The following information below is here to assist travelers in understanding their options as they travel to and through the United States.

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The schools we represent are authorized by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to issue the I-20 form. Students not living in the U.S. can use an I-20 form issued by our schools to apply for an F-1 Visa from their home country. Students currently attending another school in the U.S. can transfer to one of our schools.

The Visa Waiver Program
Citizens of the following 34 countries, with an ordinary passport, valid for a minimum of 6 months,  are allowed to travel to the U.S. for tourism or business purposes for up to a maximum of 90 days DO NOT NEED A VISA:

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Participants entering the United States on the visa waiver program may not enroll in a course of study for more than 18 hours per week.

Student Visas
The F-1 visa is a category of student visa given by U.S. citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The "F" visa is reserved for non-immigrant wishing to pursue academic studies and/or language training programs. F-1 Visa applicants must enroll in the English program of 18 hours per week or more, for a minimum of 4 weeks. Please note that many Embassies and Consulates require an in-person interview for new F-1 visa applicants.

All students applying for an F-1 student visa must obtain an Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) I-20 document from our school. You must provide the following documentation to receive your I-20:

- Copy of your current passport
- Completed application
- Copy of financial certification showing sufficient funds for your tuition and living expense
- Paid registration deposit

The SEVIS I-20 form can only be issued after you have submitted these documents and completed your application. Once you have been issued your I-20 form you must pay the $200 SEVIS fee before you can apply for your F-1 Student Visa.
Financial Certification can be one of the following dated no older than 60 days old:

- A current bank statement or letter from your bank (in English)
- A letter of support from your parents/sponsor stating that they will be responsible for your expenses during your stay, and a bank statement or letter verifying their financial ability to meet your expenses (in English)
- A letter guaranteeing financial support from a sponsoring organization (in English)
- A scholarship letter from your government (in English)

When you fax documents to us, be sure to take the original documents to your F-1 visa interview in your home country and also when you arrive in the USA. The U.S. consular officer will need to see your original financial documentation when you apply for a student visa (F-1), so we suggest that you make sufficient copies of all documentation for both us and visa application purposes.
If your application for an I-20 form is submitted less than 4 weeks prior to your course start date, we strongly recommend that the acceptance packet is sent by Express Delivery. There will be an extra charge of $65 for this service and it will ensure that the student receives their acceptance materials in a timely manner. Please note that for certain countries Express Delivery is always recommended.
For more details on the F-1 Student Visa, please refer to the U.S. Department of State website.

B-1 and B-2 VISITORS

B-1 and B-2 Visitors are typically non-immigrants visiting the United States for shorter lengths of stay. B-1 and B-2 Visitors may not sign up for a full time course of study, usually more than 18 hours per week.

J-1 students may study in an English program, but participants are responsible for maintaining the terms of their J-1 Visa status.
F-2, J-2, L2, H2, etc.
Dependents of visa holders may study part-time or full time, depending on the visa type. For more information, please refer to the United States Customs and Immigration Service website.
Individuals currently in the U.S. can change their visa status to an F1 Student Visa through our school should they have all the requirements. When you are accepted into our program, a completed I-20 form and a letter of acceptance will be given or sent to you. The Designated School Official at the school will assist students residing in the U.S. by processing their change of visa status or their application for a transfer from another U.S. school and by having all required documents forwarded to the Immigration and Naturalization Service.




O’Hare Internationals Airport / Midway International Airport
Chicago has two international airports:

O’Hare Internationals Airport located north-west of the Chicago metropolitan area, and Midway International Airport situated south of the city. You can take a flight to reach Chicago from almost any where in the world. The city has direct flights from some 280 cities in the United States and abroad. Almost all the renowned air lines fly to Chicago, putting them amongst the busiest airports in the world.

Gary/Chicago airport is another airport which serves the region.
New York City
New York City has 3 major airports. All Airports serve both domestic and international destinations. All three airports provide access to the city via taxis, buses, subways and trains.
Other metropolitan area airports include Stewart International Airport (SWF), Westchester Airport (HPN) and MacArthur Airport (ISP).


John F. Kennedy International Airport
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is New York's largest, serving more than 90 primarily international airlines. Located in Queens at the south end of the Van Wyck Expressway, it primarily handles international flights; it has a one mile long "international zone", which is run by the United Nations. Around the airport, AirTrain is free to transfer between the different terminals. It also connects to the subway system (Subway: A, E, J & Z) at a cost. $7.25 ($5 for the AirTrain from JFK, plus $2.25 for the subway).
LaGuardia Airport
LaGuardia Airport (LGA),  also in Queens (on the Grand Central Parkway) is New York's second-largest airport, with more than 20 airlines serving mostly domestic destinations, Canada and the Caribbean from four passenger terminals. Bus: M60, Q 33
Newark Liberty International Airport
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR),  with more than 30 airlines (both domestic and international), is across the Hudson River in Newark, New Jersey,16 miles from Midtown Manhattan. It is normally less crowded and has more modern facilities. AirTrain Newark provides easy connections to the NJ Transit and Amtrak rail services from Newark Liberty International Airport, and it provides connections for traveler among the different terminals for free.
Stewart International Airport
Stewart International Airport (SWF) is just 60 miles north of the city and offers modern amenities, comfortable size and easy access to roads and public transportation.
San Diego
San Diego International Airport
San Diego International Airport (SAN), also known as Lindbergh Field, is located 3 miles northwest of downtown San Diego, California. It is the busiest single-runway commercial airport in the United States, and the second-busiest single-use runway in the world after London Gatwick with about 465 scheduled operations carrying 48,000 passengers each day.

The airport has domestic flights, as well as international flights to Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Japan. It has  three terminals.  Terminal 1 has gates1–18; Terminal 2 has gates 20–51. All international arrivals  are handled in Terminal 2's gates 20, 21 and 22. and then there is the  Commuter Terminal which has 4 gates, numbered 1–4.
San Francisco
San Francisco International Airport
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) located 13 miles south of downtown San Francisco, near Millbrae and San Bruno, is the largest airport in the Bay Area and the second busiest in California. It houses the Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum.

SFO is owned and managed by the City and County of San Francisco, and features flights throughout North America and parts of Europe and Asia. The airport has four terminals (1, 2, 3, and International) Terminal 1(gates 20 -48), Terminal 2 (gates 50 -59), and Terminal 3 (gates 71 -90), handle domestic flights (including precleared flights from Canada). The International Terminal is the largest such terminal in North America built to protect against earthquakes. It handles all international arrivals and departures flights (except flights from cities with customs preclearance) and some domestic flights.




These airliners provide inexpensive flights across the continental US, and to popular US cities. It can help you mix your flight connection city or entry city into the US in order to locate a lower cost trip.





New York City


New York City has two main rail stations: Grand Central Terminal (Subway: 4, 5, 6, 7 and S) on the East Side of Midtown Manhattan and Penn Station (Subway: A, C, E, 1, 2 and 3) on its West Side. Metro-North Commuter Railroad, which goes to 120 station in seven counties in New York State (Dutchess, Putnam, Westchester, the Bronx, New York (Manhattan), Rockland and Orange) and Connecticut (New Haven and Fairfield), Connecticut and New Jersey, serves Grand Central. Penn Station serves the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) to Long Island; Amtrak, the U.S. national passenger railroad, serving many points throughout the U.S.; New Jersey Transit, a commuter line serving points in New Jersey; and PATH (Port Authority Trans Hudson), a subway line serving Manhattan and New Jersey (Newark, Harrison, Jersey City and Hoboken).
The easiest and quickest way to travel around the four of five boroughs is by public subway. Over 4.3 million people ride the subway system daily. Trains operate 24 hours/ 7 days. Free transfers are available between buses to subways within two hours of using your MetroCard. The subway does not travel to Staten Island but there is free ferry from Battery Park in lower Manhattan.

The best way to get around is mass transit, made possible by the City’s transit system MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) New York City Transit. It’s inexpensive, environment-friendly and a great way to see NYC. You can get a Single ride card for $2.25, Fun Pass or an unlimited MetroCard.
To JFK Airport

The New York City subways run to JFK. Take the A train going to Far Rockaway or Rockaway Park, and get off at Howard Beach. From there take the AirTrain.

AirTrain to Newark Airport

Newark Airport has recently connected their internal monorail to a new station servicing both Amtrak and New Jersey Transit lines. You can buy a ticket to the Newark International Airport Station, check your flight times or buy a ticket there, and be minutes away from your terminal. There are also Amtrak and New Jersey Transit vending machines in the station for your trip into the City.



There is a very efficient rail way network available to those who want to travel by train to Chicago. Amtrak trains arrive and depart from Union Station, 225 S. Canal St., on the western edge of downtown and the Northwestern Station.

The Metropolitan Railroad operates 12 surface train lines serving the six-county area which hub into downtown Chicago from the outlying Chicago suburbs. Metra rail commuter trains serve several Chicago neighborhoods and hundreds of suburbs in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Trains arrive and depart from Union Station, 225 S. Canal St.; Ogilvie Transportation Center, 500 W. Madison St.; LaSalle Station, 414 S. LaSalle St.; and Millennium Station, Michigan Avenue between South Water and Randolph Streets. Tickets can be purchased at the train stations or on the train for an additional fee. Fares are based on the length of the trip.

Rapid transit trains run every 5-15 minutes during the day and every 15-60 minutes all night. Lines are color-coded and denoted by route rather than destination. The Howard-Dan Ryan is the Red Line; Lake Englewood-Jackson Park is the Green Line; the O'Hare-Congress-Douglas is the Blue Line; the Ravenswood is the Brown Line (whose trains circle the Loop, giving the area its name); the Evanston Express is the Purple Line; and the Skokie Swift is the Yellow Line.
From Chicago Airports
The cheapest and a reasonably fast way to get downtown is on the Chicago Transit Authority elevated (‘L’) trains. Follow the signs to the airport transit stations.




New York City


New York City’s yellow fleet of over 10,000 taxicabs is regulated by the Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC). The Yellow Medallion cabs are the only ones authorized to pick up commuters that flag them down. Available taxis generally have the numbers on the roof of the vehicle illuminated. Avoid "gypsy" cabs, these are regular cars that will take you from place to place, and usually cost more. Taxi cabs are required to take you to your destination inside the metropolitan area. Record the ID number from any cabs that you have problems with and report them to The TLC.

Officially, taxicabs can take up to four riders, though the wider cabs will be willing to take 5 riders.

Minimum metered fare is $2.50, which increases $0.40 every fifth of a mile or for each minute; there is also a New York State tax surcharge of 50cents per ride. Tolls are extra and added to the metered fare. Tips of 10-20% are common. If you are traveling to airports, there are set fees plus toll and tip.
From Newark Airport
Taxis into the city take anywhere from 30-60 minutes. They cost $45 "Flat Fare" to Manhattan NOT including bridge tolls and tip (these are an additional 10 dollars). Taxis are cash only. |You may tip at least a dollar per bag if the taxi driver assists you.
All Chicago taxis are licensed and recognizable by the numbered metal medallions attached to their hoods. Cabs can be hailed anytime in the Loop and other central neighborhoods

Minimum metered fare is $2.25 and increases 20¢ for each additional 1/9 of a mile (or 36 seconds). Plus, there's a $1 charge for the first additional passenger, 50¢ for each additional passenger and a $1 fuel surcharge. Tips are accepted for good service.
Besides traditional taxi services, foot-powered taxis (pedicabs) are available seasonally.




New York City


New York Waterway
NY Waterway  operates ferries from New York to Tarrytown, Weehawken, Hoboken, Jersey City, Long Island Queens, and the Liberty Science Center. They also offer sightseeing cruises. They have two docks in Manhattan, one at 38th Street and one near the World Financial Center.
Staten Island Ferry
The Staten Island Ferry is the free mode of transportation between the boroughs of Staten Island and Manhattan, passing Island and the Statue of Liberty on the way. Duration: 25 min. Cost: Free

The ferry docks at the Whitehall Terminal at Whitehall St. and South St., in Lower Manhattan, and the St. George Ferry Terminal at Richmond Terrace, Staten Island. The ferry runs daily every 20 to 30 minutes around the clock though less frequent in the middle of the night.
Chicago’s Water Taxis
Chicago’s Water Taxis provide seasonal ferry service on the Chicago River, offering a convenient and uniquely scenic way of getting around downtown Chicago and surrounding areas.

Wendella's Chicago Water Taxi service links the Metra and Amtrak commuter train stations at Madison Street to the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue and River North Arts District at LaSalle Street, with extended service to Chinatown on weekends. There are limited single passes and unlimited passes up to a month ranging from $2-$46

Shoreline Water Taxis  provides service during May 1 to September 30th between Union Station/Sears Tower and the Museum Campus, with stops at the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Daily services run from mid-April through mid-October.
There are one-way passes and multiple-ride passes ranging from $2-$20
Chicago’s River Bus

A River Bus (April-Oct) operates from the Michigan Avenue Bridge to Union Station on the river during rush hour. Duration: 8 mins. Cost: $2







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