Students look forward to UK student visa seminar
KARACHI, July 14: A seminar on UK student visas
is on the go-to list of many students who want to know more about the process
and the problems they may face during and after getting a visa.
British High Commission and British Council will be conducting a seminar on UK
student visas for students who want to apply to UK schools. The seminar will
take place on July 18 and 19 in Lahore and in Karachi sometime in August (exact
date still to be decided).
The seminar will provide the very latest news
and information about student visa procedures and regulations. "The organizing
committee feels that the seminar should be attended by students holding an offer
letter (unconditional or conditional) to an independent school, college or
university in the UK, and also parents and education counselors and agents,"
said a British Council official, Shahid Hussain.
Qudsia, an A-Level law
student who has applied for an LLB degree, said that she is waiting
for replies from the colleges she has applied to, "I have applied to all the top
schools with the best law programmes in the UK and I really want to get into
Kings College. I hope I'll be able to get a few good pointers about how to go
about applying for a UK student visa, and the procedure following the visa
application, so I can stay on top of things."
Most students seem to be
going through counselors or agents to get the student visa and the admissions
through one responsible channel to avoid unnecessary hassle.
gives parents the satisfaction of their children getting in without too much of
a hassle on their part. A few parents said that the pressure of
getting into a good school in the UK is also very stressful for the children.
"The applications start even before the students take their exams. Having to run
around getting forms, filling them out and finding out about visa and admission
procedures all on their own cuts into their study time," said Zeba Shahid, whose
daughter has recently sat her A-Level exams and is awaiting her results. Zeba
said that she would like to attend the seminar along with her daughter to
understand how everything takes place.
Rabia Shahid (daughter) said that she has applied to LSE and plans to major in Economics. "I applied
via my school, which is affiliated with the British Council. We have our own
counselor who deals with the application and visa process and even helps us fill
the undergraduate UCAS forms." Rabia said that she wants to attend the seminar
to get a general idea of the system and how long the process will
Other students also hope to find out more about how to handle any
visa, passport or other problems they may face after they actually get into the
"We have to go there prepared and aware of what we should be careful
of. Just losing your passport can cause a lot of stress if one doesn't know how
to go about resolving the issue or who to contact, said Owais, another A-Level
student interested in attending the seminar. Daily times
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|Updated: 14 Oct, 2014|