Information related to Student Visas:

International students who wish to study in India should obtain a Student Visa before travelling to India.

  • Once the student has been issued a provisional admission letter to study at the University, he/she should immediately apply for Student Visa.
  • International students taking admission at KLEF should make sure that the Student Visa is endorsed to KLEF by the visa issuing authority.
  • A request for change of university or institution subsequently made cannot be considered. In this case you would be required to go back to your home country and apply for a new visa.
  • Also, if you have entered India on basis of documents provided by the University then it is your responsibility to ensure that you directly join and report to the University. The Visa endorsed on the name of the University or obtained on the basis of University documents cannot be used for any other purpose like employment , admission to any other university/college/institute/academy etc or for no regular (distance/online) mode of education.
  • After reaching the university students have to get the visa verified by the University and have to deposit a copy of the valid visa
  • It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that throughout his/her study period student is on valid visa.
  • In case the initial visa is not endorsed for the complete duration of the program or student has to extend the stay because he/she is not able to complete the program in the stipulated time then the student should apply for the extension of the visa before visa expires.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that visa should be applied well in advance and time. It generally takes 3-8 weeks to get the Indian Visa thus it is advisable to apply for the visa accordingly and consult the Indian High Commission/Embassy if required.
  • Such students will have to register with the Foreigners Registration Office within 14 days of their arrival in India.
  • When the student is on the rolls of KLEF, if the passport of the foreign student expires, then he/she should arrange to renew it at least six months prior to the date of expiry of the passport and Student Visa to be renewed at least three months prior to the date of the expiry of the visa.

At the time of starting from your Home Country:

The following points will give you a quick look before you depart your home country:

  • Ensure that you obtain visa from Indian Embassy/ High Commission.
  • Also assure that you meet Medical fitness standard before you leave your country.
  • Also ensure that you have taken all the required vaccinations (Typhoid Vaccine, Hepatitis Vaccine), to avoid medical complications while you are in India (though it is not mandatory).
  • If there are certain medicines that you are supposed to consume due to any medical reason prescribed by a doctor please carry them along. It is also suggested to carry the prescription of that medicine for any further reference.
  • Request and register with the University International Office for the pick service from the Airport at least one week prior to arrival and provide the complete details of flight.
  • Also ensure that you bring the letter of admission issued by the University.
  • Make sure that you carry the originals, copies of your certificates/degrees and 10 passport size photographs.
  • Ensure that your fee has been received by the University and you should carry the fee receipt.
  • You can carry all your money in form of Travelers Cheques, which can be easily redeemed at the airport as well as a number of foreign exchange offices and banks.
  • Keep all the valuables, important documents (Passport, Visa papers) in the Cabin baggage, to avoid the possibility of their getting misplaced during transit.
  • Keep all the contact phone numbers handy in case of need.
  • Temperature ranges between 35 – 50 degree Celsius during summers and 20 – 35 degree Celsius during winters. Here the winter season starts around November or December so the warm material (blankets, quilts, woolens, etc) must be brought accordingly.
  • Whilst everything is available in India, however try to get all that you would require during the initial few days. All the essentials can be availed from the University cooperative stores.
  • The electric standard in India works on 240 V. So, ensure that you have an adapter for your mobile or laptop if it operates on a different voltage in your country. Also the electric sockets are 2 or 3 pin so ensure that you carry a converter in case required.

When reached to India:

When you arrived in India, there are certain points that you should remember:

  1. Customs Formalities:
    Foreign students in India are generally required to make an oral baggage declaration of the possession of baggage and foreign currency as soon as they land in India. Under this they are also required to obtain the Currency Declaration Form from the Customs. The students should also fill in the Disembarkation Card (Arrival card) handed over to them by the airline during the course of the flight.
  2. Clearance:
    There are two channels for clearance:
  3. Green Channel: For passengers not in possession of any dutiable articles or unaccompanied baggage.
  4. Red Channel: For passengers in possession of dutiable articles or unaccompanied baggage or high value articles. High value articles are to be entered on the tourist Baggage Re-Export Form.

KLEF arranges for pick-up facility for the international students in group of minimum 4 students from Hyderabad Airport on the designated dates. To avail this facility a student must request and register for the service at least two weeks prior to arrival and provide the complete details of flight. Also pick-up facility is offered to all international students from the Vijayawada air port or railway station or bus terminals, for which prior information and registration is mandatory.

Once an international student is settled, he/she should complete the following formalities:


All international students must register themselves with the International Office of KLEF.

  1. Admission Formalities
    The International Office of the University should be contacted to take care of the admission formalities.
  2. Registration with FRO
    All International students who have come to study in India need to get themselves in The Foreigner's Registration Office (FRO) within 14 days of arrival in India (not applicable in the case of Bhutanese and Nepalese students). The University’s International Office helps and guides the students in the registration.
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