Ways to Avoid getting Deported while Studying Abroad

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Throughout high school, everyone dreams of studying abroad, going to the best colleges in the world, getting into their dream university, living an independent life away from home and what not. College life in a different country is indeed a different experience, with a mix of tons of hard work, meeting new people and cultures, socializing and probably having the time of your life.  The idea of living alone, independently, and managing an adult life on your own may seem very appealing for most.  To make it memorable and secure, it is important to have your fun without getting involved in legal complications.

Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind during your course abroad to stay away from trouble to the extent of getting deported and to portray your maturity as an independent adult. 

Visa and other Important Documents

One thing that is more important than the college you’re going to, is your permission to stay in that country. Valid visas (student visa in this case), passport, residence permit and other immigration documents are something that cannot be compromised on. Once your seat in the foreign university you want to go to has been confirmed, it is imperative that you do your homework and get all your documents ready for the duration of stay in that country. More information about the specific legal documents required for different countries can be accrued at College Abroad Fair.

Local Laws

As they say, “Do in Rome as the Romans do”, it is important to familiarize yourself with the basic atmosphere, and more importantly the local laws of the city you’re going to spend a majority of your next few years in. Your Indian citizenship will not be of any help if you’re locked up in prison a thousand miles away from home for breaking a law you had no idea about.  Basic laws and rules may vary from the ones in your hometown and something as basic as driving on the wrong side of the road can force you to abandon your dream of studying abroad. Therefore, it is a good idea to have basic cognizance of the do’s and don’ts of the foreign country before you step foot in it. You may do so by looking up reviews of people and surfing online and also ask College Abroad Fair for assistance.

Violence and Consumption of Illegal Substances

Different countries have different age barriers for consuming certain substances. If you do indulge in those kind of things, it is important that you know how stuff works at your destination and strictly comply with those statutes to ensure your safety and security in the country.

Violence, on the other hand, is not accepted anywhere. Getting convicted for violence is a serious offence which could lead you to be thrown out of the country and getting blacklisted forever. Resolving issues without getting perturbed, and staying out of physical fights is probably your best bet to stay in the college for the interned period of time. However if you do get caught up in some kind of scuffle, the ideal alternative will be to seek help from the law or an authority.

Communication

Keeping in constant touch with your family might seem irrelevant, but is necessary for staying on the guided and lawful path throughout. In case of any unforeseeable emergency such as misplacing your visa or passport, seeking help from the consulate should be your optimum option. However, if this isn’t possible, contacting your family is the smoothest and most convenient way to get the work done and documents retrieved, for you to be allowed to stay in the country.

Manipulating your Resumé

The most unwise step you can take, is manipulating and fudging your credentials. You may sound like a Brainiac at that moment, and get into your desired university, but sooner or later, your deed will be discovered and that won’t be a pretty sight. It may lead to severe punishment, deportation and you may get blacklisted by most colleges worldwide. It is better to stick to the truth and list your qualifications honestly and be recognized for who you actually are.

Weapons

The laws for carrying weapons also are different in every country. Although possession of any of kind of armaments is not required during your college stay, if you do insist on owning one, you need to make sure that you have a legal license and permission for it. Make sure you are informed about the minimum age and other desiderata required, by authentic sources, to be allowed to retain your visa and complete your education.

Studying abroad is a great idea and nothing should stop you from achieving your goals. Keeping the above-mentioned tips in mind will just help you reach your target more smoothly.

Settling in as a Foreign Student: Cultural Shock and Homesickness 101’s

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Homesickness

When you move abroad, a common problem you may experience is the feeling of homesickness. While putting into words this sensation would not do justice to the emotion itself, there is no reason you cannot overcome it. Student counselors suggest that as excited as student may have been when they first visit an overseas education fair, homesickness is something they will face in their own capacity.

Acknowledging Your Feelings

While the most common way to deal with homesickness is to ignore it in order to forget it exists, doing so will only lead to self destruction and exhaustion. Instead of drowning yourself in social situations and trying to ignore your woes, acknowledge the problem and find an effective way to deal with your emotions. There are a number of simple things you can do in order to acclimate to the new situation. Eat your favorite food from back home or schedule a Skype session with your family. Even small things can make the biggest difference in preserving your sanity.

Do Not Lock Yourself Away

Locking yourself away on the other hand is worse than simply ignoring your homesickness. You may find it tempting to shut yourself in a room and reminisce about all things home, but you will only miss out on some of the best memories of your life. To feel homesick and miss your comfort zone is one thing, but letting it overtake and steer your life is only a recipe for disaster.

What Do You Mean by Culture Shock

Every once in a while, you may suddenly feel as if you are not sure about what you are doing. Culture shock, feeling like you are out of place and lost, is a common side effect of travelling for a long program abroad. while it may seem like an insurmountable task, overcoming this emotion is the only way to survive. instead of looking at the differences between your culture and the local one, try to find the similarities and silver linings. You do not need to change yourself or your beliefs in order to fit in, just as you need to find peace with all that surrounds you.

Seizing the Moment and Finding Your Passion

Through the duration of your program, there will be a number of life defining moments that will make all the efforts worth it. Instead of focusing on the bad days, try to spend this time inspiring yourself, and this time will pass much faster. Whether it is screaming yourself hoarse supporting a football team with thousands of other fans or dining at a Michelin star restaurant, try to immerse yourself in moments of transformation and revitalization.

Experts at the overseas education fair recommend that you can also train your body and mental senses to thrive in a new environment. Exercising to get rid of the toxins and travelling to stimulate mental wellness are some of the many things you could try in order to better adjust to the new place you will call home for a significant time.

Excited and enthusiastically you make your way to a foreign destination for a study abroad program. however, all of a sudden you find yourself missing home and your own bubble unlike ever before. Do not fret, here are some simple tips and tricks that can help you get rid of the blues!

The New Norms of H1-B Visa and how it Affects Employment for International Students

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A common topic between students and education consultants at study abroad education fairs in India is the recently introduced bill aimed at overhauling the work visa program was introduced in the US House of Representatives. If passed by majority in both houses of Congress, it will become a lot harder for Indians and other immigrants applying for H1-B visas. The core reason behind this is that minimum wage has been increased by over a double from $60,000 to $130,00,00 per annum.

Who will be Affected by this New Ruling?

This reform aims to maintain the interests of Americans against the influx of international workers entering the US job market. Up until last year, the country issued about 85,000 H1-B visas each year. A major chunk of these applicants included Indian students who migrate to the US to pursue higher education and apply for jobs in tech companies and other industries. They will be among the most affected by these changes in the visa policy.

The Impact of this Policy Change on India

If you have spoken to enough representatives at the study abroad education fair, you will find that the effects have already been felt in the Indian markets. For starters, share prices of major tech companies who have been sending their talent to the US, have already been plummeting. Companies such as Tech Mahindra, HCL, Infosys, TCS and Wipro are among the badly hit. Furthermore, this act has also resulted in a decrease in interest in students who were otherwise flocking to American universities. The worry is that Indian tech companies may be compelled to reduce the number of Indians they send off-site because of the cost. Furthermore, this also affects the job prospects of international students currently or planning to study in the US.

What are my Chances of Getting A US Visa?

As long as you are a genuine student planning to visit the United States for higher education, your chances of getting rejected for your student visa are minimal. Since this act also intends to reduce the gap of students with their F-1 visa status to becoming Lawful Permanent Residences, the visas will not be denied solely because the you intend to immigrate to the US. This especially is true for those holding O-1 visas for extraordinary ability, Athletes, artists and entertainers with a P visa or holders of free trade visas.

Overall, the response to what is happening in the US with regards to the HI-B visa policy has been varied. Indian IT service companies who have always stuck to the philosophy that outsourcing not only helps India but also helps the countries doing the outsourcing. This policy change has significantly outranged them. Furthermore, students, parents and educators too are concerned about whether this policy will affect their long-term employment prospects.

That said, an education in the US demands high income jobs in most other parts of the world, continuing to open doors for Indian students with a degree from a renowned American university.

The proposed H1-B visa policy change has gotten students planning to study in the US concerned about their prospects. This article discusses what you need to know about the change and how it may affect you.