Student Visa

Student Visa

Studying abroad demands concrete planning, documentation, co-ordination in order to secure seats in foreign universities in Canada, Australia, Singapore, Germany and United Kingdom. Interested students are advised to initiate application process keeping in mind deadlines set by university. Students are required to appear for English eligibility (language proficiency) tests as per immigration rules and keep relevant documents ready for hassle-free processing of application. Experts suggest students to apply four months in advance to secure the visa in easy steps.

 Determined to pursue higher studies in renowned academic institutes, Indian students are willing to secure admission seat in foreign colleges and universities of their choice and interest. Students prefer to pursue further studies and carry out research activities in destinations such as Canada, Australia, Singapore, Germany and United Kingdom.

Every country has its own eligibility criteria for student visa that are in sync with immigration rules of respective nations. Read on to know more about student visa, requirements by specific countries and mandatory processes.

Students are advised to secure a Letter of Acceptance from recognized university or academic institute based in the applying country. The visa is valid till the completion of academic course. The student visa should be renewed (at least 30 days in advance) if it expires before the completion of course.

Most of the countries allow international students to either work on-campus or off-campus (part-time). Students are allowed to work 20 hours a week on student visa. Moreover, family members of students are also allowed to stay with them provided they apply under Dependent Visa category. The members of family are not allowed to work except those having a valid work permit.

Type of Student Visa

The type of student visa depends on the requirements of applying country. The student visa are categorized on below-mentioned factors:

  • Duration of academic program: Short-term visas (valid for 90 days). Interested candidates wish to pursue short or diploma courses apply in this category.
  • Nature of academic program and profile of students: Some countries grant student visa according to nature of program like undergraduate program, graduate program, doctoral and post-doctoral programs, exchange student, and so on.

Canada Student Visa

Canada offers only single category student visa or study permit. The federal government of Canada grant student visa to prospective students who fulfill below-mentioned criteria:

  • Acceptance of admission by a Designated Learning Institute (DLI) in Canada
  • Willingness to study in Canada
  • Police clearance certificate
  • Medical certificate
  • Enough funds

Please note that any false declaration or discrepancies in submitted details will result into rejection of application and authorities may bar applicants’ entry to Canada.

Mandatory Documents For Canada Study Visa

Here is a list of documents required while applying for Canada study visa:

  1. College acceptance letter or proof of acceptance from DLI
  2. Valid passport
  3. Educational certificates
  4. Language proficiency score (IELTS)
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. Visa application form
  7. Medical certificate
  8. Police clearance certificate
  9. Passport size photographs
  1. Proof of funds

Canada Study Visa Application Process:

Canada study visa application process entails these steps:

  1. Apply online or offline
  2. Fill application form and the VFS consent form
  3. Deposit visa fee (non-refundable). Applicants need to deposit visa fee for dependents as well
  4. Submit application online or visit nearest VFS office, if applying offline
  5. Get a unique tracking number to check status of application online
  6. Notification from Federal government of Canada for passport stamping if student visa application is approved
  7. Submission of passport at VFS along with a printed copy of the passport request letter
  8. Receive TR visa and a Letter of Introduction

The processing time of student visa is 3-4 weeks

Australia Study Visa

Also termed as Subclass 500, the Australian student visa is granted to students based upon nationality, selected Australian University, nature of academic course (full-time study), sound medical condition, sufficient funds and so on.

Mandatory Documents for Australia Study Visa

  • Valid passport
  • Confirmation of Enrolment form from Australian university
  • Non-immigrant visa application
  • Application fee payment receipt
  • Non-immigrant visa application
  • Statement of Studies
  • Educational certificates
  • Language proficiency (English language test score)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Sufficient funds
  • Overseas health insurance (OSHC receipt)
  • Passport-sized photographs of student

Application Process of Australia Study Visa

  1. Create online account
  2. Submit personal and academic details in visa application form
  3. Submission of form
  4. Receive Transaction Reference number to track application online
  5. Receive online notification after selection of candidates

Key Details Related To Subclass 500:-

  • Student visa does not allow students to work before commencement of acade,ic courses
  • Only post graduate students are allowed to work for unlimited hours on this visa
  • Students can apply for a post-study work permit undergraduate stream

Study Visa for Germany

The country only grants visa to interested students, who wish to pursue course that has duration of at least 90 days. Prospective students must have sufficient funds or resources for sustenance during this duration.

Mandatory Documents for Germany Study Visa

  • Valid passport
  • Application form
  • Self declaration verifying authenticity of details and credentials
  • Cover letter
  • Letter of Admission issued by a University in Germany
  • Academic certificates
  • Language proficiency (English language proficiency test score)
  • Enough funds
  • Passport size photographs of students

Germany Study Visa Application Process

  1. Secure admission in a University in Germany
  2. Make a file of relevant documents after screening them thoroughly
  3. Fulfill biometrics requirements
  4. Fill Application form for National Visa
  5. Submit signed application form along with supporting documents
  6. Submit signed Declaration Form
  7. Appear for visa interview at German Embassy
  8. Prepare Demand Draft (DD) for the visa fee
  9. Submit DD at the time of interview

Types of UK Study Visa

There are two types of Tier 4 visas:

  1. Tier 4 (General): This visa is granted to students, who are 16 year or above in age. If the University (approving admission to students) fall under UKBA Sponsor List or list of recognized academic institutes, students are allowed to work for 20 hours per week (maximum) and full-time during vacation and holidays.
  2. Tier 4 (Child): This visa is granted to students in the age group of 4 to 15 years. Students in this category are admitted only in independent schools run by private entities.

Mandatory Documents for UK Study Visa

  • Fill visa application form
  • Secure Letter of acceptance (CAS from the recognized University in UK)
  • Academic certificates
  • Sufficient funds
  • Receipt of visa fee payment
  • Language proficiency score

UK Study Visa Application Process

  1. Ensure eligibility
  2. Prepare documents listed for Tier 4 visa
  3. Apply online
  4. Pay application fee
  5. Get appointment at visa application centre
  6. Attend orientation at visa application centre
  7. Submit photographs and fingerprints of students

Study Visa for the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom welcomes interested students planning to pursue undergraduate and graduate academic courses. Also known as Tier 4 in official language, this visa is points based. Interested students must secure 40 points in order to apply Tier 4 visa. Please note that 30 points are allotted to candidates for having a valid confirmation letter from a University in UK and ten points are marked for proof of funds.

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