Getting a visa to visit another country, under whatever purpose, is never a piece of cake. You will have to go through procedures and obtain required documents, no matter if you are applying for the first or the tenth time. However, when you apply for the first time for a visa, you will find it more difficult than when you apply for the second time and on.
Not because there are extra requirements for first-time applicants, but because you may find it a bit hard to understand what each of the requirements mean. Some of the applicants, despite of understanding what a particular requirement means, find it hard to understand where and how to obtain it.
On many visa requirements checklists, you may notice that a “No Objection Letter / Certificate” or a simply a NOC letter or just a NOC is required. This requirement gives a hard time to many applicants. Not because it is so hard to get it, but because they have no clue what it is.
In this article, we have explained to you everything you need to know about a NOC letter, what it is, where you need to obtain it, and what it should contain. In addition, at the end of this article you will find three samples of a No Objection Certificate, in order for you to have it clearer what this requirement exactly is.
What is a No Objection Certificate for Visa Application?
A No Objection Letter for visa is a legal certificate issued by an agency, institute, company, organization, university, etc., to their employee or student that they agree for the visa candidate to take off the days for which he or she he has applied for a visa.
In addition, the letter states that the visa candidate has contractual obligations, to go back to their country of residence at their workplace or university.
A NOC letter should be written by the employer of the visa candidate, or a university official (an adviser, a head of a department, or the dean of the school) where the student is enrolled.
Why do you need to submit a No Objection Letter?
In some countries, this is an optional requirement, whereas in others it is mandatory. If it is mandatory and you fail to submit it, then your application file will be rejected.
Usually, the countries that have made the No Objection Certificate mandatory require it to make sure that the applicant had obligations in their home country, to which he or she has to return.
In other cases, when the visa candidate is applying for a business visa, the visa officers want to make sure that the reason behind this candidate’s application is real.
What are the types of No Objection Letters?
Depending on your status and the organization/institution that has to issue it to you, there are two types of No Objection Letters:
- NOC letter for students – issued by a competent person at the university where the applicant is enrolled at
- NOC letter for employees – issued by a competent person at the workplace of the candidate
On the other hand, if the employer has issued the NOC, depending on the visa type you are planning to apply, for there are two NOC types:
- NOC for tourism purposes – when the employee is planning to visit a foreign country for tourism or to visit family members / friends
- NOC for business purposes – when the employee is visiting a foreign country to attend business activities
How to get a No Objection Certificate from employer or university
The procedures to get a No Objection Certificate depend on your workplace or university. If you need a NOC letter from university, then you will have to go at an advisor, head of the department or university dean and ask them for one. Tell them the time frame within which you need it, so they will make it ready for you on time.
On the other time if you have to obtain a No Objection Certificate from employer for visa purposes, the process of obtaining it depends on the type of company where you work. The first thing you have to do is to obtain a leave approval from your employer for visa purpose, within the time period throughout which you are planning to visit this foreign country. After you get the approval, you can ask a competent person at work, to write a letter of no objection to you.
If you work at a smaller company, all you have to do is to ask your boss to write the letter for you. If you work at a medium company, then talk with the manager of the department where you work and require the letter from him/her.
On the other hand, if you work at a big organization and you know that, neither the boss nor the manager, have the time to deal with it, talk to the HR manager, or send an email to her/him. At big corporations, the hierarchy is very important, and the Human Resource Department deals with cases of this nature.
How to write a No Objection Letter for Visa Application
If you are the person who needs to write a No Objection Certificate for visa for a student or an employee, the following information in this article will be handy to you. When writing a NOC letter, take into account the following tips:
- Include the following information:
- write the date when the letter was written
- present the reason why you are writing the letter
- details about you / the company or university you represent
- details about the employer / student who works / is enrolled at your company / university
- the confirmation of leave approval from employer for visa purpose, including the dates of leave
- Direct it to the consular officer
- Do not make the letter too long
- Write it simply, and make it easily understandable
- Do not make it sound familiar, since this is an official letter indeed
What information should a No Objection Certificate contain?
The letter should contain some very specific information, in order for it to be valid. Following, find out more in this regard:
Details about the company / university
If you are writing a NOC letter for an employee or student, then the letter should contain the following information about you and the the university or company where the visa candidate is employed / enrolled:
- Name and Surname
- Position at the company / university
- Company / University address
- Phone number
Details about the visa candidate
If the visa candidate is an employee:
- Name and surname
- ID Number
- Position at work
- Duration of employment at the embassy
- Annual salary
- Leave dates
If the visa candidate is a student:
- Name and surname
- ID Number
- Field of study / Department
- Year of enrollment
- Leave dates
Sample of a No Objection Letters / Certificate
In order for you to have it clearer how a NOC letter actually looks like, below find three examples of a NOC letter for visa application:
- For students applying for a tourism visa
- For employees applying for a tourism visa
- For employees applying for a business visa
Sample No Objection Letter from university for Tourism Visa
January 15, 2018
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany
871 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017, USA.
Re: No Objection Letter
I am writing this letter on the request of Miss. Nola Granger, with ID number 12563478, who is a student at the Widener University, in Chester, Pennsylvania. Miss. Granger has been our student since October 2016, when she enrolled at our university to study Business Administration. Currently, she is in the second year of her studies.
As the Dean of Business Administration Department at the University, I wish to confirm that the University has no objection to Miss. Granger getting a visa to Germany.
The University has granted Miss. Granger with a leave permit starting April 15 to May 1, given that no exam or other important University event takes place within this period.
If you have any other inquiries, please feel free to contact me via my email or phone number given below.
Dean of Business Administration Department
One University Pl, Chester, PA 19013
Sample of No Objection Certificate from employer for Tourism Visa
May 7, 2018
Embassy of Albania
B2, West End Colony, New Delhi, Delhi 110021, India
Re: No Objection Letter
This letter is in reference to Mr. Avinash Dalal, with ID number 56781234, who has been working at Dena Bank as a Loan Officer since January 1st, 2010. Mr. Dalal has impeccable work ethic and for the work he does, he receives an annual salary of 850,000 rupees (€10,228).
On behalf of Dena Bank and as Mr. Dalal’s supervisor, we have no objection to Mr. Dalal getting a visa to Albania to travel during his approved leave at work, for summer vacations. Mr. Dalal has an approved leave for two weeks, starting from June 10 to June 25, 2018.
We also validate that Mr. Dalal is able to financially support himself during the travel with his compensation package at our company. Attached is the proof of Mr. Dalal’s annual income.
Please feel free to contact me, if any further information is required. Sincerely,
Bank Manager at Dena Bank
Mani Bhavan, Sion-trombay Road, Chembur, Mumbai-400 071
Sample of No Objection Certificate from employer for Business Visa
August 3, 2018
Embassy of United Arab Emirates
Via Della Camilluccia , 492 00135 Roma
Re: No Objection Letter
This letter is in reference to Ms. Giuseppina Caputo, who has been working at EDT Srl Publishing House, in Torino, Italy, since Mach 1st, 1999. Ms. Caputo is one of our oldest and most trusted publicists. Currently, she receives a salary of €25,000 per year.
As the CEO of EDT Srl Publishing House, I am writing this letter to confirm that Ms. Caputo will represent our publishing house at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, in October. There she will also carry business meetings with other publishing houses, writers and translators, in search for collaborations.
The company will cover all of the expenses of Ms. Caputo, throughout her stay in the UAE. Attached to this letter, you may find the documents that support such statement.
If you need any further information, please feel free to contact me via my email or phone number detailed below.
CEO at EDT Srl
Via Pianezza, 17, 10149 – Turin (TO)
+39 011 5591 811
Where to submit a NOC Letter
A No Objection Letter for visa should be submitted at the embassy / consulate / visa center of the country the visa candidate wishes to visit. The letter should be submitted alongside with the other required documents.
Remember that you the required documents for visa application should all be submitted together, on the day of your interview. If you fail to do so, your application will be automatically rejected.