In general, anyone entering the U.S. (other than a tourist) needs a visa. This can be the most challenging issue facing those who wish to stay in the U.S. for an extended period of time. Depending on their reason for coming to the U.S., students may apply for a J-1, F-1 or M-1 visa.
Students will need money to pay for food, entertainment and myriad other daily living expenses. Relying on a foreign bank account to access cash is typically not an optimal solution. They will also need to obtain housing, which may require a credit check.
Arranging for a practical, affordable means of long-distance communication is important but often overlooked. International students need to stay apprised of issues that affect their families in their home country. Likewise, parents need to be aware of the possible dangers of not informing children living abroad of family developments.
Although visitors on student visas are exempt from some taxes, this does not apply to all forms of income, capital gains or transfer taxes. Students may be required to file certain tax forms with the IRS on an annual basis. For non-resident students, it is important to do this on time to avoid being subject to taxes on worldwide assets.
1 Douglas Belkin & Newly Purnell, “Foreign Student Admissions Keep Pace", The Wall Street Journal, July 7, 2017
2 Belkin & Purnell, ibid
3 “The Long March from China to the Ivies", The 1848 Magazine, The Economist, Brook Lariner, April/May 2016
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