If you are looking to study abroad, you will need to secure a student visa prior to the course starts. In most cases, visa issuing authority will want to justify your credibility as a genuine student visa issuing authority will want to justify your credibility as a genuine student in the form of interviews before making a decision.
There are many reasons for visa refusals but here are a few of the common reasons –
Failure to prove genuine intention to study or credibility as genuine student
- Poor academic backgrounds and long study gap without explanations,
- Choosing to study irrelevant course,
- Doubts in intention to study the proposed course,
- Academic ability to study the proposed course,
- Lacking in knowledge of course and institution and awareness of alternatives,
- Suspicious reasons for choosing a particular course or institution, including undue influence from family, friends and agents,
- Failure to explain why the student has chosen this country rather than the home country or other international study destinations.
Lack of knowledge about the prospective course
- what the prospective course offers, what knowledge it covers,
- why the course would be beneficial and what are the learning outcomes,
- course level, modules, structure, duration, assessment criteria, teaching methods,
- failure to compare similar/same courses offered at other universities,
- academic progression offered by the course,
- career prospects in home country after graduation.
Lack of knowledge about the prospective university
- reasons for choosing the university, awareness of alternatives,
- how the university compares with other universities in the country and other countries,
- teaching and assessment methods in the university,
- facilities and resources offered,
- lack of knowledge about course faculty,
- Unique features of the faculty and the university,
- location of the university.
Intention to leave the country at the end of the course
- applicants’ plans on completion of studies i.e. career prospects in home country,
- individual’s economic circumstances i.e. motivation for migration,
- links with the destination country including family and friends,
- links with country of origin, including family, employment and business interests.
Poor English language standard
- no or low English language test score,
- lacking basic English language competence,
- failure to communicate in correct English without aid of an interpreter,
- doubt in the ability to study the proposed course.
Submission of an invalid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS)/Visa Letter
- invalid supporting documentation,
- submission of ‘provisional’ certificates,
- failure to submit the education documents listed on the CAS,
- discrepancies relating to the proposed course and/or institution,
- not providing other documents that have been highlighted on the CAS.
Failure to submit specified financial documents
- failure to provide sufficient evidence of available funds,
- not being in receipt of the required funds for the mandatory period prior to application,
- submission of fraudulent documentation or non-verifiable documents,
- unable or unwilling to give a credible explanation of the source of funds,
- unable to give a credible explanation of how the funds would meet course and maintenance costs in future years,
- suspicion that money for the course was provided by an agent or other third party,
- an applicant/sponsor’s level of income did not equate to the cost of the proposed course,
- doubts in the ability to accommodate and maintain themselves and any dependants,
- doubts over whether funds could be accessed in the destination country,
- the applicant’s bank account was opened a short time before the application was made,
- had no history of money regularly coming in,
- submission of incorrect documents or incorrect formats.
Wanting to study abroad is a huge commitment that involves time, money and above all your future. For genuine students a degree from world-class universities in abroad could make a huge difference and you well deserve it. After overcoming the hard hurdles of acceptance by university, it is heart-breaking if you get your study visa refused, and we no way appreciate this. You may avoid refusals by following the steps below –
6 steps to success (6s2s)
Allow enough time to take preparation: take long preparations before admission and visa application. Gain sound efficiency in English language.
Research for detailed information: research, research and research in courses, universities and countries in details before making a decision to study abroad – be informed, be engaged.
Make arrangement for finance: talk to your family, take financial preparations, maintain appropriate funds in appropriate formats.
Gather appropriate documents: gather documents in correct formats i.e. original certificates, all documents in English, evidence to prove sources of funds.
Allow enough time for admission: apply for admission well before the course start date –ideally at least 3 months before your planned visa application.
Allow enough time for visa decision: submit visa application at least 6 to 8 weeks before your proposed course start date.
DO NOT –
- apply if you are not a genuine student,
- if you do not have financial ability,
- get your agent or someone else showing funds,
- submit any fake document or give false information,
- fall for cheap courses, cheap institutions and cheap promises.
Please read our blog ‘Credibility Interviews preparation for offer letter and student visa’ to prepare well for your higher study overseas.