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How to avoid a Visa Rejection

Do you want to study overseas? Do you know what programs and courses are available? Are you aware of the costs and penalties associated with a student visa rejection? Don’t worry StudyOverseasNow.com are here to help you in every possible way.

Once you receive a student visa it will allow you to live, study and work overseas. In some instances, you will be provided a visa for 6+ years. Therefore, the process to receive a student visa can be lengthy and time-consuming process. The documentation permitted by each university and immigration department varies so you must understand these differences to ensure the best chance of success. In this Blog, we explore the best ways to secure a student visa. Furthermore, we discuss the most common mistakes students make when applying for a student visa.

Did you know? Most countries require a student to declare any previous visa rejection {s}.  Obtaining a visa rejection severely impacts your ability to obtain future visas, student, or non-student related.

See below a list of considerations when applying for a student visa, always consult a recognized professional for help and advice.

Considerations

  • Packaging: Avoid packaging where possible. This includes foundation, diploma, and English language packaging. If you require an English package, complete a recognized English language test in your home country. This will be more affordable and limit the risk profile of your application.
  • Study Gaps: Make sure you have evidence of any study gaps. A study gap is defined as a period where no effort has been made to engage in education, training, or work.
  • Age: Typically, students should enter university at the undergraduate level after completing high school. Postgraduate students should be under the age of 30 and where necessary demonstrate relevant work experience. This varies on a case-by-case basis.
  • Synergy: A synergy should exist between your previous studies and the course you have applied for. For example, if you complete a health sciences program and want to apply for an accounting degree this would be viewed with increased suspicion.
  • Funds: Students should demonstrate they have the necessary funds to support themselves whilst overseas. Funds should cover the tuition fees and associated living expenses. Funds derived from future part-time work whilst overseas cannot be evidenced during the visa and application process.
  • Timing: If you have applied for a student visa 2-3 weeks before course commencement this could be deemed suspicious. If you are investing 50 Lakh in your education, it seems reasonable to expect a little more planning and consideration based on the level of investment being made with your time and money.
  • Processing Times: Students should be aware of the processing times when completing the visa application process. During peak recruitment periods it could take 6-8 weeks to process a student visa.

The Statement of Purpose or Letter of Intent is a crucial component of your visa submission. This document should clearly describe your reasons for selecting a particular course, university, and study destination. We advise all students to download the FREE Template on the StudyOverseasNow.com website, click here.

Mistakes to avoid in Visa Applications

Some countries reject up to 50% of all student visa applications from the subcontinent. In most instances, students have not explained a visa rejection and many will complete the same steps in the hope of gaining admission in a future intake. Please note, that students from the Indian subcontinent are viewed with increased suspicion when comparisons are made to European, Chinese, and other Western nations.

Providing inaccurate or deliberately misleading documentation will result in an immediate rejection. Some countries ban students from entering for several years if fraud has been evidenced in their visa files. You should be as transparent as possible when attending any interview as part of the visa application process, and ensure all documents are factually correct.

Where possible, all documents should be notarized by the relevant authority and signed by an approved educational agency. The funds evidenced to support your studies should be in a form that is acceptable to the study destination to which you are applying. For example, providing evidence of a gold deposit is not acceptable.

All countries require students to demonstrate a sufficient level of English proficiency. One test is universally accepted across the world, the IELTS Test. An IELTS test is valid for 2-years and can be authenticated by any university or immigration department. Most universities require you to achieve an IELTS 6.0 for undergraduate studies and 6.5 for postgraduate programs. The higher your English language proficiency the easier you will find your course.

The most common reasons for a student visa rejection can be found below:

  1. Insufficient evidence of funds
  2. A poorly worded Statement of Purpose or Letter of Intent
  3. The synergy between previous studies and future studies.

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