The U.S. welcomes foreign students to its colleges, universities, and other schools – but also makes a point of ensuring that they plan to return to their home countries when their studies are over. That’s why part of any application for an F-1 or M-1 student visa will involve proving your residence in and ties to your home country.
If you are working on this part of your student visa application, think about finding convincing documents that will answer the question, “Why would you want to return home after your trip?” This question and requirement may sound patronizing to you. Realize, however, that the U.S. government tends to believe that everyone is angling for a way to stay in this country for as long as they can.
Factual details concerning your home, family, and employment situation will probably be the best sources of proof that you will return home when your studies are completed. Possible documents to gather for your visa application might include the ones listed below.
However, don’t feel limited by this list. You may have a unusual reason for wanting to return home that no one but you could think of – for example, that you are expert at a form of dance that only people in your country are interested in watching -- which may be the most convincing reason of all.
Here’s how your employer might write a letter on your behalf:
Tivoli Productions, Inc.
Tivoli Alle 100
June 11, 201x
To Whom It May Concern:
We have authorized our employee, Dag Moller, three year’s leave in order to pursue a master’s degree in business administration in the United States. Moller is a marketing assistant at our office and a valued employee, whom we are convinced will become a high-level marketing expert with further training. We have hired a temporary substitute in his absence. However, we eagerly await Mr. Moller’s return in July of 201x.
Very truly yours,