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Steps for UK Student Visa

Are you wishing to study in the UK? We are here to let you know about all the steps and procedures for a UK student visa and immigration policies.

You can apply for a student visa to study in the UK if you’re 16 or over and you -

  • Are offered a place on a course by a licensed student sponsor

  • Enough financial assistance to pay your course and expenses

  • Basic understanding of English speaking and writing skills

  • Evidence of parents consent (For age 16 or 17)

  • Check eligibility for child student visa

You can apply for the visa up to three months in advance of the start date of your course. Check the average visa processing times for your country, and be sure to allow plenty of time.

For reaching all the requirements for a UK student visa, these are the important things you need to take into consideration -

  • Details of your passport

  • A recent photograph

  • An unconditional offer of a place on a course offered by a licensed Tier 4 Sponsor, evidenced by a 'Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) form from your course provider

  • Proof of adequate English language skills demonstrated bypassing one of the secure English language tests (SELT). You will not need to provide this if you’re from an English-speaking country such as the United States or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in an English-speaking country.

  • Proof you have financial support throughout your stay in the UK

  • If you’re a non-EU/EEA/Swiss student studying a sensitive subject, you may also need an ATAS certificate

  • Proof of financial support can take the form of bank statements or a letter from your financial sponsor, showing you can cover your tuition fees, accommodation, and living costs.

You may also be required to produce documents showing your academic qualifications, and to attend an interview or biometric test, which includes a digital scan of your fingerprints. Depending on your country of origin, you may also be required to have certain medical vaccinations or undertake a tuberculosis test. Depending on where you’re from, you may also be required to register with the police within seven days of arrival in the UK.

The earliest you can apply for a visa is 6 months before you start your course. You’ll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 or 8 weeks. You must apply before your current visa expires and the new course must begin within 28 days of your current visa expiring.

How long you can stay depends on the length of your course and what study you’ve already completed in the UK.

If you’re 18 or over and your course is at degree level, you can usually stay in the UK for up to 5 years. If it’s below degree level, you can usually stay in the UK for up to 2 years.

International students must submit their applications online via the UK Visas and Immigration website. Check the visa costs before applying. Visit a visa application center where you will have your fingerprints and photograph taken. You can only apply for your visa once you have been given a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies. If you are applying from outside the UK, the earliest you can apply is three months before the start date of your course.

Immigration policies generally respond to labor market needs and demographic objectives of destination countries. Governments implement immigration policies through laws, regulations, and program measures with the objective to manage the volume, origin, direction, and composition of migration flows. In many countries, mostly in more developed regions, migration legislations have been characterized by the regularization of flows and measures to better integrate immigrants in the host societies. In some cases, regional agreements have influenced the legislations of the countries involved.


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