Student Visa Issue

Old May 21st 2011, 11:50 pm
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This year I have been accepted to read Film & American studies at University which I will start in September 2011. A compulsory part of this course is to spend a year as part of an exchange program at a university in the U.S, Canada, Australlia or New Zealand.

My problem lies in the fact that in 2009 I was convicted of two offences (Wounding without intent & Possession of an offensive weapon). For these crimes I received a 24 month conditional discharge. I was 17 at this time.

I will be applying for the student visa during my second year which will be in early 2013. At this point it will have been around 3 1/2 years since my conviction which would i belive would not make me eligible to apply for rehabilition even though my offences in the U.K would be deemed spent.

Whilst i understand this is a few years away i am already panicking over deciding which countries i could and could not succesfully apply to.

Whilst i am obviously not expecting a definitive answer here my question is do i even have a shot at obtaining a year long student visa with my record?

Any answers will be appreciated.

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Old May 22nd 2011, 3:56 am
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I am pretty sure you are out of luck.
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Hello

This year I have been accepted to read Film & American studies at University which I will start in September 2011. A compulsory part of this course is to spend a year as part of an exchange program at a university in the U.S, Canada, Australlia or New Zealand.

My problem lies in the fact that in 2009 I was convicted of two offences (Wounding without intent & Possession of an offensive weapon). For these crimes I received a 24 month conditional discharge. I was 17 at this time.

I will be applying for the student visa during my second year which will be in early 2013. At this point it will have been around 3 1/2 years since my conviction which would i belive would not make me eligible to apply for rehabilition even though my offences in the U.K would be deemed spent.

Whilst i understand this is a few years away i am already panicking over deciding which countries i could and could not succesfully apply to.

Whilst i am obviously not expecting a definitive answer here my question is do i even have a shot at obtaining a year long student visa with my record?

Any answers will be appreciated.

Thank you.
i dont know the answer but you need to read this http://www.cic.gc.ca/English/pdf/kits/guides/5312E.PDF

take a look at page 4 "were you convicted as a juvenile"
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i dont know the answer but you need to read this http://www.cic.gc.ca/English/pdf/kits/guides/5312E.PDF

take a look at page 4 "were you convicted as a juvenile"
You are inadmissible if:
• you were convicted in adult court in a country that has special provisions for young
offenders.


Guess Canada's off the list, thanks for the help.
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Yep, sorry but it looks as if it'll have to be Oz or NZ - the US and Canada are notoriously tough on offenders. Having said that, I have no idea whether Oz or NZ have similar policies, but the lovely peeps in those forums will be able to tell you.

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