Last updated: 14 July 2023
Please see our step-by-step guide to applying for a Student visa inside the UK.
You should submit your application within the last three months of your current immigration permission, and no later than the date your current immigration permission expires.
In addition, please note that, if you have applied for a new course of study and currently have a Student visa under another institution’s sponsorship, you will not be permitted to start the course until you have submitted a fresh visa application under the University of Gloucestershire’s sponsorship. Applications to switch to the University of Gloucestershire cannot be submitted any earlier than one month before the scheduled start date of the course.
The university does not issue CAS to students who have over-stayed their visa. If you have become an over-stayer, you will need to supply us with proof that you have left the UK before we can consider issuing you with a CAS.
No. To be eligible to submit an application inside the UK, the gap between the date your current visa expires and the start date of your course must be no greater than 28 days. If the gap is greater than 28 days, the university will withhold issuance of a CAS until it has received proof that you have left the UK.
You are permitted to switch into the Student route provided you do not currently have permission to stay in any of the following categories:
For the most up-to-date information on fees, please see GOV.UK Student visa pages.
Please also note the requirement to pay an additional charge for healthcare, known as the immigration health surcharge. For further information about this fee, see the relevant GOV.UK page.
Payment must be made as part of the on-line application process using a debit or credit card.
The precise documents required will depend on your particular circumstances, but you are likely to have to submit a combination of the following:
If your course is at undergraduate level (i.e. RQF Level 6) or above, or if you are a national of an exempt country, you do not need to submit any academic documents with your visa application.
If you have been in the UK with a valid visa for at least 12 months (as of date of application), you are not required to submit any evidence of funds with your visa application.
Additionally, if you are a national of an exempt country, you are not required to submit any evidence of funds with your application. Please be aware, however, that UKVI caseworkers are permitted to request evidence of funds from nationals of exempt countries post-submission. For this reason, we recommend that nationals of exempt countries prepare evidence of funds in exactly the same way as students from countries that are not exempt.
If you have been in the UK for less than 12 months (as of date of application), you must show that you have sufficient funds to pay for:
If you have pre-paid for halls of residence accommodation, you are permitted to deduct a maximum of £1265 from the living costs element of your funds.
If you have been in the UK for less than 12 months (as of date of application), you will need to supply evidence in one of the following formats: cash funds in a bank or building society account, a loan in your name, or official financial sponsorship.
For detailed guidance regarding what types of document are acceptable, please see our Guide to Student Route Financial Requirements.
No. The university will not issue a CAS unless you can supply a financial document that meets UKVI criteria.
The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) is designed to ensure that those applying for postgraduate study in certain sensitive subject areas do not acquire knowledge that could potentially be used in Weapons of Mass Destruction programmes. Very few courses at the university will require clearance under this scheme, but if you are required to obtain an ATAS certificate, this will be flagged during the Admissions process. To learn more about applying for ATAS clearance, and for more detailed information about which types of study and subject areas are affected, please see the relevant GOV.UK page. Please note: it can take several weeks to obtain an ATAS certificate, so it is important that you apply well before submitting your visa application.
Yes. The letter needs to be signed by your parent(s), and must confirm:
Yes. Where an original document (e.g. bank statement, birth certificate) is not in English, it must be accompanied by a fully certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. This translation must include details of the translator/translation company’s credentials, confirmation that it is an accurate translation of the original document, and the translator/translation company’s contact details. It must also be dated and include the original signature of the translator or an authorised official of the translation company.
No. If you make a further fee payment after you have been issued with a CAS Statement, you need to send an email notification to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then check with the university’s fees department that the money has been received and amend your CAS accordingly.
Please note: it is your responsibility to ensure the CAS is up to date prior to applying for a visa. The university cannot accept responsibility for any visa refusals that result from CAS not being up to date.
Yes. We will run a series of workshops during and following your Pre-sessional course to guide you through the visa extension process.
This depends on the type and length of your course:
Your dependants can apply from within the UK provided that:
– Your permission is current or expired no more than three months before this extension application AND
– Your new immigration application is for a course that is longer than months AND
– Your dependant already has Student Dependant or Tier 4 Dependant immigration permission (or it is the most recent immigration permission that they had, and it expired no more than three months before this application) AND
– You apply for immigration permission at the same time as your dependant
The precise documents required will depend on your dependants’ particular circumstances, but they are likely to have to submit some or all of the following:
For the most up-to-date fees, please see the GOV.UK Student visa pages.
If your dependant has been in the UK for less than 12 months, they are required to show £680 for each month of immigration permission that you have been granted (if they are applying after you have received your visa) or will be granted (if they are applying at the same time as you). This is up to a maximum of nine months, i.e. £6120.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has produced a detailed guide to making a Student visa application. This guide includes information about all aspects of the visa application process, and includes links to many other useful publications.