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Student Visa Requirement for UK1-01

Requirements for Student Visa to study in UK

International students require visas to study in the UK.
However, you should know if you need a UK student visa and how the application process works.
Swiss nationals and individuals from the EU/EEA states do not currently need a visa to study in the UK, while all other international students need to have one.

Types of Students Visa

  • Short Term Study Visa: If you are going for a short course and are over 18 years old, you may be eligible for this visa. For this, validity is six months and can extend up to 11 months for a stay if enrolled in an English language course.When to apply for the visa: Three months before you travel to the UK.

If you want to pursue a longer study course, make sure your chosen institution is a valid Tier 4 sponsor. The visa options for the same are:

  • Tier 4 (General) Student Visa: Students of age 16 & above who have secured a place in a course at a UK institution.When to apply for the visa: Three months before your course starts
  • Tier 4 (Child) Student Visa: Students of age between 4-17 have gotten admission to a program at the UK institute and want to study in an independent fee-paying school.
    When to apply for the visa: Three months before your course starts.

UK Visa Eligibility Requirements

The government has defined some eligibility requirements that one needs to have before applying for a Visa. To fulfill these requirements, you must have the following documents at hand:

  • Confirm if your university is a licensed student sponsor and has presented you with an unconditional offer and a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
  • You must have proof of your funds indicating that you can pay your program tuition fees, as well as living costs.
  • A proof of your satisfactory English level skills, which will include speaking, reading, writing, and understanding English
  • If you are a minor, you need to have a content letter from your parents.
  • For short-term visas, applicants need to present a document confirming their intention of leaving the UK within 30 days once their course finishes.
  • Non-EU/EEA/Swiss students studying a sensitive subject may require an ATAS certificate too.
  • Your current passport or any other valid travel documents
  • Recent passport size colored photographs

UK Visa Fees

The Visa fees will depend upon the visa type you are going for

  • Tier 4 (General) Student Visa: £348
  • Tier 4 (Child) Student Visa: £348, which may include some additional charges too.
    An additional £348 fee per person will be applicable in the case of dependents. Also, you need to pay a healthcare surcharge of £150 per year if you want to get the National Health Service (NHS) during your stay in the UK.
  • Short term student visa: £97 for a 6-month visa & £186 for an 11-month visa

The UK work visa

The UK has innumerable work opportunities for students. You get a chance to grab one of these, depending upon your course. Students can do a part-time job & work 20 hours per week if their course is six months or longer. Make sure your university is listed under-recognized higher education providers in the UK.

Students who want to stay in the UK after graduation must apply for a work visa. (if they don’t have a 2-year post-study work visa)

UK post-study work visa (Graduate Immigration Route)

The Graduate Immigration Route is for international students. Applicants with an undergraduate or Master’s degree or have completed a Ph.D., once selected, will have permission to stay and work in the UK at any skill level for two years, whereas Ph.D. degree holders can stay up to three years.

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