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Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


15 Sep 2016 920 Book icon 2 mins Share

Visa Rejection – Create Your Backup Plans!

We are not saying your study visa will be rejected, but what will you do if you face such situation? Do you have a backup plan?

15 Sep 2016 920 Book icon 2 mins Share
Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


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back-up plan for visa rejection

Backup plan! You must be wondering – Why on earth such a pessimistic statement! We are just asking you to be aware of a few things in case your study visa gets rejected because you know you cannot control certain situations; instead of planning an action to deal with such situations later, why don’t you think now?!

Do I need a backup plan?

Why not?! If you have made a plan about your trip abroad and things you want to do once you reach your study destination, why not plan beforehand for your visa rejection? You might be ambitious and confident about your choice, but can you guarantee that you will get exactly what you expect?

Having a backup plan will help you embrace the situation if your visa actually gets rejected so that you are prepared to jump to the next step; instead of thinking how unfortunate you are and making last-minute decisions!

Reasons for a rejected study visa:

Finance-related issue:

If you do not have enough funds in your account, you are actually giving room for your visa to be rejected. Make sure you have sufficient money in your account before you attend the interview.

Gap year, without work:

Your year gap without any work experience will increase chances of your visa rejection. Your gap year should not be restricted to just exploring new activities and places but you should try for some internships or work-related opportunities.

Irrelevant degree:  

Let’s make it clear – if you have a BE and you want to pursue fashion designing further, there are chances the visa officer will never put a stamp on your ‘big ticket’.

Applying for a programme abroad in which you have no prior knowledge is a sure way of getting declined because the visa officer might bombard you with enormous questions and eventually say ‘apply next time’!

Illegitimate ITR:

The UK is an exception which doesn’t crib about income tax returns. When you apply for a visa, you need to make sure that your sponsor has proper funds in his/her account and, most importantly, valid income tax returns which become deciding factors for your visa acceptance.

If you are unable to show proper ITR, chances are visa officer will be convinced that you do not have an honest intention of studying abroad.

Backup plans suggested by our advisors:

  • Do not be shattered when you receive the 214(b) sheet mentioning your F1 visa rejection. Though US is the #1 study destination among Indian students, there are other countries too that can offer you the best, for example, New Zealand, the UK and Australia.
  • Our advisors make sure that you apply to three different institutes or countries so that you have multiple options to choose from. If money is not a constraint for you, just go ahead!
  • In case your UK visa gets rejected, you should re-apply in other countries (can apply in UK too). What’s the point in wasting time when you know that visa stamping is not under your control!
  • You should re-apply for the next intake provided it is available – only if your goals are in sync with the idea.
  • Drop the idea of simply sitting at home, doing nothing, when your visa gets rejected. Prepare your resume and start looking for some job in your field or do an internship so that you can show a proof of your work experience during the next visa interview.
  • Last but not least, visit our office and talk to our advisors who will help you build confidence through several mock visa interview sessions, for the actual interview.

You can call us or chat with us for more information on studying abroad. If you're still figuring out how to proceed with your study visa plans, there's no better resource than our own visa advisors. 

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