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How to Get a student visa for UK

International student standing in a phonebooth in London near the big ben in the UK

From its college cities with rich legacies to its prestigious research institutes, the UK provides higher education which is unlike any other country. However, applying for a student visa for UK can be a confusing and complicated process. Here’s a step-by-step guide that tells you all about it!

The United Kingdom is one of the most popular destinations for international students.  If studying in the UK has always been your dream and you are keen on realizing it, then read on as we tell you how international students can apply for a student visa for UK. To apply for a student visa, you need to do a whole lot of homework. In fact, applying for the visa is one of the last few steps of studying in Great Britain as an international student. In this blog, we will give you a quick and general round-up of the things that you need to take care of before applying for your UK visa.

1) Pick your course and university

 The selection of universities and colleges in the UK is different from the rest of Europe. Here, you need to pick the course or program you want to pursue before selecting the university. Then, based on your program choice, you can search for the universities offering degrees in that particular discipline.

2) Applying through UCAS

Oxford university
Students can use a single personal statement to apply to five institutes at a time through the online portal of UCAS

The University and College Admission Service (UCAS) is the portal through which you can apply in UK universities. You have to write a personal statement to describe why you are opting for that particular course in roughly 500 words. This statement is pretty crucial in ensuring that you stand out among other candidates of similar grades and backgrounds. Students can use a single personal statement to apply to five institutes at a time through the online portal of UCAS. As of now, UCAS respectively charges £20 and £25 for the applications to single and multiple universities. If you are accepted by a university, UCAS will send you a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies) form that you will need at the time of visa application.

3) Immigration health surcharge payment

Once you receive your CAS, you will need to pay £150 for health coverage as an immigrant for the first year. The receipt of this payment will also be required while applying for the student visa for UK.

4) Visa application

Graduation cap laying in the grass
You can apply for the UK student visa earliest you can apply is three months before you travel

After sorting out all the UK student visa requirements, you are now all set to go through with the application process. If you have been accepted to a full-degree program, then you will require a Tier-4 (General) student visa. For diplomas and short courses spanning six months or less, you can opt for a Student Visitor Visa. The UK student visa fees in both these scenarios are £310 and £83 respectively.

Important Note: Dates play a crucial role when you apply for a student visa for the UK. For instance, the visa application must be submitted at least three months before the commencement of the classes. Similarly, make sure you apply within six months after receiving the CAS form.

5) Documents required

You will need to bring the following documents at the time of the visa interview.

  • Tuberculosis screening certificate from a UKVI-approved TB Test Centre (applicable for some countries)
  • Financial proof (for funding your studies)
  • Receipt of immigration health surcharge payments form
  • Academic certificates and transcripts mentioned in the CAS form
  • English language proficiency test (IELTS) mentioned in the CAS form
  • Current passport
  • Two photographs (passport-size)
  • Original birth certificate (with translation for non-English document)

Stay back options for international students

Like most students, your visa is the final factor that stands between you and your study abroad dreams. Once you receive it, all you have to do is pack your bags and get ready to fly! If you’re one of the students who wish to work in the UK after they finish education, you’re in luck! The United Kingdom recently reintroduced a two-year post-study work visa. This visa allows all international students who have valid UK immigration status as a student, to work in the UK for two years after completing their studies.

If you have more questions and queries regarding UK student visa requirements, you can always get in touch with our expert consultants at iSchoolConnect to receive absolutely free consultation. They can guide you every step of the way to fulfill your dream of studying in Great Britain.

About the author

Bright, bold, and bubbly, Akanksha Vora is a writer at iSchoolConnect. She writes creative and curious blogs that help students with their life and studies abroad.

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