Dhabi Airpot. Here’s her background: University: Silicon Valley University (SVU) Semester: Spring…

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Here’s Why Indian Students Were Deported from Blacklisted Universities in USA (video)

December 22, 2015

What a drama about Air India denying 19 Indian students traveling to the USA to attend SVU and NPU, since Air India thinks they are blacklisted universities in USA. I…

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Can I Borrow Money to Get Bank Statement To Get I-20?

December 15, 2015

International students need to show proof of funds to receive I-20 from SEVIS approved U.S. Universities or colleges. Sometimes they have to borrow money to get bank statement to get…

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How to Get No Co Signer Student Loans for International Students in USA

December 1, 2015

Looking for No Co Signer Student Loans as an International Student? Welcome to the club. You are not alone. Thousands of students have asked the same question. Here’s one such…

Study in USA or Job in India With 15 Months Bond?

November 30, 2015

Darshan wants to know, higher education in USA or Job in India? I’m applying for USA Fall 2012, but I was placed this year and if I do join the…

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30 Things to Buy After Arriving in USA As a Student

November 29, 2015

You must have seen shopping list for a list of items to buy before you come to the USA. Your shopping doesn’t end right there. There is a long list…

J1 Visa Rejected – Interview Experience – Reason – 214(b)

November 28, 2015

Following J1 Visa interview experience was shared by a exchange student. His visa was rejected. At end of this experience, read my analysis to why his J1 was rejected. J1…

Impact of Getting Bank Statements from Agents

November 25, 2015

Here’s an interesting question from one of our members about borrowing money from agents to get a bank statement. Which can be used to get I-20 from U.S. Colleges. I…

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Green Card – EB2 with Low Salary vs EB3 with High Salary?

November 17, 2015

EB2 vs EB3 – Which is Better? EB3 job with higher salary or EB2 with low paying job? Employers can sponsor Green Card via Employment Based EB1, EB2 and EB3…

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American Economy Needs STEM OPT Students – Is It a Big Fat Lie?

November 13, 2015

Does America need International STEM OPT Students? Looking at the thousands of negative comments posted against the proposed STEM OPT Rule, one thing is clear, Americans don’t want non-immigrants take…

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“I Love STEM OPT Extension Rule” – Template for Commenting

November 11, 2015

At the time of this publishing this blog post there’s over 27,000 published comments to Proposed 24 Months STEM OPT Extension Rule. Several thousands of negative comments are written by…

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EAD for I140 Rule – Summary – Effective Jan 17, 2017

November 6, 2015

If EAD for I140 Rule gets implemented, it will be one of the biggest and welcome change in several years for Employment Based Legal Immigration system here in the U.S.A.…

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PhD Student is Dismissed From Top U.S. University. Shocking But True Story.

October 29, 2015

Graduate School, Ph.D. and Study Abroad is not for the faint of heart.  Here’s a true and shocking story of a student dismissed from Ph.D. program at Texas A&M at…

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Bachelors Degree in India Gets You a Job, But MS in USA Will Get You This.

October 20, 2015

Hello, everyone, this is Naren. I completed my undergraduate this year in Electronics and Communication Engineering, and I am planning to apply to the US for next fall. When Raghu…

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Summary of Proposed 24 Months STEM OPT Extension Rule [Video]

October 16, 2015

Here’s 5 Part Summary of DHS Proposed 24 Months STEM OPT Extension Rule. Immigration Attorney Murali explains the proposals listed in the STEM OPT Rule in this 5 part video…

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Life Can Be Quite Harsh on Foreign Students in USA

October 15, 2015

Having spent a year pursuing my Masters in Computer Science at the University of Florida, here is my view of life in the United States. First of all, your experience…

12 Universities for IELTS Score 5.5 [ TOEFL 46 to 59]

October 13, 2015

Looking for Universities in U.S. that accepted IELTS Score 5.5 and above for U.S.A.? Here is a list of 12 universities that will accept an IELTS score of 5.5 and…

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Simplified One Month GRE Study Plan

October 9, 2015

GRE students are taking the test soon, since, for many graduate programs, application deadlines are coming up fast! With that in mind, I’ve put together my best recommendations for One…

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STEM OPT Extension Rule Making Process – 17 to 24 Months

October 8, 2015

STEM OPT Extension Rule Making Process have Began. So, how long would it take for Department of Homeland Security to complete and implement the STEM OPT Extension rule? [x_alert heading=”Latest…