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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.

The 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.

This also 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 take.

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 UK.

"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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