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How can international students pay for college in the United States?
James Allen's answer was great, as are all the other answers here. But I'd just like to point out something to you. Conventionally, paying for college in the US is far too large of a burden for a young person like you or me to imagine undertaking. Unless you've already seen your first $60k pay check, it's unlikely that you'll be able to sustain yourself in the US.In fact, immigration services make it very clear that international applicants should NOT expect to be able to pay for anything on their own, they should plan to be and remain completely dependent during their time in the US. And I agree with them. Just because you're starting big boy school, doesn't mean you'll find big boy money. Remember, it's taken your parents a lifetime to build the funds to send you to school in the US. What makes you think that 2 months into your degree you'll have found something that will help you put a dent in that tuition bill? That being said, here's the encouraging part. There are ways that you can lessen the burden on your parents. Simple things like not asking for an allowance, funding your own food/housing, air travel, and entertainment, all help your parents breathe a little easier and are within your financial reach. I've made it a point not to ask my parents for pocket money until I know that I have a big payment due and I won't be able to meet it (like housing deposits). But there are some ways to raise the couple hundred dollars per semester to become (somewhat) self-sufficient. These all fall under on-campus employment. Here are some of the popular employers on your campus:Dorms. These buildings need people to man the front gates, so there is an opportunity for minimum wage, flexible schedule work, simply for sitting behind the desk and scanning student id's.Residential living. Most dorms have Residential Assistants, who are students who live in the residence halls and assist the administration with keeping the students engaged with on-campus activities and keeping them out of trouble. They can be the police, or the mentors, of the dorm, depending on what kind of RA they see themselves as. This job is great because it comes with free housing for the year (!), some free on-campus dining funds, and a small stipend (a couple hundred dollars per term), and it usually carries over from year to year. This one is VERY competitive though, so don't be too bummed if you don't make the cut (my school had a 2% acceptance rate out of all the applicants, I didn't make the cut and applied twice). This job is particularly difficult as well, you have to be a near perfect role model, be very organised (balancing school and RA responsibilities), be good at engaging people, and always be open to responding to emergencies/students' concerns. Some things RA's do weekly are:design and hang posters/information on board about campus activitiescheck the hall at certain periods to make sure nobody is misbehavingbe "on-call", which means that you have a phone that you respond to any time, come rain or shine, and address the problemscounsel and mediate residents' problemsattend weekly meetings to report incidences and track residents' behaviourIntramural sports game refereeingStudent magazine writerResearch assistant—this is a big one, and an important one if you are in a scientific field. Be sure to get involved in research early! Some are paid and some aren't, but research on your resume is great.There are also a lot of odd opportunities that come up throughout your time, such as research fellowships and scholarships. So keep an eye out and don't hesitate to apply for anything. But most importantly, remember that your tuition is not your burden! At least not yet!
Do I need to fill out two I-134 forms for my parents or filling just one would do?
Yes, one form is enough for your father and mother if they are planning to appear together for visa interview. In case they plan to go for visa interview on two seperate occasion have them carry their own I-134.
Who needs to fill the I-134 form?
If you are all applying together then no: this is not necessary and indeed, only a lawfully admitted person is qualified to sign. If you are both applying separately to your husband and bank accounts are NOT joint and you are unable to show personal resources or finance AND your husband has been lawfully admitted then it cannot hurt. See I-134 Affidavit of Support for Visitor's Visa | Lee & Garasia, LLC
What's the best way to get users to read a set of instructions for filling out a form?
Your question confuses me a bit. What's missing is "WHY are the instructions displayed?" What makes them so important? More to the point, what makes them so important to the user?You say it's a simple form, but also say they must read the instructions before filling it out. If it's simple, what are all the instructions for? I haven't seen the form and already I'm confused.People will do things if they understand (and agree with) the purpose for doing them. If they don't understand the need for the instructions (e.g. because the form appears to be simple), you'll have a hard time getting users to read them (they won't see the need).My suggestion would be to take a step back from the design a bit and look at the form's purpose. If the instructions are to minimize data entry errors, look for ways in your design to do that and eliminate an instruction or two. For example, do real-time validation of things like zip codes, phone numbers, usernames, and anything else your web page can do.If the instructions are to educate the user on some specific process, look at the process to see if it can be made simpler or more obvious such that it doesn't need any explanation.Finally, don't forget user testing--ask some potential (or representative) users what they think works for them.
Do military members have to pay any fee for leave or fiancee forms?
NOOOOOOO. You are talking to a military romance scammer. I received an email from the US Army that directly answers your question that is pasted below please keep reading.I believe you are the victim of a military Romance Scam whereas the person you are talking to is a foreign national posing as an American Soldier claiming to be stationed overseas on a peacekeeping mission. That's the key to the scam they always claim to be on a peacekeeping mission.Part of their scam is saying that they have no access to their money that their mission is highly dangerous.If your boyfriend girlfriend/future husband/wife is asking you to do the following or has exhibited this behavior, it is a most likely a scam:Moves to private messaging site immediately after meeting you on Facebook or SnapChat or Instagram or some dating or social media site. Often times they delete the site you met them on right after they asked you to move to a more private messaging siteProfesses love to you very quickly & seems to quote poems and song lyrics along with using their own sort of broken language, as they profess their love and devotion quickly. They also showed concern for your health and love for your family.Promises marriage as soon as he/she gets to state for leave that they asked you to pay for.They Requests money (wire transfers) and Amazon, iTune ,Verizon, etc gift cards, for medicine, religious practices, and leaves to come home, internet access, complete job assignments, help sick friend, get him out of trouble, or anything that sounds fishy.The military does provide all the soldier needs including food medical Care and transportation for leave. Trust me, I lived it, you are probably being scammed. I am just trying to show you examples that you are most likely being connned.Below is an email response I received after I sent an inquiry to the US government when I discovered I was scammed. I received this wonderful response back with lots of useful links on how to find and report your scammer. And how to learn more about Romance Scams.Right now you can also copy the picture he gave you and do a google image search and you will hopefully see the pictures of the real person he is impersonating. this doesn't always work and take some digging. if you find the real person you can direct message them and alert them that their image is being used for scamming.Good Luck to you and I'm sorry this may be happening to you. please continue reading the government response I received below it's very informative.   You have contacted an email that is monitored by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. Unfortunately, this is a common concern. We assure you there is never any reason to send money to anyone claiming to be a Soldier online. If you have only spoken with this person online, it is likely they are not a U.S. Soldier at all. If this is a suspected imposter social media profile, we urge you to report it to that platform as soon as possible. Please continue reading for more resources and answers to other frequently asked questions:  How to report an imposter Facebook profile: Caution-https://www.facebook.com/help/16... Caution-https://www.facebook.com/help/16...   Answers to frequently asked questions:  - Soldiers and their loved ones are not charged money so that the Soldier can go on leave.  - Soldiers are not charged money for secure communications or leave.  - Soldiers do not need permission to get married.  - Soldiers emails are in this format: john.doe.mil@mail.mil Caution-mailto: john.doe.mil@mail.mil anything ending in .us or .com is not an official email account.  - Soldiers have medical insurance, which pays for their medical costs when treated at civilian health care facilities worldwide – family and friends do not need to pay their medical expenses.  - Military aircraft are not used to transport Privately Owned Vehicles.  - Army financial offices are not used to help Soldiers buy or sell items of any kind.  - Soldiers deployed to Combat Zones do not need to solicit money from the public to feed or house themselves or their troops.  - Deployed Soldiers do not find large unclaimed sums of money and need your help to get that money out of the country.  Anyone who tells you one of the above-listed conditions/circumstances is true is likely posing as a Soldier and trying to steal money from you.  We would urge you to immediately cease all contact with this individual.  For more information on avoiding online scams and to report this crime, please see the following sites and articles:   This article may help clarify some of the tricks social media scammers try to use to take advantage of people: Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/61432/ Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/61432/   CID advises vigilance against 'romance scams,' scammers impersonating Soldiers  Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/180749 Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/180749   FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center: Caution-http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx Caution-http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx   U.S. Army investigators warn public against romance scams: Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/130... Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/130...   DOD warns troops, families to be cybercrime smart -Caution-http://www.army.mil/article/1450... Caution-http://www.army.mil/article/1450...   Use caution with social networking  Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/146... Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/146...    Please see our frequently asked questions section under scams and legal issues. Caution-http://www.army.mil/faq/ Caution-http://www.army.mil/faq/ or visit Caution-http://www.cid.army.mil/ Caution-http://www.cid.army.mil/ .  The challenge with most scams is determining if an individual is a legitimate member of the US Army. Based on the Privacy Act of 1974, we cannot provide this information. If concerned about a scam you may contact the Better Business Bureau (if it involves a solicitation for money), or local law enforcement. If you're involved in a Facebook or dating site scam, you are free to contact us direct, (571) 305-4056.   If you have a social security number, you can find information about Soldiers online at Caution-https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/sc... Caution-https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/sc... . While this is a free search, it does not help you locate a retiree, but it can tell you if the Soldier is active duty or not.  If more information is needed such as current duty station or location, you can contact the Commander Soldier's Records Data Center (SRDC) by phone or mail and they will help you locate individuals on active duty only, not retirees. There is a fee of $3.50 for businesses to use this service. The check or money order must be made out to the U.S. Treasury. It is not refundable. The address is:  Commander Soldier's Records Data Center (SRDC) 8899 East 56th Street Indianapolis, IN 46249-5301 Phone: 1-866-771-6357  In addition, it is not possible to remove social networking site profiles without legitimate proof of identity theft or a scam. If you suspect fraud on this site, take a screenshot of any advances for money or impersonations and report the account on the social networking platform immediately.  Please submit all information you have on this incident to Caution-www.ic3.gov Caution-http://www.ic3.gov (FBI website, Internet Criminal Complaint Center), immediately stop contact with the scammer (you are potentially providing them more information which can be used to scam you), and learn how to protect yourself against these scams at Caution-http://www.ftc.gov Caution-http://www.ftc.gov (Federal Trade Commission's website)