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Wondering why your UK study visa application was rejected? We asked the experts...

UK study visa KARACHI, August: Experts from the British Deputy High Commission, Karachi, British Council, Karachi, and different consultancy agencies have pointed out seven tips for a successful UK study visa application. We bring the scoop to you in the words of experts and applicants.
"The institutions in the UK require international students for their own academic and business needs. But they only demand a genuine one," said Andy Tinney, entry clearance manager of British Deputy High Commission, Karachi, while speaking at a seminar held Wednesday about UK student visas. "Over 11,000 Pakistani students received the UK study visa in the academic session of 2006-07. There is no way an applicant could be rejected for a visa if the requirements are met," he said.

According to experts from the British Council, Karachi, the most important requirement for a visa application was a valid acceptance letter from an authentic educational institution in the UK as it had become common that students were misguided by various colleges that were not credible enough. "There are about 40,000 colleges in the UK and one should cross-check their authenticity with the British Council. It is not enough to rely on the Internet," said Wali Zahid, acting director of the British Council, Karachi. He said an acceptance letter must be attached with the visa application while an unconditional offer letter could also be considered in the condition of late submission.

"The second important tip is a proper financial statement from an authentic sponsor," said Azhar Rafiq, Manager Education UK, Pakistan. "The applicant needs to provide a bank statement at least six months old that should show a sufficient amount for his education and accommodation expenditure. For a one-year Postgraduate course, costing 7,000, one needs to show a bank statement of at least 15,000 considering 7,000 accommodation and other expenditures," he explained.

Student Education Adviser Sayyed Amir Ali said that the third tip was that the sponsor must be a close relative such as parents or siblings. "In case of a guardian, closer relatives like uncles and in-laws could be considered. Students with scholarships do not need financial statements," he added.

Andy Tinney said added that a valid reason behind choosing the UK and a particular institution for study could be the fourth important requirement for a successful visa application. "The student will have to give a logical answer as to why (s)he chose this particular institution and area of study. It proves their authenticity, which is preferred."

Gazali Akhtar, director Indus-Pak Advisors, said that the fifth important requirement could be the applicant's answer to why he chose his particular area of study and how it would benefit his/her professional career in the future. "One should not expect a positive response from the UK Visa officer for a course which has least relevance to your career," Gazali added.

Shahid Hussain, Education UK officer, said that the sixth important feature was a clear future career plan. "A promising career plan is important to the visa officer for his satisfaction." He added that a medical clearance certificate from a recognized medical office would also have to be submitted along with the visa application. "AKU Clinic in Clifton is the only authorized medical office for the UK medical clarification. It conducts tests for HIV and TB at a cost of around Rs 3,000. This is the seventh tip."

Original copies of these documents, a valid passport, and the VAF-1 (Visa Application Form) should be submitted to the Fedex office. These forms can also be obtained from Fedex offices free of cost. The submission fee for a completed form will include Fedex Courier service fee Rs 900 and visa fees Rs 8,375. Normally, the entire visa process takes 15 working days. In case of rejection, the applicant can reapply but the process would start from the beginning, said Shahid Hussain, Education UK officer. By Mashiur Rahaman (Daily times)

Your Comments

"If a person having no relatives in uk but he has a financial strength. secondly there r 40000 colleges in uk how a student comes to know which one is reliable. Regards Zul Mustain Khan 0334-3709669."
Name: Zulmustain Khan
City, Country: karachi, Pakistan

"provided information is really very helpful.A big Thanks to the provider."
Name: Bajwa lovepreet
City, Country: Punjab, India

"hi sir i am rashid form karachi and i also belong form kashmir well i amgoig to apply for uk but at present i am getting one problem tht how much statment i should show in emmbasy well i have on spounser but he has just 2 000 00 lack in his bank account but his transcetion is very good in six month his six month transection is 16 lack but stil he has 2 lack i m not getting tht should i show his statment in emmbassy or not plz advice me as soon as possible coz i have addmission of next month end of this month i have to be there let me know tht is he good back statment for me or not if any body knows about it so plz send me eamil in my id and my contact no is 03322324434."
Name: rashid
City, Country: karachi, Pakistan

"To whom it may concern: I want to apply for uk study visa.the course of my choice is ACCA.i have apllied for ACCA at ST-George college london and i have received the confirmation letter.the total cost of my course is 9000 pounds + 12000 pounds living expenses,but statement of my sponsor is just 14 lakh and i have also my own bank account with the amount of 13lakh rupess.i want to know that may i get the Uk study visa? your early response will highly appreciated. Muhammad Yasir."
Name: Muhammad yasir
City, Country: Abbottabad, Pakistan

"its a valuable suggestion provided by de experts."
Name: raja asif
City, Country: rawalpindi, Pakistan

"i want to study for my acca part 2 in u.k,can u assist me with a college and visa application process."
Name: Maclean
City, Country: Harare,Zimbabwe

"Sir, I hav completed my Certified Accounting Technician (CAT),UK from Islamabad and now i want to study my further studies of my ACCA in Uk and for this purpose i have got my unconditional letter for ACCA part-2 from the Cambridge College Of Learning London,UK.NOw in a few days i m going to apply for my student visa but i have a few questions n wish them to be answered from you, my first question is that is the college from where i have got my UC Letter is a recognised college or not,my secong question is that as i am resident of swat and am studying in islamabad from the past 3 years so what i have to ask is that as these days district swat is not so much peacefull region due to bombing etc so is there will any negative influences on my uk student vise or not. I am in very much tension please do reply and after your reply i will apply for my UK student visa.. will b waiting."
Name: awais ahmad khan
City, Country: swat,islamabad, Pakistan

"That is a good procedure but, they should be flxible in their behavior."
Name: naseem ali
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan

"sir i want to know that all student must have to varify there eductional doucments from universities or eductional board for applying study visa."
Name: Ali
City, Country: Rawalpindi, Pakistan

"Sir i am poor boy. but i am intersted in the study in sweden but there are no resources in my hand. please send me visa information i well very thank ful to you. Israr."
Name: Israr
City, Country: Vehari, Pakistan

"sir i appliied for uk student visa three years ago and help one consultant but he made my case his own desire and took lot of money from me that time i apply on B.A base but i refused now i completed my M.A but now my aplication be some change now i want apply for student visa for uk plz help me now what i do."
Name: nadeem
City, Country: umerkot, Pakistan

"sir i had got the leter from london crown college it is affilated with british accradition now i want to know what are requirement for student visa i had got 5.5 bands in ielts and my admission in uk is in BSC accouting and finance so tell me how much bank statement for this and tell that my brither is in uk and he is going to sponser me and he says that he has 8000 pound statement and my other is also going to sponser me he has 25lac rupee and brother is in uk is a national please suggest me what i should have to do know."
Name: Abdur rehman
City, Country: sargodha, Pakistan

"sir, please tell me that i want to apply for study visa in uk and my cousin is live in england please tell my cousin sponserd me yes or not and how much bank statement shown for study visa in uk in which cousre MBA or BBA."
Name: ali raza
City, Country: rawalpindi, Pakistan

"Dear Sir! First of all i would like to say " Thank you" for such useful information which can help us in our documentation for UK educational Visa purpose. Abid."
Name: Muhammad Abid Khan
City, Country: Swabi, Pakistan

"Hello Sir, I am gonna apply my student visa tomorrow, Allhamdullillah i got everything, bank statement, offer letter, experience of studying abroad, i recently came from Australia after completing my bachelor of Information Technology and now deciding to go to UK for my Master in Information technology.Because i live in Mardan which is far from Islamabad. i just want to know that is it in every case that the British High Commission call us for an interview. Because it will be three time that i will be travelling from Mardan to Islamabad which take 6 hours of drive. So just want to know is it important to be called for an interview in student case."
Name: Qasim
City, Country: Mardan, Pakistan

"Hi this is amer and I have a simple question. Will I get a visa if I have got a offer letter from the colleges of UK but not the Universities? Thank you."
Name: amer
City, Country: hyderabad, india

"I am a BHAGORA from UK. They treat us like they treat animals. They presume as if you came from a jungle.Please think about building your own country. And my dear students! this is the time of a REVERSE BRAINDRAIN.... Regards.."
Name: Rizwan
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan

"Helo sir, i really got happy after discovering your website.Hope u will be helpful for me regarding the admission in Sweden.i have done my in 2001 and Master in Political science.I want to take admission in business courese.plz can u guide me which college/university will be suitable in Swedan where i can study free as i cant afford the expenses.Hoping for favorable respones and soon. Thanking in anticipation."
Name: Touseef Mehmood
City, Country: Rawalpindi, Pakistan

"Respected sir/madam i have compelete i com part 2 in commerce from karachi. Now i am interested to do B.COM. i need futher study in UK, i am from pakistan and i want to study in UK . kindly reply me about procedure of student visa. thanking you.plz can u guide me which college/university will be suitable in UK where i can study free as i cant afford the expenses.Hoping for favorable respones and soon. Thanking in anticipation HIRA SHAMS give me some information how can i apply."
Name: Hira
City, Country: karachi, Pakistan

"How much ielts bands are enough for uk visa."
Name: ahmed ali
City, Country: abbottabad, Pakistan

"I have just returned back from the city of nottingham. Got my degree there and now working for a well reputed organization. Your bank statement should show (at average)At least 2,500,000/- Pak Rupees for atleast six months. There is no university where you can study free. One more fact: More than 45% of universities there in the UK are just MONEY EARNING INSTITUTIONS, nothing else.. BE CAREFULL!!!."
Name: Beyond_instincts
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan

"The above narrated facts are very good for students who want to apply for foreign studies."
Name: Sarfraz Ali
City, Country: Hafizabad, Pakistan

"I want to go to the UK for my Bachalours in Art&Design field can u plz help me and advise me where i go in uk and in which unv i have all the thing bank statment and work experience i am doing work in a advertising agency before 2 years as a creative designer now i want to go to the abrod for my studeis plz contact me as soon as posible."
Name: Syed Zaheer Ali
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan

"i found this website very helping as you can get valuable information from Study Abroad section of this website. There, one could find information about various foriegn education consultants and you can even post your application online to any particular consultant. Its worth visiting for those who are planning to study abroad. Thanks and keep up your good work"
Name: ali khan
City, Country: karachi, Pakistan

"hello ...this is wasim i am intrested to go to uk but the problem is my each and every documents are ready but my agenst says that december is not a good time to apply could u tell me which time would be a good time to my collge is going to start at the first week of january 2008."
Name: wasim
City, Country: mumbai india

"hi,sir i have allready submet my student visa brother is living in london & he has british nationality.i submet 2 banks statements both are 1,7500000 & my brother,s london bank statements as well as sponsore latter but i have no it enough 4 my visa or no plz tell me by mail urgent."
Name: m.majid amanat
City, Country: faisalabad, Pakistan

"new student face lote of problem for admition in uk universities."
Name: Azhar Naveed
City, Country: Attock, Pakistan

"Hello! At first i would like to say thanks to every one who is involved in providing guidence to all students. secondly, Sir i am ready to apply for uk student visa. i have given ielts test on 13th of December and the expected result date is 26th of December after that i will be ready to apply for my visa . sir i have received admission or accaptance letter from a college in uk that is london training college. I have paid my one year course fee i.e 2000. the problem is that i did my intermediate in 2002. after that i started working in pharmaceutical field as a medical information officer or a sales representative.since 2003 i am working in this field to date. now i am interested in studying a course that is health and social care . my future plans are to open a training college in Karachi with affiliation with london training college. now tell me will i be accepted for a student visa although i have a gaap in my studies of 5 years . and thirdly i have 12000 in my bank account after paying my fee of one year is it enough or i still need any sponser. the sourse of my income is my father provided me this amount. this is my 5 year saving you can say. Sir, i shall be very thankful to you i you will provide me this information before 25th december so that i will process for my visa application . because i have heard from some one that by the jan 2008 the visa policy is going to be change is it true or false. thank you your sincerly . Muhammad Zaffer."
Name: Muhammad Zaffer
City, Country: karachi, Pakistan

"sir1 i would like to know where to study ACCA in sweden please! if there is a place to study ACCa in sweden send me all the information in order to apply thanks!"
Name: jules henri Mvondo
City, Country: cameroon

"Respected Sir, I would like to know that, after two months Ill receive amount from a person which is my 2 years expenses in UK and.. Read More"
Name: Yasser Iqbal
City, Country: Faisalabad, Pakistan

City, Country: Punjab

"hi sir my name is sobia i m going to ready to applay student visa...i have got addmision in uk college in abe under graduate diploma. is it ok for me or... Read More"
Name: sobia
City, Country: karachi, Pakistan

"Hello! At first i would like to say thanks to every one who is involved in providing guidence to all students. secondly, Sir i am ready to apply for uk student visa... Read More"
Name: Rizwan Sharif
City, Country: karachi, Pakistan

"Sir i want to ask u that, y the british embassy reject my visa . i got 5.0 band is IELTS. they said that ur english is not good . i took addmision in B.B.A in london. sir plz tell me. "
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan

"sir i appliaed for uk visa 1 year ago but i got refusal because of ielts then i did ielts and i got 5 band i did Fsc ........after that i apply again with 5 band but again i got refusal then i did appeal but sorry to say appeal has dismissed just because of my low band now tell me what do i do?m really worry about it. "
Name: Ammara
City, Country: sialkot, Pakistan

"sir,i was rejected almost 4 months back,i made a appeal then i got a call letter in which they want me to submit passport,bank statement,college n uni i have submited all these thing to fedex on 7 jan 2007 but know i m confused they have taken almost 3 weeks and not return my passport.plz tell me they will give me visa or they r just waisting my time."
Name: mohammad marib
City, Country: Pakistan

"Dear sir, i applied for student visa to UK but my application refused on june 2007 then i lodge my appeal my appeal also dismiss due to ilets and sponsor court says these bank statement personel of sponsor because sir my brother have hole sale madicine i show all documets of buisnes now court dismis my appeal and sent an application for reconsedration now i have submit my apeal for reconsderation wat u say i have done good or not best regard qaiser khan plz sir reply me ."
Name: qaiser khan
City, Country: peshawar, Pakistan

"Hello Sir, i m salman, did my bachelors and looking forward to get myself for a professional institution in uk.i have much experience of working as telemarketer...was running a mini- call center...can u please suggest me, which field of study suits for me in uk.. i have a bank statement of around 8000 ponds.. let me know all about.. like how much how much finance more i need to have and which institute bests suits for me in uk.. thank u so much!!"
Name: salman khan
City, Country: Hunza, Pakistan

"Very Informative. We should be updated weekly by these kind of things. It really helps a person to decide how to apply for UK visa."
Name: Muhammad Talha
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan

"thanks alot for the all information above I appllied for study in uk but without any reason I have faced refusal and according to me sadeeq ataywala its the way to earn money in the poorer nation like pakistan for the BRITISH or any one else. so its my request to all of you for the same platform please dont waste your time and dont brake your desires."
Name: sadeeq ataywala
City, Country: Pakistan

"my visa application is rejected, just coz of i show a business statement, and B.Officer said its a business statement prof us that ur uncle used it for finacial purpos, i made an appeal and sent it in Home Office, almost 2 & half Months is elapsed, i didnt hear any things from British High Commission Islamabad, my time is passing away so fastly, please is there any one can tel me how much time it wil take more ."
Name: asad
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan

"respected i am a cat student and am willing to finish cat in the june and wants to go to england to study further acca in england.the problem and the question is that my father is a landlord and and he also deals in property dealing he does not maintain a healthy bank balane he has 2 to 3 lakhs every time in bank and if the sum evceeds he buys a new land.i told him about the visa requirement he said i have tax papers that assures how much he earn and that he is capable to fianace i want to ask you he is capable enough to finance me ."
Name: hassankhan
City, Country: Mardan, Pakistan

"undoubtedly, its informative site. one who desires to go to uk for studies, must go through it. Well, I submitted my case in British Embassy for study visa on the 13th of last month but havent got any kind of response yet. Could you ppl please tell me , how long they may take more ? ? ? Waiting impatiently for your response ."
Name: HafiZ Muhammad Asim
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan

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