Applying for a visa can be a stressful prospect. With an endless train of paperwork and documentation, it can quickly become overwhelming. Vin Consultancy has the knowledge, experience, and robust processes to help you navigate complex visa procedures and file your visa application with greater confidence.

Each country offers different types of visa base on the purpose of your visit. Though you can apply for a visa to most countries online. It will take some time for you to understand the process, get the required documents, and fill the application form. You must ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements and requirements specific to the country you wish to move to.

Remember there are different requirements for a student visa, a tourist visa, a work visa, etc. You must understand the specific requirements of the visa you are applying for and fill the application form and follow the other processes to get your visa.

This is where the advice of a visa counselor or a visa advisor will be valuable to help you understand the different visas available and the specific requirements for your visa. A visa counselor will help you with the application process to successfully procure your visa.

Here are the general steps you must follow in order to get a visa:

  • Choose your visa
  • Prepare your application
  • Attend an appointment at the country’s embassy or consulate
  • Get a decision on your application

Following the process and getting it right can sometimes get overwhelming. A better option is to consult an immigration expert who can help you in an efficient way.

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There are different types of Visas that are available based on your requirement and purpose of travel overseas such as Student Visa, Work Visa, Investor Visa, Business Visa, Dependent Visa, and Visitor Visa, etc. 

Let us look at each visa in detail:

Visitor visa

Visitor visas are non-immigrant visas that an individual must apply for if they wish to enter a country temporarily for business, tourism or for transiting through a country while on journey by air or ship.

Student visa

A student visa is issued to students enrolled at qualified educational institutions in foreign countries. Student visas are non-immigrant visas. Students who wish to pursue higher education in another country must obtain a student visa to study in that country.

Most countries issue student visas for foreign students to attend school within their borders. To obtain a visa, the student must first be enrolled at a college or university in that country.

Work visa

Work visa allows you to enter a foreign country and work there for a fixed period of time.  Different countries may have different procedures and eligibility requirements for work permit visas. These visas are issued either on temporary or permanent basis. A temporary work visa is valid only for a fixed period of time after which it has to be renewed if the visa holder has to extend his visa. Generally, the employer applies for a work permit visa.  the employer will apply to the immigration authority of a particular country for approval of the visa.

Dependent visa

A Dependent visa is a type of Visa that permits the spouses and kids to travel to an overseas nation for the purpose of accompanying/joining the family member with a corresponding Visa.

With a dependent visa, the dependents of a lawful migrant to a country such as spouse, dependent children or parents can enter and stay in the country. Such dependents can apply for a visa to join the migrant in the country.

Investor visa

Investor visa is offered by countries to encourage people with a proven business track record and a genuine intent in developing a business overseas to invest in their country. This can be either a new business venture or buying an existing overseas business.

Australia and Canada have an Immigrant Investor Programs. The USP of such programs in these countries are that they offer the option of having an alternate residency status while continuing to manage already existing business.

The Immigrant Investor Programs seek to attract potential immigrant investors who have enough personal net worth and managerial experience. A qualifying business under this program is any business except for those that operate with the purpose of gaining interest or capital gains.

Every country that offers an investor visa has its own set of requirements and eligibility criteria.

Business visa

Government authorities in countries issue business visas to travelers who wish to conduct business activities and meetings that are not related to employment in that country. A business visa allows the holder to:

  • Attend meetings
  • Business events/conferences
  • Investigate business opportunities and ventures

The documents required for a Visa interview will depend on the nation and type of Visa that you are applying to. The documents that are most commonly required are:

  • Original Passport with a minimum of 6 months of validity after arrival to the overseas nation
  • All expired Passports
  • 1 photograph both hard and digital copy as per the specification
  • The Visa application confirmation page stamped at the VAC
  • A valid receipt of Visa fee payment
  • Printout of appointment letter for the Visa interview

Supporting documents required for a Visa interview

The idea of supporting documents is to verify –

  • Legality
  • Validity
  • Illegal history, if any
  • Monetary affordability;
  • Intention to return to home country

Let us look at the documents required for visa interviews for important countries:

United States

  • Application Form DS-160 Confirmation Page
  • Valid passport;
  • Previous passport(s), if any
  • Color photo less than six months old that meet specific requirements
  • Fee payment in cash
  • Proof of finances (bank statements)
  • Additional documents as required by your visa category or personal circumstances

United Kingdom

  • Interview appointment confirmation
  • Receipt to prove payment of visa fees
  • Self-attested copy of the online application form
  • Other relevant documents based on the type of visa


  • Valid passport
  • Documents verifying your identity
  • Other documents relevant to your visa application

The Visa processing times are variable depending on the category of Visa and your location. It can take around a few weeks to some months.

For the U.S, depending on your individual visa, the processing times differ widely. A temporary, non-immigrant visa can usually be processed much quicker than a permanent visa for immigrants. Your visa should be approved within a few days whether you’re visiting the United States for business or travel. Visas for immigrants, meanwhile, will take 3 to 5 weeks. In this period, you will know if your visa application is accepted or rejected.

 For Canada, the application processing time is the period between the receipt of your visa application by IRCC and the final decision to grant your PR visa. The processing time varies for the different immigration programs that the country offers. So, how soon you will get your PR visa depends on the immigration program you have selected to apply for your PR visa. 

The most popular immigration program is the Express Entry system which also has the fastest processing time. The average processing time for the PR visa in 2020 right from the filing of the application to getting the invitation to apply (ITA) from Canadian authorities is 6 months.

In the other popular immigration program – the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), the process is almost like the Express Entry program. The only difference being the verification process takes a little longer, this can extend the processing time to about 12 months.

For the Quebec skilled Workers Program (QSWP), a provincial immigration program run by the Quebec province, the processing time is between 12-16 months.

The processing time of the Canadian work permit is solely dependent on the completion of your application and the office at which you have applied. We have found that processing a Canadian Work Permit can take between 1-27 weeks. 

Like work permits, Canadian study permit processing time relies largely on the country of residence of the applicant. A Canadian research permit can usually be processed for between 1-16 weeks.

For Australia, the PR visa takes about 12 to 18 months on average to be processed.

To ensure that your Australian PR visa application is processed on time do not submit an incomplete application. For the smooth processing of your application, make sure you meet the key requirements of the visa application process.

The processing time for other major visa categories are as under:

Visa subclassDescription75% of applications processed in90% of applications processed in
417Working Holiday visa14 days34 days
457Temporary Work (Skilled) visa86 days6 months
189Skilled Independent visa4 months6 months
190Skilled Nominated visa4 months7 months
489Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visa (State/Territory Nominated visa classes)5 months7 months
186Employer Nomination Scheme visa8 months9 months

For the UK, you will hear the decision on your visa application within 3 weeks. This applies to most of the visa categories such as tourist, student or work visa.

The cost of the Visa is variable depending on the category of Visa and your location. It can cost around a few hundreds of dollars to some thousands of dollars.

Let us look at the cost of visas for certain popular overseas destinations.


The application fee for the most common nonimmigrant visa types such as tourist, business, student visas is USD160.  The cost of work and religious visas is USD190. K visas cost USD 265 and the fee amount for E visas is USD 205. The tables below are a more comprehensive list of visa types and fee amounts.

Schengen visa

The cost of the Schengen visa will vary based on the type of visa and the age of the applicant. The visa application costs include the visa fees you should pay at the respective embassy or consulate.

Visa categoryCost in USD
Child between 6-12 years of age45$
Child younger than 6 years of ageFree
Holders of diplomatic, official or service passports traveling for official purposesFree
Family member of a EU/EEA nationalFree
Pupils, students and accompanying teachers during a school tripFree
Researchers traveling to perform scientific researchFree
Nationals from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia.39$

United Kingdom

  • Visit visa < 6 months, 95 pounds
  • Visit visa < 2 years 61 pounds
  • Visit visa < 5 years, 655 pounds
  • Visit visa <10 years, 822 pounds
  • Visiting academic – more than 6 months but no more than 12 months, 190 pounds
  • Private medical treatment visa – more than 6 months but not more than 11 months, 190 pounds
  • Short term student visa (up to 6 months), 97 pounds


Costs in CAD

  • Study Permit, $150
  • Work Permit, $155
  • Visitor Visa, $100
  • Visitor Visa (Family), $500
  • Working Holiday Visa, $153


Visa subclassBase application chargeAdditional Applicant charge 18 and overAdditional applicant charges under 18
Subclass 189 VisaAUD 4,045AUD 2,020AUD 1,015
Subclass 190 VisaAUD 4,045AUD 2,020AUD 1,015
Subclass 491 VisaFrom AUD 4,045AUD 2,020AUD 1,015

Below are the general guidelines for a Visa application:

  • Identify the type of Visa that you require
  • Identify the authorized place for Visa application (Embassy/Consulate)
  • Find out the most appropriate time for filing the application
  • Book an appointment for the Visa interview
  • Fill the Visa application form
  • Collate the necessary documents
  • Attend the interview for the Visa
  • Pay the required Visa fee
  • Wait for the decision on your Visa application

Here is the process for certain popular countries


Check if you need a visa

Choose the type of US visa that you’re going to apply for.

Fill in the application form DS-160 for a non-immigrant visa.

Pay the fee for visa application.

Fix the date and time for your visa interview.

Compile the document file

Participate in the visa interview.

Wait for the processing time


Find out if there’s a UK visa you need.

Choose the correct form of UK visa.

Complete the application form online.

For a UK visa application, collect the necessary documents.

Schedule an appointment for a UK visa.

Depending on availability, the visa application process includes obtaining an appointment from the consulate. On the day of the appointment, all the original documents for submission and for biometrics have to be submitted to the applicant.


Find out if you’re eligible for a visa from Canada.

Create your online account.

Compile the document file.

Pay the required fees.

Wait for your Canadian visa to be approved.

Send your passport and your fees for processing.


Choose a visa subclass that is ideal for your purpose and download the appropriate visa application form.

Submit the supporting documents that may be needed for your visa application.

Organize the visa fee payment

A mandatory prerequisite is the prior online appointment for submission of application

Visa CategorySub Category
Tourist VisaSubclass – 600
Business VisaSubclass – 600
Student VisaSubclass -500
Permanent Resident Skilled VisasSubclass – 189, 190, 887, etc.
Student Dependent visaSubclass -500
Temporary Graduate Post Study Work Visa (Dependent)Subclass – 485
Patner Provisonal Visa Subclass (PR Dep visa)Subclass – 309
Temporary Skill Shortage visa (Dependent)Subclass – 482
Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist)Subclass – 400
Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (Dependent)Subclass -491
Child VisaSubclass – 101
Temperary Resident visaTourist visa
PRTDPermanent Resident Travel Document
Student VisaStudent Visa
Work VisaWork Visa with LMIA exemption
Student Dependent VisaOpen Work Permit
Work Dependent visaOpen work permiit
Permanent Reisdent visaSpouse Visa/ PR dependent
The UK
Standard Visitor VisaTourist Visa
Standard Visitor VisaBusiness Visa
Student VisaTier 4 General Student
Student Dependent VisaTier 4 Student Dependent visa
Work VisaTier 2 – General
Work Visa DepepndentTier 2 – General – Dependent
Dependent VisaSole Representative Dependent
Replacement CardBiometrics Repalcement Crad
Citizen DependentCitizen dependent
Student DependentF2
Student(Vocatioanl Course)M1
Student Dependent(Vocational)M2
Internship DependentJ2
Work DependentH4
Intra TransferL1A
Intra Transfer DependentL2
Regional WorkerR1
Regional Worker DependentR2
Short StayTourist Visa
Short StayBusiness Visa
Long Stay – StudentStudent Visa
Long stay – EmployementEmployement Visa
Dependent Visa – Employementfamily Reunion – Spouse/Child
Short StayTourist Visa
Short StayBusiness Visa
Long Stay –Residence Permit
Short StayTourist Visa
Short StayBusiness Visa
Long Stay – Dependent VisaDependent Visa
Czech Republic
Short StayTourist Visa
Short StayBusiness Visa
Long Stay – StudentStudent Visa
Short StayTourist Visa
Short StayBusiness Visa
Long Stay – StudentStudent Visa
Short StayTourist Visa
Short StayBusiness Visa
Long Stay – StudentStudent Visa
Short StayTourist Visa
Short StayBusiness Visa
Short StayTourist Visa
Short StayBusiness Visa
Short StayTourist Visa
Short StayBusiness Visa
Long Stay – StudentStudent Visa
Short StayTourist Visa
Short StayBusiness Visa
Long Stay – StudentStudent Visa
Short StayTourist Visa
Long Stay – StudentStudent Visa
Short StayTourist Visa
Short StayBusiness Visa
Long Stay – StudentStudent Visa
Short StayTourist Visa
Short StayBusiness Visa
Dependent VisaStudent Dependent visa
Short StayTourist Visa
Short StayBusiness Visa
Long Stay – StudentStudent Visa
Short StayTourist Visa
Short StayBusiness Visa
Short StayTourist Visa
Short StayBusiness Visa
Long Stay – StudentStudent Visa
Short StayTourist Visa
Short StayBusiness Visa
Long Stay – StudentStudent Visa
Short StayTourist Visa
Short StayBusiness Visa
Long Stay – StudentStudent Visa
Short StayTourist Visa
Long Stay – WorkWork Visa
BrazilShort Stay Tourist Visa
BangladeshShort Stay Tourist Visa
LatviaShort Stay Tourist Visa
LithuaniaShort Stay Tourist Visa
MaltaShort Stay Tourist Visa
ColombiaShort Stay Tourist Visa
CyrusShort Stay Tourist Visa
DubaiShort Stay Tourist Visa
EgyptShort Stay Tourist Visa
GeorgiaShort Stay Tourist Visa
Hong KongShort Stay Tourist Visa
IndonesiaShort Stay Tourist Visa
JapanShort Stay Tourist Visa
MalaysiaShort Stay Tourist Visa
MoroccoShort Stay Tourist Visa
NigeriaShort Stay Tourist Visa
PeruShort Stay Tourist Visa
PhilippinesShort Stay Tourist Visa
RussiaShort Stay Tourist Visa
SingaporeShort Stay Tourist Visa
South AfricaShort Stay Tourist Visa
South KoreaShort Stay Tourist Visa
SrilankaShort Stay Tourist Visa
TaiwanShort Stay Tourist Visa
ThailandShort Stay Tourist Visa
TurkeyShort Stay Tourist Visa
UkraineShort Stay Tourist Visa
VietnamShort Stay Tourist Visa

By the term ‘visa’ is meant an entry permit for a short and temporary visit that must not be more than 90 days in duration.


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