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UK Student Visa Guide

UK Student Visa Guide

Updated on Apr 9, 2020
Piyush Kohli
Piyush Kohli

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UK Study Visa Description

There are two student categories under Tier 4 of the points-based system:

  • Tier 4 (General) Student Visa – This visa category is for . The applicant must be at least 16 years old.
  • Tier 4 (Child) Student Visa – This visa category is for children between 4 and 15 years of age coming to the UK for their education. Children between 4 and 15 years can only be educated at independent fee-paying schools.

快穿系统女主深吻hIf you are enrolled in a bachelors degree program or higher at a UK college that is listed on both the official ‘UKBA Sponsor list’ and the list of ‘recognized bodies’, you are allowed to work for up to 20 hours per week for (Tier 4 General) and work full-time during vacations or summer holidays.

快穿系统女主深吻hAlso, read about  and student visa for prominent international study destinations:

 

Latest update: The UK government has announced the reinstatement of the two-year post-study work visa for international students. The new immigration rules will benefit those international students who are planning to pursue their higher studies in the UK starting from 2020-21. Currently, international students pursuing Bachelor's or Master's degree can stay back only for a period of four months. Only international students studying in 27 universities can stay back for six months which are part of the pilot scheme. Prospective Indian students are also going to benefit from this new rule.

Cost of Visa

The fee for the Tier 4 General Visa is £348. The methods of payment are stated below.

  • Online using either a MasterCard or Visa card.
  • Through demand draft at the visa application center and selected branches of Standard Chartered Bank. 
  • Through Cash at the visa application center and selected branches of Standard Chartered Bank. 

Documents required for a UK Study Visa

UK Student Visa Requirements: Applying for a student visa requires you to carry a lot more documents in comparison to a tourist visa, by comparison. Aspirants need the mandatory documents along with supporting documents of financial and academic records. Make sure you refer to the  before going to the consulate for the visa interview.

You should have the following documents before applying:

  • A completed student visa application form
  • A letter of acceptance on the course - Your approved education provider will give you an acceptance letter (CAS) and a visa letter which are official and unconditional offers of a place on a course of study. The visa letter must be issued no more than six months before you apply. The applications where the visa letters are older than six months will be refused. 
    Having a visa letter does not guarantee the application will be successful. The applicant must meet all the requirements of the category and any other requirements of the immigration rules.
  • Proof of funds - The money you need to show covers your course fees for your first year of study and living costs for up to a maximum of nine months. The amount you will need depends on whether you are applying as a child or adult and also whether you will be studying in or out of London. You must show that you have held the money for at least 28 days. The end of that 28 day period must not be more than one month before the date of your application.

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You must show the following amount of money to meet basic living costs (not including fees) for a period of up to nine months i.e. £11,385 for nine months if you are living in London and £9,135 for nine months if you are living outside London.

  • The visa fees payment confirmation receipt
  • Payslips
  • Original mark sheets/provisional certificates
  • Scoresheet of exams like , , , etc.

You can also check out a video on Visa counseling session on the UK and Ireland study visa by in-house Shiksha counselors. This video covers various topics like types of a student visa, step by step process to get a visa, document checklist, and source of funding, commonly asked questions, from students.

UK Student Visa Process: How to Apply

快穿系统女主深吻hThere are several steps to apply for a UK Student Visa. UK Study Visa applications are processed within three weeks of the completed application being lodged.

Step 1 - The first step is to check if you qualify for the student visa or not. You need to show that you have:

  • A confirmed place at the school, university or college where you intend to study. It is called a ‘confirmation of acceptance for studies’ (CAS).
  • Enough money (also known as ‘maintenance or funds’) to cover your course fees and .

Step 2 - Get your documents ready

Step 3快穿系统女主深吻h - Apply online

You will need to register and create an account on the official UK Visa website.
When you have completed your online application form, you will need to print and sign your completed form. You must use the online appointment calendar to book an appointment at the visa application center. When you have completed your online application, you will receive an email message containing your application number.

Step 4 - Pay your application fee. There are 4 ways to pay your visa application fee.

  • Payment at Standard Chartered Bank - You can pay your fee at some branches of the Standard Chartered Bank. The bank will issue a demand draft in favor of the 'The British High Commission'.
  • Demand draft from a nationalized or foreign bank - You can pay your fee by getting a demand draft issued by a nationalized or a foreign bank. Bank charges for this service will vary. The demand draft must be in favor of the 'The British High Commission’.
  • Payment at the visa application center - You can pay the visa application fee at the visa application center when you submit your visa application.
  • Pay online - You can pay your visa application fee online using a Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card.

Step 5 –快穿系统女主深吻h Visit the visa application center on the appointed date. You must book and attend an appointment at the visa application center to submit your application and facial photograph and fingerprints.

UK Point-based Visa System

Students should be informed that the UK Visa is a point-based visa system and it is essential for applicants to meet all the requirements of the Immigration Rules and have 40 points in total.

Factor

Points

快穿系统女主深吻hStudents are required to have a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies from a fully licensed Tier 4 sponsor

30 points

快穿系统女主深吻hStudents should have enough money to cover course fees and monthly living costs (also known as maintenance or funds)

10 points

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Dependents

快穿系统女主深吻hThe wife or children get a Dependent Visa for the same duration as the primary applicant. This is applicable to the Master's degree application only. Undergraduates cannot take dependents with them to the UK.

If you have a student visa, your dependents apply as 'dependent on a Points Based System migrant'. Each dependent completes a separate application form and pays a separate fee.

Along with your own maintenance funds, you need to show an additional £845 (within London) and £680 (outside London) for each dependent for each month that you are applying for up to a maximum of 9 months' maintenance funds. You can use a scholarship to cover the maintenance funds for your dependents if you already have got a scholarship. The scholarship letter must state that funds are also intended for your dependents.

Additional Information

快穿系统女主深吻hIf you want to work there after completing your studies, then you need to apply for a Tier 2 visa which is meant for Highly Skilled Workers. So along with your student visa, you don’t get a work permit. You need to apply for a work visa separately.

快穿系统女主深吻hYour spouse may work in the UK if the grant of leave is for more than 12 months. If your visa was granted for a period of fewer than 12 months or you are participating in a course of study below degree level, your spouse will not be allowed to work in the UK.

Premium Visa Services

快穿系统女主深吻hWhile a normal UK Study Visa could take at least 6 weeks to process, students can opt for the Priority Visa Service or the Super Priority Visa Service to shorten the visa processing time for an added fee. Under the Priority Visa Application, the UK Visas and Immigration aims to make a decision on your Priority Visa application and contact you to let you know that your passport is ready to be collected within 5 working days from when you submit your biometric information. Under the Super Priority Visa Application, the same work is completed within 24 Hrs. Candidates should note that the cost of this service is in addition to the visa application fee and is non-refundable if the visa application is refused, or in exceptional cases if it takes longer to process.

Where to apply

快穿系统女主深吻hThe UK Student Visa process of getting a Tier 4 visa is completely online.  Below is the link where you can fill the form –

快穿系统女主深吻hFor Biometrics interview you need to visit the VFS global’s visa application centre in Delhi:

VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.
Mezzanine Floor, Baba Kadak Singh Marg,
Shivaji Stadium Metro Station,
Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001, India

快穿系统女主深吻hCheck the list of all 

UK Embassy and Consulates addresses-

1. British High Commission New Delhi

Shantipath, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi 110021

2. British Deputy High Commission Mumbai

Naman Chambers, 
C/32 G Block Bandra Kurla Complex, 
Mumbai
Bandra (East) 400 051

3. British Deputy High Commission Chennai
20 Anderson Road
快穿系统女主深吻hChennai 600 006

4. British Deputy High Commission Kolkata
1A Ho Chi Minh Sarani 
Kolkata 700071

Scholarships for studying in the UK

UK’s education system is considered one of the best in the world. However, most of the international students need financial assistance to pursue their higher education from there. In order to fulfill the aspirations of international students, different types of . Below you will find the list of some of the top fellowships for studying in the UK.

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Comments (59)

PG Aspirant3 weeks ago

快穿系统女主深吻hI'm really confused about the new points-based immigration rules in the UK. In some sources it says you can stay in the UK to look for a job or do a job 2 years after graduation, is that true?

Piyush Kohli
Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert3 weeks ago

Dear Teja, UK has extended post-study rules for various courses. Please refer the below link for more details.

PG Aspirant1 month ago

Hi,
快穿系统女主深吻h I have got an unconditional offer from UEA, though I haven’t given my ielts and based on my 12th english score and proof of education in English. Do I need to give ielts for applying visa or can I go ahead?

Samidha Goyal
Samidha Goyal
Counseling Expert for UK1 month ago

快穿系统女主深吻hAs you have got Unconditional offer from UEA you don't require IELTS for Visa

PG Aspirant1 month ago

Hello
(UK University)
I have a query if my brother can sponsor me for Master's program in the UK ? Or if i can use his Bank Statements to cover my living expenses. I will be staying with him during my degree programme. He is settled there and have his own house.

Samidha Goyal
Samidha Goyal
Counseling Expert for UK1 month ago

For UK Visa Funds have to be in your name or your parents can sponsor you. You can ask your brother to transfer funds in your account

PG Aspirant2 months ago

Hi,
快穿系统女主深吻h I got overall 6 band with no element less than 5.5 . Also, I have received the unconditional offer from the University . Pls tell will I have any problem in getting the visa with 6 band IELTS? Should I retake the test and aim for 6.5 + ?

Piyush Kohli
Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert2 months ago

快穿系统女主深吻hDear Lavanya, if you have already received the offer letter then you can apply for the student visa, however, make sure you meet other requirements for getting the visa like finances, etc as demanded by the visa authorities.

PG Aspirant2 months ago

Hi iam rahila rahim iam graduated master science in medical bio chemistry .i hav 2 kid abd i want my hus band for to look after them .i want to go uk in student visa ..what is the steps should be taken for me to go?

Piyush Kohli
Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert2 months ago

Dear Rahila, please refer to the below link and check out the application process for the UK along with the enrolment timeline.

PG Aspirant2 months ago

Hi I'm Vinod. I have 87% marks in higher secondary and 70% in my bachelor degree. Also I have given my IELTS in Academic and got L-8 R-8 W-6.5 S-6 overall 7.0 Band. Also I have 1 year Experience. Is there any chance to get a scholarship or any financial assistance? Can anyone help me please?

Piyush Kohli
Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert2 months ago

Dear Vinod, please elaborate on your query and let us know where you are going to study further. Also, you can check out the list of scholarships available for the UK. Please check their eligibility criteria and apply to those where you are meeting the criteria.

Konala Anvesh
PG Aspirant2 months ago

快穿系统女主深吻hHi my student visa(UK) has refused due to low funds in September intake 2019 for masters, now I want to reapply the student visa(Uk) for April intake 2020 in MBA, by changing the course will get any problem in visa process. Will they consider the changing course

Srishti Chatterjee
Srishti Chatterjee
Study Abroad Expert2 months ago

Hi Konala, you need re-apply to universities for an MBA programme and after its acceptance (after getting an admit), you can apply for the student visa again. This time you would not only need to take care of the finances but also mention believable reason about the change of course.

2 months ago

pursuing Global MBA from Lexicon Mle pune. They send to UK for 2nd year study. is it worth.

Srishti Chatterjee
Srishti Chatterjee
Study Abroad Expert2 months ago

快穿系统女主深吻hHi Dhananjay, indeed, it is a good opportunity. It will provide international exposure and could come in handy during a job search or if you plan to take an additional course in any international university. Thanks!

UG Aspirant3 months ago

Sir i have complete my senior secondary in 2018 with 64% in medical stream and 85% in english...and 75% in 10th and english 80% but my ielts score is 5.5 band soo i can apply for uk...or i have need to improve my band scores

Srishti Chatterjee
Srishti Chatterjee
Study Abroad Expert3 months ago

快穿系统女主深吻hHi Manjinder, you need to have at least 6 overall and 5.5 minimum in writing. Thanks!

3 months ago

study courses, eligibility and requirements for study after 10th in UK after pass out cbse board in india.

Srishti Chatterjee
Srishti Chatterjee
Study Abroad Expert3 months ago

快穿系统女主深吻hHi Geeta, you need to complete your undergraduate studies first to be eligible for a master's programme.