6 Reasons Why Getting F1 Visa Is Only a Quarter of the Battle

Raghuram Sukumar Student Stories 8 Comments

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I have been a fan of this blog since the days I was in my home country in, till the day I arrived in the USA to pursue my masters. However, I would like to stress that this is just a quarter of the battle that has been worn.

I would first of all like to congratulate all those who have been able to get their visas to come and study in the USA in fall semester.

It has come to no surprise that many people now days have the information and are well prepared while going to face the VO.

I can say that the visa approval rate stands at 75%, which is good.
Ho I would like to stress that this is just a quarter of the battle that has been worn., Here is why:

  1. Maintaining Status
  2. Finances
  3. On campus jobs
  4. Culture shock
  5. Stress of OPT/CPT and H1B
  6. What next after H1B

Maintaining Status in USA

This is the most challenging provision, which many international students face. Many students come here and join their intended school for one semester, then afterwards plan to dissappear?

However it is much easier said than done because soon ‘they’ will find you and if you are not lucky ‘take you back’.

How about those who fail courses and are placed on probation, then they can’t find themselves registering the following semester.

However you can cheer up, because the American educational makes it difficult for the average Joe to fail. The case of my friend from *****.

My friend who took four classes in the first semester and was overwhelmed with the coursework, he would have failed the fourth class had he not taken an incomplete(I), so that he could complete the course during summer at his own pace.

Also you must be on status to get a Drivers License, SSN, On campus jobs e.t.c

Money and Finances

It is very expensive to study in the USA. Some private universities charge $ 50,000 per year.

Your survival in the USA depends on you being able to pay your college fees. So please come prepared.
A on campus job can only cater for your expenses(rent, phone bill, gas bill/ electric and food).

Working off – campus is illegal and can lead you into trouble.

On-Campus jobs

Some people are able to get jobs easily while others its a hustle.

My international student affairs advisor told me “You don’t have a sign on your forehead written international student”.

Most people have no idea where you are from. If you are from USA or not, let’s you interact with them.

Culture Shock

Americans are very individualistic.

Here people mind their own business. After class everybody leaves and goes their own way. Actually only the old Americans have time to ask you about your personal life.

That is why there is ‘China town’ in USA. Now here is summer time and you will see all the craziest things in utter shock…it is like a time to throw all morals out the window.

Stress of OPT/CPT and H1B

For me internships are not hard to come by, the challenge is after you graduate.

If you are lucky enough to graduate(very possible). Unless you are lucky or have good networks, finding a job is no easy task.

However be optimistic, many people do.(STEM) is very marketable.

What Next After H1B

So you got the job……… worked for six years ..what next? if you plan to still be here.What about your status, you don’t want to fall out of status.

If you plan to do your PHD, good for you.

This article if published by HSB, is not meant to discourage anyone, in fact when I see international students joining my campus I am very happy.

For those who are coming know that you have got three quarters of the journey to go through.

Next :  3 Options After Masters in USA – Job, Studies or Pack Your Bags


  1. I decided not to go any more for my master after reading the article . I become optimist a lot boz i used my culture is friendly and helpfully .

    1. American degree is recognized worldwide, that’s the No. 1 reason of studying in US.after you stay here for sometime you will meet some friendly and helpful people.

  2. This post was an eye opener. So guys be prepared to complete the race.

  3. If you’re at a top5-10 university (MIT, berkeley, georgia tech, cal tech etc) , I disagree that the visa is only 25%. More like 50-60%, 35 % is handling the course load with finances. I guess internship-OPT/job-H1B/settling-GC path is quite simple as long as you retain basic comptetiveness and don’t get cocky and arrogant.

    At least that’s what I feel, that the post MS to American Dream is MUCH easier if you’re graduating from STEM from one of those top 10.

    1. I agree with this. The path that opens up to you at these kinds of unis will be amazing. Maintain a decent gpa, and have stellar communication and you can do what you want, no legality (h1b etc) is going to stop you.

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