Step by step: How to get your US visa

For any trip you need to prepare, but for some destinations the bureaucracy is greater. The American visa issuing system came into force in 2012, decreasing costs and waiting queues. Below, we explain in steps this system, for you to get your visa and enjoy your stay in the United States.

Complete the DS-160 form

You can find it on this site. Remember that it must be filled in English with accurate and up-to- date information.

Visa fee

To issue your visa, it is necessary to pay a fee that varies with the type of visa requested. Payment can be made by credit card, cash or bill. With the adjustment in the emission system, this is the only fee to be paid.

Schedule your interview

After confirming your payment, it is time to schedule your interview. You can schedule it by clicking on this link, and remember to have  in hand  the number identified as “our number” of the DS-160 billet and the payment receipt of the MRV fee. The waiting time varies with the location of the interview.

Visa Applicant Service Center (VASC)

Once the interview has been scheduled, you should go to the VASC for fingerprint and photo collection, take your passport and the confirmation page of the DS-160 form.

Interview

Attend the scheduled location on the day of the passport interview and the confirmation page with the barcode of the DS-160 form. Many are nervous during this stage, but the most valuable hint is to keep calm and always tell the truth, because the number of brazilians disapproved is getting smaller – nowadays about 4% of requests are denied.



Remember that if you are an IBS student, we offer all the necessary assistance for preparing your trip. We accompany your visa issuance process and offer lodging and feeding tips with the highest cost-benefit.

Now just start the process and ensure your experience in the United States!

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Amazing places to visit in California

Make the best of your time in California

We often think that California is just a big beach with surfers, but it’s so much more! California state has so many iconic locations and attractions to explore, that it can be difficult to choose where to go. Here is a list to give you an idea of some of the more popular attractions that you may want to visit!


San Francisco

San Francisco is a city made for all audiences, from the most technological to those who seek unique experiences or tourist attractions.

If you’re passionate about technology, you can’t miss Silicon Valley, home to global headquarters and branch offices such as Google, Adobe, Facebook and Microsoft – many open to visitation.

Now, if you are looking for adventure, it is worth to visit the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island, the site of one of the most notorious high-security US prisons, between the years 1934 and 1963, which is now open to the public.


Santa Monica Pier – LA

In addition to the beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Monica Pier hosts many attractions. The ride begins where Route 66 ends and there you can check out attractions such as the famous Pacific Park amusement park, Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and restaurants serving delicious seafood, ending the day with an unforgettable sunset.


Venice Beach – LA

Musicians, Artists, Skateboards, Exercises: In Venice Beach you find everything! Leave the car in a nearby parking lot and walk along the boardwalk (or rent a bike!) to experience up close the experience that this incredible place can provide.


Hollywood

Being in Los Angeles and not visiting Hollywood is unacceptable. Few neighborhoods in the world have such interesting places as the Hard Rock Cafe and the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.

The nightlife of this part of the city is unique, with people of a highly diverse profile.


Tahoe Lake

If you want to get out of the conventional sites, visit Lake Tahoe. Located on the California-Nevada border, the lake can be visited both in summer, when the weather is favorable for activities and water sports, and in winter, to check out the nearby ski resorts.


Death Valley

Despite its name, Death Valley is one of the most incredible national parks in the United States. The desert also stretches along the California-Nevada border, and you don’t even have to worry about looking at the weather, it hardly ever rains in Death Valley. But beware of summer, in this region has already been recorded the highest temperature in history: 56.7 ° C!

Experience all this and much more while you also develop new skills to completely transform your professional life. Check out our international courses available at University of La Verne and California State University, Northridge.


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5 tips for everyone who´s traveling abroad for the first time

Every time we leave our comfort zone we feel afraid and insecure, but sometimes, achieving a goal, a dream, it’s just about it. Getting to know new places and cultures is something amazing and unique for everyone. If that’s your goal, the question “How can I give the first step? And do that by myself?”, it may already have passed in your mind.The process is bureaucratic, and you may get a little bit lost. Thus, start thinking in these five tips to make your trip in the best way as possible.


1.Passport, visa and vaccines

This first step can be tiring but it is best to accomplish this before and after taking care of the simplest demands you may have. Passports and visas are mandatory in almost all international destinations – see the list of countries that apply for a visa for their nationality here). So be sure to arrange all these documents – the faster the better. If you already have a passport and it is expiration is getting closer, check the rules of your country destination about the renewal and validity of the document.

It is essential to find out whether a vaccine is required between the borders of your destination. Consult the responsible institution of vaccination and disease control in your country. Some airlines provide such information and carrying out an international travel insurance may be a good option. Take care of your health!


2.Organization

Organization is mandatory in a trip, mainly when it’s an international one. A very useful tip is to make a travel diary, writing down, by the date, the addresses of the hotels (or hotel) you will stay, places you intend to visit and the necessary transfers to those destinations. For security, leave this information with someone of your trust in your home country.

Get to know more about your destination. Read a lot about the places you plan to visit, places that are dangerous, where it is most expensive and the latest news that are circulating in the media. Be open-minded for new experiences and friendships as well as frustrations, once you will be alone and need to deal with unforeseen events.


3.Communication

Get ready to lose your shame, or at least to try. From the moment you are alone in a different country, the need to communicate with people is inevitable. Technology can help you a lot: there are translation Apps, as well as transportation ones. But, do not rely only on your smartphone, always have this information on paper, as we said in the previous tip. Print maps and walk with a local language dictionary.

In order to use your mobile number abroad, you should contact your service provider and ask about enabling the international roaming service. This service is usually charged, so it’s up to you to decide whether it’s worth buying, as well as buying a SIM CARD from the local carriers at your destination. There are some carriers (MySimTravel, EasySim4U, Fale.Global, etc.) that sell international prepaid chips, operating in several countries.

If you do not want to spend money on this, you can use the Wi-Fi network of local hotels, restaurants and bars, making connections through applications such as Skype and WhatsApp. However, it is not the safest option. If anything happens, you will not be able to contact anyone.


4.Money

Define the goal of the trip (shopping, tourism, study etc.) and make a list summing up all the expected expenses you may have: food, transportation, hotel. Do not forget to save an extra amount for possible emergencies, all this by converting from one currency to another. Try to buy the currency of your destination in your home country, so you will have one less thing to settle on your trip.

If you need to exchange a great amount of money, do it in safe places, large businesses or hotels. This prevents the receipt of false bills. Another great tip is to split your money. Take some amount in cash and also card (valid in the country destination), so in cases of theft or robbery you will not be totally out of money.


5. Luggage

The rules for international flights are different from domestic flights, including for hand luggage and suitcases that will be dispatched. Make sure you do not exceed the allowed limit on the volume of your luggage and be barred at check-in. The allowed amount varies between airlines (also check objects not allowed on international flights, such as medicines, liquids, food, etc.). Check this information in advance to take only the necessary on your trip, avoiding carrying too much weight without need, specially for long journeys.

Look for the meteorology of your destination on the dates of the trip, taking the appropriate clothes (without forgetting a coat). In order to avoid having that confusion when picking up your luggage (and for more safety), try to lock it with a padlock, seal, cape and even the packing service that the airports offer may be a good option. Identify your suitcase with a colored ribbon, for example, and a label containing your key information such as phone, email and address.

In your carry-on, carry just the essentials: documents, money, cell phone, hotel bookings and goods of value. As a precaution, some clothes as well. There is little risk of losing your bag, but keep calm, the airline can help you with that. Remember: unforeseen events may happen.



IBS Americas has a team that is committed in helping our students with any questions they may have before, during and after the program. You can check all our courses and destinations here.

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Curiosities about California State University – Northridge

California State University – Northridge is in one of the global centers of technology development and touristic places known worldwide. With strong representativity in financial market, if California was a country, it would be the 5th biggest economy in the world, with a GDP of 2.7 billion dollars – even more than the United Kingdom’s.

Since 1952, CSUN has been conquering great merits and being a reference in education. Thinking about it, we decided to highlight some curiosities about our partner university. Check them out below!


1.The number of programs offered by the university is huge, as well as the faculty qualification

CSUN has 134 bachelor programs and 70 special Master programs. Eight faculty members won the respected Guggenheim Fellowships for research and creative activities, and 59 won Fulbright awards, for research conduction or teaching abroad. For sure, learning from these professors is an amazing experience.


2. Probably you have already seen CSUN in the movies

The university has such a modern architecture and is located 30 minutes far from Hollywood, what makes the campus a stage for cinematographic and television productions. For example, American Idol, Arrested Development, Chuck, Dexter, My Name Is Earl, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Minds, Commander-in-chief, Van Wilder, Six Feet Under, Battlestar Galactica, Legally Blonde 2 and more!


3. Previous alumni graduated at California State University, Northridge

A lot of people that you don’t even imagine graduated at the most popular university in California! Such as: Helen Hunt, Alyson Hannigan, Linda Lingle and many more. Check below some personalities:


4. CSUN invests in social causes in the Education field

The university holds a National Center on Deafness, which since 1972 has the objective of supporting the campus’ deaf students and being an academic orientation space, offering sign language interpreting and technologic devices. In 2008, approximately 200 deaf students were supported. Also, CSUN hosts the Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference.



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The advantage of attending short-term executive programs in New York

With the competitiveness of today’s market, an international experience represents a distinguishing differential in your career. At some point you have considered attending an exchange program and, for whatever reason, you sopped. Maybe it’s time for you to reconsider and make this a priority. We do not live anymore in the reality where a graduation, post-graduation etc., means a promotion. It is necessary to chase your goal by any means necessary, to ensure that it is achieved.


Professional credibility

Companies are looking for professionals with innovative ideas, people who are not afraid to tackle new challenges and invest in their future. Attending an international program can illustrate those professional and academic qualities that you hold. An international executive program means much more than enhancing your English skills – you will be able to obtain a more global perspective in your career. IBS-Americas, in partnership with State University of New York, will ensure that, with this certificate course, you will have global validity, which can open several doors in your career.



Outstanding universities globally

Choosing the location of your international program is highly important. Be sure to choose a location with international recognition in academic context. The United States has the highest amount of universities listed in international rankings as one of the 200 best universities in the world. Recently, 23 campuses of State University of New York were named by US News & World Report as the best universities in the country. With one of these universities in your CV, you will automatically increase your credibility.


Influence of another language

Direct contact with another culture and their language, allows you to sharpen and develop your ability to communicate in that language. In New York, one of the most multicultural cities in the world, you will have total immersion in the English language.In this era, knowing how to communicate in English is vital to get a job, and with our immersion courses, you will learn faster than any English course. For those who have already mastered this language, our programs in New York offer a Business English module totally free. This will take you your skills to the next level and learn, relevant, technical expressions in the context of international companies.


Incredible places to visit on weekends

You will have the chance to fully enjoy the weekends during your program! The city is full of activities, with more than 2 thousand cultural institutions and 500 art galleries. Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) and Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) deserve to be recognized! For those who likes to buy, cities around New York have electronic and clothes outlets with prices much more accessible. Broadway musicals are responsible to attract several quantities of tourists. People around the world dream to watch plays such as “The Phantom of the Opera”, “The Lion King”, “Cats” and others!

We can’t forget to mention the iconic landscapes and monuments that you have seen in movies! You will have the opportunity to visit Times Square, Statue of Liberty, Central Park, etc.


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Why should I attend an international program in Italy?

Choosing the location to attend an international program is very important – it can be exciting! Your research will uncover testimonials, costs, culture, economic influence, and more. Big questions come to your mind when a big decision must be made.

So we have put together this blog to help you! We mention below some considerations that you need to know to choose Europe as your destination for a business program.


Italy can be an open-air museum

The country is full of masterpieces and was named by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as one of the biggest countries with places considered to be of world heritage.

It is possible to see the Roman Empire’s conflicts and feel the Renaissance period from its architecture. The Colosseum of Rome, the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, the Sistine Chapel, the David statue by Michelangelo, and so many other significant masterpieces, bring the sensation of going back in time.


The economy of Italy is with good statistics

Development (OECD), published two reports that show the strong economy in Italy for 2018. According to the data, the GDP grown up 1,5% this year, against 1,3% the estimated for November last year.


The tradition of Italy provides for an outstanding education

CUOA Business School, the oldest business school in Italy, turned 60 in 2017.

The institution already had outstanding figures, like Mario Draghi (the Italian banker and economist that was the governor of Bank of Italy from 2006 to 2011, the current president of the Central Bank of Europe), Sergio Marchionne (the Italian-Canadian entrepreneur that is currently the executive director of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, president of CNH Industrial and executive director of Ferrari) and Brunello Cucinelli (a prestigious fashion designer).

The president of the university, Federico Visentin, talked about this achievement to a local newspaper (VicenzaPiù): “These 60 years have been an important and unique milestone in the School of Business in Italy, but also a starting point. CUOA is more and more an “incubator” of ideas. Companies from the future will demand a management training increasingly qualified to answer transformation of markets and manage business. Nowadays it is also ready for new technologies, changing speeds and flows increasingly significant, our university is committed to answer this necessity”.



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