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Many people from all over the world dream of coming to the United States to obtain a degree. While most of those people are simply looking for a BA to better themselves and gain employment opportunities, others are seeking advanced degrees that they may not be able to easily obtain closer to home.

Getting a master’s degree in the United States also has some other benefits for people from other countries, particularly those coming from countries with schools that don’t have the resources or technology available to U.S. students. Coming to the United States to obtain an advanced degree might seem difficult to some people, but the process is surprisingly easy for some.

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F1 Visa

Most people coming to the United States to obtain a master’s degree do so with an F1 type visa. This visa is designed specifically for students coming to the United States to learn and further their knowledge and skillset.

F1 visas are typically issued for three years at a time, and may be renewed for an additional three years in many cases if the coursework is not completed, or the person is seeking an additional degree like a Ph.D.

After your first year of study in the United States, you may be eligible to obtain a temporary work visa to cover the cost of living in the United States while working on an advanced degree.

However, you may be able to obtain an F1 visa and a temporary work permit before you enter the United States to study if you have a job lined up with an employer that will vouch for you. This is particularly beneficial for many graduate students that already have careers and families and need to support themselves but cannot obtain scholarship or financial aid money to come to the U.S. to study.

The Benefits of a U.S. Master’s Degree

Getting a master’s degree in the United States offers many educational and employment benefits for people from all over the globe. This is especially true in certain fields.

Medical, law and other degrees in highly-skilled, specialized fields can be hard to obtain in many countries. For many people, coming to the U.S. is the only way to obtain these degrees without suffering great hardship.

Obtaining a degree in the United States also offers graduates employment opportunities. Advanced degree holders going back home may be more likely to find work at a higher income level in their field because they trained in the United States under highly-qualified teachers and with the best materials, facilities and technology available.

How Many People Seek Graduate Degrees in the U.S.?

According to the Washington Post, nearly 50,000 individuals applied to come study for an advanced degree in the United States in 2004. This number dropped nearly 28-percent in 2006, but shot up about 11-percent in 2007. As of 2012, the number of people from other countries seeking graduate degrees in the United States is estimated to be around 250,000.

It’s no surprise that many people seeking advanced degrees in the U.S. come from large countries including India, China and Korea. The number of Middle Eastern students seeking advanced degrees in the U.S. is rising as well.

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Road to Citizenship

While not everybody seeking an advanced degree in the United States wishes to remain in the United States after their coursework is completed, many people relish the opportunity. In recent years, the United States has made an attempt to retain many students who obtain advanced degrees by making it easier for them to get a visa or green card to stay and work in the country.

This is an added benefit for many people, and it can be a way to start a new life for themselves and their family members in the United States, where the possibility of a brighter future is possible.

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