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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

F-1 Visa

Applying for F-1 visa isn't as difficult as I think, it's very confusing instead. As long as you prepare and have complete needed-documents, your visa could be approved.

As I'm going to continue my higher education in US, I'm applying for F-1 visa in Jakarta. 
Oh yeah, I think this post could be helpful to those who are living in Indonesia that are planning to go to US for education. 


. . . Documents to prepare . . .

For F-1 visa, there are several documents* that are needed to be prepared and taken. For more info for documents-to-be-taken, click here
*It might change in the next couple years.

I was told to prepare these documents:
  • 2 Photos 5 x 5 (there are some rules for the photo, click here)
  • my passport and 1 copy of my passport
  • 1 copy and 1 legalized copy of my ID card
  • 1 copy and 1 legalized copy of my birth certificate
  • 1 copy and 1 legalized copy of Family card
  • 1 copy and 1 legalized copy of School Academic Transcripts
  • 1 copy of US Visa (if there is any)
  • some more documents**
Father and Mother's documents are also important as supporting documents
  • 1 copy and 1 legalized copy of their passports
  • 1 copy and 1 legalized copy of their ID cards
  • 1 copy and 1 legalized copy of their birth certificates
  • 1 copy and 1 legalized copy of Father's Business Licence (or SIUP)
  • 1 copy and 1 legalized copy of parents' marriage certificate
  • 1 copy of their US Visas (if there are any)
And the most important documents are :
  • Financial Evidence! (I use a deposit slip, a bank reference and a checking account or "rekening koran")
The last document is the most important one you need to prepare and take! If you pay to the university or college on your own, you must show that your parents are able to finance your study there (at least, show that you can pay for the first year of study)


. . . Preparing for Visa . . .

After you have been accepted to one university, you will get your I-20. Now , you should prepare for your visa. Before you apply for visa, there are several things to do.

First, pay SEVIS FEE online (more info, here) print the receipt out!!
Second, pay the VISA FEE (more info , here) keep the receipt!!
Third, fill DS-160 >> VERY IMPORTANT! Don't make any mistakes!
Last, schedule your visa interview date.
Last of all, pray and prepare the documents-to-be-taken
p.s. Again, this might change as well in the next couple years

Oh yeah, about "some more documents**", they're actually :
  • SEVIS receipt
  • I-20
  • VISA receipt
  • DS-160
  • Interview appointment

I guess, these are all if I'm not wrong. These five are truly very very importantThese documents along with your passport and photos will be given to specific person (I don't know what to call) before you have your interview. You will have your fingerprinting and lastly, you will have your interview :)

Oh yeah, forget to tell you that you also need a sponsorship letter from your parents which states that you will come back to your hometown after graduating.

Well, it's pretty confusing not?

But don't worry! You will have your visa approved as long as you bring along all the needed documentsI think for F-1 visa, it's much easier to get, so don't worry too much :) 
And for the interview, it's not very scary. They will just ask you some normal questions like, "what are you majoring in?", "why do you want to study in US?", etc.


p.s. 
Actually during the interview, the documents that he saw is only my Financial Evidence. All the documents I have taken, are not scanned or seen by him. Well, lucky me to get a very nice interviewer :) But, it's much better if you prepare all the documents, who knows if suddenly the interviewer needs to see some specific documents?

I hope this post is helpful :) Good luck for those who are going to apply for US visas!

Best Luck,
Kenneth

Party or Chaos?

Today was yet another hectic day for me. You see, I woke up at 7AM and went to teach at 8AM and next, I had a lesson at 10.30 AM. Last, I went to teach again from 2PM - 5PM. Finally, we were having halloween party :D ( I guess it's a -__________- )

Okay, Let's talk about the party.

I was previously being placed in a room who would be working together with Ms. Yofrina butttttt.... I was suddenly asked to be my boss' assistant who would guide and help the students. I was told that I wasn't scary enough to be a ghost because I smile too much. Well, that wasn't a problem for me.

The real problem for me and most of the teachers was actually, the party. It's not well-organized. The party which was supposed to start at 7PM, started at 8PM instead. The decorations was quite okay but not with our room. Ours became "A Haunted Forest (in construction)" :P The ghost make-ups were pretty much fine as well, but again, not with mine. As my job is only patrolling, my make-up wasn't as scary as others, in fact, mine was not scary at all!! It's funny and... beautiful!!! (My friends said that) I was like, Oh My God!! Why could it be BEAUTIFUL??? Well, I guess they just wanted to tease me.. hahahaha... 

Then, the party. The party was quite a chaos for me and some other teachers. The reasons are, firstly, the party was quite unorganized. Secondly, the party allowed the whole students to come inside and enjoyed the over-crowded party. And thirdly, they weren't scared at all, only few were. Seriously!! What I thought that time was, "is this really a Halloween Party?"

It ended at almost 9PM and all seemed to be veryvery exhausted and I was no exception. I was pretty much tired yet I felt quite elated :) You know?? The make-ups by the native teachers were really really impressive. Unfortunately, I didn't manage to take some photos with them. But seriously, their make-ups were, indeed, very scary!

Doesn't matter when,
It's always a good time then.
Doesn't matter where,
It's always a good time there.

Good Time - Owl City feat. Carly Rae Jepsen

And, ONLY IEC JEMADI celebrated Halloween today. Although it was truly exhausting, we really really had a good time there. To end this post, here is one picture of some teachers who were putting on ghost make-ups. taa-daa
How is it?

Pata,

Kenneth

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Granted!

"Dag.. Dig.. Dug.." my heart beat, beat very fast
in a room of 100+ people...


I talked, chatted, handed my papers to them, and like finally!!

My visa was approved so guys,


I AM GOING TO USA SOON!!
I'M GOING TO STUDY ARCHITECTURE THERE!!

ps. I am going to tell you about visa and my horrid-and-embarrassing moment in Jakarta in my next post


Pata,

Kenneth

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Haunted Forest Theme

From the title itself, I think you guys should have known what I'm going to write today. 

Correct!! It's about Halloween Celebration...

Zombie Halloween by AngryDogDesigns

I am going to take part in Halloween this year!! 
Well, let me promote first,

Date      : 31 october 2012
Time      : 7pm - end
Venue   : IEC Jemadi, Medan, Indonesia
Price     : Not free, of course!! ONLY 5,000 per individual (if I'm not wrong :P)

Open for all!!

*because I teach in IEC Jemadi, I promote Jemadi's celebration. I dunno whether other IECs will also celebrate Halloween.

This time, I'm not going to be a person who is going to be scared, but to be a person who is going to scare..

Dragged you down below
Down to the devils show
To be his guest forever
Peace of mind is less than never

"Nightmare" - Avenged Sevenfold

Oh yeah, for the theme itself, I was offered some options - cemetery, hospital, school, etc. And I chose cemetery!! But on a second thought, I picked out another theme, forest theme. I changed my mind, because for cemetery, I think, will need quite lots of expensive materials while the budget my boss provides, is not that much. (You know, humans always want the handiest yet cheapest)

Btw, Ms. Yo and I will be working together. At first, my boss asked me to handle one class. 
SILLY!!
I will never never never ever be in one class alone... You know how it feels when you are in the dark and... alone

"What if?? What iffff??" (O.o)

But I think they do not need to decorate the classrooms to create creepy atmosphere as the school, to tell the truth, is already like a haunted arena at night. That's why I do not want to take over a class alone. 
Moreover, after hearing some scary ghost stories from the other teachers (I don't know if they are true, but I do believe their tales), do you still want to take over one class?

Anw, we've discussed what materials would be needed to decorate our class. Dry leaves and branches for sure!! And some dead tree limbs, cotton to make spider's web and some fake animals, like mice, spiders, and snakes. And I would also like a skeleton to be placed in my class but it's way too expensive. So we just omitted skeleton from the list. 


Now, the problems are,
"How can I decorate the room to make it creepy and scary like a
real haunted forest??"

and

"What costumes should we put on during Halloween later?"


We're really really having troubles in choosing the costumes. Got any ideas?

Pata,

Kenneth