Study Abroad: 5 Proven Strategies for Successful Student Visa Application in 2023

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Study Abroad: Proven Strategies for Successful Student Visa Application in 2023

According to a report by ICEF Monitor based on data from the US Department of State, the USA rejected around 35% of all visa applications filed in 2022. This is a continuation of the trend from 2021, and also a very significant increase as compared to just a couple of years ago when the rejection rates hovered around 15-20%. The graph from ICEF Monitor given below of student visa rejection rates from 2010 to 2022 better illustrates this point.

US visa rejection rates 2010 - 2022
US visa rejection rates 2010 – 2022 (Source: ICEF Monitor)

The reason for this increase is not readily apparent or shared by the State Department, but some have attributed it to the overall increase in the number of applications filed and the number of visas granted to Indians.

In such a scenario, it is natural to be worried about your student visa getting rejected. However, following these 5 proven strategies will help you get your application across.

Proven Strategies for Successful student visa

1. Take the help of a professional.

While nobody is stopping you from filing your student visa application on your own, taking professional help and guidance is certainly not a bad idea. This is especially true when you are close to the starting date of your course and there is a very low margin for error, as is usually the case with visa applications.

2. Understand the common causes of visas getting rejected, and carefully assess your application.

Incorrect applications, not having a solid career plan, and not having correct reasoning behind choosing your course are some of the most common reasons behind visa applications getting rejected. We have covered this in detail in the blogs given below.

3. Document all your academic qualifications carefully, and make sure you satisfy the language proficiency requirements.

Make sure that you document all your academic qualifications carefully. Your mark sheets, certificates, LORs, and other papers must be authentic and stamped by the appropriate authorities. Most importantly, proof of English proficiency is required. It can be any English proficiency scorecard such as PTE, TOEFL, IELTS etc.

4. Have an adequate statement of purpose and proof of funding.

A strong statement of purpose is essential for articulating specific objectives and intents, and financial documentation lends authority and guarantees the project’s viability in practice.

Find out the apt documents required as proof of funding or evidence of financial support in your student visa application and make sure you have it all figured out before you even apply.

5. Honesty is the best policy but make sure you are prepared for your visa interview.

Being honest in a student visa interview is very important. However, walking into the interview without any preparation might set you up for a disaster. Even if it might be unintentional, saying something that portrays the wrong intent in an interview will have an adverse impact on your application.

Prepare a list of potential questions that might be asked during your visa interview, and make sure you have some pointers ready that will show your best side. Check out the blogs given below for expert tips to prepare for your student visa interview.

Steps To Take If Student Visa Gets Rejected 

Getting a student visa can be a challenging task for most applicants. However, here are some tips to follow after the rejection of a student visa. 

  • Reapply for a student visa again. 
  • If you have received repeated rejections from the first nation, you can either apply for it again or for a different one. 
  • Nonetheless, while re-applying for a visa for the same country, one should first identify the reasons for rejection. It’s better not to repeat the same mistake again. 
  • Check all of your supporting documentation, such as proof of funds, identification, academic credentials, and more, before reapplying. 

For more such exciting news updates, make sure you contact Leverage Edu to start your study abroad Journey.

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