Why Students Face Visa Rejection?
An overseas education is a dream for many students. Getting admitted and starting overseas education is a challenging phase of a student life, among them one of the challenging tasks is visa rejection.
Foreign students are welcomed by universities around the world for a variety of reasons international students add diversity to the student community. Most international students are bright students with excellent skills and academic abilities, and they are thus an asset to the university and even the country.
Now let’s get into the specifics of why a student face visa rejection.
Reasons behind Student Visa Rejection
1. Lack of Funds
The minimum need for studying in overseas is proof of adequate funds for the course/program. Financial evidence must show assets that can be used right away, such as cash, as opposed to real estate.
Visa officers do not expect you to have enough financial aid to cover the entire duration of your program, but you must have enough to cover at least your first academic year’s expenses.
The student visa application is denied if the immigration officer suspects financial insufficiency. Proof of sufficient finances for more than a year, as well as submit other documents supporting the finances.
2. Improper documentation
Lying or typo error or faking the mandatory documents are the common reasons behind visa rejection. The applicant has 2 to minutes to make the first impression to the visa officer
If the visa officer suspects a little about the originality about the candidate documents, without much thought they reject the visa.
The error can be in any of your document, like the passport, TOEFL, GRE, IELTS results, visa application form, bank statements, or academic records.
3. Family Ties
If you have a family member who is already in the country, this may raise red flags that either you are applying for a student visa under false pretences and your original intention is to move, or you intend to stay in the country after finishing your studies and pursuing a career, with no intention of returning to your home country.
If that is not the case, have a solid answer to explain to the visa officer the motive behind your application for the particular country’s university.
4. Delayed Application
Also a major mistake that applicants commit is applying late for visas. Make sure to apply for a visa as soon as your acceptance to a university in the country has been confirmed.
The proper timing of your student visa application is critical to the process success. Your application will get rejected, if you are applying for a student visa after the announcement of the course start date of the program.
Your visa application decision is directly related to the outcome of your visa interview. This could include being nervous during the interview, providing irrelevant or ambiguous information, failing to communicate effectively with the interviewer, and so on.
Make certain that you are well prepared for the interview so that you can confidently answer the questions.
6. Course Selection
The next place where visa gets rejected is during course selection. For example, a student with a below par academic record could be judged based on his or her 10th or 12th grade, as well as his or her IELTS / TOEFL score. If such students choose a difficult course, their visa application will almost certainly be denied.
Secondly, if a student chooses an easy subject that he or she has already studied at home, the visa officer may reject the application based on the applicant’s reasons for wanting to repeat the same course.
7. Passport Validity
This is a rare occasion but also a reason for visa rejection. If you are a long time passport holder while applying for international university, make sure your passport has at least 6 months of validity beyond the date of intended travel.
8. Language Proficiency Requirement
Language proficiency is both a university requirement and a visa requirement. This is required because you will be taught and expected to communicate in the same language throughout the course. Typically, this includes an IELTS language test, but the requirement varies by country.
If you have less proficiency or below par test results in that particular language, your visa will rejected without any second thought. As language proficiency is crucial for any student aspiring for an overseas education.
9. Study Plan Presentation
It is one of the most crucial documents reviewed by visa officers because it provides an overview of you, your academics and extracurricular activities, your chosen university and program, and your plans for your studies and future career goals.
This is the elevator pitch and you need to present a clear answer / clear plan about why you have chosen a particular course, university or country for your education.
Most of the visa rejection is based on small mistakes that are ignored by the applicants. Small details lead to big chaos for your overseas education. Make sure to look into these common small details and ace your visa process. Good luck.
For expert advice, get in touch with Kavitta Mehtta at 3RDiConsulting