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Visa process?

Hey, please I want to apply to community college in USA such as De Anza college but I’m from Morocco so I’m an international student but I’m so afraid to not get my visa and I don’t know should start that process or not cz since I’m coming from a low income family I want to study at CC then transfer to a university! Also the second thing, to apply to CC I need to prove that my bank statement shows around 30k but sadly I don’t have a sponsor also my dad his bank statement don’t show that amount of money I’m really looking for someone who can help me on that process.

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Ankita’s Answer

Navigating the process of applying to a community college in the USA as an international student can be daunting, but there are steps you can take to make it more manageable.

First, regarding your concerns about getting a visa: it's natural to feel anxious, but many international students successfully obtain visas to study in the US every year. Start by researching the specific visa requirements for students from Morocco, which typically involve applying for a student visa (F-1 visa). You'll need to provide documentation such as an acceptance letter from the college, proof of financial support, and evidence of your intent to return to Morocco after completing your studies.

Now, about the financial aspect: since community colleges often require international students to demonstrate sufficient funds to cover tuition, living expenses, and other costs, you'll need to show that you have access to around $30,000. This can be challenging if you don't have a sponsor or if your family's bank statements don't meet the required amount.

One option to consider is researching scholarship opportunities for international students. Some community colleges offer scholarships specifically for international students, and there are also external scholarship programs that you may be eligible for based on your academic achievements, extracurricular involvement, or other criteria.

Additionally, you could explore the possibility of taking out a student loan, either from a financial institution in Morocco or from a US lender that offers loans to international students. Keep in mind that taking on debt is a serious decision, so be sure to carefully consider the terms and conditions of any loan you're considering.

Finally, don't hesitate to reach out to the admissions office or international student services office at the community college you're interested in attending. They can provide guidance and support throughout the application process, including advice on financial aid options and visa procedures. And remember, you're not alone—there are resources and people available to help you navigate this exciting but challenging journey toward studying in the USA.
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Erin’s Answer

I would echo earlier advice in this thread about reaching out to the international student services office at the specific community college that you're interested in attending. They will have staff members who are trained on U.S. visa requirements, including the financial requirements regarding cost of living.

EducationUSA is a U.S. government website that can also provide a lot of helpful information for you as you explore studying in the U.S. as a college/university student: https://educationusa.state.gov/your-5-steps-us-study

If there is a specific four-year university that you're interested in transferring to after you complete community college, I would encourage you to review the four-year university's website to identify any information or resources regarding transferring from a community college. They may have specific community college partners where there is extra support provided to help you prepare for transferring and complete the transfer process. It's important to let your advisors know as early as possible that you intend to transfer to a four-year university; they'll then be able to support and guide you most helpfully and accurately around what courses to take and any important timelines.

Applying to college/university is a big step, and you're already off to a great start by asking great questions. Best of luck!
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