Student Visas for Study Abroad
If you are planning on studying abroad then you may need a visa to enter the country in which you are going to be a student. Here are the most frequently asked questions we hear about student visas.
What is a visa?
Let’s start at the beginning. A visa is a document that gives you permission to enter a foreign country. A student visa is only given out to people who have a confirmed place of study at a registered institution for a set period of time. Different countries have different visa requirements, so your first port of call should be the embassy website of the country you want to study in.
When should I apply for a student visa?
You should always apply for a visa before you travel to your study destination. You will normally have to wait until you have a confirmed offer from a university before you can submit your visa application and you may have to apply in person at an embassy.
Allow enough time for any complications or supplementary exchange of information to take place before you intend to travel. Your university should be able to provide you with more information.
What type of visa do I need?
The exact name and type of visa you require will vary from country to country but it is likely you will need a non-immigrant student/study visa.
This basically means that you do not intend to take up permanent residence in that country and that your stay is for temporary study.
However, to find out the exact type of visa you need and therefore, the appropriate application form, go to the embassy or consulate of your intended study destination in your home country (this must be where you legally live or where you are a national).
How do I apply?
Before you apply for your visa, you may need proof of your place on a program from the university or college that you are going to attend.
The first thing you should do is contact the university or college to clarify which visa you need to apply for and/or to ask them to send you the necessary documentation for your application.
Once your university or college has informed you of the appropriate visa you need to apply for and any supplementary documentation that you need to submit, you should be ready to apply.
In some countries, applications can be done in a number of ways, by post, courier, in person or online for example. If you are unsure, visit the embassy or consulate of your host country and ask how you can apply for a visa or search their website.
A visa is not valid if false information has been given or important facts were omitted at the time of application.
Documents Required for Student Visa Application
Every country, depending on their Immigration Laws have a specific list of documents. However, while the exact requirements are different in terms of actual terms, the list is generic. However, there are two documents which you would require certainly.
This is the primary requisite. While you would need a valid passport, what you need to know is that for different countries, the requirement of the validity of your passport might vary. Some countries would want you to have the validity until the end of the course even at the time of applying for the student visa. Some, on the other hand, might let you apply but request you to have a validity that extends beyond the intended stay in the country. You also need to ensure that you have at least two blank pages in your passport for stamping for a visa. What is important to note is that in case you have any expired passports, you would still have to submit a copy of all such passports.
Proof of a Bonafide Student
No matter which country you are applying to, if you are applying for any category of Student Visa, you must be able to prove that you are a bonafide student. This is often done by producing confirmation of admission with an educational institute of that country.
Most of the countries would require you to prove that you are capable of not only taking care of the tuition and college expenses but also have the requisite funds to afford your stay in that country for the intended study period. While many countries have a stipulated amount of funds it would require, some have broader more extensive guidelines. For instance, many countries in Europe (like Germany, Netherlands, etc.) have a minimum living cost computed as per government standards. Students applying for student visas in these countries, accordingly, must provide proof that the said amount is available with them in ready cash.
Another thing which is required perhaps across various countries is proof that you can communicate in the language which would be your medium of instruction. Since most of the students plan to study in English speaking countries, most of them would require you to provide proof positive that you can communicate in English – both written and verbal. This is usually done by a minimum score requirement for various English Language Tests like TOEFL, IELTS and/or PTE. Accordingly, if you plan to take up a course in any other language (say German for instance), you would be required to provide certification for that language in accordance with the CEFR Certified Levels.
It is important to note here that while universities might accept different any or either of the above-mentioned tests, for Visas, at times, the requirements are set. For instance, the UK does not recognize TOEFL for Visas. Hence, it is important that before a student writes an English Language Test, he/she checks whether or not the country’s immigration department recognizes that test. Also, Visa Guidelines for different countries usually mandates a minimum score. While Universities might offer admission at a lower score, Visas would be rejected until the minimum standard is met.
The complete list would depend on the country you are applying to. While some countries would require medical proofs, some might require a blocked account. Many countries also require an SOP. Provided below are the link for the individual country visa requirements and the process, visa fees and documents required.
How long will it take to get my visa?
Visa processing can take as little as a couple of days to several months depending on the country and your nationality. Make sure you leave enough time to get your visa sorted as trying to rush an application is not advised – and can even mean you miss out on your place.
Can I extend my visa while I’m there?
This completely depends on where you study. In some countries extending your visa is very simple, while in others it is challenging and you may even have to leave the country to extend/renew your visa
Education Loans for Study Abroad
Education Loan for Abroad Studies: Studying abroad can be a life-changing decision, however, this doesn’t come easy. Those who want to pursue higher studies abroad, but finding it difficult to arrange for funds, now have the option to make arrangements for funding their education. In this article, we will cover each and every detail related to education be it the process to apply for a loan, eligibility or documents required for it. We will also cover various other aspects related to student loans like the Indian banks giving student loans or the role of a guarantor. We will cover each and every aspect for all those who are looking for an education loan for study abroad.
Eligibility criteria to apply for the education loan
- The first and foremost thing is to check whether you are eligible to apply for an education loan or not. Below provided is the usual criteria which Indian banks follow for checking the eligibility of the loan applicant is:
- The applicant should be a citizen of India.
- The applicant must have attained the age of 18 else his/her parents will have to take the loan.
- The applicant must have a good academic background.
- The applicant must have secured admission to a recognized foreign university/institution/college.
- The desired course which the applicant is going to study must be a technical or professional one, as banks give preference to job oriented courses.