is the last major document a student needs to complete his or her dream to study in a foreign university. Each country has different processing time for student visa. Hence, it is very important for a prospective student to know the application process, documents needed and average time taken for the issue of visa of the country that he/she intends to go for higher studies.

Is it tough to get a visa?

The answer to this question depends upon your destination.

Hemanshu“Every country has different requirements for different visa. For Student visa, most of the preferred destinations have not so stringent conditions and once the financial assessment is cleared, verification of offer letter, medical check-up and submission of other documents concludes the process,” says Hemanshu Rai, Alumnus of University of Canberra, Australia.

For some countries, the process is straightforward and relatively quick, but for other countries, obtaining a visa can be very time consuming and quite expensive. Let’s take an example of USA visa. While getting into U.S. schools is tough, getting a visa to attend school shouldn't be. If you have all the proper documentation and have paid all fees, the U.S. Embassy can help facilitate your dream of studying in the U.S.  Nonetheless, all applicants for student visas must overcome the legal presumption that they intend to immigrate to the U.S.  During the visa interview, a prospective student visa holder must convince the consular officer that he or she fully intends to return to the home country upon completion of U.S. studies, explains Kuldeep Kamboj, Managing Director, ESM Immigration Consultant, Chandigarh.

What’s the usual duration for visa paper work?

Processing time of student visa is different for different countries. It is advisable to be in the know once the application is sent to the university. Eventually, when the offer letter is received, the applicant would know how much time it will take for the visa processing and if it will be processed before the session at the university starts. You will need to begin preparations for obtaining your visa upon receipt of your country specific visa information. Usually, 4-6 weeks is taken for student visa processing.

Visa processing time for various countries

Given below is the average time taken to process student visa for various countries:

CountryTime taken
Canada3 weeks
The United StatesUpto 8 weeks
The United Kingdom4 to 6 weeks
Australia21 days to 3 months
Germany12 weeks
New Zealand25 days to 3 months
France3 months
JapanUpto 4 months
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