How should students apply for a visa wisely to study abroad?
International students are an important part of many economies. Over the last two years, the higher education market has been impacted by Covid-19 and the closure of some borders. However, since borders have reopened recently, there is a surge in international student applicants applying for higher education.
Australia has recently received more than 43,000 international students since December 1, 2021.
Now that students aiming at global careers and more exposure are ready to start their adventure, there are certain key points one should keep in mind before applying for a visa.
Here are a few quick tips for students who want to apply for a visa wisely to study abroad:
1. Check Specific Country Requirements
For students, every country issues a ‘student visa’ for a limited period depending on the course duration. Each country and sometimes universities have different requirements. For example, there are two types of student visas. Students enrolled in non-academic or occupational courses must apply for an M-1 visa.
An F-1 visa is required for students enrolled in academic courses at a recognised school to earn a degree. For both the visas, there is a set of documents as well as an interview.
2. English Test Scores
Some English-speaking countries require a passing score on an English language proficiency test to ensure that students have a good command of the language. If this is the case, ensure your test results are valid at the time of your visa application and for at least a few months afterwards.
3. Keep Passports and Photos Ready
It may seem obvious, but you should keep all of your documents handy and double-check everything before submitting. It is advised that students who are applying for a visa must not wait until the last minute to apply.
Minor things like the expiration of your passport should also be considered before you apply for the visa.
4. Apply Early
There are several visa requirements, and the visa application procedure takes time. As a result, applying for a visa well ahead of your admission date would be prudent. If you are aiming to get the visa before the confirmation of the admission date, this ideally should be the approach.
As the countries are welcoming international students back to join their universities, a prospective student needs to invest some time in research and be well-informed about all the visa processes, procedures, and documentation of their destination country.
A well-equipped student can save a lot of time while applying for higher education, as the visa application process may not be complicated but can be time-consuming.
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