When studying in another country a visa is almost always a necessity and applying for one can be time consuming but essential. Applying for one and following the process is not always simple to do, especially if there are delays with your application – the Five Country Conference (FCC) have created what might be the perfect solution.
The FCC have launched a first-of-its-kind, joint visa centre in Singapore, whose extended operating hours and online application tracking will surely make the application process for student visas for these countries a lot easier for anyone from Singapore. The new centre will allow people in the region applying for visas more convenient access to citizenship and immigration services, while improving services for clients in all countries included in the FCC.
Made up of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK and the US, the FCC was set up in 2008 as a forum for these countries to discuss and carry out strategies concerning immigration. These have included sharing biometric data; which would consist of identification data which would be needed when determining whether an application should be approved or not.
A spokesman for Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) said: “These services will include extended operating hours with phones open until 5pm weekdays, and internet kiosks with an online application tracking facility so clients can view the status of their applications.”
We’ve covered how to apply for visas for the big study abroad destinations before on the blog, explaining how American, Canadian, UK and Australian student visas work, and we always keep you updated with all the latest student visa news, but a single entry system would certainly make life easier for everyone.
This joint visa application centre opened on 25th March and is located at: 20 Cecil Street, #11-02 to 05 Equity Plaza, Singapore 049705.
Whilst this only helps Singaporean students we hope to hear more news about similar initiatives to make applying for student visas easier in more countries over the next couple of years. If you have an experience of applying for a student visa, good or bad, then share it with everyone below.If you want to receive the StudyLink Study Abroad Newsletter, so that you get the most up to date study abroad advice in your inbox, you can sign up here.
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