PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – May 27th is the new date for the recently postponed workshop entitled, “How to Apply for a U.S. Student Visa or Canadian Study Permit.” The workshop organized by the Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs had to be postponed last week due to inclement weather and is now slated to be held at the University of St. Martin from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
In this workshop, information will be given on the application process for obtaining an U.S. Student Visa or Canadian Study Permit. Students who have applied to schools in the U.S.A. or Canada or those who have already been accepted to a school in either of these countries can attend the workshop to receive a step by step approach on how to complete the application process. The process can seem overwhelming and confusing; however, SSSD will help students to better understand the process.
Students who do not own a U.S. passport, U.S. Permanent Residence (Green Card), Canadian passport, or Canadian permanent residence are considered international students in the U.S. and Canada respectively. Applying for a student visa ties into immigration matters, therefore, it is essential that students are aware of the procedure and take care in preparing their application. “Improper preparation or incomplete applications can delay the process at the embassy,” Mussington-Service, Head of SSSD, stated.
SSSD provides many services to students. Some services include: psychological services, counseling services, social work services, educational diagnostic services, career services, and parent education.
Students and parents are encouraged to contact the career guidance counselors Ms. Manek and Mr. Chance at 543-1235 for more information. They can also visit the SSSD office which is located in the Amigo Building across from the Police Station and next to WIB.