The recent visa changes in key English-speaking countries such as the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand have significant implications for Indian students aspiring to study abroad.
Here’s a closer look at the modifications in visa requirements:
Canada: The Canadian government has revised the Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) amount to 20,635 Canadian dollars, impacting Indian students planning to study in the country. This change is part of Canada’s efforts to enhance the protection of international students.
Germany: For German study visas, a minimum deposit of €11,208 is required, according to the German Federal Foreign Office, emphasizing the need for financial readiness.
US: The US embassy in India has implemented changes for F, M, and J visa applicants, emphasizing the correct passport information for profile creation and visa scheduling to avoid appointment cancellations.
UK: The UK Visas and Immigration department has introduced fee increases, with UK visa fees rising from £363 to £490, accompanied by modifications in Immigration Health Surcharge. Additionally, from 2024, international students in the UK will face restrictions on bringing dependant family members.
Australia: Australia has raised the required score for a Test Graduate visa and a student visa, and international students must demonstrate savings of $24,505 as evidence for visa eligibility. The country also offers a two-year extension of post-study work rights for graduates with select degrees.
France: France has extended post-study work visas for master’s degree graduates to five years, and those who studied a semester in France for master’s can now avail a five-year short-stay Schengen visa.
Ireland: International graduates with bachelor’s or master’s degrees can stay in Ireland for two years on a post-study work visa, while PhD students can stay for up to three years.
Italy: Italy allows students to stay in the country for 12 months after completing their graduation, offering enhanced post-study internships, extracurricular internships, and training opportunities.
New Zealand: New Zealand has introduced the IELTS One Skill Retake option, providing flexibility for students to retake any of the four skills if needed.
These visa changes underscore the evolving landscape for Indian students seeking higher education abroad, emphasizing the importance of staying informed and prepared for the shifting requirements.