Indeed, most non-British students require a specific visa for the United Kingdom, including if they are European. This article provides you with information on the UK student visa application requirements and process.
The student visa to which this article refers is Tier 4 (Tier 4 – General).
UK Student Visa Eligibility
The student visa application is made online and at the following costs:
£348 if applying from outside the UK;
£475 if you are applying for a student visa extension or converting your current visa to a student visa whilst already in the UK.
Additionally, if you plan to bring dependents with you to the UK (i.e. your spouse and children), you will need to pay the above-mentioned charges for each person involved.
CAS number – Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies
The issuance of the British student visa is subject to several conditions:
The student must be over 16 when applying;
They must present an unconditional letter of enrollment (Confirmation of Acceptance) for Studies in a course offered by an approved student sponsor institution. Most UK higher education institutions are approved for student sponsorship. It is important to check if your institution is on the list of student sponsors before proceeding with your application.
The unconditional enrollment letter contains a unique Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) reference number, to be given when applying for the visa.
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Higher education in the UK is expensive due to the high cost of living and tuition fees, the latter depending on the course and the university institution.
As part of a student visa application, it may be required to prove the existence of funds to support you (i.e. living expenses) and pay your expenses, at least, during the your entire first year of university (which lasts nine months) in the UK.
To find out the amount of subsistence funds needed, refer to the CAS, which indicates the amount to have in your bank account. For example, these subsistence funds include:
Tuition fees then an excess of £1,334 per month for study in the City of London and the 32 Boroughs of London.
An excess of £1,023 per month for courses outside London.
Show the availability of funds by presenting a bank statement that proves that the money has been in your bank account for 28 consecutive days or more. The money must still be in your account for 31 days from the visa application date.
You no longer need to prove your ability to support yourself financially while studying in the UK:
If you have been in the UK on a valid visa for at least 365 days on the date of your student visa application:
If you are a UK national overseas, or a national of a particular country (e.g. Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Mauritius, Peru, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United Arab Emirates United States, United States and European countries),
The Secure Important :
The student visa application
If you are under 18, your student visa application file must contain the consent of your parents or legal guardian.
The visa application also includes:
Payment of the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge (IMS), by debit or credit card. The IMS will allow you to access UK health services and obtain prescriptions, if needed.
An interview organized by the British Home Office. The time and place of your interview are communicate by e-mail (regularly check your Spam folder!). The session includes questions about your study programme, your motivation to study in the UK Admissions, your long-term plans, etc. It is sanction by an interview report, which will be attach to your application for the final evaluation.
Good to know :
The student visa allows you to register your dependents (eg spouse and children). Note that anyone added is subject to additional billing.
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