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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Pre-departure Planning: Do's and don't for your packing list

Things to keep in Mind

• Check out with your airline or

shipping agent to find out what your

baggage allowance is.

• Plan your onward travel from the

airport to your final destination –

your university

• Make sure you have received a letter

of unconditional acceptance from

your college or university

• Find out how many goods you are

allowed to bring in the country you

plan to study in, and which items are


• If you are taking any prescribed drugs

or medicines, ask your doctor to

write a letter explaining what they

are and why you are taking them

• Start gathering all the items and

documents you are taking with you –

make sure you have everything

before you start packing

• Buy any extra items you need e.g.

money, belt, photos of yourself,


• Label all your luggage with your

name and address

Monday, 24 April 2017

USA tightens immigration : Boon or Bane for Indian Students

I just received a call today from a student, Mam I have an admit from UTD and UIC I am skeptical whether I should go to USA , which prompted me to come up with this blog article

Over the last few days, you might have come across a lot of  proposed changes to the H-1B Visa reform and its impact on your ability to secure a job post your degree in USA.

First and foremost do not go by hear say, have the strong conviction and just go  ahead and apply for higher studies if you have decided to  , each year there are different phases . which will pass sometimes there is a recession phase, there was a time when the rupee got devalued and hence students got worried but that phase has passed, this year its about immigration policies 

Here is iGradGlobal's 2 cents on this:

  • These newer immigration orders  are just proposals and will take time to implement  and become a law only if they get complete support
  • There is nothing against student community, students are still encouraged to apply 
  • There is opposition  not for granting work permit on the whole , but to minimize the loop holes in the system like reducing the middle men , better wages , work permit based on merit not luck
  • This will in turn  streamline the OPT requirement ,if the H1 visa is skills based , you can still have a one year OPT and get a job you deserve in fact with much better wages  
  • Lastly, why is it always going to US that is synonymous with going abroad , what with our students having bagged admits in top world universites in Netherlands- TU Delft, Germany- Hamburg, Canada- Ottawa , Australia - Sydney 
Overall, what we  advise is that students weigh the pros and cons and then decide pragmatically and not just through hearsay 

All the best
Happy Global Studies !!               

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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Sort the Spring Vs Fall intake dilemma

You have your eyes all glued to the top glohal admit , but as you rummage through  the information overlaod over the internet , you pause to think which is the best intake , what's the timeline, what tests , ah , questions , questions and more questions

Lets take this  one step at a time ,most  countries like USA, Europe , Canada, AUS etc  will have two intakes in a year for admission 

The academic calendar in all these countries commences in Aug /Sep each year call as Fall or Winter , since this is the first  semester most funding for projects and research comes in during this semester 

Secondly , its concurrent with our  graduation months in June when most Indian Universities grant the degrees , thus you can take up the higher education degree immediately after your degree completion without a gap  

Hence fall/winter is  the most preferred intake 

Now lets look at the  other side , since summer/spring /Jan intake is the second intake in the academic calendar ,most funding is exhausted by then , also not many international universities accept international students in this intake .

Most importantly , some universities do not allow students to do internships when they join in Spring intake

Hence , all in all , you need to weigh the pros and cons well before deciding what the best way for you 
unless there is a dire reason we would not recommend that you opt for Spring intake, though  a lot of CS, ECE and Mech universities ( mainstream courses) are open to spring intake these days. 

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Friday, 10 February 2017

Is F1 student visa likely to become stringent-with new immigration policies ?

Visa - the travel permit to your dream destination !!
Do's -
Key factors :
  • Proper Financial documents,
  • Admit in reputed/related Universities,
  • Good Academics and competitive test scores
  • Most common  reasons for denial and workarounds thereof .
  • Missing documents
  • Sound like potential immigrant
How to prepare for the interview - some generic questions listed here
  • Why MS
  • Why this Univ
  • Why are you leaving your job
  • What after MS
  • Who is sponsoring you
  • What does your sponsor do.
Some  general advice:
  • Be on time
  • Don't carry too many/ unecessary docs (refer to the website for the required document), plastic bags, mobile etc
  • Dress neatly
  • Be audible and clear  to the officer,  do not lie / or hide information.
  • Read up some past student experiences

Conclusion :
Remember the interview is all about how confident you sound , how convicingly you speak and how well you articulate your points.

For personalised visa counselling refer:

Team iGradGlobal