What kind of visa should I get from US Embassy here in the Philippines? A Work Visa or a Student Visa?

My prospective employer, Special Response Corporation based in Hunt Valley, MD, USA wanted me to get to the US on or before 24 Jul 2007. This is a security and patrol services firm and upon arrival, they wanted me to take a weeklong basic security officers training before a job contract is presented and approved. In this regard, I am now planning to get a visa with the US Embassy in Manila. What type of visa should I get, a work visa or a student visa? How much bank deposit should I have to qualify for the same purpose? Please help me

Asked By: nonoy - 6/24/2007
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I did a background check on Special Response Corporation and there are actually 3 such companies in Maryland - all engaged in security and related jobs. SRC which is based in Baltimore is the 44th largest security agency here in the US. Then there's also a SRC in Towson, MD and they are mainly mercenaries for hire... More
Answered By: Inday - 6/24/2007
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Because the training is work training, it falls under a work visa. A student visa is for people enrolling in classes at a college or university... More
Answered By: Kappa Girl Jen - 6/24/2007
You will apply as tourist visa first but you need to secure a guaranty letter and invitation letter from your prospective company. You have to provide also your financial documents such as bank statement etc.
Answered By: Linda - 6/24/2007
what about a work visa? i think that'll be more appropriate for your reason on going in the US
Answered By: jenz - 6/24/2007
I'd be extremely cautious and wary of what you're getting yourself into with outfits that make offers that are conditioned upon you having to take all of the risk and expense... More
Answered By: pjallittle - 6/24/2007
Did this company understand that you live in the Philippines and are not authorized to work in the United States? This type of job is considered unskilled labor and the US is not issuing visas for unskilled labor at this time... More
Answered By: Yak Rider - 6/24/2007
A B-2 visitor's visa can be used to come here to the US to job hunt. However, there is no guarantee that the Embassy will give one to you and they have nearly complete discretionary power... More
Answered By: justin_randolph - 6/25/2007
Since you already have a prospect employer here in states. I guess you should go for working visa. However, I do not know how much money you need to show at your bank account. You only have less that a month to do this. Good luck.
Answered By: Sun Valley - 6/25/2007
Look to the warnings given by some posters please. I would be extremely careful, as it's your money at risk, no one else's. Is the recruiting agency licensed? I know more than one person who has lost money through a scam. Good Luck!
Answered By: Tropic-of-Cancer - 6/27/2007
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