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Here are the steps to acquiring your visa and some places you can stay while applying.
If you decide to apply to the Kansas City Art Institute and you are accepted, you will need to obtain an F-1 Visa to come to the United States; this is true for both degree-seeking international students as well as exchange students. The F-1 Visa is a non-immigrant, full-time, student visa that allows foreigners to pursue education in the U.S. These visas are only granted to students who have been formally admitted to a U.S. academic institution.
The spouse and/or child(ren) of an F-1 visa holder may be granted an F-2 dependent visa. F-2 visa holders are prohibited from any form of compensated employment. F-2 minor children may attend public schools.
The Immigration and National Act is very specific with regard to the requirements which must be met by applicants to qualify for the student visa. The consular officer will determine whether you qualify for the visa. Additionally, applicants must demonstrate that they properly meet student visa requirements including:
As part of the visa application process, an interview at the embassy consular section is required for visa applicants from age 14 through 79, with few exceptions. The waiting time for an interview appointment for applicants can vary, so early visa application is strongly encouraged. Visa wait times for interview appointments and visa processing time information for each U.S. Embassy or Consulate worldwide is available online at http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/wait/wait_4638.html, and on most embassy websites. Learn how to schedule an appointment for an interview, pay the application processing fee, review embassy specific instructions, and more by visiting the website of the embassy or consulate where you will apply. You can find the embassy or consulate that will service you by visiting http://www.usembassy.gov/.
Applicants with dependents must be able to provide proof of their relationship (e.g., marriage certificate, birth certificate) to the embassy or consulate.
More information, and more, can be found online at http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1268.html.
You can find Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) information regarding the F-1 Visa at http://www.educationusa.info/faq.php?id=6&page=1&language=1. If you speak Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, French, Spanish, Russian, or Portuguese you may select your native language from the drop down box and the topic areas will be displayed in your language of choice.
If you are already in the United States on an F-1 visa studying at another school, you will need to have your SEVIS Record transferred to KCAI after the completion of your current semester/term with them.
Your F-1 visa is tied to the SEVIS ID number on your current I-20. To maintain your valid F-1 status, you need to keep this SEVIS ID number. When you transfer your SEVIS Record to KCAI we will have access to the correct SEVIS ID number and will then be able to issue an I-20 with the SEVIS ID number that matches the one on your F-1 visa stamp. If the SEVIS ID numbers do not match, you will be denied entry/re-entry to the U.S.
You will need to ask a DSO at your current school to complete KCAI’s Transfer-In Form: Download here. You will need to present a copy of your KCAI admission letter with this form so that they may verify that you have been officially admitted. Once the Transfer-In Form is completed, please have it returned to KCAI’s International Studies Coordinator. It can be submitted by mail to Emily Lambdin, Kansas City Art Institute, 4415 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City MO 64111-1874, by fax to 816-802-3480, or scanned and sent as an email attachment to email@example.com.
Applying for a U.S. Student Visa 1.
The following information (and more) is found at: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/faq3.htm
You will need to complete a Form I-901 with information from your Form I-20 and pay the required fee. The SEVIS I-901 fee is $200. You can fill in the Form I-901 online at www.fmjfee.com
You can pay your fee by credit or debit card if you are submitting your form online. If you pay by credit or debit card, you should print out a receipt if you need one immediately and cannot wait to receive a receipt through the mail.
You can pay by international money order or check drawn on a financial institution in the United States and payable in United States currency.
Checks are accepted subject to collection. If the bank on which it is drawn does not honor the check, you will be charged a $30 fee You may also pay through Western Union.
* If you fill in the Form I-901 online and choose the option to pay by check or money order, you will be able to print a payment coupon. There is a control number on the top of the coupon. Write the control number, your name and your SEVIS ID number on your check or money order and attach the coupon.
* If you use a paper Form I-901, write your SEVIS ID number and name on your check or money order and attach the form before sending it in.
There are two records of payment:
*Electronic payment information kept in the SEVIS I-901 fee payment system
*A paper receipt
You will get a paper receipt in the mail for all payments. You can also print a paper receipt immediately if you file online and pay with a credit or debit card.
Kansas City International (KCI) Airport is served by large airlines including American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Midwest Airlines, United Airlines, Continental Airlines and Northwest Airlines. Please make sure that Kansas City is your final destination (the airport code is MCI).
For transportation from the airport to KCAI, there are a number of methods available:
The cost for ONE-WAY transportation on a Super Shuttle is approximately $21.00 USD, plus tip. Additional passengers on the same trip are discounted. All major credit cards, cash and International Travelers Checks are accepted. You can arrange for the KCI Shuttle to pick you up by calling 816-243-5000 or you can make a reservation online at: http://www.supershuttle.com/FareQuote.aspx.
The cost for ONE-WAY transportation via taxi is $60 to $80 USD, plus tip.
Hotels Near KCAI:
The Average cost per night at a local hotel will be $75 to $100 USD
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