STUDENT VISA

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What is a Student visa?

The Student UK visa route is for a person aged 16 or over who wants to study with a sponsor on a course of further or higher education, a pre-sessional English course or a recognised foundation programme

A person who is aged 16 or 17 and wants to study with a sponsor that is an Independent School on a course at Regulated Qualifications Framework 3 or Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework 6 and above
can apply as either a Student or as a Child Student.

Is there a course requirement for a Student visa?

The application must generally be for a single course of study which is one of the following:

  • A full-time course at degree level or above that leads to an approved qualification
  • A full-time course below degree level involving a minimum of 15 hours per week of classroom-based daytime study (08:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday) that leads to an approved qualification
  • A full-time course involving a minimum of 15 hours per week of classroom-based daytime study that is a pre-sessional course
  • A part-time course above degree level that leads to an approved qualification where the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) has been issued by a higher education provider with a track record of compliance
  • A full-time course at degree level or above that is recognised by Ecctis as being equivalent to a UK higher education course where the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) has been assigned by an overseas higher education institution or a higher education provider with a track record of compliance

    Further Information and FAQs

    • How much is the financial requirement for a Student visa?

      The financial requirement differs as below depending on whether or not you are studying in London:

      Studying in London

      Type of Study Funds required (to have been held for a 28-day period)
      Residential Independent School Sufficient funds to pay outstanding fees (course fees and boarding fees) for one academic year
      All other cases Sufficient funds to pay any outstanding course fees as stated on the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), and £1334 for each month of the course (up to a maximum of 9 months)

       

      Studying outside London

      Type of Study Funds required (to have been held for a 28-day period)
      Residential Independent School Sufficient funds to pay outstanding fees (course fees and boarding fees) for one academic year
      All other cases Sufficient funds to pay any outstanding course fees as stated on the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), and £1023 for each month of the course (up to a maximum of 9 months)

       
      The financial requirement is automatically met and no evidence needs to be submitted of funds if you are a national of certain countries including EEA countries, Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, the USA or registered as a British National (Overseas) and if you are applying from your country of residence or the UK.

      You are also exempt from the financial requirement if you are applying for permission to stay in the UK and have been living in the UK with permission for 12 months or more on the date of application or if you are applying to study on a recognised foundation programme as a doctor or dentist in training.

    • Does the English language requirement differ depending on the level of course?

      Yes, you must show English language ability on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in all 4 components (reading, writing, speaking and listening) of at least level B2 if you are studying a course at UK bachelor’s degree level or above, or at a lower B1 level if you are studying a pre-sessional course or a course below UK bachelor’s degree level.

      Exemptions apply if you are a national of a majority English speaking country such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA or if you met the same level of requirement in a previous successful application for entry clearance or permission to stay.

    • Can you work in the UK with a Student visa?

      You are generally permitted to work 20 hours per week during term-time and full-time outside of term-time if you are studying a full-time course at degree level or above, or 10 hours per week during term-time and full-time outside of term-time if you are studying a full-time course below degree level.

    • How long is a Student visa valid for?

      The Student visa will be granted for the duration of your course plus a short period after the course end date generally between 1 month to 4 months depending on the length and level of your course.

      If you wish to stay longer in the UK, you may wish to check if you qualify for leave to remain in the UK on the Graduate visa, Global Talent visa or Skilled Worker visa routes.

Why Viaje

Why use VIAJE for Student visa matters?

Extensive experience of successful Student visa applications with institutions in England and Scotland

It’s all taken care of: we provide expert legal advice specific to your matter

Excellent technical knowledge of all aspects of Student visa applications

Cost effective service with upfront fixed fees so that you know what to expect

Being able to contact your lawyer out of traditional office hours, assisting clients globally

Unwavering commitment to delivering excellent client care

Meticulous preparation of all supporting documentation to expedite the approval process

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