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Canadians: applying for F1 visa

scraibin

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    I'm a Canadian accepted to a med school in the US and just now starting to go about applying for a student visa. I understand that the school has to issue an I20 form for me to start the process--my question is, I'm still waiting for word from other schools I've interviewed at, should I wait till all decisions are done before I apply for the F1 visa ie does it matter where I get the I20 from? Does any Canadian with experience in this care to share how long the process of getting the visa takes? And if I get I20 from a school, and then decide to matriculate at another school, does that affect the visa application in any way?
    Thanks to anyone who can help with this! :)
     

    coralfangs

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      it matters which school, cuz you still have to present your I20 everytime you go back/forth between US and CAD
      but don't worry about the process, getting a F1 visa is easy
      basically, you just go to the border with your I20, they scan and stamp your passport (takes less than 1 hr)


      just wait til you've heard back from all the school
      u a fellow UofTer?
       

      blurry

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        One school I am considering said they will apply for it on my behalf and just send me the information and forms I need to sign. I submitted all of my financial documents in mid-November and haven't heard back from the school since then.
         
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          Any Canadian students w/o US PR/dual citizenship? I'm strongly considering taking the plunge and doing my MD training in the US but worried about residency issues. Anyone can comment?
           

          scraibin

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            it matters which school, cuz you still have to present your I20 everytime you go back/forth between US and CAD
            but don't worry about the process, getting a F1 visa is easy
            basically, you just go to the border with your I20, they scan and stamp your passport (takes less than 1 hr)


            just wait til you've heard back from all the school
            u a fellow UofTer?

            Yeah UT. Class of 07. So are you heading down south this year too?
            Thanks for the tip, a load off my mind.
             
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