How to correctly prepare your documents and avoid Visa related problems
In this article we will discuss how to plan your document preparation and what to pay the most attention to in order to go through this process as quickly and painlessly as possible

Sometimes the process of getting a Visa ends up being even more complicated than the university applications. It would seem that it's only a student Visa: what kinds of problems could you have as long as you have a confirmation of your admission? However, the employees of Visa centers claim that the biggest amounts of rejections are lately given out for this specific type of long-term student Visas.

In this article we will tell you how to plan your document preparation and what to pay the most attention to in order to complete this step as quickly and painlessly as possible.
How to correctly prepare your documents and avoid Visa related problems:
The first thing that you must know is that a document package for your Visa is different from your university document package.

Besides, it can vary significantly based on the country for which the Visa has been requested. Therefore, it is best to start preparing your documents as soon as you hear back from the university.
Usually you can file your documents to the consulate 3 months prior to the start of classes. However, you should still begin your preparations as soon as possible
First you must visit the official website of the consulate of the country that you are planning to study in, and thoroughly familiarize yourself with all the information regarding the procedure, deadlines, costs and necessary paperwork.

We are emphasizing such a seemingly obvious moment because currently there are a lot of mediator sites (often scams) that can pose as official resources.
Therefore, pay attention and make sure to check whether the resource you are using is valid.
After you have found all the necessary information, make a document checklist.

A number of documents (such as notes from the bank, for example) have an expiration date.

Make sure to indicate this information on the checklist, in order to plan everything correctly and take note of all the nuances.
If you have friends living in the country where you are planning to go or who have moved to this country on a student Visa, they are your best resource on any potential hidden obstacles. If you do not have such friends, try looking for information on forums or thematic groups on social media.
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An important moment which you have to consider at the very beginning of your college application journey is your budget
Usually a note from your bank is one of the documents required to apply for a Visa. The necessary sum varies based on the country and depends on the living wage.

However, the logic is the same - in order to issue you a long term Visa, the consulate employees must be sure that you will have enough money for the entire term
Plus, don't forget about tuition - this sum should also be incorporated into your budge
If you are a lucky winner of a scholarship that will be paid for a duration of time (such as a few months), make sure to obtain a documented confirmation with an indicated sum and the times when the payments will be made

If your parents will be paying for your tuition and residence expenses, they will need to provide a note from their bank. They will also need to provide documents proving that you are related (a notarially certified birth certificate).
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The last, but very important moment:

if the deadline of your consulate or Visa center appointment is coming up, and any of the documents are not ready yet, it is better to reschedule your application for a different day.

In some countries the consulate employees are more understanding and allow you to drop off additional documents after the main application procedure
However, do not rely on that, because in most cases it will lead to a loss of time and money, so it would be the best to wait until all of your documents are ready.
So, we have discussed the main points of document preparation for your long-term student Visa. Let's repeat the key moments once again:

Thoroughly familiarize yourself with the information on the official website of the country's consulate;

Create a document checklist;

Talk to your friends who have already gone through this procedure or look for information on forums/thematic groups on social media;

Plan your budget and the options of confirming that you have enough money to last through the education period;

File your Visa application only once you are sure that you have absolutely all documents from the list and that they are all in the correct format.
Stick to these simple rules in order for your Visa application process to be as comfortable as possible, and keep in mind that most of the work has already been done, and you are getting closer and closer to your coveted goal.

Good luck on the last lap!

Your StudyFree team
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