Living on a student visa in the United States is just about to get a little tougher.
In response to the Boston Marathon bombings in April, the Homeland Security Department has ordered a stricter security procedure, having border agents verify the student visa of each international student entering the United States.
We at peerTransfer have summarized the new visa implementations for international students.
Leaving for the U.S.A
Before the bombings, border agents would only check students who were referred for questioning. The new measures order a mandatory inspection of every student visa before the student leaves for the U.S. If the visa is inaccurate or raises questions, they will recheck the visa manually through U.S. records in a database.
Re-entering the U.S.A.
The Homeland Security Department ordered border agents to verify that every international student who arrives in the U.S. has a valid student visa. Make sure your visa is valid at all times and set yourself a reminder for future renewals. A spokesperson from MIT said to expect longer lines at airport customs, hence make sure your book your connecting flights accordingly.
Applying for a student visa
It is recommended to start the application process for your student visa well in advance, as it may take longer due to stricter examination.
Remember, these new procedures are being implemented to ensure your safety, so have all your documents ready, be prepared for more thorough inspections and be patient 😉
For more information on student visa regulations and keeping up to date, please visit the Travel.State.Gov site. If you have experienced recent changes at U.S. customs, please let us know in the comments and share your thoughts!Resources: Highlandernews, HuffingtonPost, TechMIT, YaleDaily