Student Visa Requirements for International Students
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Study Abroad Student Visa for Filipino Students
A specific visa or permit is necessary to study in a country like the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the UK. It is important to apply for a student visa as early as possible. The visa serves as an endorsement by a country’s immigration department that allows you to enter and stay in the nation for a specific period for your education.
Types of Student Visa Available for Filipino Students
Filipino students planning to study in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, or the UK usually apply for specific types of student visas. Although student visa requirements and types may slightly differ between countries, it is crucial to consult with an expert counsellor for accurate and up-to-date information. Here's a general overview of the common types of student visas available for Filipino students in these countries:
Student Visa for Filipino Students - the USA
To pursue a higher education qualification in the United States of America, you will also need a student visa. The school you plan to attend and the course you want to undertake determine whether you require an F1 visa or an M visa. If you intend to enrol in a college or university, an F1 visa is necessary. However, if you're joining a short recreational course that does not count toward a degree or academic certificate, you may apply for a visitor (B) visa. Please note that the visitor visa does not permit study leading to a US conferred degree or certificate, even for a short duration. For instance, students participating in distance learning programs that include a period on the institution's US campus must get an M1 or F1 visa before entering to study in the USA.
Student Visa for Filipino Students - Canada
Most international students planning to study in Canada at the primary, secondary, or post-secondary level must obtain a study permit. This permit is typically issued in conjunction with an acceptance letter from a designated learning institution. It is important to apply for the permit before travelling to Canada. Additionally, please note that you will also need a visitor visa or an electronic travel authorization (eTA) to study in Canada. Once your study permit is approved, the visa or authorization will be issued to you along with the permit.
Student Visa for Filipino Students - New Zealand
For full-time study in New Zealand, a Fee Paying Student Visa is required. While there are other visa types available for studying in the country, they may have duration limitations that keep you from pursuing a full-time university degree. On the other hand, the NZ student visa allows you to pursue the said qualification in the country. To obtain this NZ student visa, you must enrol with an approved education provider in the country and bear the full cost of your program.
Student Visa for Filipino Students - Australia
The visa subclass 500 is designed for full-time study at an accredited educational institution in Australia. Enrolling in a full-time, CRICOS-registered course is also essential to qualify for this visa. The subclass 500 visa is a temporary visa that allows you to study in Australia for up to five years, depending on the length and type of course.
Student Visa for Filipino Students - UK
The visa is applicable to students aged 16 or above who wish to study on a full-time basis in the UK. Non-residents can apply for the visa no earlier to study in the UK than six months before their course start date. The decision on the visa application is typically made within three weeks. The duration of stay depends on the length of the course and previous studies completed in the UK. Students above 18 years of age can generally stay in the UK for up to five years if they are pursuing degree-level courses and up to two years if their programs are below degree level.
Requirements to Avail Study Abroad Scholarships
|Australia||Course Enrollment||Enrolment in a full-time course registered on CRICOS.|
|English Proficiency||Evidence of English language proficiency, unless exempted.|
|Financial Proof||Sufficient funds to cover your stay in Australia.|
|Canada||Course Enrollment||Enrolment at a designated learning institution.|
|Financial Proof||Adequate financial resources to cover tuition fees and living expenses.|
|Intent to Leave||Proof of intent to leave Canada upon expiration of the study permit.|
|UK||Course Offer||An offer letter proving that you have a spot in a program from a licensed student sponsor.|
|Financial Proof||Sufficient funds to pay for the course and support yourself.|
|English Proficiency||Ability to speak, write, read, and understand the English language.|
|Parental Consent||Required if you are a 16- or 17-year-old person.|
|US||Valid Passport||A passport that remains valid for six months or more beyond your intended stay in the USA, unless exempted.|
|Visa Application||The Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page.|
|Application Fee||The payment receipt for the application fee.|
|Recent Photograph||A recent photograph.|
|New Zealand||Proof of Identity||Proof of identity.|
|Genuine Intent||A genuine intention to meet visa conditions.|
|Course Offer||An offer of a spot in a program from an approved education provider.|
|Financial Proof for Tuition||Sufficient funds to cover tuition fees (unless exempted).|
|Medical and Travel Insurance||Comprehensive medical and travel insurance for the duration of your stay.|
|Financial Proof for Living Expenses||Adequate funds for living expenses in New Zealand.|
How to Apply for a Student Visa to Study Abroad
To apply for a student visa to study abroad, select a destination country and an educational institution after conducting thorough research. Familiarise yourself with student visa requirements specific to the country of your choice. In each of the aforementioned countries, you must provide an acceptance letter or an equivalent document confirming your eligibility to undertake a program at a particular educational institution. Additionally, it is essential to meet basic criteria such as good health, a clean criminal record, and sufficient funds to cover your education and stay in the country. Consider consulting with an AECC counsellor to streamline the application process and start well in advance to account for potential delays and allow ample time.
Frequently asked questions
A student visa is an endorsement on a passport granted by immigration authorities of a country, allowing foreign students to enter and stay in that nation for a specified period to study at an educational institution.
In a statement of purpose for a student visa, you should explain your educational background, career goals, reasons for choosing a particular course and institution, and how it aligns with your future plans. It is also important that the letter emphasises your commitment to complying with visa regulations and returning to your home country after completing your studies. Feel free to contact an AECC counsellor if you want additional help to write a clear SOP for your visa application.
The cost of the visa varies depending on the country and its type. It typically includes application fees, visa processing fees, and other associated expenses such as health insurance, biometric appointments, and courier charges.
A pathway student visa is a type of visa that allows students to progress from a lower-level qualification to a higher-level one in the same or related field of study. A pathway student visa provides a structured pathway for students to complete their education and potentially apply for further visas or work opportunities.
The amount considered as good show money for a student visa varies depending on the country and the specific requirements of the immigration authority. It generally includes funds to cover tuition fees, living expenses, and any additional costs such as health insurance. Consult our immigration counsellors at AECC for specific information about a country's student visa requirements.
Whether a police clearance certificate is required for a student visa depends on the immigration regulations of the country you are applying to. Some countries may require applicants to submit a police clearance certificate to verify their character and conduct. It is important to check the specific student visa requirements of the country's immigration authority regarding police clearance.
A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is not typically required for a student visa application. However, it is advisable to include relevant educational qualifications, achievements, and work experience in the application form or any supporting documents if requested. The emphasis is usually on academic records, financial documents, statement of purpose, and other specific student visa requirements outlined by the immigration authority.
You will usually have to show your skills in English to get a student visa in the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the UK. The IELTS is only one of the few ways to prove that you meet the language requirements for the respective countries’ visas. However, there are also other test options available for a student visa in each of these countries. Whether the visa requires English proficiency or not, the university where you apply may require it. This means if you have to submit your university acceptance letter for the visa, you will need to have an applicable English language test score.