Student Visa Requirements

Once you decide to go abroad for higher studies, you have to first select the educational institution of a foreign country of your choice to apply for admission there. If you get admission in your intended foreign educational institute, after that you can apply for a student visa to proceed to that foreign country where you got admission. Actually you have to fulfill various requirements to become eligible to get permission to leave your homeland and enter in a foreign land for the purpose of studying further.

Broadly speaking, student visa requirements by all the educationally advanced countries are same. Most of the developed countries have very strict set of requirements to issue a student visa to a foreign student. In less developed countries the criteria to allow foreign students get education in their educational institutions is not as strict as that of the developed countries but they too vigilantly check the financial, educational and personal background of the student visa seekers.

The biggest barrier to get a student visa

Answers by student visa aspirants Percentage of Answers
Lack of financial resources 77%
Poor academic performance 13%
Imperfect English language skills 8%
Cultural/geographical background 2%


Every country has its own detailed student visa requirements but there are some common conditions which each country applies strictly. Some advanced countries also investigate social and ethical background of the students apart from their ideological affiliations but that too is done in a much generalized way without embarrassing the visa applicants.

The most common documents required by every country for student visa are following:

  • Completely filled visa application form (every country has a quite different form)
  • Valid Passport issued by the native country of visa seeker
  • Photographs with colors and size as per directives of visa issuing authority
  • Admission Letter issued by the educational institute where visa seeker got admission
  • Original TOEFL, IELTS, Sitting, GRE or GMAT score sheets (as related)
  • Marks sheet of latest degree achieved by student visa seeker
  • Financial documents including details of property, assets and bank accounts
  • No objection certificate by native country for visa seeker to study abroad
  • Character certificate, police verification to affirm applicant’s non-involvement in antisocial activities

Antonette Russell of The Russell Law Firm telling students What are the requirements to obtain a student visa?

Here are some details about the three important student visa requirements that every country places for issuance of student visa to international students.

Valid Passport

You are not eligible to apply for any kind of visa unless you have a valid passport issued by your home country. Every country issues passport for a certain period of time like for two years or five years and one has to renew one’s passport after the end of validity period. It is actually a permission granted by the government of your country to leave your homeland for a certain period of time for one or more than one of various already defined and approved purposes. It is also source of keeping record of all those people who want to go abroad for various purposes.

One must obtain passport before applying for student visa. In every country there is passport issuing authority where one has to formally apply through an application form along with submission of various documents including:

  • Your social credential confirming you are not involved in any antisocial activity
  • Certificate confirming your place of residence
  • Copy of your national identity card
  • Four to eight passport size photographs

Many people remain under judicial inquiry in every country and government doesn’t want to let them leave the country unless they are proved innocent. Therefore, every passport applicant has to show his or her non-involvement in any kind of antisocial activity to get the passport.

Admission Letter

This is one of the most important student visa requirements to study abroad. A student visa seeker must have attained the minimum required marks to get education in a foreign country. The accreditation of the latest educational institution where one got the final degree in home country is also verified to see whether its standard matches with the international educational standard. Apart from this, the competency and intelligence of the student visa seeker is also assessed through online aptitude and entry test by foreign educational institution to evaluate his or her merit. The grant of admission in a foreign institution is itself a big support for the student visa seeker to get the visa for studies in a country where he or she got the admission in one of its educational institutions.

For admission in many high-repute foreign educational institutions, you just have to download the admission form of your desired foreign university or college from its website, fill it up mostly online with payment of admission processing fees (not admission fees) or send the admission form by post with payment of processing fee through any system of international money transfer. Thereafter you have to clear your English proficiency test and online entrance test of your desired foreign educational institution.

Proficiency in English language is not part of the set of student visa requirements but it’s a key condition to get admission in a foreign educational institution. In countries where education is imparted in English language, its proficiency for all those foreign students who want to get education there is declared as essential requirement. Every student visa seeker for such countries has to clear IELTS (International English Language Testing System) examination to become eligible to get admission in educational institutions of those countries where students are taught in English language. Some countries, where English is not language of teaching, offer few months’ native language learning course before start of main education program to make them understand local dialect to get education without any difficulty in communication.

Moreover, a few foreign educational institutions binds applicants to clear GMAT, GRE or Sitting test to qualify for admission in their technical departments. In such tests aspirants of admission have to get quite high numbers and just passing marks cannot make them eligible for admission.

Financial Support

This is one of the topmost student visa requirements by most of the countries which proves the sincerity of the purpose of a student seeking visa to get education in a foreign country. It remains main concern of visa issuing authority that whether a student visa aspire is genuinely a student and wants to come to its country for education or there is another purpose behind it.

Owing to economic problems most of the people from poor countries disguise themselves as students just to get student visa of a rich country and after going there instead of doing studies they do jobs and always exploit their impersonated status till the time period of their visa ends. Therefore, the requirement to see affordability of a student is actually a tool to stop infiltration of immigrants in rich countries in impersonation of students for other purposes mainly to earn money.

Affordability of student visa seekers is checked through proper documentation including:

  • Documentary evidences of financial soundness of their parents, guardians and themselves
  • Their bank balance and availability of finances to meet their educational, boarding and lodging expenditures abroad

It is also a source of confirmation that the applicant for student visa would not be an unwanted addition in the job market of a foreign country by doing a part-time or full-time job illegally. A few countries allow foreign students to do part-time job for a limited number of hours in a week in special cases.

After getting passport from native country and admission in a foreign educational institute, one can apply for the student visa for a country having educational institute where one got admission. Visa application form along with other necessary documents including contact form and character or ideological verification forms can be obtained from the visa office of that foreign country located in its embassy or consulate in the country of visa applicant. Every country has its embassy or consulate in almost all the countries of the world.

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