A Comprehensive Guide to NOCs

What is NOC?

If you are planning to study abroad, the NOC is considered an important document for the application. NOC stands for No Objection Certificate, and this document is issued by the Ministry of Education (MOE), confirming that the student is allowed to study at the desired university and in the desired country. The NOC serves as proof that the student has fulfilled the requirements for studying overseas. The NOC is required primarily at the airport in Nepal and during the exchange of foreign currency. It can also be used for administrative purposes in Nepal if necessary. The application is submitted after receiving the offer letter from overseas universities, and it takes 7–10 working days.

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Why do you need a No Objection Certificate (NOC)?

A No Objection Certificate (NOC) serves as a critical document in diverse contexts, providing assurance and legal clearance for specific actions or purposes. Obtaining an NOC is essential for several key reasons:

  • Legal Requirement: An NOC is a legally required document that is essential for university admission processes.
  • Visa Application: The No Objection Certificate (NOC) is a crucial document that must be submitted with your student visa application, serving as a mandatory requirement for admission.
  • Financial Assessment: The NOC helps universities evaluate your financial capabilities and understand your plan for financing your international education.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Obtaining the NOC grants you access to a variety of support services provided by your country's government or educational authorities, specifically designed for students pursuing their studies overseas.


Who can apply for a NOC in Nepal?

Understanding who is eligible to apply for a No Objection Certificate (NOC) is crucial, as according to the regulations and laws governing eligibility, the following individuals or entities may be permitted to submit an application:

  • Students: Individuals seeking to pursue their academic endeavors abroad must typically secure an NOC. This applies to those who have completed their previous level of study and are applying to a university or other educational institution overseas.
  • Educational Institutions: Educational institutions may be required to submit an NOC application on behalf of their students. This is often necessary when students seek participation in exchange programs or educational initiatives organized by foreign institutions.
  • Sponsors or Guardians: To ensure that students receiving financial support from sponsors or guardians have sufficient funds, it may be necessary to submit a sponsorship letter and other relevant documents during the NOC application process.


What are the required documents for the NOC?

To apply for NOC in Nepal, the following documents are required:

  1. Passport
  2. Offer letter/I-20/LOA/ Acceptance Letter
  3. Scholarship documents (if applicable)
  4. Recent Academic Certificates and transcripts
  5. Passport sized photograph
  6. IELTS/PTE certificate
    English Test Sample
  7. Citizenship Certificate

The documents must be original, but if the originals are unavailable, notarized copies are required for the photocopy.


How to get the NOC?

To collect the No Objection Certificate (NOC), follow these procedures:

  1. Gather the listed documents above.
  2. Download the form from the https://noc.moest.gov.np/ or obtain it by visiting the MOEST office in Sanothimi, Bhaktapur. Alternatively, fill out the form with the required information.
  3. Verify the documents by checking Windows number 3 at the MOEST office.
  4. Submit the documents to Window 4 and receive a token number.
  5. Finally, to collect the NOC from Windows 6,
    The document can be collected in one day physically.

NOC Online

The process for applying the NOC online form is as follows:

1. First, visit https://noc.moest.gov.np/ and enter your number; then you will receive the OTP.

NOC Step 1

2. Enter the OTP

NOC Step 2

3. Enter the password

NOC Step 3

4. Verify your email

NOC Step 4

5. Enter the details of Citizenship after completing the email verification and complete the process.

NOC Step 5

6. Now enter the passport detail

NOC Step 6

7. Now you have to complete the following process

NOC Step 7

8. Application form should be filled out as required

NOC Step 8

9. After completing process 8 you will receive the application number.

NOC Step 9

Sample of NOC

NOC Sample

What causes a NOC application to be rejected?

Various factors can lead to the rejection of a No Objection Certificate (NOC) application. Here are some common reasons for rejection:

  • Incomplete Documentation: Failure to provide all required documents or submit incomplete or inaccurate information can result in rejection.
  • Lack of Eligibility: Applicants who do not meet the prescribed eligibility criteria may face rejection.
  • Financial or Sponsorship Issues: When applying for a No Objection Certificate to study abroad, it's crucial to provide clear evidence of financial support or sponsorship. If an applicant fails to do so, their application may be at risk of rejection.
  • Violation of Legal or Regulatory Requirements: Rejection of a NOC application may occur due to a history of legal or regulatory violations, such as criminal activities or disciplinary actions.


How many days does it take to get a NOC in Nepal?

The time for obtaining a No Objection Certificate (NOC) in Nepal can vary depending on several factors. Some NOCs may process relatively quickly within a few days, while others may require a longer processing period, extending to several weeks or even months.

The specific time period to get a NOC depends on factors such as the complexity of the application, the responsiveness of the relevant authorities, and the specific requirements of the NOC.

Therefore, it's advisable for applicants to initiate the NOC application process well in advance to account for potential delays and to consult with the relevant authorities or seek professional assistance to accurately estimate the estimated processing time.


Dibesh Adhikari

Admission Officer

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