One of the most frequently asked questions we get from international students at HelloUni is about how to apply online for a UK student visa. We understand that the visa application process can be scary and seem like a massive task, but it doesn’t have to be!
We’ve tried to answer some of the most common questions to talk you through whether you can apply for a visa, what documents you need and how to apply online. Don’t forget to download our free app to browse scholarships and UK university courses.
CAN I APPLY FOR A VISA?
You can apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK if you’re 16 or over and you:
- are from a country that is outside the European Economic Area or Switzerland. Check here to see if you need a visa for the UK.
- have been offered an unconditional offer of a place on a full-time course with a licensed Tier 4 sponsor. Here is a list of registered UK institutions who are sponsors.
- Can prove that you have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course
- You can speak, read, write and understand English
WHAT LEVEL OF ENGLISH DO I NEED TO STUDY IN THE UK?
|Where you’re studying||What you’re studying||Knowledge of English needed||Level|
|Higher education institution (HEI)||Degree level or above||Reading, writing, listening and speaking||Equivalent to CEFR (Common European Framework for languages) level B2|
|The institution that’s not HEI||Degree level or above||SELT in reading, writing, listening and speaking||CEFR level B2|
|Any institution||Below degree||SELT in reading, writing, listening and speaking||CEFR level B1|
On this website, you can find a PDF with a list of approved centers for English language tests. Check in your own country to see if there are any centers near you.
WHEN SHOULD I APPLY FOR MY VISA?
The earliest you can apply for a visa is 3 months before you start your course.
Your education provider will send you a reference number called a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) once they’ve offered you a place on a course. You’ll need to enter this on your visa application You must no more than 6 months after you receive the CAS.
You’ll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks. Processing times for a visa can vary depending on which country you are from. Check how long it takes here..
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
It costs £335 to apply for this visa if you are applying from outside the UK. It costs an extra £335 per person for any dependants who come with you (e.g. family, children.)
You may also have to pay a healthcare cost as part of your application. Have a look at this website for guidance on how to pay and if you need to.
WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED?
HOW LONG CAN I STAY IN THE UK FOR?
You can come to the UK before your course starts:
- up to 1 week before, if your course is for 6 months or less
- up to 1 month before, if your course is for more than 6 months
How long you can stay in the UK depends on the type of the course you are studying.
HOW TO APPLY ONLINE
apply online for a Tier 4 (General) student visa.
You will then be re-directed to this page. Afterward, everyone has to fill in personal information, agree to the terms and conditions and then submit your application. You will then receive an email to confirm that your application has been received. The email will also give you instructions on what to do next.
Unfortunately, there are criminals around the world who try to steal money from people by carrying out what’s known as scams.’ We’d hate for you to be the victim of anything like this, so our advice would be to protect yourself as much as possible and only get your information from trusted sources. For this article, we have collected all of our information from the gov.uk webpage for Immigration and Visas.
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