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In most cases, Canadian citizens exchanging from a university in Canada to an NSE member in the United States will be processed by their host U.S. campus using the J-1 exchange visitor status. Some NSE campuses, however, may utilize the F-1 student status. Non-Canadian students exchanging from Canada to the U.S. will need to make an appointment for a visa interview at a U.S. consulate or embassy in order to receive a student visa stamp in their passport. Ask your home campus coordinator to check with your prospective host campus coordinator prior to requesting a placement.

Appropriate application form and information on required documentation will be supplied by your NSE host university in the United States. Completed forms, along with documentation listed below, must be taken to the U.S./Canadian border or Port of Entry where the J-1 or F-1 status will be issued.

You must provide financial evidence (e.g., bank statements) which show that you, your parents or sponsor have sufficient funds to cover your tuition and living expenses during the period of your intended study in the U.S. You will also be asked for a non-refundable $100 application fee (subject to change without notice), a passport valid for travel to the United States with a validity date at least six months beyond the intended period of U.S. stay, one (1) 2x2 photograph, a completed Form DS-2019 (J-1 status) or Form I-20 (F-1 status), proof of permanent residence outside the United States, and evidence that you intend to leave the U.S. at the completion of your exchange studies.

You may also be asked for evidence of your student status (e.g., recent tuition receipt and transcripts), a letter of acceptance from your host university, and the name and contact information for your Designated School Official (DSO), including a 24-hour emergency contact number at your host campus. Most NSE member colleges and universities will require that you purchase health insurance from their institutions.

At the U.S./Canadian border or at the Port of Entry, the Customs official will affix an admissions stamp to your passport, the Departure Entry Record, Form I-94, and on either the DS-2019 (J-1) or the I-20 (F-1). The stamp identifies the date of admission, status, and the length of stay (duration of status) permitted. At that time, it is your responsibility to ensure that the information does not contain any errors.

You may learn more here: http://www.educationusa.info or http://www.ice.gov/sevis/

You will pay a SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) fee of $180 for J-1 status or $200 for F-1 status. This cost is subject to change without notice. Unless otherwise directed by your host campus, you will pay the SEVIS I-901 fee directly to SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program). Ask your NSE designated international contact the payment procedure that will be required of you. Some NSE member institutions may assess an additional fee (SEVIS administrative fee) to support their own institution's student exchange visitor office and automated reporting systems.

You may learn more here: https://www.fmjfee.com/ or https://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901

Language Proficiency
All NSE members in the United States and its territories, with the exception of the colleges and universities in Puerto Rico, are English-speaking. Students for whom English is not their first language may be asked to demonstrate English proficiency through submission of TOEFL or other test scores.

The language of instruction at all NSE members in Puerto Rico is Spanish. Students exchanging to NSE campuses in Puerto Rico must demonstrate Spanish proficiency on their home campus preferably through an interview with a faculty member or administrator whose first language is Spanish.

Health Insurance
Exchange visitors are required to have health insurance for the duration of their exchange program. At minimum, insurance coverage must include medical benefits of at least $50,000 USD per person, per accident or illness; repatriation of remains in the amount of $7,500 USD; and expenses associated with medical evacuation in the amount of $10,000 USD. Per accident or illness deductibles cannot exceed $500 USD. Contact the NSE coordinator or designated international programs contact at the NSE host campus prior to purchasing insurance as some NSE member campuses will require that you purchase through their institutions.

Working While Studying in the United States
You must come to the United States with enough money to live and pay your bills while you are studying, without needing to work. Visa regulations allow on-campus employment. Off-campus work authorization may not be possible. For further information, talk to the Designated School Official (DSO) on your host campus.

You may learn more here: http://www.educationusa.info/

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