The Visa Bulletin is a monthly newsletter that provides a guide to help you with your visa applications. It is free to all Visa applicants and they are encouraged to subscribe.
If you haven't applied for a visa before this can be a little confusing but there is no need to worry because it's quite simple. You should have received a VISA BULLETIN by February. You should check your mail every six months or at least once a year and it is important that you send this out before applying.
Every Visa Bulletin is very important and will provide you with many useful tips to make your application easier. There are many tips included in the VIBule that are relevant to every visa type including:
If you are applying for a visa for a business purpose, it may be worth getting some professional advice before you apply. A professional company will be able to help you plan the best way forward and help you avoid any problems. Your visa will be approved much quicker if you apply through a professional business instead of using your own.
The VIBule will also have some other useful information on all types of visas and their requirements, which you should keep an eye out for. It is vital that you read up on these things as much as you can and ensure that you are familiar with them before applying.
If you are applying for a Student Visa or an Exchange Visa, it may be worth checking with your local university as to what visa they might be able to offer you as they can give you some advice on which type of visa to apply for and how to go about it. They may be able to offer you work permits, or have contacts with the different embassies that you can contact and ask what your visa requirements are. They may even be able to recommend someone in your situation. If you are an Australian citizen, you may want to contact the Australian government's Department of Immigration for more information on your visa application.
An American citizen or an Australian citizen living in the United States might be able to get a Student Visa for their family members who are studying abroad. If you are an American and living in the UK you could be eligible to apply for an Exchange Visa.
A New Zealand citizen or Australian citizen or even an American citizen or Chinese or British citizen who is studying overseas may be eligible to apply for a Short-Term Visa as part of their Visa Application. These can be useful especially if you are working overseas or going on a trip.
There are also many other types of visa application that are available such as a Business Visa which will help you get your business up and running whilst you are studying abroad and allow you to work while you study. Once you've graduated you can then look to get a longer term visa and once you get your permanent visa, you'll be able to continue your education and work in the UK or in other countries.