Part 5 of 9.
Welcome to Part 5 of our 9-part series on what to consider before studying abroad.
This time we cover another major topic...
You will need to be eligible for a visa in your preferred country. It should be easy to find out if you are. For example, if you want to study in the UK, there is a government website to let you know what’s required: https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa Other countries have similar websites.
You will need an offer to study before you’re eligible for a student visa but it is good to check your eligibility ahead of time to make sure that if you get an offer you want to accept, you’ll be able to get the necessary visa. Some things to consider. Find out what the rejection rate is for students with your nationality when it comes to student visa applications to your country of choice. If it’s high or if there are any special requirements, it’s probably worth getting professional help with your visa application. Make sure you check the credentials of whatever service you engage. Does it specialise in a particular country? Does it have a track record of successfully helping students?
Immigration lawyers are not always the best choice. Some top-quality services engage former consular staff whose job was processing visa applications for the country where you want to study. They know exactly what the requirements are and can accurately advise on your chances of getting a visa and on what you can to do to improve your chances. Other things can also help such as independent document vetting services that can check your transcripts, bank statements and any other documents needed for your application to confirm they’re authentic. This can help university and visa application staff when they consider your applications.
These services can incur costs but those costs will be a fraction of what you’ll need to study abroad and if they help you get your visa, they’re worth it. If you want to study abroad and think you’ve got the grades and financial means, contact one of ProEd’s experienced advisors to find out how they can help make the process quicker and easier. ProEd is a premier advisory service helping international students find their best fit school abroad. Check our Contact Us page to find out how to get in touch.