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The UK has long been considered one of the finest destinations for international education.
But what about the visa process? Are student visas difficult to obtain?
When applying for a visa, how should you organise and highlight your funds and assets?
And what about those self-proclaimed professionals, student agents? Are they worth the time and money?
Kevin Woods, head of the visa department at the British Deputy High Commission in Chennai, shared his expertise in UK visas during a chat with Get Ahead readers on June 13.
For those of you who missed it, here's the transcript:
Part I: Apply early to avoid the rush
Part II: Submit original documents
gaurav_10 asked, sir i am going for international business course and course fees is around 9000pounds and living cost around 7000pounds so adding all it would coust 16000pounds so i have to show that amount as liquid assent in mine saving account how old the money should me in account
KEVIN WOODS answers, we would like to see the evidence of the finances to have been there for a period of time (say six months) or evidence of where that money has come from.
ravi asked,can i get Job in IT Companies after doing MBA program in IT & Systems at UK?
swaroop asked,iam swaroop i have completed my MBA in 2005 now i want to persue another degree is anymasters degree in marketing can u let me know is it possible.and what r the chances of getting a visa. by the by iam ready with ielts with a score band of 6.0
srinimisha asked,If I pay the fee of first semester,is it considered as an advantage for a visa application
masula asked,one more Question our university statrs in August and if we apply for visa in june what would be the starting date for the migrating to london
nara asked,Hello I am doctor keen in do masters, will my age affect chances to get visa as Ia m 36
vcprabhu asked,Godd Afternoon Mr Wood. I hold a MBA degree from University of Wales and am currently working in India. Would it be possible for me to apply for HSMP from India and if yes what is the waiting period?
mokthiar.E asked,how can i apply for uk visa
Vignesh asked,Kevin. I have recently got my HSMP approval from the Home Office and need to apply for my HSMP-VISA. 2 quick questions 1. How much funds do I need to show to get a visa-approval ? Is it ok if it just suffices my 3-months stay there ? 2. What is the general probability of conversion-rate for a HSMP-visa ?
scouser asked,Will support of Liverpool football team earn my access to university?
jasjeet asked,I have done LLB degree in from Delhi university and am pursuing LLM at the moment. However I am desirous of doing my LLM degree from a UK based university. Can you please advise if my LLB degree would hold good for a pre-requisite for LLM degree from UK? Also what are the tution fee/other costs involved in pursuing a LLM degree from the UK
suzanne asked,Respected Sir, I will be highly obliged of you answer my question...do we have to submit all the orginal docs of degree and offer letter?
shoaib asked,hi kevin, i would like to know the student visa requirement qualification for united kingdom
GowthamiKankanalapalli asked,Hello Kevin this is gowthami i have been offered a place at university of nottingham i have a few doubts about and documents required for visa
sar asked,Hello Kevin, I have a 2 two HSMP visa, can I take up further studies in the UK based on this visa.
abcd asked,i have got only 76% in english in 10th in ICSE stream and 83% in 12th in ISC stream.i have got a over all band of 7.5 in IELTS with 7 in reading,writing and apeaking and 9 in listening.will i be called fro an interview to check my english or is the scores that i have got enough?
sindbad asked,How do you define degree level study in the UK aaccording to Immigration rules
sunil s sharma asked,sir is it really useful to apply with student agents or personally ?
suman asked,Dear Wood sir, I am working in retailing company . If i want to do retailing course hw should i proceed?
Charan asked,Hello, Iam a student in Germany [Images].I would like to apply for working holiday maker visa(as iam completing my studies in 2 months)...what are my chances .I have applied for US H1B visa and the visa is under administrative processing.so would it affect my chances for WHM.
arvindkavi asked,Dear sir, this is indeed a very nice and informative session, I am keeping patience for my chance 2 reply but due to official obligations I will have to shift to my routine work. May I have the previledge to get the reply via email at a later period. with best regards. my query was ----- I have done my M. Sc. Statistics in 1986 and since than working with Indian Council of Medical Research as Biostatistician, I wish to persue Ph. D. in Biostatistics, I did not appeared in any TOFEL/GRE/IELTS kind of exams. I have 20 years researc experience and few good publication. Pl advice me how to enroll for a Ph. D. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thangaraj Arumugam asked,I got visa rejected twice for UK Student Visa for not providing gud sponsor.This was happened due to improper guidance. Am going for complete educational loan this time for both tuition fee n living expenses...Am a bit fear on applying this time. I dont know wether my Visa get through this time...Can u giv me a suggesstion?
boscoo asked,Can i work full time during vacations while i am on a student Visa?
suhasini asked,Hello! I have offered a schlorship of 12,000 pounds per annum.Do I need a bank statement of my father for my VISA application?
Theeda asked,How many weeks prior to the starting date of course, would a student be allowed to goto UK?
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