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No Objection Certificate: What It Is, Why You Need It, and How to Get It?

No Objection Certificate: What It Is, Why You Need It, and How to Get It?

What is a No Objection Certificate?

No Objection Certificate is an official document required by Nepalese students planning their academic journey abroad. It is issued by the Ministry of Education (MoE) in Nepal. NOCs are required to obtain a VISA and transfer to schools, and the government approves on behalf of the students to act on the specific request, be it financial or academic. It is only valid for 6 months upon issuance. 

Why do Nepalese Students need a NOC to study abroad? 

No Objection letter or Certificate is a compulsory requirement for Nepalese students to study abroad. It helps students to make payments and even enroll conveniently at the University they are applying to. In other words, NOC acts as a permission based on which students are allowed to study in another country outside Nepal. Some of the reasons why Nepalese need NOC are listed below, 

1. Legality:

NOC serves as a legal document for admission to the International University 

2. Mandatory with VISA application:

NOC is a prerequisite VISA document mandatory with your VISA application. 

3. Financial evaluation:

Universities assess your financial status and sponsorship based on NOC. Hence, it assures financial recognition for study abroad. 

4. Regulatory compliance:

NOC is a regulatory compliance document for student VISA, which also provides VISA support services. 

Government Reasons for Requiring NOCs for Students 

No Objection Certificate as an imperative document allows approval from relevant government authorities like the Ministry of Education. The government also has some reasons why they are asking NOC for students who are planning to study abroad i.e.

1. Ensures regulated payment 

Once, Nepalese students have obtained an NOC, it helps them to legally pay for their accredited University courses. The government made it compulsory to track if the money flowing is for fraud or any other illegal purpose. 

2. Supports Nepalese students studying abroad

NOC allows the government to keep a record of the number of students who are going abroad for their higher education. Based on the track data, the government aims to support Nepalese students to study abroad. 

3. Helps Nepalese students meet financial obligations

No Objection Certificates help Nepalese students meet their financial obligations. It makes time to time estimation if they are paying tuition fees and managing living expenses on study abroad. 

Who can apply for a No Objection Certificate (NOC)?

No Objection Certificate is permissible for those who require a VISA for specific purposes. It includes transferring schools, obtaining loans, police clearance certificates, and other purposes. Besides, some people who can apply for a No Objection Certificate are mentioned henceforth.

  1. 1. Students preparing study abroad plans 
  2. 2. Employees seeking work permits abroad 
  3. 3. Students under Exchange Programs abroad 
  4. 4. Immigrants for Permanent Residency

On a precise note, the specific requirements for those who can apply for a No Objection Certificate vary. It is generally confirmed by the authorities based on the purpose of the application and the country in which it participates. 

Inside Course-Specific NOC Eligibility Requirements table

Course Level NOC Eligibility Requirements
Diploma or Advanced Diploma( Level 3 to 5 )
  • Academic Transcript 
  • Citizenship 
  • Admission Certificate 
  • English Language Proficiency Test
Graduate/Graduate Diploma/ Post Graduate Diploma(1 year)
  • Academic Transcript 
  • Citizenship 
  • Admission Certificate 
  • English Language Proficiency Test
  • Invoice Letter 
Bachelor Degree
  • English language Proficiency test 
  • NHPC Registration License and Pre-approval Letter (in case of diploma)
  • CAAN Pre-approval (for Pilot Training), and others
Nursing Student/ Master’s Degree
  • Citizenship 
  • Academic Certificate 
  • Council License 
  • Invoice Letter 

How to get a NOC in Nepal? 

For a step-by-step guide on how to get an NOC in Nepal, you can listen to the following instructions.

Step 1: Visit the official website of MoE

The first step to applying for an NOC is visiting the official website of the Ministry of Education of Nepal(MoE). You can download the application form for NOC from herein. 

Step 2: Fill in the Application form 

After downloading the application form for NOC, you now proceed with filling out the application. You first begin with filling in the necessary information and later attach required NOC documents like passport copy, academic transcripts, Citizenship Certificate, University Bonafide Letter, I-20 letter, fee payment receipt, letter of Acceptance, and other requirements. 

Step 3: Verify documents and submit an application 

Before submitting you need to verify your documents and submit your application accordingly thoroughly. You can submit an NOC application to the MoE online by mail or in person. Online applications are also relevant to the sector you choose. 

Step 4: Pay the NOC application fee 

You can pay NRS 2000 as an NOC application fee either online or by bank voucher at Rastriya Banijya Bank. Upon paying the applicable fees and documents, MoE will process your application, while it may take between a few days to weeks to review it. Besides, taking your unique application ID number for future reference is suggested. 

Step 5: Receive the No Objection Certificate 

You are eligible to receive the NOC documents until and unless any error when processing your request is found. You can use NOC for VISA applications and fee payments to foreign Universities as required. Normally, it takes about 2-3 working days to get NOC in Nepal. 

Common Challenges When Getting No Objection Certificate (NOC)

The most common challenges one faces with No Objection Certificate issuance are delayed processing, rejection, or inadequate coordination with the authority. Besides,  common mistakes leading to chances of NOC rejection are listed below, 

1. Incomplete or Inaccurate Application

In case any of the information mentioned in the application is incomplete or misleading chances of rejection for NOC are seen. You need to cross-check if the information is correct and the necessary documents to support those claims. 

2. Failure to meet eligibility criteria 

If the applicant who is trying to get a NOC in Nepal, does not meet the specific requirements set by the Ministry of Education, his NOC application may be rejected. One needs to meet English Language Proficiency requirements, standard academic credentials, and prerequisites for getting NOC. 

3. Financial Issues

Financial proof and sponsorship are required to study abroad for Nepalese students, By any chance if the financial details are unclear or insufficient, then the applicant is not accepted for NOC. 

4. Legal issues

In case the applicant has been involved in any regulatory violation or charged with any criminal offense, his/her NOC is to be rejected. 

5. Limitations

Government authority sets some specific quotas up to which the NOC is issued. If the particular limitation is reached, the number of applicants applying thereafter for that destination may get rejected. 

How to Appeal against Rejection or Denial of NOC? 

Do not stress out much even if your No Objection Certificate(NOC) is rejected or denied. You still have the right to appeal the decision from the Ministry of Education. Here are some steps that you need to follow to appeal your NOC decision.

Step 1: Print the NOC decision in case of denial or rejection 
Step 2: Review the Reasons for NOC rejection of the Denial 
Step 3: Prepare an Appeal suited to your Case with Supportive Documents 
Step 4: Submit an Appeal letter to the Issuing Body like MoE
Step 5: Regular Follow-up and Status Update of the NOC 


NOC is a legal document necessary for students for foreign education. Students can apply for NOC online and even print it on approval from the official website of MoE. Depending on the volume of applicants, the application acceptance may take a few days, while some print it on the same day of application. NOC suggests that the Government and State have No Objection to studying, working, or visiting purposes outside the country's territory. If you have any confusion about your study abroad destination and required documents, you can contact Macro Hub Educational Consultancy. 

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