Student visa applications - UK

Thousands of students per year gain access to a visa to study in the UK; there is no limit as to how many students can be issued with a visa as studying in the UK is openly encouraged by the government. UK Immigration and visas are managed by the UK Boarder Agency who is a group of 7,500 people based all over the country and overseas that make the decisions as to whether or not each applicant has a right to visit or stay in the country.

Whether or not you need a visa depends on your nationality and immigration status. If your passport is issued by a country in the European Economic Area or Switzerland you are able to come to the UK freely (this includes people with two or more nationalities). Any other nationalities will have to consider what type of visa they will need by deciding what course they want to do and for how long.

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When should you apply for a visa?

It is very important that you apply for a visa a long time before you intend to begin your course; it is a long process and a lot of students leave it too late because they do not realise what other requirements are involved, examples of which include: having certain vaccinations (especially if you are from a particularly high risk area), producing documents which show your qualifications and finances or attending interviews or biometric tests. The time this will take will vary depending on which country you come from.

What visa do you need?

The most common kind of visa a student will need is a ‘Tier 4 - General Student visa’. This allows you to do a course in the UK at a school, college or university registered on the UKBA list of trusted sponsors. Only institutions with a Tier 4 sponsor licence can issue you with a confirmation of acceptance for studies, which you must obtain in order to apply for immigration permission as a Tier 4 - General student.

To qualify for a Tier 4 – General Student visa:

  • You must have a definite place at a UK institution which is registered with the home office as full time study (this is a minimum of 15 hours of classroom study per week).
  • You will need to have an English ability just below GCSE in a foreign language
  • You need to provide evidence of sufficient funds to pay for your course and to support living costs
  • You need to provide a letter of acceptance to show that you have been accepted onto the course

Why do you need legal help?

It is crucial that you get legal help before you start you application process. This will help you in the long run; if you try to complete forms yourself you are more subject to error – the forms are complex and can require a lot of evidence so can be very confusing and if even the smallest details are wrong you may end up having to take your request to appeal which will take a lot longer.

At Stephensons we have a team of experts who have years of experience dealing with successful student visa applications. For a small amount of money, your visa application can be done quickly and accurately which will help to take away a lot of pressure from what can be a very stressful process. We are able to assist you at any stages of the application and answer any questions you may have along the way.

If you are in need of any help regarding your visa application, please contact a member of our team today on 0175 321 5096.

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