The student visa is required in most cases that you want to study abroad. Since the student visa is a highly sought after document in most countries, because it allows you to spend a period of time (determined by the educational program) in that country legally.
Why study in another country?
Studying outside your country is a unique opportunity, it allows you to know new places, new culture, accumulate many experiences. It gives you many points in terms of job opportunities, considering that currently the experience in international environments is highly valued by large companies. Studying abroad broadens horizons on a mental level, thanks to new situations that are lived, new perspectives and objectives are sought. It also expands the network of contacts or enriches itself, establishing new friendships or professional relationships.
Are all student visas the same?
These visas have different characteristics determined by the country in which you wish to study.
For example, student visas for the United States are three:
The F1 Visa (granted to individuals conducting academic studies)
Visa J1 (is intended for students who require hands-on experience not available in their country)
M1 (for students who will perform vocational or technical programs).
The feature of the F1 and J1 visa is to give you the ability to work in the United States while your stay and study time elapses. Instead, the M1 visa doesn’t give you that possibility.
Applying for a student visa
It is a bureaucratic challenge to get a visa for students but in this article I want to give you some tips so that applying for your student visa is not a complex problem and also clear up some doubts. Always remember, that these are only advice and that the specific information must be requested at the Embassy or Consulate of the country of destination.
When is the student visa required?
The student visa enables you to study in a certain country for a period longer than 90 days in the case of the European Union. It is also a visa that is required for non-working internships, volunteer service, student mobility (such as Erasmus), training stays and studies for underage schooling.
Where is the student visa processed?
Usually the formalities are carried out at the Consulate of the country to which you want to go to study, which is located in your country of residence.
Tips for starting student visa processing
It has a folder where you have all the original documentation and several copies to contribute at each time you are requested.
Make a prior consultation with the consulate where you request information about the documentation to be submitted and also to have an appointment.
The appointment is usually of a personal nature, but can be made by a very well accredited representative, in case you live far from the consular office and you can prove that there are reasons why you cannot go to the Consulate Office.
Have enough money to cover the costs involved in the process.
It is very important to start the process 20 or more days in advance regarding the trip to another country to study. Remember that the process cannot be accelerated and different visa times are handled.
General requirements for applying for a visa
To have the opportunity to be granted your visa you must take into account these requirements:
Not having the citizenship of the country to which the visa is to be processed.
Have the allowed entry to the country that is intended to travel.
Have enough money to guarantee that you can take care of all the basic costs of staying in the country and also the return expenses.
Have health insurance or if you have a scholarship, test whether it also offers health insurance.
If the student is a minor and makes the trip alone, he/she must have permission from the parents or guardian in charge.
An important aspect is to have documentation that you are admitted to a school in the country to which you will travel.
Documentation to consider when applying for a visa
A clarification regarding the points I will mention below change depending on the country of origin and also depends on the country of destination. Another clarification I make to you and very important is that you always consult with the Embassy or Consulate of the country.
Having the passport in force, this document must be in good condition and with blank space for visas.
Documentation proving that you have ideal financial means to cover the stay during the period you apply for the visa and also that you can cover your return to the country.
Have documentation and copies of health insurance.
Medical certificate to validate that you do not have diseases that may pose a public health problem.
Documentation proving that you are admitted to an educational institution in the country to which the visa is applied. In some countries, if this documentation is in a language other than the local language, it is requested that you have a legalized official translation.
Have the criminal record certificate, if required.
All documentation related to identity.
Color photography, passport size.
What is the duration of the student visa?
It depends on the country that grants you the visa, often the duration of the visa is determined by the period to be studied or the duration of the study. If after the end of the validity time of the visa you want to continue to stay in the country where you are conducting your studies. It is possible to obtain an extension that is managed 2 or 3 months before the expiration date of your student visa. Requesting an extension usually requires reapply for documentation and an application that makes clear and with verifiable explanations of why a student visa extension is requested.