FAQs : Visa Information

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Australia visa information

Do I need a visa to study in Australia?

If you plan to study less than 12 weeks in total, you will need to apply for a Tourist Visa. If your length of study is over 12 weeks, you will need a Student Visa. For more information about obtaining an Australia visa, please contact us.

How Long time does it take to get a Study permit?

Processing times vary. It depends on the type of application you submit, and where it is processed.

How soon can I start?

If you are applying for a visa you should give yourself one month until your desired starting dates, especially if you need accommodation.

What happens if my visa is denied?

Sindibad Education Consultancy will submit another application

Does Sindibad Education Consultancy issue visas for Australia?

No. All visas are issued by the Australian Immigration Service, we help you with the procedures.

How do I get a visa?

You must first apply to study at Australian School . Sindibad Education Consultancy will bring an Enrollment Agreement (EA) and invoice to you. After that Sindibad Education Consultancy will submit visa application.

Which Embassy should I visit?

There are no personal interview in the event of submit visa application so visa section in Sindibad Education Consultancy  is responsible for submit visa application and follow-up.

How long will my visa be valid for?

Visas are typically given for the length of your course + 4 weeks.

Can Sindibad Education Consultancy help me complete an application for a visa?

Yes, We can do this

Can my student visa be extended if I need more time to study?

Yes, You can

What does Australian Immigration Services require in a bank statement?

The bank statement/letter should show that you and/or your sponsor have enough funds to cover the cost of study. In addition, it must show that all funds are readily available without penalty for withdrawal. You can show funds through multiple accounts and/or multiple sponsors, if necessary.

Do I have to show a bank statement on arrival even if I have paid?

Sindibad Education Consultancy recommends that all students arriving into the country carry with them proper documentation

How much money do I need to show on my bank statement?

Nearly  SAR 50,000

Can I change my start date after receiving my Student Visa?

You can change your start date any time before entering Australia. Simply contact us to confirm your new start date

Can I enter Australia before or after my start date?

The Student Visa issued to you by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship will notify you of the dates your Student Visa is valid. You should adhere to these dates.

What documents will I need to show at the Port of Entry?

In general, you must show the Port of Entry Officer the following documents. If these documents are missing or incomplete, you may be detained, questioned or denied entry altogether:

  • A valid (non-expired) passport
  • A valid (non-expired) Student Visa (if applicable)
  • Bank statement
  • Proof of outbound travel (if arriving on a visitor's visa)
  • Documents from Australian School:
  • - Letter of Acceptance - Receipt

What are the study requirements at Australian School?

Students on a Student Visa must study full time. Full time study is 21 hours of English tuition per week If you do not meet Australian School full time study requirements while studying with a Student Visa, Australian School will be obliged to notify the Department of Immigration and Citizenship of your status and you risk falling out of legal status.

Can I work during my studies at Australian School?

Students with a valid STUDENT visa may work up to 40 hours per two week after starting their course and work unlimited hours during their course holidays. This work right is included automatically for all students coming in on a student visa. Students may also work on a working holiday visa, but not on a tourist visa may not work.

How do I apply?

Contact with Sindibad Education Consultancy

Canada visa information

Do I need a Study Permit to study in Canada?

You do not need a Study Permit if you enroll in a program that is six months or less and complete it within the authorized period. However, as an international student you must obtain a Study Permit to study in Canada if you intend to study for more than six months. If you are going to need a Study Permit it is recommended that you apply for one before travelling to Canada because applications can only be made from abroad. If you decide to extend your course or continue your studies for more than 6 months once you arrive in Canada, you will need to leave the country in order to apply for your Study Permit if you did not obtain one in advance.

How do I apply for a Study Permit?

If you are outside Canada, contact a Sindibad Education Consultancy.

When should I apply for a Study Permit?

You should apply as soon as you receive your acceptance  letter from Canadian School.

How much time does it take to get a Study permit?

The process time for the application varies at different visa offices.

What will I need to make my application?

You must first apply at letter of acceptance from Canadian School.

What supporting documents should I include with my application?

Proof of acceptance from Canadian School

  • Letter from Canadian School that includes the name of the institution, confirmation of acceptance and/or registration as a student, course of study, duration of the academic programme and the latest date you may register

Proof of identity

  • Valid passport or travel document that guarantees re-entry to the country that issued it (citizens and permanent residents of the US, St. Pierre and Miquelon and Greenland do not require passports but require proof of status and citizenship, such as a national identity card or alien registration card)
  • Two identical passport-sized (4.5 x 3.5) photos of you and your accompanying family members that should be:
    • Taken within the last six months in colour or black and white
    • Clear and taken against a light-coloured background
    • Printed on normal photographic paper
    • Full face with a neutral expression and without sunglasses, hat or other head covering unless it is for cultural or religious purposes

Proof of financial support Proof you have sufficient funds to pay for tuition fees, living expenses for yourself and accompanying family members, return transportation for yourself and accompanying family members. Such evidence may include:

  • Proof of a Canadian Bank account in your name if money has been transferred to Canada
  • Bank statements for the past Six months
  • Bank draft in convertible currency
  • Proof of payment of tuition and residence fees
  • Proof of funding paid from within Canada if you have a scholarship

You must also prove that you will leave Canada at the end of your studies. If your country has foreign exchange controls, you must provide proof that you will be permitted by the exchange control authorities of your country to export funds for all your expenses. Additional documents may be required, including medical and security information.

What will happen when I make my application?

Your application will be reviewed,. If approved, you will receive a letter of confirmation.

Can I extend my stay as a student?

If you have a Study Permit, you can apply to extend your stay as a student over 6 months through a Canadian visa office within Canada. If you do not have a Study Permit you can extend your course or enrol in another course as long as you are not studying for longer than 6 months in total.

Can I work during my studies at Canadian School?

Students must be in Canada at least 3 months before they can apply to work on campus only. They may work off campus after 6 months...of course, this all provisional that their level of English is high and that they will need to apply for a Social Insurance Number.

What do I need to participate in work program in Canadian School?

You will need to obtain a work permit. The following conditions must be met to be eligible for a work permit:

  • Have a valid Study Permit
  • Intended employment must be part of your programme of study in Canada
  • Have a letter from a responsible academic official of the institution
  • Work or internship employment must not form more than 50% of your total program of study

To apply for a work permit, complete and mail the application form with the necessary documents. For more information, visit the guide for student work permits.

Do I need a Temporary Resident Visa?

Yes. you will need a Temporary Resident Visa.

How do I apply for a Temporary Resident Visa?

You do not need to make a separate application or pay a separate fee for a Temporary Resident Visa. An officer will issue the visa at the same time you receive the documentation necessary for entry to Canada as a student.

What documents will I need to show at the Point of Entry?

Make sure you have the following documents with you at the point of entry:

  • Valid passport
  • Letter of introduction confirming your Study Permit was approved, if required
  • Valid Temporary Resident Visa, if required
  • Copy of your acceptance letter from Canadian School
  • Proof of sufficient funds for the duration of your stay in Canada
  • Reference letters or other documents recommended by your local Canadian visa office

You may not gain entry to Canada if any of these documents are missing or incorrect.

Can I bring my husband, wife or / and dependent children with me?

Yes, they may accompany you to Canada or join you at a later date. Your spouse must meet the requirements for temporary residents in Canada, and your children must meet the requirements for a Type A, B or C dependent child status. If they are to join you at a later date, they must make a separate application.

Can I leave and re-enter Canada?

Yes, as long as you have a valid passport or travel document and Study Permit (if applicable) with you. If you are required to have a Temporary Resident Visa, you will also need to have a valid entry visa to re-enter (unless you are returning to Canada from the United States or St-Pierre and Miquelon, and you return before the expiration period initially authorized for your entry).

Where can I get more advice and information?

Please visit Sindibad Education Consultancy visa department.

Ireland visa information

Before you travel

  • Do I need a visa to study in Ireland?

Yes, as a Saudi Student you need visa to study in Ireland.:

3. The application

  • The following information outlines the minimum documentation you must submit with your application. Please read carefully.

Papers and documents required for visa Scholastic Ireland Papers and documents required (must be original and in English or accompanied by a translation)
1 - a passport valid for a period of not less than 12 months (attach with previous passports if any)
2- Tow personal photo with white background
3 - Visa fee (€ 60.00) equivalent to 360 SR.
4 - Bank statement for the last 6 months and balance no less than 50 thousand Saudi Riyals.

If you scholarship  student please, please attach evidence of this employment letter from person who will cover all costs for your studing in Ireland+ copy of passport for the person who will cover all costs for your studing in Ireland+ financial support. letter If you are an employee (a letter of introduction from mentions work by the salary and job title and date of appointment). • If you are married, please attach a copy of family card. As for the child is added family,card please attach a birth certificate. 7- Admission from the Institute or University of Ireland proves that you will be taught there. 8-  Acceptance of housing in Ireland 9- Certificates of educational qualifications. 10-  reservation ticket for Ireland. 11. The  bill of costs for your Course in Ireland. If you pay any fees for the study and accommodation in Ireland, please attach the invoice

Decisions

the times different of applications for student visa , according to the volume of applications submitted, but the demand examination takes about 48 hours of the date of application to the Ireland Embassy in Riyadh

Right of Appeal

    • If you are refused a visa you may appeal this decision within 2 months
    • Appeals must be submitted in writing to: The Visa Appeals Officer, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, 13-14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2.

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B. AFTER ARRIVING IN IRELAND

  • If your application for a visa has been approved, the Embassy to which you applied will affix a visa to your passport
  • The dates entered on your visa indicate the dates between which you may seek to enter the State
  • It is important to note that a visa is a form of pre-entry clearance to the State only, and does not guarantee that you will be permitted to enter or remain in the State
  • Immigration Officers at the point of entry are entitled to question any person on arrival. If they are not satisfied with the bona-fides of any person, or their reasons for wishing to enter the State, they have the right to deny entry to any such person, despite the fact they hold a valid visa
  • It is recommended that you have supporting documentation related to your course of study with you to present to the Immigration Officer on disembarkation from your flight
  • Once you arrive at the school you will need to carry out the following steps:
    • Get a letter from the reception to allow opening of a bank account.
    • Open the bank account with Bank of Ireland, College Green, Dublin 2 (Five minutes by foot from school) with a minimum balance of €1000. The bank statement, which is for immigration purposes, is issued immediately.
    • Return to school to get an immigration letter stating course duration, type, insurance, and ACELS code.
    • The school simultaneously delivers a copy of the letter to the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB).
    • Wait one week before presenting at the GNIB office in Burgh Quay, Dublin 2 (10-minute walk from the school) with passport, bank statement and €150.
    • If you are staying for less than 25 weeks you should receive a student visa in your passport. If you are staying for 25 weeks or more, you should receive a student visa with permission to work part time.
    • If you are staying in accommodation organized by the school, you may request letter to apply for a Personal Public Number (PPS) number to be sent to the address of your accommodation. It takes one week

2. How do I apply to extend my student visa?

  • If you wish to study in Ireland for less than three months you should apply for a 'C study visa'. If your course lasts longer than three months, you should apply for a 'D study visa'.
  • If you hold a 'C study visa' and wish to extend the period of your stay in Ireland, you should visit the GNIB office on Burgh Quay You may also be requested to apply in writing for your visa extension to the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (INIS). Generally speaking, the duration of a 'C study visa', (that is, a three-month visa for study in Ireland) is not extended once you have arrived in Ireland. Extensions will be granted in exceptional cases only. It's very important therefore to make sure you know the duration of your course before you apply for a visa.
    • Your application to extend your visa should contain the following information:
    • Details of and proof of payment of course/study fees
    • Details of the course of study
    • Information on where you will live
    • Evidence that you are self-sufficient
    • Copy of your passport with your original study visa
    • Visa reference number and your nationality
    • Details of attendance if this is a further education course.

3. Attendance at Course

  • You have been granted a Study Visa on the basis that you will attend school/college to partake in a course which involves at least 15 hours of organised daytime tuition each week.
  • It will be necessary for you to show evidence of your attendance record to the Garda National Immigration Bureau when seeking to have your permission to remain in the State extended.
  • If you do not show a satisfactory attendance rate at your course you will not be entitled to remain in the State. It is expected that students will be able to demonstrate an attendance rate of 80% or higher at their chosen course of study to which the visa relates.

4. Registration and Permission to Remain

  • If you intend staying in Ireland for more than 90 days, it is a requirement that you register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) either at 13-14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2, or the Immigration Officer in area in which you are residing. There is a charge of €150 each time you register
  • Extensions of your permission to remain in the State to pursue your studies will only be granted if the Immigration Officer is satisfied with matters such as your level of attendance at your course, evidence of your accommodation, finances and medical insurance
  • Permission to remain in the State is not usually granted for a period of more than a total of 18 months unless the student is attending a full time course of at least one year's duration leading to qualifications recognised by the Minister for Education and Science.

5. Re-entry Visas

•The initial visa issued to you will be valid for a single entry to the State •If you have a valid reason for leaving the State for a short period of time you must apply, in advance of making any arrangements, for a Re-entry visa. •You must be able to prove you will be continuing with your studies on your return to the State •Before are-entry visa can be issued, you must be registered with the Garda National Immigration Bureau

6. Students Under 18 Years of Age

  • Any person who wishes to pursue a course of study in Ireland must be enrolled at a private fee-paying school or college
  • The requirements outlined above will apply for all students
  • Parental consent from both parents(where applicable) is required
  • The granting of a visa to a person under the age of 18 years for the purpose of study does not give any entitlement to any other family member to accompany or join the student in the State
  • Details of the person in whose care the minor shall be must be provided with the application
  • The provisions of Part IVB of the Children Act 2001 will apply when examining such applications.

New Zealand visa information

Do I need a visa to study in New Zealand?

If you plan to study less than 12 weeks in total, you do not need a student visa. If your length of study is over 12 weeks, you will need a Student Visa. The government of New Zealand and in the framework of measures to facilitate the entry of Saudi nationals to its territory, any willing to travel to it does not require him to obtain a visa prior to their territory. the Government gives to  all coming from Saudi Arabia visa at the airport during their arrival for a period of three months in the case of the presence and the traveler wishes to stay for more than three months, should advances to the authorities for a visa to stay.

How do I get a visa?

You must first apply to study at

New Zealand School

. If you are eligible for admission, Sindibad Education Consultancy will bring a 'Letter of Acceptance' and 'Schedule of Charges' to you.

New Zealand School

will issue you a receipt and new Letter of Acceptance when full payment is received for your booking.

How soon can I start?

If you are applying for a visa you should give yourself from 1 - 2 months until your desired starting dates, especially if you need accommodation.

Do I need to write a start date on my visa application?

Yes, We need

How long will my visa be valid for?

Visas are typically given for the length of your course + 4 weeks.

Can Sindibad Education Consultaancy help me complete an application for a visa?

Sindibad Education Consultancy is able to provide you with the documents to prove you are a confirmed student at New Zeland school (Letter of Acceptance, Accommodation Guarantee, and/or Receipt).

Can my student visa be extended if I need more time to study?

Yes,

What does New Zealand Immigration Services require in a bank statement?

The bank statement/letter should show that you and/or your sponsor have enough funds to cover the cost of study. In addition, it must show that all funds are readily available without penalty for withdrawal. For this reason, statements from checking and/or savings accounts are best. Income statements, property deeds and other similar forms of investments are typically not acceptable. You can show funds through multiple accounts and/or multiple sponsors, if necessary.

How much money do I need to show on my bank statement?

New Zealand Immigration Service needs to see that you have sufficient funds to cover your living requirements while in New Zealand. If you have pre-arranged accommodation, your bank statement should show NZD 400 per month. If you do not have pre-arranged accommodation, your bank statement should show NZD 1000 per month.

Can I change my start date after receiving my Student Visa?

You can change your start date any time before entering N.Z. Simply contact Sindibad Education Consultancy to confirm your new start date. Simply go to the Sindibad Education Consultancy and let them know you want to start early.

Can I change schools after receiving my Student Visa?

Yes, You can but If your visa has been issued, you can change locations, but you will need to apply for a Variation of Conditions before arriving in N.Z. A Variation of Conditions will cost an additional fee

Can I enter New Zealand before or after my start date?

The Student Visa issued to you by N.Z.I.S will notify you of the dates your Student Visa is valid. You should adhere to these dates. If you travel to N.Z. after your start date, you will probably face problems at the Port of Entry, since it appears you failed to meet the requirement of reporting to the school by your start date. To prevent problems at the Port of Entry, you should contact Sindibad Education Consultaancy and ask that we postpone your start date if you are unable to arrive before your start date.

What documents will I need to show at the Port of Entry?

In general, you must show the Port of Entry Officer the following documents. If these documents are missing or incomplete, you may be detained, questioned or denied entry altogether:

  • A valid (non-expired) passport
  • A valid (non-expired) Student Visa (if applicable)
  • Bank statement
  • Proof of outbound travel (if arriving on a visitor's visa)
  • Documents from New Zeland school:
  • - Letter of Acceptance - Receipt

For more information checkout the NZIS website:

www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/settlementpack/onarrival/WhenYouArrive

Malta Visa information

Who requires a visa?

Third-country nationals may enter and travel within the territory of the Member States applying the Schengen provisions for a period not exceeding three (3) months (90 days) in any six-month period (180 days) provided they fulfil the entry conditions laid down in the Schengen acquis, now integrated into the EU.
Special rules apply to non-EU national family members of EU citizens, with differing travel rights according to whether they are travelling with the EU citizen or travelling alone. In addition, a valid residence permit issued by an EU Member State applying the Schengen provisions can permit a non-EU national to travel to other Member States in the Schengen area without a visa.
The rights of non-EU nationals legally residing in the territory of a Member State to travel within the European Union are also outlined in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. The charter asserts the right of every European citizen to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States. It adds that these rights may be granted to third-country nationals.

The nationals of the following countries require a visa to enter Malta:


Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burma/Myanmar, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Rep, Chad, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cote D’ivoire, Cuba, Dem Rep Of Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Fyrom (*), Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro (*), Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Northern Marianas (Is), Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome & Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Lucia, St Vincent, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trindad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Notes:


On 21 December 2007 Malta joined the Schengen system at the end of a gradual process of adjusting to the common visa regime provided by the Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement.
The Schengen area includes the territory of the following 22 European Union countries and associated countries: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Bulgaria, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the United Kingdom still do not participate in the Schengen cooperation.
(*) Bio-metric passport holders are exempted from the visa requirement.

What documents will be required?


This documentation, depending on the type of visa requested or which Malta’s diplomatic mission deems it can issue, must necessarily state:
– the purpose of the visit
– means of transport and for the return journey
– means of subsistence (support) during the journey and stay
– accommodation arrangements.

These supporting documents include:


– supporting documents regarding the purpose of the visit shall mean, for example:
– a letter of invitation
– a summons
– a certificate of enrolment
– an organised trip.

Supporting documents regarding means of transport, for example:


– a valid return ticket or
– a certificate of a reserved and prepaid journey
– supporting documents regarding means of subsistence.

The following may be accepted as proof of means of subsistence:

– cash in convertible currency
– traveller’s cheques
– cheque books for a foreign currency account
– credit cards
– or any other means that guarantees funds in hard currency.
The level of means of subsistence shall be proportionate to the length and purpose of the stay, and to the amount of € 48 per day.

Supporting documents regarding accommodation


The following documents inter alia may be accepted as proof of accommodation:
– hotel reservation or reservation for a similar establishment
– documents proving the existence of a lease or a title deed, in the applicant’s name, to a property situated in the country to be visited
– where a third-country national states that he/she shall stay at a person’s home or in an institution, the applicant must present a written declaration by the host which vouches for the host’s commitment to accommodate. The diplomatic mission and consular posts will verify such declarations, where such checks are necessary;
– or by requiring that a certificate be presented which vouches for the commitment to accommodate, in the form of a harmonised form filled in by the host/institution and stamped by the competent authority in Malta, according to the provisions laid down in its national legislation.
In addition, in support of an application for a short-term or travel visa, applicants must show that they are in possession of adequate and valid individual or group Travel Medical Insurance to cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment. The insurance must be valid throughout the Schengen Member States and cover the entire period of the person’s stay. The minimum coverage is of € 30,000.

Time required to issue visa:


A minimum of 15 days is required for processing.

What is the cost of a visa?


Airport Transit Visa (Category A) € 60
Short-Stay Visa (Category C) € 60
Limited Territorial Validity Visa € 60
National Visa (Category D) € 60.

Note:


(a) Nationals of Algeria can obtain their visa free of charge.
(b) Visitors requiring an entry visa to Malta and undertaking day trips of less than 24 hours to another country do not need to pay for another entry visa on their return to Malta.

How long is the visa valid for?


Transit visa: 24 hours.
Short-Stay Visa (Type C), valid for up to 90 days (For single or multiple entries)
Long stay or “national” visas(Type D) valid for visits that are longer than 90 days. (With one or more entries, in the territory of the Schengen State whose diplomatic representative issued the visa, and to transit through the territory of other Schengen States for a period of not more than five days.)

Other information:

English Courses in Malta
Admission into Malta, is only permitted to third country nationals who:
- seek entry through a border crossing point;
– are in possession of a valid passport or equivalent recognized travel document permitting them to cross the border;
– are in possession of documents substantiating the purpose and the conditions of the planned visit and have sufficient means of support, both for the period of the planned visit and to return to their country of origin (or to travel in transit to a Third State). A third country national who already holds a residence permit issued by one of the Schengen Member States is exempted from this requirement.
– are in possession of a valid entry or transit visa, if required;
– have not been prohibited to enter through an alert in the Schengen Information System;

UK Visa Information

What is a visa?

A visa is a certificate that is put into your passport or travel document by an

Entry Clearance Officer

who works in

The Visa Section

(visa application office) at a

British mission overseas.

The visa gives you permission to enter the UK.

When you arrive in the UK, an Immigration Officer may ask you questions, so pack all relevant documents in your hand luggage.

Do I need a visa to study in the UK?

You will need a visa if you:

  • Are not an EEA national
  • Are stateless (you don't have a nationality)
  • Hold a non-national travel document, or
  • Hold a passport issued by an authority that is not recognised in the UK

You do not need an entry clearance if you are a non-visa national, but you will have to satisfy the Immigration Officer that you qualify for entry to study when you arrive in the UK. You must be able to show that you have been accepted on a course of study at an approved educational provider that is on the Boarder Agency Tier 4 Register of Sponsors.

Which visa should I apply for if I am under 18?

You should apply for the child visa if you are under 18 years old and want to attend a course of less than six months, otherwise you should apply for a Tier 4 (child) Student visa.

Which visa should I apply for if I want to study for less than 11 months?

If you are applying from January 10, 2011 onwards, are over 18 years old and intend to book an English language course for less than 11 months, you should apply for a Student Visitor Visa This is basically a form of the Tourist Visa and will be outside the Points Based System. However, you can only be issued the Student Visitor Visa if you are enrolled at an accredited institution, and you will have to satisfy immigration on the current tests of intent to study, ability to follow the course, and intent to return home afterwards. The Student Visitor Visa has no entitlements (no right to work, to switch to another visa category, to extend or bring in dependants). It will have a maximum duration of 11 months and is intended for those who simply wish to come to the UK to take an English language course. If you are a 'non-visa-national' who does not normally need a visa to study for up to 6 months, you must apply for the extended visa if you wish to take a longer English language course.

Which visa should I apply for if I want to study for less than 11 months?

You can apply of Short-term student visa, if you are aged 18 or over, and you want to study in the UK for up to six months.

How do I qualify for a Tier 4 (General) Adult Student Visa to the UK?

To be eligible for an Adult Student Visa under the new points based system you must have a total of 40 points, to gain the necessary points you should:

  • Apply to a school that is accredited by an accrediting body approved by the UK Border Agency. Most UK schools are accredited by Accreditation UK one of the approved government accrediting bodies
  • Apply to a school that is on the UKBA Register of Sponsors (only education institutions accredited by an approved accrediting body are eligible to apply to be on the Register). Most UK schools are on the Register of Sponsors

This will give you an initial 30 points, a final 10 points are obtained by showing you have sufficient funds to pay for your course and your living expenses in the UK.

How do I apply for a visa?

Please contact Sindibad Education Consultancy

What is the Points Based Visa System?

From March 2009 the UK government has implemented a new Points Based Visa System for international students applying for an Adult Student Visa (6 months or more) to enable entry to the UK to attend a full time program of study. The new system will be more objective and transparent than the previous regulations but does mean there are changes to the visa process and documents you will need to prepare before you leave your home country. Please read the following carefully.

How do I show that I have sufficient funds?

You have to demonstrate to immigration officials that you have enough funds in your bank account to cover your course fees for one year or the whole length of course if shorter than a year and enough living expenses for your first 9 months stay in the UK which is calculated as £1265 per month for London and £1015 per month for everywhere else in the UK.

How do I prove that I meet the required minimum English language level?

You must submit evidence to the UK Embassy/Consulate that you meet a minimum English language level of CEFR B1 when applying for a Tier 4 (General) student visa. The test must be on the approved SELT (secure English language test) list available on the UKVI website – please check for the most up to date list.

  • High school certificate/attendance record, university certificate or other document which shows the student has studied English on a full or part time basis and the level of English they have reached
  • Certificate from an internationally recognised English exam such as IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC or other Cambridge Exam. (N.B. this is NOT compulsory but could be used if you have taken one of these examinations )
  • A teacher's reference or certificate from a local language school to establish the dates of an English course the student participated in and the English level reached

What happens if my English level is Beginner or Elementary?

If your English level is below CEFR B1 (i.e. Beginner or Elementary) you can only initially apply for a Short term study visa and then would have to re-apply for the Tier 4 student visa in your home country when you have achieved the required level.

What are the implications if I apply for the Foundation/Pre- Masters program?

Students who come to study pre session English and a Foundation Certificate or Pre-Masters course will be only be given a visa for the pre-sessional English and Foundation/Pre-Masters course. Once you have successfully completed those courses and met the entry requirement of your intended university conditional offer you can then apply (in the UK) for an extension to your visa. You will need original academic documents when you apply for their visa and to have evidence of your English level as well.

What happens if I want to include an internship in my program?

Students wanting to include an Internship as part of their course should apply for the Adult Student Visa in the same way as for a General English course. Note that this applies even if the overall program duration is less than 6 months. You will be allowed to do a work placement as part of your course of study as long as the work placement is an assessed part of the course and is of an acceptable level.

What is the process if my course is sponsored?

You should provide a stamped letter of confirmation from your official sponsor on official letter headed stationery. This letter should state:

  • Your full name
  • Name and contact details of your sponsor
  • Date of the letter
  • Length of the sponsorship
  • Confirmation that your sponsor will meet all your course fees/ living expenses. In cases of part-sponsorship, you must show that you have sufficient funds in your bank account to cover the remainder of the fees and living expenses.

What do I do with my documents?

You must send the originals of all documents requested when applying for your visa. We also strongly recommend that they bring copies in your hand luggage as they will be checked again at the point of entry into the UK.

Is there anything else I need to do once I get my visa?

Under the new system British School is also monitored by the UK Border Agency and must be able to check the following documents and contact details of all students attending a British School:

  • Your Passport - please bring to school on your first day - each student's passport photo page and UK visa details will be photocopied and stored in your student file.
  • You must provide full contact details (full address and a telephone/mobile number) to school staff on the first day, even if you have made your own accommodation arrangements.
  • The school will check your attendance in class daily. If you miss more than 10 days of classes the school is required to report this to the UK Border Agency.
  • You must inform the school in advance of any planned absence such as an official appointment or family commitment. In these cases, you must present documentary evidence like an appointment card, official letter to request absence (etc) to the school staff. In the event of an unexpected illness, you are required to telephone the school on the morning of your illness. If the illness persists, you should seek medical advice and arrange for a doctor's note.

What is the cost of my visa?

Tier 4 (General) Student Visa (from outside the United Kingdom): £322.00
Short-term Student visa 6 months (£85.00) & 11 months (£162.00)

Can I work or bring dependents into the UK?

You may only bring dependants if you are studying on a Tier 4 (General) student visa and you are sponsored for a course of 6 months or more.

You are eligible on an Adult Student Visa to:

  • Take part-time or holiday work, but you must not:
    • Work for more than 20 hours a week during term time unless your placement is part of your studies, has been agreed with your educational institution and leads to a degree or qualification awarded by a nationally recognised examining body
    • Do business, be self-employed or provide services as a professional sportsperson or entertainer
    • Work full-time in a permanent job
  • Bring your husband, wife or civil partner and children to the UK with you during your studies, as long as you can support them without needing any help from public funds.

What do my dependants need to make an application?

Your dependants will need to make their application online only. They will also need the following:

  • Their passport or travel document.
  • A recent passport-sized (45mm x 35mm), colour photograph for each separate individual. This should be: 1. taken against a light-coloured background 2. clear and of good quality, and not framed or backed 3. printed on normal photographic paper, and 4. full face and without sunglasses, hat or other head covering unless you wear this for cultural or religious reasons (but the face must not be covered).
  • The visa fee. This cannot be refunded and they must normally pay it in the local currency of the country where they are applying.
  • Proof of their relationship to you
  • Proof that you can support them without needing any help from public funds.
  • Proof of the course of study you are doing or are going to do in the UK.
  • A copy of the relevant pages from your passport, showing your permission to stay if you are already in the UK.

When should I apply?

It is important to apply well before you intend to begin your course. Many students do not realize how long the process will take, and do not leave enough time. Your application may require you to:
  • • have certain vaccinations or – if you are coming from a tuberculosis high-risk area – a chest x-ray
  • • produce documents showing your finances and qualifications.
  • • attend an interview or a biometric test.
  • What happens if anything changes in the regulations?

    Sindibad Education Consultancy will continue to keep you updated of any additional changes as soon as we have this information. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us with any questions.

    Where can I get more advice and information?

    Contact Sindibad Education Consultancy

    USA visa information

    What is a non-immigrant visa?

    A non-immigrant visa is an immigration document that permits a citizen of a foreign country to enter into the U.S. for a temporary period of time. It also determines what a non-immigrant is allowed to do while in the U.S. There are many different types of visas, depending on the reason for coming to the U.S. For instance, if your primary purpose for entering the U.S. is to study, it is in your best interest to get an F-1 (student) visa.

    Am I responsible for obtaining a US visa in order to study with any college in USA?

    Yes. Sindibad Education Consultancy are happy to advise on and support your application process.

    What is an I-20?

    The I-20 is the document issues to students who are going to study in USA full-time. It enables students to apply for a student visa at their local American Embassy.

    What documents do I need in order to obtain an I-20?

    Please see Sindibad Education visa department for more information.

    How much time does it take to get the I-20?

    From the moment Sindibad Education Consultancy receives your documents, it takes from 3 days to 2 weeks for students to receive their I-20.

    Why is an I-20 important?

    The I-20, also called a “Certificate of Eligibility”, confirms that a non-immigrant has been admitted to a U.S. school that is approved by the U.S. government to enrol non-immigrants. The I-20 is issued by the Designated School Official (DSO) at the school the student intends to study at and is required by the U.S. Embassy/Consulate to obtain F-1 visa status. In addition, F-1 students must maintain a valid I-20 by studying full-time to remain legally in the U.S.

    For how long will my I-20 be valid?

    If you end your course before your I-20 expiration date and do not re-enrol (as in most cases), your DSO will shorten your I-20 to reflect your early end date. If you want to stay for the full length of your I-20, you will have to pay for an extension/repeat of your course and continue to maintain full-time studies during the extension. After your last day of study you will be permitted a grace period of 60 calendar days to transfer to another school or depart the U.S.

    Can my I-20 be extended if I need more time to study?

    If you believe you need to continue studies after your I-20 end date, you can speak to your DSO to see if you qualify for an extension. However, I-20 extensions are not common and require you to meet very specific criteria. Given this, it is important that you pace yourself during your studies to ensure you meet your academic goals in a timely manner and hence complete your studies in US School by the end date listed on your I-20. Please note, all requests for I-20 extensions must be made to your DSO before your last day of study. I-20 extensions will not be granted if requested after your last day of study. There are no exceptions to this policy.

    Can I change my start date after receiving my I-20?

    Yes, you can change your start date anytime before entering the U.S. Simply contact us to confirm your new start date .

    Can I change centre locations after receiving my I-20?

    If you have not received your F-1 visa, you can change US School centre locations at any time. Simply contact with us to confirm the new location and a new I-20 .

    What is an F-1 visa?

    An F-1 visa is an immigration document that permits a foreign citizen to come to the US to study full-time for a temporary period of time.

    How do I get an F-1 visa?

    Please, Contact Sindibad Education Consultancy visa department.

    Which Embassy do I visit?

    You will visit US Embassy in Riyadh or US Consulate in Jeddah or US Consulate in Dhahran

    What documents must I present to get an F-1 visa?

    • Form I-20 , Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) and your school official must sign the I-20 form.
    • Online Nonimmigrant visa Electronic Application, Form DS-160.
    • Passport valid for travel to the United States and with a validity date at least six months beyond the applicant's intended period of stay in the United States
    • one colored photograph 2 X 2 inches square for each applicant, showing a full face, without head covering, against a light background. 
    • SAMBA receipt which show payment of the visa application fee.
    • The SEVIS I-901 fee receipt.
    • Bank statement for the last 3 months
    • Letter of the definition of the work specified the salary and job title and date of employment
    • certificate from high school until the last grade

    How long does it take to get a visa?

    From 24 hours up to two weeks

    For how long will my visa be valid?

    Your visa will be  valid for five years.

    Can Sindibad Educatuion Consultancy help me complete the government’s application for a visa?

    Yes, We can

    What happens if I am denied a visa?

    If denied your visa, you should ask the Consular Officer the reason for denial before you leave the Embassy. You have the right to request the denial in writing as well. If the reason for denial was caused by a mistake on your I-20, Sindibad Education Consultancy can bring you another I-20. If no reason or a different reason is stated, Sindibad Education Consultancy can full another application and schedule an appointment.

    Will I get a refund if my visa is denied?

    No, the visa application fee is none refundable.

    Does US Schools require details of my financial circumstances to support my application?

    Yes. US Schools requires a bank statement/letter showing that you and/or your sponsor have enough funds to cover the cost of study.

    Can I submit multiple bank statements if I do not have enough funds in one account?

    Yes. You can.

    Do I have to show a bank statement even if I have paid?

    If the amount paid to US School is equal to or greater than the cost of study as indicated on your I-20, you will not be required to submit a bank statement/letter. If the amount paid is less than the cost of study, you will be required to submit a bank statement.

    When can I enter the U.S.?

    You have up to 30 days before the start date listed on your I-20 to enter the U.S.

    Can I enter the U.S. after my I-20 start date?

    It is not recommended that you enter the U.S. after your program start date, as by U.S. law you are required to report to school on your I-20 program start date and you may be denied entry for late arrival.
    To prevent problems related to late arrival, you should contact us before you enter the U.S. and ask to postpone your start date. We will bring a revised I-20 with your postponed start date.

    What documents will I need to show at the Port of Entry?

    In general, you must show the Port of Entry Officer the following documents. If these documents are missing or incomplete, you may be detained, questioned or denied entry altogether.

    • A valid (non-expired) passport
    • A valid (non-expired) F-1 visa with the name of the US School centre you will be attending printed at the bottom
    • All three pages of your I-20 issued by the US School centre you will be attending (centre name should match the name of the school listed on your visa.)

    What is an I-94 and why is it important?

    The I-94, also called the “Arrival/Departure Document”, is a small white piece of paper that you will receive when you enter the U.S. It will be attached to your passport/visa at the Port of Entry and it confirms successful entry into the U.S. The Port of Entry Officer will hand-write an expiration date on the I-94, which confirms how long you can legally stay in the U.S. Before leaving the Port of Entry, make sure your I-94 says “Duration of Status” or “D/S.” All F-1 visa holders should get “D/S on their I-94.” This means you are able to stay in the U.S. as long as you are maintaining valid F-1 status by studying full-time at a Department of Homeland Security approved school. (Please note, you can only study with US School as long as permitted by the expiration of your I-20.) If your I-94 shows a different expiration date, you should question the Officer, since you may face problems after entry if you do not get “D/S.”

    What is Form I-515A and what do I need to do with it if I am given one at the Port of Entry?

    Form I-515A is a government form given to some travellers who are missing documentation required for entry to the U.S. If you are given this form by a Port of Entry Officer, you must ask what documentation you are missing. Once confirmed, you will be required to submit that documentation to the government within 30 days after entry. If you do not meet this deadline, you will fall out of legal status and will have to leave the U.S. immediately. If you are given this form, please speak to the DSO at your US School centre immediately after entry.

    When do I need to start my studies?

    You are required to arrive at the US School centre and begin full-time studies on or before the start date listed on your I-20. If you do not meet this requirement, your I-20 will be terminated, you will fall out of legal status and will have to leave the U.S. immediately.

    How soon can I start my course?

    If you are applying for a visa you need to allow 2 months before your desired start date of your course in the USA to ensure that your visa is in place and your accommodation can be arranged.

    I didn't write a start date on my application because I want to start as soon as I get approved for a student visa. Is that acceptable?

    We need to have a start date in order to process your application. Give yourself enough time for your visa to be processed and to secure accommodation.

    I want to travel with my family. Can I do that?

    Yes, but we will need to indicate on your I-20 that you are travelling with dependents. Please provide us with their full names (as written on passport), date of birth and relationship to you.

    What are the study requirements at US School?

    As an F-1 student, you will be required to study at any US school centre that issued your I-20 for at least 18 hours per week, you will be required to study at the US School centre that issued your I-20 for at least 22 hours per week. You will learn more about US School attendance requirements on your first day of class.

    What happens if I do not meet US school full-time study requirements?

    If you do not meet US School full-time study requirements, you risk falling out of legal status with the following consequences:

    • Your I-20 will be terminated.
    • You will no longer be eligible to study with US School.
    • You will not be eligible for a refund.
    • You will be required to leave the U.S. immediately after termination of your I-20.
    • Can I work during my studies at US School?

    • As an F-1 student, your primary purpose for staying in the U.S. must be full-time study, so that you can achieve your academic and/or career goals. Therefore, the government restricts your ability to work to the following situations only:
        • On-Campus, Part-Time Employment: You may work at the US School centre that issued your I-20 for up to 20 hours per week. This is an option only if there is a position available and you are the most qualified candidate for that position. Please note, there are a limited number of these positions at most US Schools centres.
        • Off-Campus Employment Due to Financial Hardship: If you have studied for at least nine (9) months and can demonstrate in writing that you are experiencing a financial hardship that arose after admission to US School, you may qualify for this type of employment. This type of employment requires DSO and government approval before you can begin work. Please note, if you are found to be working without government approval and/or in a position not listed here, your employment will be considered unauthorized. This will result in immediate termination of your I-20 in the SEVIS student tracking system. If this occurs, you will no longer be eligible to study with US School; you will not receive a refund and you must leave the U.S. immediately.

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