Tips for getting s student visa for USA and Canada

International students: North America wants you!

USA has always been an attractive destination and land of opportunities for young and ambitious individuals. According to the annual report Open Doors 2011, the number of foreign students in U.S. colleges and universities increased by 4.7% in the 2010-2011 academic year, exceeding 723,000 people. Based on the latest news US

President Barack Obama plans to make a number of changes to open many opportunities for international students, even granting them citizenship. He proposed an immigration reform, creating favorable conditions for foreign graduates of American universities to obtain citizenship and  work experience in the country. So, there’s never been a better time to consider USA for long term higher education plans.

Visa – what to start with?

You can only apply for a visa once you have been accepted by a university that is SEVP (The Student and Exchange Visitor Program) certified. When you get this exciting news applying for a student visa will be one of the key steps in pathway to ann overseas education. F-1 is the most common visa for academic students taking aneducation course.

What papers do you need to apply?

You should apply for your visa as soon as you’re prepared but very important and advisable to do it well in advance. F-1 applicants would need the following documents:

  •  SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System document) Form I-20;
  • Your printed barcode page from your online DS-160 application form;
  •  A passport valid for travel to the USA and with a validity date of at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the United States;
  • One photograph;
  • Fee receipt to show payment of the visa application fee

Also you should be prepared to provide:

  • Transcripts and diplomas from previous institutions;
  •  Scores from tests required by your chosen institution such as the TOEFL;
  •  Evidence of sufficient funds to cover your tuition and living expenses during the period of your studies;
  •  You should demonstrate the consular your intention to leave the USA after you finish studying

Study to live in Canada

Each year more than 150,000 students from around the world come to study and live in Canada. Canada is a charming country with many picturesque places that provide affordable option to get a quality education and a fantastic quality of life. It is very flexible to foreign students who bring new skills and knowledge and enrich its culture.

How to apply?

If you want to study in Canada for more than 6 months you need to apply for a study permit (that is a student visa). As usual before applying you need to be accepted by a recognized university or college and have ‘Proof of Student Status’ letter. In addition to your acceptance letter you would need financial statements from the bank to cover tuition fees and living expenses and also a valid passport and 2 photos, application form with 2 appendixes and application fee.

What is also important to know is that each province and territory in Canada decides  the age when a person is considered to be an adult. This is known as the age of majority and a “minor child” (a person under the age of majority) must be cared for by a custodian (who is a responsible adult in Canada).  Two notarized documents (one signed by the parents and the second one in Canada) are needed to be prepared and required to give the custodian permission to act as a parent in Canada.

Pay attention that getting visa to Canada may take up to 3 months in high season so it is extremely important to gather the documents as soon as possible and well in advance. In some cases medical examination taken in the certified Medical Centres will be also required.

Usually Canadian embassy does not require original documents and interview.

Good luck and remember that nothing is impossible!

6 Sure Ways to find Inspiration for Writing

If there is one thing that you need as a writer, it’s inspiration. If you are not inspired to write you might not come up with a good piece. However, all of us at one point have experienced lack of inspiration or some form of bad feeling at the mere thought of having to write. However, feeling the joy and the inspiration towards writing makes a great difference. It not only gives you enthusiasm but also the energy that you need to accomplish the work. No matter what you are writing whether it’s a book, an article, or a column you need the inspiration to help you remain active throughout the process. Here are some ways to find inspiration for writing.

1. Read your favorite author

Just as the saying goes, to write well you need to read a lot. If you want to get inspired you need to read a book or a piece by your favorite author. This not only teaches you what works and what does not but also puts you into the mood of writing. Whenever you are feeling lethargic just take some 15 or 20 minutes and you will get the inspiration and the energy to start you off. The most important thing is to find a writer who inspired you and read his work.

2. Immerse yourself in your target audience

Just get into your target audience and try to listen to what they are saying. People can say different things especially if they know that you are there to listen to them. It’s, therefore, important to get into them without them knowing. This will help you get both sides of the story so that you can have a rough idea about what they enjoy reading.

3. Read a lot of quotations

People normally browse quotations for a number of reasons. They are memorable, insightful, and witty. They have everything that a good writing should have. To this end, the best thing to do is to let them inspire you. You can go to a website that has quotations and read through them before you can embark on your writing process. Just one of them is enough to spike an interesting new idea.

4. Listen to a dialogue and smart conversation

Although everyone knows about this, it’s worth mentioning here. Since some people have realized that listening to music helps, if it works for you go for it. You can also close your eyes and listen to music before embarking on your writing assignment. If you do this, within 30 minutes you will find that an idea pops up on your head and you can start writing immediately. It might seem small but if you have had trouble writing you need to try it out. You can also listed to smart dialogue to get you in the mood of writing.

5. Talk to your readers

You can always invite your readers to share with you about their frustrations and then choose 10 of them for free consultation. You will find that a number of them come out to tell you about what is troubling them. You will learn more from their comments and even get the best ideas that you can incorporate into your writing. While it’s humbling, sometimes you need to realize that your readers can also be the best source of ideas. They are actually full of wonderful ideas that you can use.

6. Lock yourself

This is one of the best idea. Always ensure that you write your first draft with the door closed. This does not mean that you literally close the door but rather you forget about every other person’s opinion. One of the surest way to frustrate yourself is to start thinking about what other people think about your work.

Wrap up

The next time you are stuck with writing follow these key tips and you will be amazed at how fast you get inspired to start that writing project. That’s all that writing is about. Just start writing, get inspired, and enjoy.