Before reading this article, complete a 15sec government questionnaire to know if you need a Student visa in your circumstances: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa.
Since Brexit, residents from almost all countries need a Student visa to study. However, the government has waived these for some countries, including Australia, Japan, and Canada, if their citizens only want to study a short course up to six months.
There are currently two types of UK student visas available:
1. Student visa (Student Visa), which is issued to persons over 16 years old;
2. Student visa (Child Student Visa) - for children aged 4 to 16 years old who want to study in a UK private schools.
There are a couple of important things to note:
- Students between the ages of 16 and 18 must agree with the chosen institution on the type of visa to apply for: Student Visa or Child Student Visa.
- The level of the course will also determine which visa the student can apply for.
- Students over the age of 18 are allowed to spend a maximum of two years in the UK if the program level is below the Bachelor’s level
There are a few key documents you will need to submit with your application:
1. CAS letter
Otherwise known as a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), this document plays an important role in the application process:
- It acts as a guarantee that the educational institution is confident in the prospective students ability to master and complete the course
- The also confirms that the sponsor takes responsibility for the student throughout his/her studies in the UK.
2. Proof of Funds
The applicant must prove that he or she has sufficient funds to support themself, and any dependents who accompany the student (spouse and/or children), throughout the length of study. The minimum amount depends on where the student will study: in London or in another city in the UK.
In London, the minimum amount required to cover housing and other necessities is £1334 per month. For other cities in the UK, the minimum is £ 1023 per month. This also applies to Child Student Visa applicants.
You must have this money for at least 28 consecutive days. The end date of the 28-day period must be within 31 days of the date you apply for your visa. It should be clearly visible that the account’s balance doesn’t drop below the required minimum amount during any of the 28 consequent days. The required minimum amount includes the maintenance funds plus the first-year tuition fees if they haven’t been paid to the educational institution already. The total minimum required amount is always recorded on the CAS.
If the applicant is accompanied by dependent members of the family, an additional £845 per month (£680 if studying not in London) per month is required for each dependent family member.
You do not need to prove the financial requirement if you’ve had a UK visa for 12 months prior to the date of your Student visa application - you must currently be in the UK
For more information on proof of funds, please click here
3. Meet the required education level
A study permit will only be issued by a UK education institute when a prospective student provides official documents that confirm their education level.
For general education courses, the minimum education requirement is National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 3.
4. Meet language requirements
If the proposed course of study is below the education level equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree or Foundation level, as well as below NQF / QFC Level 6, the student must demonstrate at least B1 level of English proficiency on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
To study undergraduate or graduate programs, Foundation courses, or courses at NQF / QFC Level 6 and above, the student must demonstrate at least a B2 level of English.
Those who intend to come to study English in language schools must be enrolled in a course leading to a level of at least B2. For more information about proving your English knowledge, please click here
5. Proof of Identity and additional documents
You will need to submit the following information:
- a current passport or other valid travel documentation
- a valid ATAS certificate if your course and nationality require it
- proof of parental or other legal guardian consent if you’re under 18
- proof of your relationship to your parent or guardian if you’re under 18
- tuberculosis test results
- written consent for your application from your financial sponsor if you’ve received sponsorship for your course fees and living costs in the last 12 months
- detailed travel history for the past 10 years
Please note, you will need to provide translations of all documents that are not issued in English.
Still waiting for CAS from the school? There are several things you can do while waiting!
Bank statements, TB test appointment and English language exam usually take a long time to acquire. We recommend to speak to us at least 4-6 months before your intended course start date so that we can help you acquire all of those documents on time without stress.
Moreover, the current waiting time for all visa types has been increased due to the large volume of Ukrainian refugees. As of May 2022, the priority service has been temporarily removed, and regular service takes multiple months on some occasions.
If you would like some more information about our immigration support services for UK Student visa’s please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 20 7927 6200.
Our Visa Service includes:
- Providing a full list of documents required for the visa application;
- Completing the online application form;
- Submitting documents to the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI);
- Booking an appointment at a UK visa centre;
- Preparing sponsorship and parental consent letters;
- Preparing other required documents;
- Proofing all documents submitted by the client, including financial documents;
- Liaising with schools or colleges to receive appropriate invitation letters or CAS;
- Translation services
- Escorting the applicant at a Visa Centre appointment.
Please note, we cannot guarantee a successful outcome of any application as the decision to grant a visa is taken on an individual basis by a UK Immigration Officer. However, in all cases where clients have followed the guidance given by Carfax, a visa has always been granted.