Study Abroad Visa;- 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.
Study Abroad Visa type do you 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).
Study Abroad Visa qualification for a students
Regardless of the path you choose to take classes overseas, you will need to be a full-time, in-person student at an accredited college or university to qualify for a student visa. As the pandemic has required many universities to shift to a blended learning program (a mix of in-person and online), governments have been flexible with the in-person requirements. That said, this change will be short-lived, and as a general rule, you cannot get a student visa for an online course.
Study Abroad Visa application
Before applying for the visa, you may need to prove your place in a program from the university or college you will attend.
The first thing you should do is contact the university or college to clarify the visa you need to apply for and/or ask them to send you the necessary documents for your application.
Once your university or college informs you of the appropriate visa you need to apply for and any documents you need to submit, you should be ready to apply.
In some countries, applications can be submitted in several ways, for example by mail, courier, in person or online. If you are not sure, visit the embassy or consulate of the host country and ask how to apply for a visa or search their website.
The visa is not valid if false information is provided or important facts are omitted at the time of application.
How long will it take to get your visa?
Visa processing can take anywhere from two days to several months depending on the country and your nationality. Make sure you leave enough time to arrange your visa as it is not advisable to try to rush into an application – it may even mean that you lose your place.
Can you extend your visa while you are there?
This totally depends on where you are studying. Extending your visa in some countries is very simple, while in others it is a challenge and you may even have to leave the country to extend/renew your visa.
How much does a student visa cost?
You will need to pay a small fee to file your student visa application. This is usually between $100 and $200 but will vary by country. That said, there are other costs associated with the student visa application process. These often include:
- Mailing expenses
- The cost of your health screening and potential x-rays
- The cost of a background check
- Any travel expenses needed to attend appointments
- The fees to send transcripts or previous degree certificates
- A passport application fee (if you don’t already have one or need to renew)
- A payment into the countries healthcare system
Aside from the processing fee, you may choose to expedite the visa application process for an additional cost. While it varies, expect to pay between $600-$1000 to expedite the application. Many universities will refund part of all of this fee, though, so check with them to see if you can get some of that money back!