Your Visa Questions Answered

EducationUSA Interactive

Are you ready to study in the United States, but have questions about getting a student visa?  Getting a student visa is a multi-step process.  Find out all of the steps you need to take and get your questions answered on April 27 at 10am EST/ 1400 UTC.  Visa expert Laura Stein and international student coordinator Twyla Jones will be online to answer your questions!

Get answers to questions such as:

  • What forms do I need to fill out?
  • How do I prepare for my visa interview?
  • How long does it take to get a visa?

Come back to this page on April 27 at 1400 UTC for answers to these questions and more. There will be a chat space for you to ask questions, with additional visa experts in the chat space to talk to. You can also ask your questions via Twitter using the hashtag #EducationUSA.

Meet the Visa Experts:

Laura Stein

Laura Stein has worked in the Visa Office, in the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the Department of State, since 2007.  She is currently a Visa Policy Analyst in the Office of Field Operations and serves as the primary subject matter expert on student and exchange visitor visa policy and procedure.

Twyla Jones

Twyla Jones currently serves as the Assistant Coordinator for International Students at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. She has worked with and advised international students for more than seventeen years. Dr. Jones has administered projects that assist with access and retention in education via Peace Corps and several USAID-funded programs. She has also designed, and facilitated education, diversity, health-related, and training projects in Egypt, Madagascar, Senegal, Zimbabwe and the United States. 

Jennifer Donaghue 

Jennifer Donaghue serves as Director of the International Services Office. An expert in international student and scholar advising, Jennifer also oversees GW’s employment based immigration work for faculty, researchers and scholars. Jennifer has facilitated and presented intercultural communication and international student awareness trainings, and has been a guest lecturer in international and higher education courses.  She chairs the GW Committee for International Student Success (CISS). 

This and other videos covering the Five Steps to U.S. Study, plus International Student stories, can be found on our Videos webpage.