What is a Student Visa

Student visa is a kind of official document issued to students to help them enter different countries and pursue education. It is a type of non-immigrant visa and any prospective student who wants to pursue higher education in another country should get a student visa for that country. A student visa is a must to study aboard.

It is a multiple entry visa and remains valid till the time of completion of your study abroad.

Student Visa
Student Visa

Published On : 2020-09-03

Student visa eligibility

The eligibility conditions of student visa differ from countries to countries. Besides, the same country may set slightly different set of eligibility conditions for different nations. Your course of study and the type of school you plan to attend determine the exact type of visa you need. Besides, it needs to be approved by your academic institution abroad.

The following eligibility conditions apply when you apply for a Student Visa:

  • Visa application should be accepted and approved by the school authority.

  • You need to prove that you have enough money to pay for your tuition fees and bear the cost of living for yourself and any family members who accompany you to a particular destination.

  • Having a good past academic record and history

  • Must be able to qualify the character requirements.

  • You fulfill health requirements set by the destination country and your ability to purchase health insurance cover, if needed.

Student Visa Fees

The terms and conditions, and fees of a Student Visa offered by various nations differ for one to another. So, it is important you check with your destination consulate to know the recent fees applicable on a particular type of student visa. You can pay your visa fees online by using NEFT and other online modes of transactions.

Student Visa types

There are different types of student visas and based on your circumstances you can choose a one. In Australia, there are 7 different types of student visas whereas the USA offers 3 different types of student visas including F1, M1 and J1 Visa. F1 Visa is issued to students planning to engage in academic studies in the USA at an approved school or accredited US University or colleges.

M1 is issued for those who want to engage in vocational activities or trainings at US Universities. And A J-1 visa is issued to professor, research scholars, and exchange visitors who take part in educational programs participating that promote cultural exchange. The USA student visa a type of non-immigrant visa.

Likewise, India offers multi-travel student visa to genuine students to pursue studies in India. India also issues provisional student visa based on the provisional nature of your admission in Indian institutions.

Student visa extension

You can apply for an extension of your student visa, if your visa expires before you complete your studies in a particular country. It is important you know the expiry date on your study permit and make sure you apply quite ahead of your visa expiry date. For example, if you are studying in Australia and your visa is about to expire before completion of your studies, you can apply for visa extension directly

How to apply for Student Visa

Student visa application may vary from country to country. You need to follow certain steps while applying for a student visa. So, before you apply, read the instructions provided by the embassy of your destination country where you intend to apply. You can apply for a student visa both online and offline. Certain countries may accept offline applications for student visa. In that case, you need to download the application form and fill it with all required information and send to the consulate of your destination country.

You can also apply for it online by entering all relevant information. The Student visa application form is available online and it is fastest and easiest way to apply for a student visa

If you are an Indian student and want to pursue studies in USA, you need to first apply to Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) certified schools and get approved by them.

Then, you need to complete the visa application form known as the DS 160 needs to be completed online.

After successfully completing the online form, you will receive an application ID number and password. It will help you access the confirmation page of the DS-160.

Once your visa type is decided and you complete the DS-160 form, pay the visa fees. Normally, an Indian student needs to pay Rs. 10880/- for F1, M1 and J1 visa types. However, this amount is subject to change.

Once the visa application fees is paid and you fulfill all US student visa requirements, you are ready to schedule your visa interview appointment. You need to book two appointments - one for the Visa Application Center (VAC) and the other for the visa interview at the particular Embassy.

Documents to be shown during student visa interview

The following documents to be shown at the time of student visa interview:

  • Valid passport/ previously issued passports.
  • Recent passport size photograph.
  • Visa application fee receipts.
  • DS-160 confirmation page (in case of US Student Visa).
  • VFS appointment letter.
  • SEVIS receipt and I-120 (in case of US Student Visa).

*** You may be asked to produce additional documents by your concerned embassy.

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  • IATO urges government to announce dates for restoration of tourist and e-visas

    The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) has urged the government to announce dates for restoration of tourist visas and e-visas. This will make it easier for inbound tour operators to plan ahead for 2021. It will also encourage the tourist industry which has been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

    25 November 2020

  • French Consul General: France Witnesses a Surge in Tourist and Student Visas

    France has recorded a healthy increase in the number of tourists and studenseveral t visas, as per the French Consul General Damien Syed. He also added that the Consulate has a number of projects in its pipeline that could be implemented soon. He revealed that the student visas have witnessed a steady growth of about 20-25% in 2018 as against 2017. Syde’s term as a Consul General of France in coming to an end. He further stated that the tourist visa has recorded a growth of over 85% since over the last 3 years. Syed attributed the tourist visa growth to travel agencies and Visa Facilitation Services (VFS). The Consul General pointed out that several new projects are to be taken up in Bengal. Projects like signing of a partnership between the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, and some French universities in respect to mechanical engineering are in the pipeline.

    16 August 2018

  • Proposed visa changes to not benefit current international students

    Though current international students studying in New Zealand will not be affected by the proposed post-study work changes, advocates in the country believe that they could be exposed to exploitation. It needs to be mentioned that the New Zealand government had proposed changes to work visas after concerns were raised about the quality of education and study being used as a alternate option for citizenship. The changes proposed can result in restricting foreign students from working and residing in the country after their education ends.

    As per the proposal, the government intends to get rid of the need for those students to have an employer endorsement as it makes the student too dependent on the employer. Regarding the development, Immigration lawyer Alistair McClymont has stated that the government has identified one of the main causes of exploitation but the proposed changes were not enough.

    Anu Kaloti, the spokesperson of Migrant Workers Association has said that though the move is a good one on the part of the government. She however added that foreign students who are currently pursuing education in the country would not benefit from it.

    7 June 2018

  • Indian Students Weren’t Allowed To Enter Georgia Despite Holding Valid Visas

    Sushma Swaraj, the Minister of External Affairs talked about the problems Indian students faced while entering the Georgian zone in spite of holding valid visas to Mikheil Janelidze, Georgia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister.

    Janelidze assured that he will personally look into the issue and try to resolve it, Sushma stated this in a tweet. Prashant Kamlakar, one of the students tweeted the below:

    "@SushmaSwaraj Why is the Georgian Government denying the Indian students to enter in Georgia even after having a valid D3 visa? Deported Students and their parents want to meet you. Please suggest the place and time where we can meet to discuss this issue. #SOS."

    Sushma responded to the tweet saying that she was completely aware of this problem and the issue has been handled by the Indian Embassy already.

    12 April 2018

  • Drop in number of Indian students going to the USA

    Since President Donald Trump has come to the white house, there has been a decline in international students applying for US visas. Considering the changes to US immigration and travel policy following Trump’s presidency, students are worried about the factors that can affect their stay and future prospects. The government is already noticing a dip in the number of students applying for a US visa. Students are now considering other countries such as Canada, Australia, etc. to pursue their higher studies. The most amount of International students going to the US is from India and China. The changes to US visa policy is now more stringent for applicants from the middle-east and surrounding countries.

    20 April 2017

  • Better career opportunities in Ireland for Indian students

    Indian students pursuing engineering, mathematics, science, and technology have been worried about the thought that POTUS Donald Trump might stop optional practical training (OPT) from continuing. At present, around 1.6 Lakhs students are permitted to stay back for as long as 3 years to look for career opportunities or to work after they graduate.

    During the tenure of former President Barack Obama, the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) students got the benefit of staying back for about three years. This helped the students in gaining experience and also gave them the expectation that they will get sponsored by the companies in the US.

    Generally, students first go for OPT, then H-1B and then the green card. Meanwhile in Ireland, the "stay back option" for students pursuing Master’s and PhD has been doubled from 12 to 24 months. The Irish government believes that that Indian students will find plenty of interesting opportunities in sectors like ICT, biopharma, finance, and software. Career opportunities in these fields are aplenty, believes director, India & South Asia of Enterprise Ireland, Rory Power.

    Two years ago, in 2015, more than 2,000 Indian students received higher education in Ireland. In 2016, there would have been a rise of 10% in the number.

    16 February 2017

  • New visa rules in the UK and US may impact Indian students

    Every year, the UK and US grants thousands of visas for learning and career opportunities to foreigners. The majority of students and professionals coming to the UK and US are from India. Considering the ongoing leadership changes in the UK and the USA, the visa rules are made stringent. Many Indian students and professionals are now required to meet certain criteria in order to be eligible for a visa. The leadership changes are speculated to affect the visa norms for students and skilled worker category. While the UK and US have introduced strict visa rules, students and professionals still have the option to look for opportunities in other countries.

    27 December 2016

  • Students Studying Abroad will have to Register On a New Portal

    The Government of India has launched a registration module for Indian students studying abroad as there was no such data bank with information regarding the number of Indian students who are studying abroad. This has been done so that they can be contacted in case of any emergency. Sushma Swaraj, the External Affairs Minister tweeted the link for this website. As of now, 1085 students have registered themselves. The website is called MADAD which means ‘help’. This site has been described as a Consular Grievances Monitoring System.

    This website is meant for individuals from India who are studying or working abroad and can be used for grievances regarding court cases, compensation, arrest abroad, domestic help, repatriation, transportation of mortal remains, salary dues and so on. The website also says that, out of the 13206 grievances that have been registered, 8233 have been already addressed.

    The portal, MADAD, states that they will only address those grievances that fall under the consular jurisdictions of Indians Diplomatic Mission that has been mentioned in the grievance. This portal however, cannot be used for passport queries, visa, document attestation or emergency travel documents.

    22 September 2016

  • The flights that are unscheduled from Russia can avail visa on reciprocal basis for 7 days

    Rajhnath Singh, the Home Minister of India is going to visit Russia. India has agreed to give temporary permit for landing to the crew of flights and ships that come unscheduled from Russia. This will be done on a reciprocity basis. The TLP (temporary landing permit) will allow the unscheduled ships and flights to enter India for a period of 7 days without visa.

    This was curtailed in the year 2010 as the crew members and sailors were misusing the facility and overstaying in India. According to officials, several Russians went to Goa by availing (temporary landing permit.

    22 September 2016

  • Soon Students Might Not Need Visa and Passport to Study In Foreign Universities

    India might soon welcome foreign universities to set up campuses in the country which would enable Indian students to study at foreign universities without ever needing a passport or a visa. The campuses will be allowed under Special Economic Zones (SEZ). A boon for the universities to take advantage of this opportunity will be the benefit of repatriation of profits. India will benefit from these branch campuses as it will make the country more attractive to Asian students. It will also bring down the number of students who flock to universities abroad. The Special Economic Zones will be have its own benefits such as duty-free transaction, exemption from domestic tariffs, and will bring in foreign investment.

    25 July 2016

  • Entrepreneurial visas could help students stay in UK

    With countries across the globe modifying their visa criteria, Indian students have been hit hard. UK has been a popular choice among the Indian student community, but visa norms were recently changed to tighten work visas, impacting a number of students. An alternate to this was provided by the President of Imperial College, London, who suggested that students try for entrepreneurial visas. Graduates are eligible for the Tier 1 visa, meant for people who have genuine business plans. With entrepreneurial spirit on a high in the country, students with a credible business idea could find a platform to spread their business in UK.

    12 April 2016

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