If you’re thinking about coming to study in the United States, you’re also thinking about a student visa. What do you need to get one? How long will it take?

Heidi Arola (State Department)

On Thursday, April 16, at 13:00 UTC, Heidi Arola, who oversees EducationUSA, a network of hundreds of advising centers in 170 countries, will host a webchat with consular officer Laura Stein to answer your questions.

“Although there is a perception among international students that it’s difficult to get a visa to study in the United States,” Stein said, “numbers show that the majority of students, in fact, are qualified and do receive student visas.”

According to Arola, consulates and embassies expedite scheduling for student visa appointments. “You can typically get an appointment in just two days to two weeks,” she said.

As a warm-up, take a look at other ShareAmerica resources on visas and studying in the U.S., then bring your questions and join the interactive webchat Thursday, April 16.