Immigrant Studying Abroad
Are you an immigrant studying abroad? You may be feeling a little overwhelmed and unsure about your options. An attorney can help.
Immigrant Studying Abroad | Deferred Action Recipient
Plenty of people who’ve received deferred action and are living in the U.S. with a valid work permit want to leave temporarily. A person might be interested in studying abroad, traveling for business, or visiting a relative. Many, though, worry that if they leave, they might not be able to come back.
If you have a valid work permit, you can apply for a travel permit with the I-131 form. You will need to supply proof of your reason for wanting to travel. Education, business, and humanitarian reasons (including visiting sick relatives or attending a funeral) are the only acceptable ones under current policy.
Immigrant Studying Abroad | Student Visa
If you wish to study in the United States but are not a citizen, you can obtain a student visa that will allow you to pursue an education in the country legally. This visa does not grant you permanent residency, but it can lead to eventual citizenship down the road if you request a status change. Student visas are generally granted to individuals studying at a college or university and will not expire until his or her time as a student is up. Once you have been accepted to a school that has been approved by the Student Exchange and Visitor Program, you can come to an experienced U.S. immigration attorney for help with the process. It will help to have a liaison who is already here in the country, usually a school official or family member. An interview will also be mandatory for applicants between 14 and 79.
Immigrant Studying Abroad | Study Abroad with Green Card
If you have a green card you can use the I-131 form to apply for a reentry permit. This will allow you to stay outside the U.S. for two years. You will have to submit proof of why you want to study abroad, and submit fingerprints before you obtain that permit. If you leave the U.S. without submitting your fingerprints, USCIS will deny your application for a travel permit.
If you are an immigrant studying abroad or planning to be, please call our Morristown immigration attorney today to set up a consultation.