Applying for your Tier 4 Student Visa can be a confusing and arduous task, and it isn’t always clear what information you need to include, and which documents you need to send in. Couple that with the fact that your application can be rejected based on an ill-prepared application, wasting both your time and money, and you’ll soon realize how stressful this process is. With the help of your advisor, however, it should be a smooth and straightforward process. We have years of experience with helping students apply for their student visas, and we’ve all gone through the process ourselves as well! So here are a few points to make the most of your advisor during your visa application:
- Please read the visa instructions and examples At the end of May, or beginning of June, your advisor will start sending out our visa application guidelines, which is essentially step-by-step instructions on how to fill out the visa application, as well as what to expect during and after this process. This will be your number one resource for the visa process, and it should answer most of your questions, so do take the time to read it carefully and thoroughly before starting your own application. If you do have any follow-up questions, don’t be afraid to email your advisor.
- Watch the webinar For those of you who are auditory learners, we host a handful of webinars in June and July where we go through the application process together, and give students the opportunity to ask questions live. This can be very useful as we can emphasize the parts of the process that are crucial to get right, and help clarify any terms or procedures that may not have been straightforward in the visa applications guidelines. If you are unable to attend one of our set webinar times, you can request a recording from your advisor afterwards.
- Ask specific questions, with screenshots if necessary When emailing your advisor with questions, do be as specific and precise as possible. I’ve had a lot of emails from students with vague questions without any context, which I’ve had to ask them to clarify, or worse, I assumed they were asking something else, and so I answered the wrong question, confusing us both. Being clear and specific will save everyone time and stress, and will ensure that your application is being filled out properly. If you’ve started your visa application, including a screenshot of the page you’re asking about can also help clarify things, and will speed up the process of getting a proper answer.
- If you have lots of questions, schedule a Skype or phone chat with your advisor You will likely have lots of questions while preparing your visa application, and we are more than happy to answer every one of them. However, emailing several of those questions individually in one sentence emails in a short period of time can make it hard for your advisor to keep track of which questions have already been answered, and we may miss some. Instead of sending 10 or 20 emails in a day, request a Skype or phone chat with your advisor. One 5-10 minute verbal conversation can cover all of your questions quickly, without confusion, which will be more efficient and easier than answering a pile of emails one by one.
Applying for your student visa is very particular process, so it’s important to be careful to do everything properly. With the help of your advisor, however, it should be a smooth and straightforward process, and we do try to make it as stress free as possible, so that you can focus on your upcoming adventure! If you haven’t yet enquired with us, and would like to find out more about studying in the UK and the application process, please contact one of our Advisors.