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Thread: student visa for spouse of lpr

  1. #1
    My spouse is a green card holder. I want to get a student visa. Is it possible to get it ? Will they think my intention is to immigrate..the fact is I don't want to permanently immigrate I want to only study. Is it possible to get a student visa ?

  2. #2
    My spouse is a green card holder. I want to get a student visa. Is it possible to get it ? Will they think my intention is to immigrate..the fact is I don't want to permanently immigrate I want to only study. Is it possible to get a student visa ?

  3. #3
    You will face a lot of difficulty because as a student applicant you will have to convince a consular officer that you would depart the US after your studies....yet you want to study now, presumably in the same town where your spouse lives...and why would you go back home to country (x)? This will be tough.

  4. #4
    Actually my spouse too will at that point move back as soon as I am done with my studies (we want to reside back home once I am done with my education)..Will this help if my spouse tells the embassy regarding his desire to move back once I am done with my education ?

  5. #5
    The rules are changing a lot on F-1 and you need to get the visa at your country of origin.My best guess is you will have a hard time convincing the consulate on your case moreso with your intent and that of your spouse to go back with you which is not her "proper" place as a LPR.

  6. #6
    Does US Immigration really want these brilliant young minds to get the world's best education here in the US and then send them back home to compete against us? I'm sorry, but this defies common sense.

    I recently listened to an NPR news piece discussing the concern over the reduced flow of the world's smartest students into American universities and what a devastating effect this is likely to have on our future economy. They were concerned over two things; (a) that the students aren't coming and (b) that they aren't staying after they graduate.

    According to this other NPR brain-drain story typical returnees to India have master's degree's and Ph.D's.

    Another reference also describes the problem in more detail...

    This is a joint paper written by Duke, Harvard, UC Berkeley, National Bureau of Economic Research, University of Edinburgh and the London School of Economics

    America's Loss is the World's Gain

    It starts like this...

    Immigrants have historically provided one of America's greatest competitive advantages. They have come to the United States largely to work and have played a major role in the country's recent growth. Between 1990 and 2007, the proportion of immigrants in the U.S. labor force increased from 9.3 percent to 15.7 percent. Approximately 45 percent of the growth of the work force over this period consisted of immigrants. Moreover, a large and growing proportion of immigrants come with high levels of education and skill. They have contributed disproportionately in the most dynamic part of the U.S. economy - the high-tech sector. Immigrants have co-founded firms such as Google, Intel, eBay, and Yahoo. And immigrant inventors contributed to more than a quarter of U.S. global patent applications.

    Since even before the 2008 financial and economic crisis, some observers have noted that a substantial number of highly skilled immigrants have started returning to their home countries, including persons from low-income countries like India and China who have historically tended to stay permanently in the United States. These returnees contributed to the tech boom in those countries and arguably spurred the growth of outsourcing of back-office processes as well as of research and development...

    Does anyone have any perspective on we we don't we want each and every immigrant who gets a Ph.D to stay?

  7. #7
    You will be denied as an intending immigrant. The purpose of a student visa is not to wait in the U.S. for your immigrant visa. You need to wait in your home country.

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