International students are required to obtain a Study Permit before going to Canada. The student can apply for Study permit under the Student Partners Program (SPP) of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges and the Canadian Immigration Programs in New Delhi and Chandigarh. To qualify for Study Permit Application under SPP the student should hold an unconditional offer letter from one of the universities / colleges that are included under this scheme. SPP is currently open to Indian nationals only. Allow atleast two months for your Visa to be processed.
Documents Checklist for SPP (STUDENT PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM):
1) SPP Checklist – Attach THIS checklist as a cover sheet to your application.
2) Application form fully completed (all questions answered), dated and signed, indicating your personal mailing address, reliable phone contact, and your personal email address (if you agree to e-mail communications).
3) Original, valid passport for yourself, as well as a photocopy of the bio data page
4) Family Information Form and Student Questionnaire (leaving no gaps).
5) Two passport photographs with a white background for yourself and each family member requesting a visa. The photographs should have your name printed on the back, dated and taken in the past 6 months.
6) Letter of Acceptance from your SPP educational institute in Canada stating unconditional admission, course title, duration of study, level of study, start date (multiple start dates, if applicable) and latest possible date of admission.
7) Use of a Representative form (IMM 5476) (if applicable)
8) IELTS test results taken within last 24 months with overall band not less than 6.0, with no individual band lower than 5.5.
9) Photocopy of the most recent diploma/leaving certificate, and most recent mark sheets (for entire program; consolidated mark sheets are NOT acceptable)
10) Copy of receipts for tuition payment provided by the SPP institution.
11) Proof of funds: You MUST demonstrate the purchase of a special (GIC) from a participating Canadian financial institution, in the amount of $10,000 CAD to cover living expenses for your first year in Canada. Please consult page 2 for information on how to obtain a GIC. Official GIC document is mandatory.
12) Copy of medical examination form IMM1017 if you opted to undergo a medical examination before submitting your application.
- It is mandatory to complete a medical examination prior to submission of your application. Medical results are valid for one year
- Only one application per person per semester will be processed under the SPP (Student Partnership Program). Subsequent applications for the same semester following a refusal will NOT form part of SPP processing
- To file Study Permit application under SPP, it is mandatory to show a GIC certificate obtained from Nova Scotia Bank or ICICI proving that funds to the extent of CAD$ 10000 are available as living costs for the student.
- After reviewing your application, the Visa officer will decide if an interview is necessary. The Visa interview will be taken at CHC, New Delhi
Australian Student Visa applications are processed by Australian High Commission, New Delhi. Student now have to apply, if eligible, under SVP (Streamlined Visa processing), which has replaced PVA (Pre-Visa Assessment). The following is the list of documents to be submitted along with the Visa application:
- Visa Application fee payable by Bank Draft favouring “Australian High Commission, New Delhi”
- Completed Visa Application Form
- Nomination form 956 to be completed only if you are lodging through an agent
- Student has to pay the 1st Semester Fee and will then receive e-COE (Electronic-Confirmation Of Enrollment) from the institution
- Passport – Original passport is not required, instead all pages of current and previous passports, if any, to be notarized.
- Four recent passport size photos
- Statement of Purpose
- “Details of Relatives” form
- Guardianship form, if the student is under 18 years of age
- IELTS / TOEFL / PTE Scores
- All Mark sheets, Certificates, Degrees and Diplomas
- Reference letter from current employer and previous employer, if employed
- Affidavit of support from Sponsor
- Affidavit of support from Student
- Bank Statement / Bank Passbook for the last 3 months and current balance certificate
- Income Tax returns of the sponsor for the last 3 years
- Property Documents along with Valuation Report
- Details of acceptable funds in the form of a table / matrix
- Evidence of relationship with the sponsor
- Bank loan Sanction Letter (if applicable)
- Other Liquid Assets like Fixed Deposits, etc.
As Australia has done away with student visa stamping in the passport to travel and enter Australia, a visa decision is intimated to the applicant electronically via email, once a decision has been made by the visa authorities.
If approved the department will send a Notification of Grant letter to your nominated postal or email address. It is recommended that you print this letter and keep it with you when you travel to and from Australia. This letter contains:
- your Visa Grant Number
- the validity date of your visa
- the visa conditions.
If not approved the department will send you a notification letter advising you of:
- the reasons for the refusal
- your review rights
- time limit for lodging an appeal.
Your rights for a review of the decision differ:
- if you lodged in Australia, the refusal letter advises you of your review rights and the time limit for lodging an appeal
- if you lodged outside Australia, you have no right for a review of the merits of the decision
For more information on Immigration and Visa, kindly visit: http://www.immi.gov.au/Pages/Welcome.aspx
UK Student Visa application should be made at the nearest VFS Application center. Originals of all financial and academic documents should be submitted at the time of Visa application. The student will be called for personal interview at the British Deputy High Commission, only if required.
Documents That are Required For a Student Visa
- Student Visa Application Form
- Photograph – size 2 inches x 2 inches
- CAS statement from the Institution (CAS – Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies)
- IELTS / PTE score, if applicable
- Valid Passport
- Visa fees to be paid Online
- Copies of Academic Mark sheets and Certificates
- Work Experience Certificates, if applicable
- Proof of payment of fees, if applicable
- Proof of Funds – Applicants must demonstrate that they have sufficient liquid assets to pay the tuition fees, living expenses and travelling cost without engaging in employment in UK. Even Bank Loans are accepted.
- Letter from the sponsor
- Medical Report from an Approved Panel Doctor
The student may be called for an Interview, if required. If this is the case, you will be advised the date and time for the interview.
Sample of possible questions for screening intention to study:
- Why do you want to study in UK?
- What are the benefits of studying in the UK compared to your home country or USA/Canada/Australia etc.?
- Why did you choose this University/College?
- How did you find about it?
- Which other colleges/universities have you considered?
- Where is the college/university?
- Do you know anyone who has already studied there?
- Do you know roughly how large the college/university is?
- Why did you choose this course and how does it relate to your previous study?
- How do you explain the gaps in your study/professional history?
- What is the relevance of the course to your future career path?
- What qualification will you receive?
- How long does the course last?
- How is your course assessed? (apparently frequently asked and students do not know)
- Do you know what level you course is at?
- Did you consider any other course?
- Does this course offer any professional recognition?
- Are you planning to stay in the UK on completion to study for a higher award?
- Are you thinking of transferring to another institution on completion?
- What facilities are you expecting at the college/university?
- Will you need help finding accommodation?
- Do you need a meet and greet service?
- Do you understand the responsibilities of students entering the UK under Tier 4 of the PBS?
Sample of possible questions for screening financial viability:
- What is your current occupation?
- Do you have relatives who have studied at similar level or studied overseas?
- Do you think your course is appropriate for someone your age?
- Who is financing your studies?
- What is the profession of your financial sponsor and what relationship they have to you?
- Do you have evidence of the financial status of your financial sponsor, e.g. bank statements for last 6 months, bonds, investments, etc.?
- Are you able to verify the genuineness of these documents?
- Can you prove the money is available for study?
- Would you be able to pay your tuition fees in full up front?
- Have you checked the refund policy?
- Do you know what your accommodation will cost in the UK?
- Do you know how much your living expenses will be?
- Do you know whether you are entitled to work part-time in the UK?
- Do you know how many hours are you allowed to work?
- Do you know the likely hourly rate of pay?
- How reliant are you on being able to work?
Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) introduced to visa process
International students undertaking a programme of study in the UK of six months or more must now pay an Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) as part of the tier 4 visa application process. Dependents joining them may also be eligible to pay the surcharge
American Consulate has introduced a system of prior appointment for Visa Interview. On the given date, the applicant has to appear for a personal interview. The applicant should convince the visa officer that he / she has the necessary funds to cover the cost of education. The applicant should prove that he / she has strong ties with India and also that he / she is not an intending immigrant. While answering the questions, one should be brief and to the point.
One should not be surprised or angry if the officer is unable to review all the documents that are carried by the applicant. Since officers have very little time for each applicant, they may not be able to look at many or even any documents at times. Therefore one should be prepared to explain one’s situation orally and to answer all questions promptly, patiently and confidently.
The applicant will be informed whether he / she has been granted or refused a visa on the same day. The name of the University whose I-20 has been submitted to the consulate, will also be mentioned on the passport. Therefore it is advisable to make the final selection of the University very carefully. If, for some reason, your visa is rejected in the first attempt, you can reapply after 3 working days.
The following is a list of some of the documents that you are supposed to carry along with you on the day of VISA interview:
- Passport having validity of atleast six months
- Visa Fee Receipt
- Interview Appointment Letter
- I-20 and Admission Letter from the University / College mentioning the total cost of education in USA (If You have received Admission letters / Rejection letters from more than one University, carry all of them)
- Evidence of Scholarship / Aid / Grant, if any
- Sponsorship Letter
- Educational Certificates, Degrees, Diplomas & Mark sheets
- Score Reports of TOEFL and GRE / GMAT / SAT
- Work Experience Certificate / Reference Letter from Employer, if Employed
- Bank Statements / Pass Books of the sponsors for the last Three Years
- Summary Statement of Assets and Total Income of Family Members
- Income Tax papers of the sponsor and his Family for the last 3 years
- Proof of all movable and immovable assets
For more updated information on Student Visa and the latest Fees, Kindly visit the websites:
Some of the Questions likely to be asked by the Visa officer:
- What is the purpose of your trip?
- Which university are you planning to go to?
- Who is sponsoring you?
- Why do you want to do MS / MBA?
- Why do you wish to study in the US and not in India?
- Why did you select this University?
- Do you have any relatives in the US?
- Why is your GRE / GMAT / SAT / TOEFL score low?
- What are you plans after completing your studies?
- What is your father’s annual income?
Visa in Ireland normally takes up to 4 to 5 weeks time and it is best to apply well in advance. A letter of Acceptance from the college, confirming you have been accepted and enrolled on a course of full-time education, involving a minimum of 15 hours organised daytime study each week and evidence of financial support for tuition fees and living expenses are issued visas. Along with the visa form you need to submit personal information, academic qualifications, financial strenghts equaling to €7000 for each year as living expenses.
Generally you are granted a visa for the entire duration of the course and the student visas are Multi Entry Visas.
You will need a student visa if you wish to come to New Zealand to study full-time for more than 3 months. You can only get a student visa to study in a course at an education institution, which is registered and approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Student Visa applications are processed by New Zealand Immigration Service, New Delhi.
Your student visa will be issued for the length of time your course tuition fees have been paid. If you are studying a long-term course at secondary school, University or Polytechnic you will normally pay your tuition fees every year. Visa application should be lodged at least 2 months prior to the course commencement date.
New Zealand Pre-visa Document Checklist
- Student Visa Application Form
- Two recent passport size photographs
- Visa Fee payable by Demand Draft favoring “Immigration New Zealand” payable at Mumbai
- Covering Letter
- Statement of Purpose
- Offer Letter from the Institution
- Guarantee of Accommodation or arrangements made
- Financial Undertaking Form
- Affidavit of Support from Sponsor
- Authorization Letter from Sponsor
- Evidence of Funds and Income in the form of:
- Loan Sanction letter
- Bank Statements / Bank Passbooks for past 6 months, not more than one week old
- Other movable and immovable Assets
- Chartered Accountant Statement / Summary Statement
- Last 3 years income tax papers of all family members
- If Tuition fee is paid in advance, then attach copy of fee receipt
- Educational Certificates, Mark sheets, Degrees and Diplomas
- IELTS / TOEFL / PTE score
- Supplementary Information Form
- Work Experience Certificate, if employed
- Police Clearance Certificate from Regional Passport Office
- Medical & T.B. X-ray Certificates from Panel Doctor
Upon receiving the Approval-in-Principle, the student has to pay the 1st year’s tuition fee to the institution. Thereafter, the institution will send the fee receipt by email to NZIS, to enable them to issue the Visa Stamp.
All International Students interested to study in Singapore need a Student Pass that can be obtained through the Singapore consulate on evidence of confirmed enrolment in an academic programme and evidence of funds in bank to support the student through the period of education. The Student’s visa process is done by the institutions. The normal processing time for a new application is about 4 weeks(2 weeks for institutions with EduTrust (PEO) status). However, some applications may take a longer time to process. The local sponsor and education institution will be notified of the outcome of the application by post. To live and work in Singapore, foreign nationals must have a work permit or an employment pass.
Type of Singapore student visa:
Student Pass – In Singapore, every visa is referred to as a ‘Pass’ like Student Pass, employment pass and social visit pass etc.
You must submit new applications for Student Pass at least one month before your course starts and not more than two months. To apply for the Student Pass, you must submit your application on the official registration system — Student’s Pass On-Line Application & Registration (SOLAR) system.
All international students except Immigration Exemption Order holders have to apply for the Student Pass, if they want to pursue full-time studies in Singapore’s IHL.