http://allafrica.com/static/images/publishers/minibanners/newvision180.jpgBy Stephen Ssenkaaba. Admission to the university abroad is one of the most exciting moments of one's life. If you have the crucial funding; the tuition, accommodation and maintenance fees sorted, that is even better. But it does not mean it is over. One question still looms. Will you get the travel visa to your preferred destination of studying? With more countries tightening immigration policies, getting a visa, even as a legitimate prospective international student, is becoming a nightmare.
Three years ago, James Tubu won a prestigious scholarship for his university education in the United Kingdom. "I just waited to get a call, deliver my passport and pick my visa after a few days," he recalls. He still needed to go through the visa application process.
As some of the most popular study destinations, the UK, the US, South Africa, Sweden, Norway and Germany provide elaborate procedures for visa application for students intending to pursue further studies there. Read more...