The Latest News on UK Student Visa Requirements
If you are a citizen of the EU you will not need to apply for a UK Student Visa (this may change when we leave the European Union – Keep checking our blog for the latest updates). If you’re a national of any other country, you will need to be granted access to the UK. In most cases, this means you will need to apply for a UK student visa. The UK government welcomes world-wide learners. Each year, thousands of international students successfully gain a visa to study in the United Kingdom.
There are two main types of UK student visa: A short term study visa and a tier four student visa. A short term study visa is adequate for brief academic courses and for most English courses. For longer academic courses such as university degrees, you will need a Tier 4 Visa. These are divided into 2 separate categories: Tier 4 (General) and Tier 4 (Child). All UK student visas are awarded on the UK points-based system.
Our Top Tips on Applying for a UK Student Visa:
Apply Early! You can apply up to three months before your travel date as long as you can present a valid confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) which you will only receive when your course offer is fully unconditional. When you receive your CAS, make sure you thoroughly read it through, if any of the information within you CAS is incorrect it could result in your UK student visa being declined.
Choose the right visa. Ask your assigned school which visa type is right for you and your length of study or go to gov.uk for more information.
Do you have sufficient funds? Prepare your financial evidence and other documentation that is required for your visa application. Your financial documents must be in your name, or a parent’s and dated within 31 days of your application. You must know the total cost of your stay in the UK, including your course fees. To obtain a UK student visa you must be able to provide evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover your full stay in the UK.
Check your documents. Make sure you include the correct documents and all the documents your application requires. You may be required to provide originals of your documentation, you can check if this applies to you at gov.uk.
If you get stuck, you can contact UKVI for free by e-mail. Visit gov.uk for specific contact information. For a more detailed overview of UK student visas check out this article. With the UK Government changes made within the last month after the EU Referendum, there is some uncertainty around the UK Student Visa system. Being well prepared and ensuring you have all the correct documentation when you apply for a Student Visa is key in the application process. Stay tuned for more UK Student Visa updates.