Getting A Student Visa To Study In The US, Canada & Australia

Amy Smith / 5 min read
Studying abroad can have huge benefits and be a wonderful cultural experience but unfortunately, getting there isn’t as easy as jumping on a plane. You will need study permits or visas and each country has a different process. Let’s look at three popular study destinations; the US, Canada and Australia.
Studying abroad can have huge benefits and be a wonderful cultural experience but unfortunately, getting there isn’t as easy as jumping on a plane. You will need study permits or visas and each country has a different process. Let’s look at three popular study destinations; the US, Canada and Australia.

United States

Student visas in the US can take as long as 3-5 months so need to be applied for in advance. Depending on the consulate or embassy you apply to, some guidelines may be different so always check the one you are applying to for any specific differences. 

How To Apply:
  • 1.  Up to a year before your study, apply and get accepted into an SEVP approved school.
  • 2.  Pay the student fees (there may also be exchange visitor fees)
  • 3.  Complete your student visa application and provide recent passport photos for verification
  • 4.  Pay the visa fees and attend an interview for your visa. 

Canada

Studying in Canada requires a Canadian study permit which acts in a similar way to a student visa that lasts throughout your stay, however, if your course is under 6 months you don’t need to apply for one (although it’s probably a good idea to get one anyway in case you decide to continue onto a different program.) 

How To Apply: 
  1. 1.  Receive an acceptance letter from the school you are wishing to attend (it must be a recognized education provider)
  2. 2.  Fill out the online eligibility form(this will also tell you the documents you will need.) Depending on your home country you may also need to apply for a temporary residence permit. 
  3. 3.  If eligible, you will receive a personal code (valid up to 60 days) which will allow you to apply online (make sure to keep it for future reference). This online system will also prompt you for the documentation you need, along with student fees and guidelines. 
  4. 4.  Upload and send your application and document forms along with the fee payment to complete the application 
  5. 5.  You may need to attend your local visa office for an interview and provide proof that you can support yourself for the duration of your course as well as flying home. 

Australia

Applying for an Australian student visa can be a little more confusing as it requires you to meet certain guidelines including: 

  • -   English proficiency
  • -   Financial capabilities to support yourself
  • -   GTE – Genuine Temporary Entrant (demonstrate your intention to stay as a student or accompanying a dependent student) 
  • -   Health requirements and a character assessment

Once you have satisfied these you can apply for a visa and will need to provide the following accompanying documents: 

  • -   Proof of enrolment
  • -   Evidence of financial support or funds
  • -   Health insurance evidence
  • -   Recent passport photos
  • -   English proficiency results
  • -   Criminal background check
  • -   Completed application (157A) 
  • -   Paid application fees (normally around $420)
  • -   Copy of recent passport (or physically needs to be provided

This process is considerably shorter than the others and can be completed in around 4 weeks provided that you pass all the necessary checks. 

Hopefully this gives you a bit more insight into applying for student visas in the most common countries. Good luck in your studies!

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