What is a Visa?
Contrary to what most people think, it is not an acronym. Visa comes from the latin ‘charta vis’ which literally means ‘document that has been seen’. It is a permission given by a particular country to a person to enter and stay in the country for a specific period of time.
A student visa is an official document issued by the consulate of a foreign country once you secure admission in an institution in that country and show the required financial availability to support your stay.
When To Apply for a Student Visa
A student is required to apply for the applicable student visa when he or she plans to study in a foreign country. The visa enables the student an entry into the country for the purpose of studying.
If you a citizen of a particular country but reside in a different country, you may or may not need a visa, depending on the country you are a citizen of. The visa formalities are an important part of the student’s application process. Visa interviews may or may not be a part of the process — it depends on the country you are applying to as well as on the visa officials.
What To Do Before Applying for a Student Visa
In order to apply for a student visa, you should have first secured admission in a college of your choice. Once the institution makes you an offer, you will be expected to accept the offer by responding within the stipulated time and paying the confirmation fee amount or the first fee instalment, whichever is requested by the institution. Once this step is completed successfully, the student is required to complete the visa formalities.
Depending on the country you are applying to, the student has to undergo different visa formalities. Student visa process will be initiated by the institution but it is the responsibility of the student to visit the official consulate website for more information.
How Much Time does the Visa Processing Take?
Visa processing could take a duration of 3 to 6 weeks depending on the volume of applications. Hence international students should begin with submitting their applications early to avoid facing delays or disappointments.