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Applying for a Student visa from outside the UK – FAQs

Last updated: 17 February 2021

1. How do I submit my Student visa application?

Please see our step-by-step guide to applying for a Student visa from outside the UK.

2. When should I submit my Student visa application?

It generally takes 2-3 weeks for a Student visa application to be processed.  You should therefore aim to submit your application as soon as possible after being issued with your CAS Statement, and no later than four weeks before the course start-date (to allow time for travelling to the UK after receiving your visa).

3. How much will my Student visa application cost?

For the most up-to-date information on fees, see the 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 GOV.UK immigration healthcare pages.

4. What supporting documents do I need to submit with my visa application?

The precise documents required will depend on your particular circumstances, but you are likely to have to submit a combination of the following:

5. Do I need to submit my academic documents with my visa application?

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.

Please note that, irrespective of whether you are required to submit your academic documents with your visa application, you must still bring your academic documents with you to the UK so that they can be checked as part of the enrolment process.

6. Am I required to submit evidence of funds with my visa application?

If you are a national of an exempt country, you are not required to submit any evidence of funds with your visa application.  Please be aware, however, that UKVI caseworkers are entitled to request evidence of funds from nationals of exempt countries if they so wish.  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.

7. What are the required funds?

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8. I have pre-paid for halls of residence accommodation – can I show a lower amount for living costs?

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. See examples below:

9. What documents should I submit as evidence of funds?

You can supply evidence in any of the following formats: cash funds in a bank or building society account, a loan in your name, or official financial sponsorship.

Cash funds in a bank or building society account

Funds may be held in any form of personal bank or building society account (including current, deposit, savings, pension from which the funds can be withdrawn or an investment account) provided the account allows the funds to be accessed immediately.   Funds held in other accounts or financial instruments such as shares, bonds, credit cards, pensions from which the funds cannot be withdrawn immediately, regardless of notice period, will not be accepted.

You will need to provide an official statement of account showing the funds have been held for a consecutive 28-day period ending no more than 31 days before the date of your visa application. The statement must show:

If you are using overseas currency, please be advised that UKVI will expect you to write on the document the closing balance in GBP, calculated using the OANDA website.

Please note that a Certificate of Deposit can be accepted by UKVI provided it meets both the following requirements:

Where an account is in a parent or legal guardian’s name, there is a requirement to submit two additional documents:

– A legal document confirming your relationship to your parent – this would be your birth certificate, certificate of adoption, or court document naming the legal guardian (please note: a Chinese “Household Register” is also accepted by UKVI); and

– A letter written by your parent or legal guardian confirming their relationship with you and giving their consent to you using the money in their account to study in the UK (please find a template here).

A loan in your name

If you are relying on a loan to fund your studies, you must provide a letter from a financial institution (regulated by your country’s home regulator) confirming the loan.   The letter must be dated no more than 6 months before the date of your visa application and must show:

Please note: loans held in a parent or legal guardian’s name are not acceptable. The loan must be in your name!

Official financial sponsorship

UKVI define official financial sponsorship as money given to a student to cover some or all of their course fees and/or living costs, by one of the following organisations: the UK government; the student’s country’s government; the British Council; any international organisation, international company or University.  If you are in receipt of sponsorship from one of these organisations, you need to provide a letter from your sponsor in support of your visa application.  The letter must be on official letter-headed paper and must have the official stamp of the sponsoring organisation on it.  The letter must show:

Please note that:

–  If your sponsor letter only confirms that some of your fees and/or living costs are covered, you will need to provide additional evidence to confirm you hold the rest of the money required e.g. personal bank statements;

– If your sponsorship covers all your tuition fees and living costs, but your sponsor limits the time that you may study in the UK, UKVI will take the date on the sponsorship letter as the course end-date for visa purposes, irrespective of the actual course end-date stated on your CAS.

For more detailed guidance regarding what types of document are acceptable, please see our Guide to Student Route Financial Requirements.

10. Do I need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate?

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 pages on the GOV.UK website. 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.

11. Do I need a certificate confirming I am free from Tuberculosis (TB)?

Nationals of certain countries need to obtain a certificate that states they are free from infectious TB before applying for a visa.  The test includes having a chest X-ray at an accredited clinic or hospital run by the International Organisation for Migration.  For the current list of affected countries, plus further information on the test, please see the Tuberculosis tests for visa applicants page at GOV.UK.

Yes.  The letter needs to be signed by your parent(s), and must confirm:

View our suggested letter of consent template.

13. Do my supporting documents have to be in English?

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.

14. I have made a further payment to the university after receiving my CAS Statement. Will my CAS automatically be updated?

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 immigration@glos.ac.uk.  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.

15. I have been issued a CAS that covers a Pre-sessional course only. Will the university help me to extend my visa inside the UK upon successful completion of the course?

Yes. We will run a series of workshops during and following your Pre-sessional course to guide you through the visa extension process.

16. When will my visa start?

You will initially be issued with a vignette (sticker) in your passport that is valid for a 30 day period.  This period will start 30 days before the course start date on your CAS or seven days before the date you specified on your application form as your intended date of travel to the UK, whichever is later. Your vignette will be accompanied by a letter detailing the full length of your visa, and explaining that you are required to collect a biometric residence permit (BRP) within ten days of arriving in the UK.  [Provided you entered the university’s unique code – 2HE862 – on the relevant part of the application form, you will be able to collect your BRP from the university as part of the enrolment process.]

17. When will my visa expire?

This depends on the type and length of your course:

18. Will I be interviewed as part of the visa application process?

UKVI reserves the right to call any applicant for a face-to-face interview, as they see fit.  In addition, you may be asked to undergo a ‘credibility interview’ when you attend your appointment at the visa application centre.  This interview is conducted using video-conferencing facilities and ordinarily lasts no longer than 10 minutes.  Some possible questions you might be asked are as follows:

19. What should I do if my visa application is refused?

If you think the refusal was incorrect, based on the evidence you submitted with your application, you are allowed to ask for an Administrative Review of the decision to refuse it.  There is a fee for this, and you must request the Administrative Review within 28 days of the date you receive your refusal notice.  You cannot produce new or different documents for an Administrative Review.  The process is explained in more detail at Appendix AR of the Immigration Rules.

Please be aware that you are permitted to submit a new visa application at the same time as requesting an Administrative Review of an earlier visa application.  You will need to submit a new CAS with this application, which can be obtained by sending an email to immigration@glos.ac.uk.  Please attach your visa refusal notice to this email, as we will need to review the reasons for refusal before issuing a new CAS.  Please also note that a new CAS will only be issued if, in the university’s view, there is sufficient time for you to re-apply and arrive at the university before the latest start-date.

20. Will I be able to work in the UK?

Your Student visa should state that you are permitted to work, subject to certain restrictions.  If your course is at degree level or above (excluding a foundation degree), you will be permitted to work up to 20 hours per week (i.e. part-time) during term-time and full-time during the official university vacation periods.  If your course is below degree level (including a foundation degree), you will be permitted to work up to 10 hours per week (i.e. part-time) during term-time and full-time during the official university vacation periods.

For more detailed information about working during your studies, please see the guidance produced by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).

21. Can I bring my dependants (family members) with me?

If you are a postgraduate student on a course lasting more than 9 months, or you are a Government sponsored student on a course lasting more than 6 months, you are permitted to bring dependants with you.

If you are studying a course at undergraduate level or below, you are not allowed to bring your dependants for the full length of the course, although they can apply to come and visit you for up to 6 months under the category of ‘Standard Visitor‘.

22. How do my dependants apply for their visas?

Dependants must apply online under the rules for Student dependant applications. As part of the application process they will also be required to attend a visa application centre to enrol their biometric information.

For further information about submitting applications for your dependants, please see the relevant UKVI web page at GOV.UK

23. What documents do my dependants need to submit with their visa applications?

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:

24. How much do dependant applications cost?

For the most up-to-date information on fees, see the GOV.UK Student visa pages.

25. How much money do my dependants have to show for living costs?

Dependants 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 9 months, i.e. £6120.  The funds can be held in either your name or the dependant’s name. 

Examples:

Please note that, as the immigration rules stand, dependants are required to evidence their living costs even if they are from an exempt country.

26. Where can I find further information about applying for a Student visa outside the UK?

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.

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