Visas

Visas/Residence Permits

In the simplest definition, a visa is "an endorsement on a passport indicating that the holder is allowed to enter, leave, or stay for a specified period of time in a country." In order to find out what steps you will need to take to obtain a Student Visa, you should visit the host country's embassy website or Travisa Passport and Visa Services

In many cases, students will be required to obtain a visa to study abroad. In the simplest definition, a visa is "an endorsement on a passport indicating that the holder is allowed to enter, leave, or stay for a specified period of time in a country." In order to find out what steps you will need to take to obtain a Student Visa, you should visit the host country's consulate or embassy website or Travisa Passport and Visa Services (link is external). Additional information can be found on the NAFSA "Visas for Education Abroad" help page.

Please note: obtaining a visa is the sole responsibility of the student. GEO advisors are happy to make recommendations, but all official information and services can be found on the host country’s embassy or consulate website.

For additional information, please review GEO’s Visa Information document, here.

To ensure you understand the processes necessary to obtain your own visa, review the Visa Questionnaire, here.

 

 

Are you thinking about studying abroad in the United Kingdom? Here are a few helpful TOOLS to help you get started on your journey.

 

The nearest Consulate location for the United Kingdom is Houston, Texas.

Consular website: https://www.gov.uk/apply-uk-visa

  • If you are interested in applying for a short-term study visa (6 months or less), please review consulate instructions. You may be able to optain your visa when flying into the UK (US passport holders).
  • For a longer stay, Tier 4 Student Visas are required and a visa must be issued to your departure. More information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa

Please note: visa information is subject to change. It is the responsiblity of the individual to research and procure a visa. GEO strives to provide the most accurate information, but please review the consular website for the most up-to-date processes.

 

Would you like to study abroad in Japan? Here are some helpful TOOLS that can help you get started.

  • UNM study abroad advisors are able to mail your visa application on your behalf - please see your advisor.
  • Required materials include: Certificate of Eligibility (provided by your host school), Visa application, photo, passport, and mail-in waiver.
  • The processing time to obtain your Japanese visa is ONLY 5-10 days
  • The consulate location for Japan is in Denver, Colorado-see their website for more information: https://www.denver.us.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/en_visitingjapan_visa.html

 

Please note: visa information is subject to change. It is the responsiblity of the individual to research and procure a visa. GEO strives to provide the most accurate information, but please review the consular website for the most up-to-date processes.

Want to study abroad in France? Oui! Here are some helpful TOOLS to get you started. 

  • To apply for a French visa, you must first be accpeted by your host institution and complete the Campus France process. See here: https://www.usa.campusfrance.org/
  • A consular visit is required to apply for a visa - you can apply at any Visa Facilitation Service site. See here: https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/fra/apply-visa
  • Please bring all required documents, including your Campus France documents, to your consular appointment.
  • The average processing time for a French visa is between 14-21 days. 

 

Please note: visa information is subject to change. It is the responsiblity of the individual to research and procure a visa. GEO strives to provide the most accurate information, but please review the consular website for the most up-to-date processes.

Thinking about studying abroad in Spain? Por supuesto!

Here are a few helpful TOOLS to help you get started.

Visa: The closest consulate for this region is in Houston, Texas.

Click HERE to see a list of frequently asked questions about Spanish visas

Would you like to study abroad in Germany? Ja!

Here are a few helpful TOOLS to help you get started. 

Visa: The closest consulate for this region is Houston, Texas.

Click HERE to get additional information about obtaining your visa.