I went to law school in the US and I am trained in US Immigration law (B+ in US immigration law course at temple University just this last Fall 2017, which I took by way of a refresher and spent barely 30 minutes out of the allocated 3 hours scribbling the exam down, ha-ha! to think what could happen if I spent at least an hour, but I did not want to because the professor annoyed me a great deal).
Also sat through my mandatory observation hours in the Immigration court recently. So, basically, I have some idea and also some experience with US immigration system, most of it first hand, as well as family members – but some in context of affairs of my UK corporate clients who have US presence, and their employees.
I can and do provide some services for those who are filing various US applications from the UK, as described below.
I also, due to having years of personal much-suffered experience with US education system, take on some graduate (MA/Ph.D, or postgraduate as they are referred to in the UK) education consulting cases as described below. This includes program choice, admission, funding and visa support.
Please note, I am not enthusiastic about sending undergraduate students from third countries to the United States, because the UK provides an all-round more reasonable destination for undergrad, in my personal view – it is easier to get in, the costs are much lower, and Tier 4 visas are in many ways easier to get than F1 for undergrad. I do not provide consulting for undergraduate studies in the UK, but I know many who do and i the end the system is navigable by the end user as well.
However, as of late UK immigration system changes meant that many of our graduates are left without further immigration options, and by then many would have also run out of money and cannot afford a Masters (especially seeing as they are likely to be left likewise without choices after that).
For those of you who are graduates in, or have proven ability in, ACADEMIC subjects – by which I mean natural sciences, such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine – as well as economics, history, English and other languages and cultures, possibly theatre and film, and of course engineering and computer sciences – there is a GOOD chance that you may find a graduate (Ph.D, where you will get M.A. along the way) program, that will fund you. depending on your individual level of ability, you might not end up in Harvard, but in a state university in a relatively obscure state, but you can still get funded.
Except in business and law, almost all of US graduate programs provide funding, meaning that you will get a waiver of tuition and a stipend, usually in exchange of doing some work in the department or a teaching assistantship, with your acceptance package. However this only makes sense if you are genuinely interested in academic career. I am yet to meet a single one US PhD graduate who was forced to leave the country. Also, a year of employment authorisation after graduation is automatically inherent in US student visa system.
Before you contact me about your prospects, please take a GRE test. Trust me, it is completely pointless to even have a conversation until you have, because all admission and funding decisions in US universities are made primarily based on GRE results. You may wish to study-practice for the test if you do not have experience with US-style standardized testing. You need to take general (not subject specific) test in both verbal and quantitative. If you are a computer engineer, you still have to take verbal, and if you are an English major, you still have to take quantitative, but it would be expected that your scores may be imbalanced to reflect the nature of your discipline. You have to however strive to score at least around 50% percentile in the “other” part.
Visa applications (non-petition based or approved petitions)
I will also take on clients applying for US visas FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM, including B1/B2, F1/F2, E1/E2 and new office L1 visas, all H and L visas based on approved petitions, as well as immigrant visa applications based on approved petitions (such as immediate relative or preference), or immediate relatives where petition is to be filed by the UK-based USC sponsor, or Diversity visa cases.