After being given a study offer, the next thing on the mind of a student is how to obtain a visa as quickly as possible to enable him/her travel to the foreign country. Most students may find it difficult to obtain a visa since visa application process can be complicated or time consuming.
To get a study visa quickly, you must first and foremost get visa documents ready. What are these documents, you may ask? The documents you need to obtain a visa include the following:
- Proof of Acceptance
An offer letter issued by an approved university.
- Evidence of financial capacity
Students are usually asked to provide proof that he has enough funds to pay for his tuition, air fares and living costs. This can be provided in the form of bank statements, financial aid award letters to mention but a few.
- Proof of health insurance
Though this can be optional, some countries require that students buy health insurance that covers them while they are abroad.
- Passport photographs
Two to four passport photographs are usually required.
- Application fee
Depending on the country you are traveling to, you will be asked to pay a certain amount of money for processing of the visa to that country. However, you will have to an amount of money ranging from $100 to $600.
- Good health
Students need to provide a medical certificate from a qualified doctor showing that he doesn’t have any terrible health problem, like HIV, Tuberculosis etc
- Language proficiency
In some English speaking countries, language proficiency is a vis and in parts of a requirement
- Under age
Students that are under the age of 18 years may need additional documentation such as parental consent and information about who will provide for their accommodation and welfare.
Certain countries require specific immunizations before visa is will be granted. These countries are; Japan, some in Africa and in parts of south America.
How to apply for a student visa
The best way to apply for a visa is to submit all the documents and application in person at the foreign country’s embassy or consulate while in other cases it can be mailed. After submission of application, an appointment or interview will be scheduled.
When to apply
Its advisable that you apply for your visa as soon as you receive your study offer. If a visa is not obtained on time, a student will not be allowed to start his studies and could lose a place in the program. If a visa has not been issued in the expected time-frame, students should follow up to make sure there are no problems holding it up.
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