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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.