Can someone guide me on how to apply to a university in the USA?

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I am considering applying to a US university/universities when the time comes.

I am fairly new to this topic so could someone just explain how I would go about applying to a US uni?

I have a few questions:

(1) When should I take the SAT?
(2) Will US universities recognise GCSE and A-Level results? - Basically what I am asking is if they are disregarded or not
(3) To get into an ivy-league or prestigious school what would my SAT score need to be?
(4) Is there any sort of financial aid available for international students?
(5) Is the SAT the only exam (I will obviously take A-Levels as well) I need to take in order to create a competitive application? - Do I need to take anything else to look competitive?
(6) How much emphasis to US unis put on extra-curricular activities?
(7) How are scholarships offered? - Is it through academic/extracurricular achievement or through being part of an underrepresented ethnicity etc.?
(8) How are international applications treated during the whole admissions process? - Do US unis favour US applications?
(9) In terms of prestige how would an Ivy-League look in comparison to LSE/UCL/Warwick/Oxbridge when returning to hunt for jobs in the UK?
(10) After graduation is it easy to end up working in the US or are most international applicants turned away due to not having a greencard/US passport?
(11) When hunting for jobs to many companies sponsor for H1-B?
(12) Do many international students in the US stay in the US permanently after graduation to work, or do most leave?
(13) When applying to a US uni do I need to put an application through a UCAS like system and on this do I need to declare grades and retakes (if required) for all my qualifications, including UK (A-Level + GCSE)/USA (SAT) qualifications?

Thanks!
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Wow! Thanks, that was very helpful.

So, do many companies avoid hiring international students as they do not want to sponsor a work visa like an h-1b?
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Thanks. I am guessing you are talking about STEM degrees?
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