Indian Students: New Visa Updates for Studying Abroad per Country
Changes in Visa Requirements for Indian Students Eyeing International Education
According to the latest data, there are approximately 13 lakh Indian students planning to go abroad for higher studies this year. Considering this sharp rise, understanding the changes in visa requirements for students to study in different countries is crucial.
Changes in US Student Visa Rules
For the Indian students aspiring to study in the USA, the visa requirements include a valid passport, a non-immigrant visa application, application fee payment, and a photo. However, due to the impact of COVID-19, flexibility has been introduced in student visa rules. Students can attend online classes, and even those enrolling in hybrid courses (both online and physical classes) are now eligible for visas. However, students need to fill DS-160, apply for an F/M student visa, and schedule an interview.
Updates on UK Visa Requirements
The UK has replaced the Tier 4 (General) student visa with the Student Route visa. The new point-based system allows Indian students to stay in the UK for up to 2 years post-study. Moreover, switching from a student visa to a work visa has been made easy. A valid passport, a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) from the university, proof of English proficiency, and evidence of finances are the core requisites.
Changes in Australia’s Student Visa Regulations
Australia has relaxed its visa rules due to COVID-19. The government is providing fee-free visa applications to international students who were unable to complete their studies due to the pandemic. Furthermore, students enrolled at an Australian institution online can count their online studies towards the Australian Study Requirement (ASR).
Canada's New Student Visa Policies
Canada, another popular host country, also has revised its visa policies. The country's post-graduation work permit program (PGWPP) allows students to stay and work in Canada up to three years after finishing their studies. The changes in visa policies now give more flexibility to online students, considering that they can complete up to 50% of their program online.
In conclusion, while the revisions in visa rules seem beneficial on many fronts, the students are urged to check the official embassy websites regularly. This will help them remain updated about any changes and plan their study abroad endeavor accordingly.