UK Student visa
Basic Requirements for UK Student visa (long-term study)
Do you dream of studying in one of the world’s most respected and impressive educations hubs? Think you’ve got what it takes to be taught by the leading masterminds in their field? You’re only a few steps away from securing your UK student visa!
UK Student visa types
Below you’ll discover the various UK student visas available:
- Child Student visa (ex. Tier 4 Child) - for children under 18 years old - long-term study at school or college.
- Student visa (ex. Tier 4 General) - for adults requiring long-term study at college or university (undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate studies).
You can apply for a Student visa 6 months before your course starts and you'll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.
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Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
You must have an unconditional offer of a place on a study course. To prove this, your education institution will send you a document called a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) once they’ve offered you a place on the course. It contains all necessary information such as: study fees, name of the course, degree level etc. You can't start your visa application without CAS.
Money for maintenance and study
You need enough money to pay for your course for 1 academic year (up to 9 months). The amount you need to pay will be on your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
How much money you need for maintenance depends on where you will be studying. You’ll need either:
- £1,334 per month (for up to 9 months) for staying in London
- £1,023 per month (for up to 9 months) for staying outside London
- or boarding fees for the first academic year, if you’re boarding at a residential independent school
In some cases you do not need to prove you have enough money for maintenance, but you might be asked to provide this evidence before you get a decision on your application anyway.
Knowledge of English
You don't need to confirm your knowledge of the English language when you apply for Child Student visa.
When you apply for UK Student visa you must prove you can read, write, speak and understand English. This usually means passing a Secure English Language Test (SELT) from an approved provider. You must have an equivalent to CEFR level B1 if you're studying below degree level and CEFR level B2 for studying degree level or above. Your Higher Educational Institution can assess your level of English themselves, so they may ask you to do a different test.
You do not need to prove your knowledge of English if you’ve completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in some countries, or proved your level of English in a previous visa application
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Documents you must provide for UK Student visa in 2023:
- Passport (current and previous if any)
- Bank statements confirming you have enough money for studies and maintenance
- Sponsorship undertaking, if someone is acting as a sponsor for your educational trip
- Official invitation from the education provider (Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies - CAS)
- Knowledge of English confirmation, if necessary
- Tuberculosis test results if you are from a country where you’re required to take the test, and if you are visiting the UK for more than 6 months
- You’ll have to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your application
- A parental consent if you’re under 18
You’ll also need to provide a certified translation of any documents that are not in English.
Once the application is approved, the applicant will be provided with a vignette to enter the UK. At the same time, a Student visa or Student Child visa will be produced in the form of a plastic card BRP (Biometric Residence Permit) within the UK. The applicant should enter the UK and collect the BRP. We will provide the exact address of your collection point.
How much does it cost
UK Student visa - our services fee on 06.12.2023
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Additional paid services available
Get a decision on Priority Visa Application within 5 working days
Keep my passport when applying
This service allows the applicant to keep a passport during the visa decision process.
Express Courier Return
Applicants can choose to have their passport returned to them by express courier (within 1-3 business days depending on the area selected) at the end of the application process.
Visa processing steps
Preliminary assessment of the chances of getting a visa.
Before we start your visa application, we will make sure you qualify to get a visa. We provide you with a simple questionnaire, and on return, we study it and report to you on your chances. If there is something that could lead to a refusal, we will explain to you how to change your circumstance to be able to get a UK visa.
Agreement and payment.
If you agree to work with us, we provide you with an electronic contract and invoice for our services.
Documents list preparation
We prepare a personal list of documents for you depending on the information you supply in the questionnaire for our consideration. Each application is different, and there is not any standard list of documents suitable for everyone.
Documents sample provision
We provide you with document samples, so you can understand fully what the UK Embassy needs from you.
Checking the documents.
We check your documents before you submit them to the UK Visa Application Centre. We make sure your documents are prepared accurately.
We provide you with unlimited consultations on your documents, visa application process, application forms etc.
We fill in the application form for you basing on your documents and your particular situation.
You pay the visa fee to the British Embassy, we book your appointment for you. You will be able to choose the most suitable date and time for you.
Uploading docs to the Embassy
We organize and upload all your supporting documents directly to the British Embassy. So, you need only passport on appointment.
You attend your appointment in person and submit your biometrics (digital photo and fingerprints). After that your visa application is sent to the British Embassy for processing. You should get a decision on your visa within 15 workings days of biometric submission.
The application tracking
We track your application and report to you when the case status changes. If the UK Embassy has any additional questions on your case, we contact them on your behalf.
Each applicant have to enroll in person. Biometric enrolment is a digital process of photographing and scanning fingerprints.
Getting a decision
Under Standard service you should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks of biometric submission.
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- would like to know opening hours or address of TLSContact or VFSGlobal application centre in your home country, make online enquiry instead.
- want to track your UK visa application or passport status
- need help after you have submitted your application/documents
- want to renew your passport
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