PHILIPSBURG–The Education Ministry’s Student Support Services Division (SSSD) will be holding a free informative workshop on applying for a US student visa or Canadian study permit, at University of St. Martin (USM) on Thursday, August 29, from 6:00 to 7:00pm.
Students who are looking to apply to schools in the USA or Canada and those who have already been accepted to a school in either of these countries can attend the workshop to receive a step-by-step approach on how to complete the application process. The process can seem overwhelming and confusing, but SSSD will help students to better understand it.
Students who do not have a US passport, US permanent residence (Green Card), Canadian passport, or Canadian permanent residence are considered international students in the US and Canada respectively. Applying for a student visa ties into immigration matters; therefore, it is essential that students are aware of the procedure and take care in preparing their applications.
SSSD officials stressed that improper preparation or incomplete applications can delay the process at the embassy.
“We have seen students having to wait a whole year before attending college or university because they encountered bottlenecks with, for example, their Canadian study-permit. So, knowing certain aspects beforehand can help students with their application process,” SSSD said in a press release.
SSSD provides many services to students, including psychological services, counselling services, social work services, educational diagnostic services, career services, and parent education.
Students and parents are encouraged to contact SSSD at tel. 543-1235 for more information or to register for the workshop on August 29. They can also visit the SSSD office, which is located in the Amigo Building across from the police station and next to Windward Islands Bank (WIB).