One of the many important aspects to consider when planning to pursue higher studies is choosing the best university. Also, with an increasing number of educational opportunities abroad, studying in a different country or state does not mere remain a feeble option. Many students are determined to study abroad and have been relocating ever since. So, when you plan to study abroad, what is the next immediate important step you need to take?
To visit anywhere outside your resident country, you need a visa to that particular place and applying for the same is quite a tedious task. Student visas are difficult to acquire. You need to have your visa file along with the application letter in place.students willing to study abroad need to carefully prepare a visa file so that their visa application is not rejected and they are easily granted with the visa.
- Have a student visa application checklist
It is good to have a checklist for every task, big or small. And, acquiring a student visa is surely a complex one. So, have a visa application checklist prepared well in advance that will help you gather all your required documents without missing out on anything important. Don’t forget to check your checklist several times. Also, keep updating the checklist.
- Keep letter templates ready
Embassies might need an introduction or cover letter mentioning details about yourself and your specific reason for applying for the desired course when applying for a student visa. Therefore, it would be smart on your part to keep a standard letter template ready which you can just fill in when applying for your visa. However, make sure your reasons are personal although the template is generic. As this letter talks to the visa officer on your behalf, you should be putting across this letter as your best face.
- Financial documentation
Before granting you a student visa, the embassy will check your financial stability or the funds you possess. Therefore, documents that claim you are financially stable to take up an academic course abroad make up for the most important part of your visa file. Without that you might not be granted a student visa. Make sure you have all your bank account details, bank loan papers, account of PFs and FDs mentioned in your visa file with the necessary proofs. It’s best to follow a financial checklist to avoid any last moment mistakes and make the work simple.
- Final check
You have your checklist since the start which makes attaining a student visa a little easier. Your visa file needs to contain everything according to that checklist whether it is the financial documents, academic documents, application forms, admission letters and other important papers that will help you get a student visa. A final check is a must. Have the file critically reviewed before submitting it to the embassy. Use the expertise of the visa counsellor to have your case reviewed. Be open to take the feedback and work on your file. It’s better to have the counsellor reject your documents than embassy. It has been seen that students going to the top universities have got their visas rejected from embassy for not meeting the visa requirements. The reason has been mostly that visa rules have been interpreted differently. Sometimes policies are different from common logic and hence file must be prepared within the visa rules irrespective of how great the applicant or applicant’s situation is.
- Deadlines and processing time
Note deadline for submitting your visa file in your diary. Although some countries like Australia and New Zealand do not have a deadline but they have guidelines over processing time that they take on each application. If you submit your application late, you may not be able to get your visa on time. Submitting visa application much in advance gives students enough time to prepare well for relocating and joining their selected course on time. Canada has strict deadlines to follow whereas USA provides dates which get booked on first-come-first serve basis. Check individual deadlines before applying.
- Checking visa validity, study and work rights:
Once you receive your visa, you have almost won the battle. Do not forget to check your visa conditions, validity dates and work rights, etc. before leaving the country. Mark the visa validity date in your diary to ensure that in the future you do not get into any unwanted visa situation in the new country. Read the Part Time Work advice in the visa label or visa letter without fail. If the label or letter does not provide automatic approval, ensure applying for it on time before starting Part Time Work. In developed countries, innocence is not a blessing, you are expected to be responsible for all your actions including following conditions of your visa.
These tips will ease the strenuous preparation procedure of applying for your student visa.
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