Introduction to Loans and Visas

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We hope you took a break to relax after all that hustle for more than six months. Loans and visas are two topics that are almost thought of as a given, that everyone will get them with time.

But valuable information on these topics is neither easily available nor intensely searched for.

My father is a veteran banker, so he took care of most of the procedures related to securing my loan. For my visa, I went over a few posts on Facebook groups to look at past visa interview questions, prepared for them, and got it on my first try. However, I ended up taking out a bigger loan than needed, and heard about visa categories such as O1 and EB1 much later in my journey than I wouldโ€™ve liked.

Even barring those consequences, I know, in hindsight, that the following chapters contain information that I dearly wish I had known a few years ago. Letโ€™s begin with helping you secure your loan!

Stop. Donโ€™t Skip.

We get it. Learning about loans doesnโ€™t sound interesting. You would rather spend time taking an online course or setting up your LinkedIn profile (which you can do in the chapter LinkedIn, Networking, and E-learning).

โ€‹actionโ€‹But before you skip this chapter (and we hope you donโ€™t!), read and re-read the following three principles so you donโ€™t commit a huge mistake later on:

  • Loans are not the only way to fund oneself. First, try to source as much money as possible from other sources like scholarships, assistantships, and fellowshipsโ€”as discussed earlierโ€”before resorting to a loan.

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