CLARENCE FITZROY BRYANT COLLEGE KITTS & NEVIS
STUDENT VISA REQUIREMENTS and PROCESS GENERAL INFORMATION
A Student Visa is NOT required for the following:
v Persons with an Indefinite OECS Stamp in their passport.
v Persons with an Annual Residence Stamp in their passport.
v Persons who have Residency by Marriage (Temporary Residence Stamp) in their passport.
v Persons with a CARICOM Skills Certificate: For the holder, spouse and children up to age 21.
v Persons with St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship (BY DESCENT) in process: Receipt for certificate of citizenship (EC$150.00) must be submitted.
A Student Visa is required for the following applicants to the College:
v Non-nationals and their dependents who are entering the country.
- Children aged 5 to 16 must have a copy of their Immunization Certificate and a passport-sized photo. The cost for a student visa is US$75.00 per year.
- The passports of children under the age of 5 should be submitted with that of the parent attending the College for a Visitor Visa to be stamped in the travel document. There is no fee for this service.
v Persons who are in process of requesting Citizenship by Marriage
v Persons who are in process of requesting Citizenship
v Government Employees who are sent to the College to study. Government must issue a student waiver letter to the College in this instance.
Do note that Student Visas are valid for 1 year (August to July). Upon requesting renewal, a police record, enrollment letter and completed application form must be submitted with the fee of EC$400.00 or US$150.00.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the measures adopted by the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, including those concerning Colleges and Universities, persons interested in pursuing studies in the Federation MUST keep up to date with and rely on information from trusted sources only:
Information concerning travel restrictions, quarantine policies and other necessary recommendations are also available on the following websites:
- Government of St. Kitts and Nevis: Ministry of Health (www.gov.kn)
- St. Kitts Health Promotion Unit (www.covid19.gov.kn)
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs (https://www.foreign.gov.kn/)
STUDENT VISA REQUIREMENTS EXPLAINED
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS for the STUDENT VISA
- Application Form
- Application Fee
- Acceptance Letter
- Passport Data
- Birth Certificate
- Marriage Certificate OR Divorce Decree (if applicable)
- Police Record OR Background Check
- Travel Itinerary
- Proof of Funding
- Vaccinations: MMR Vaccine Hep B and Polio
- Tests: VDRL or RPR Test and TB or PPD Test
Records in a language other than English will not be accepted. All non-English documents must be translated into English and notarized.
STUDENT VISA APPLICATION FORM
The student visa application form will be part of the admissions package of a prospective student. It must be printed on ONE sheet of paper – front and back. The front and the back of the Application Form must be completed using black or blue ink only. The form must be dated and signed before mailing. (Download the student visa application form here)
The EC$400.00 or US$150.00 application fee is NON-REFUNDABLE. This means there will be NO refund if the student visa is not approved. A bank draft or money order made out to the Accountant General of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis must be included in the package. Cash will not be accepted
This letter confirms that the prospective student has met the requirements for acceptance into the College. It is included in the acceptance package sent to prospective students from the Office of the Registrar. If a prospective student is unable to locate his/her acceptance letter, a copy must be requested from the Admissions Office by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A notarized photocopy of the passport data page (certified by a Notary Public) must be presented. The notarized data page must be submitted along with the other required documents.
- The expiration date of the passport to be used for the student visa process must be checked to ensure that it will not expire within 6 months of the application date. If it does, the passport must be renewed prior to traveling to St. Kitts and Nevis.
- Prospective students using a passport issued by countries other than the United States, Canada, or Great Britain must inform the Department of Student Services at email@example.com so that the College is properly notified.
ONE passport sized photo (2”x 2”) is required. The background in the photo must be white and photos with sleeveless tops and low-cut blouses/tops will NOT be accepted. The first and last names of the prospective student must be clearly written in script on the back of the photo.
A notarized photocopy of the prospective student’s original birth certificate (certified by a Notary Public) must be submitted along with the other visa documents. DO NOT send the original birth certificate.
MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE OR DIVORCE DECREE
A notarized copy of the prospective student’s original marriage certificate or divorce decree (certified by a Notary Public) must be submitted along with the other visa documents. DO NOT send the original marriage certificate or divorce decree.
POLICE RECORD OR BACKGROUND CHECK
Either a background check or police record issued by either the police department, precinct, state police, county police or criminal justice department within 6 months of the application date must be submitted by the prospective student. A photocopy will not be accepted. The original must be sent.
- Fingerprinting is not a requirement.
- The background check or police record must be signed by the relevant authority.
- The background check or police record must be stamped or embossed.
- Only government online background checks are accepted.
The travel itinerary must be included in the visa application package. A round-trip reservation must be made and the return trip should not be booked for a date prior to the end of the semester/academic year. The prospective student’s name must be clearly printed on the itinerary and the reservation must be confirmed.
PROOF OF FUNDING
The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis requires proof that prospective students have a minimum of US$10,000 or more to fund their expenses. There are two ways to provide proof of funding.
- Self-Financing (out of the prospective student’s pocket): In the Financial Details section on the back of the Visa Application Form, tick the Personal Arrangements Only box and, on the line, write the word Self. Either a current bank statement OR a letter from your bank should then be attached.
The bank statement must be recent and the prospective student’s full name and the balance must be visible. It should be stamped by the bank as proof that it is an authentic copy of the prospective student’s current account.
If the prospective student is forwarding a letter from the bank, it must be addressed to the Ministry of National Security. The letter must be typed on the bank’s letterhead and should state that the prospective student has a minimum of US$10,000 on his/her savings or checking account.
- Sponsor or Institution funding: In the Financial Details section on the back of the Visa Application Form, tick the box that applies to the prospective student’s type of funding—sponsor or institution. If a bank statement is used, it must be recent and the sponsor’s full name and the balance must be visible. It must also be stamped by the bank as proof that it is an authentic copy of the sponsor’s current savings or checking account.
If the sponsor is forwarding a letter from the bank, it must be addressed to the Ministry of National Security and the letter must be typed on the bank’s letterhead. The letter must state that the sponsor has a minimum of US$10,000 on his/her savings or checking account.
If an institution letter is being forwarded, it must be addressed to the Ministry of National Security and the letter must be typed on the institution’s letterhead. The letter must indicate the full amount being provided to the prospective student and the sponsor MUST write a Sponsor Letter to accompany the bank statement/letter or institution letter. The Sponsor Letter MUST be certified by a Notary Public.
VACCINATIONS OR MEDICAL INFORMATION
- MMR – If the prospective student did NOT complete a 2nd MMR vaccine OR cannot find the record, the prospective student must have a titer done to verify that s/he is immune to MMR. If the prospective student gets a titer, the titer date must be recorded on the health certificate and attached to a letter/printout from the prospective student’s doctor showing the result of the titer.
If the prospective student has never had an MMR vaccine, the prospective student needs to immediately arrange to get the two vaccines. If, however, there is not enough time for the prospective student to get the second vaccine before the travel date, the s/he can get the second vaccine in St. Kitts. The MMR vaccination dates should be recorded on the prospective student’s health certificate by his/her health care provider.
- HEP B – If the prospective student has never had the Hep B (3 doses) series OR did NOT complete the Hep B series, the prospective student will need to start the process immediately OR will need to begin the process all over again. The series MUST be completed within a 4-month period (Hep B Protocol).
The prospective student’s health care provider must record the date of EACH dose on the health certificate. The Government will ONLY accept 3 Hep B vaccination dates: not less. Titers and Boosters are NOT accepted. You can complete the series in St. Kitts or Nevis.
- POLIO – If the prospective student was vaccinated for Polio but cannot find one or any of his/her vaccination records, a titer must be done to discover if the prospective student is immune to Polio. The titer date must then be recorded on the prospective student’s health certificate and a letter/print-out from his/her doctor showing the result of the titer must be attached. If the prospective student has never been vaccinated for Polio, s/he needs to immediately make arrangements to be vaccinated. The date(s) of vaccination must be recorded on the prospective student’s health certificate by his/her health care provider.
If the prospective student cannot be vaccinated due to medical/health reasons, a letter stating why the prospective student cannot be vaccinated must be prepared by his/her doctor. This letter, certified by a Notary Public, should be submitted with the other visa documents.
- TB/PPD Test – must be done within 6 months of the application date. The date and result of this test should be recorded on the prospective student’s health certificate by his/her healthcare provider/doctor.
If the Mantoux or PPD test is positive, the prospective student must do a chest X-ray. A letter stating the result of the x-ray should be prepared by the prospective student’s doctor. Attach the letter from the doctor showing the result of the chest X-ray to the health certificate.
- VDRL/RPR Test – must be done within 6 months of the application date. The date and result of the test should be recorded on the prospective student’s health certificate by his/her health care provider/doctor.
The heath certificate and other records of the prospective student’s vaccinations and tests should be submitted with the other visa documents.
Please ensure that all the required documents (1 to 12) have been completed. Place all documents in the addressed stamped envelope and forward the package via courier services to the Director of Student Services, Department of Student Services, Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College, Burdon Street, Basseterre, St. Kitts. If any document is missing, incomplete or incorrect, the prospective student will be informed via email.
Questions or queries about the student visa requirements and/or process should be directed to the Department of Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or Office of the Registrar at email@example.com or please call 1 869 465 2856.
The visa application will be processed by the National Security Secretariat in St. Kitts after the prospective student has arrived on island. If an update on the student visa process is needed, please contact the National Security Secretariat, Ministry of National Security, Liverpool Row, Basseterre, St. Kitts or please call 1 869 467 1209 or 1 869 465 2521.