Living in the lively city of Atlanta is an exciting affair, especially for international students. There’s so much to see, do and learn. But along with the fun, there’s also serious work to do. As a student on a visa, you’ve got extra rules to follow. Predicting every challenge might be tough.
However, understanding two key points can help avoid serious problems like deportation.
Maintain your student status
As an international student, you must ensure that you maintain a full course of study, which typically means being enrolled full time. You also need to make satisfactory academic progress in your program. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is in charge of enforcing these rules. What’s more, your school also notifies the USCIS about your status as a student through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
So, if you don’t follow these rules, you might encounter serious problems regarding your student visa. In some cases, it might even include the possibility of having to leave the U.S.
Follow employment rules
Generally, student visas have strict rules about employment. Students on F-1 visas, for example, can only work up to 20 hours per week and on campus during the academic year (when school is in session). They may be able to work up to 40 hours per week during vacation periods, such as summer and winter breaks.
Striving to stay
With the easing of travel restrictions, Atlanta’s colleges and universities are seeing more international students. In fact, in the 2021-2022 academic year, Atlanta ranked 11th among U.S. cities for the number of international students. With 19 colleges and universities to choose from, it’s no wonder so many students choose Atlanta.
But no matter where you study, as an international student, you must remember the rules and restrictions regarding your visa. Keeping these two points in mind will not only help you avoid issues with your stay in the U.S. but also allow you to maximize your time in the U.S. and excel in your studies.