If you are an international student who wants to study in the United Kingdom, you will require a student visa. If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country or a Swiss national, you will not require a visa to study in the United Kingdom. A student visa will enable you to live and study in the United Kingdom for the duration of your programme.
Tier 4 (General) student visas are available for international students. For those wishing to pursue higher education in the United Kingdom, a Tier 4 (General) student visa must be obtained first. To do so, your chosen institution must first be approved by the United Kingdom government as a "licenced Tier 4 sponsor."
To be eligible for this visa, you must meet several requirements. These are as follows:
To be considered for a Tier 4 (general) student visa, you must have the following documents on hand:
If you are under the age of 18, you will require written permission from both parents or legal guardians (or one parent if they have sole responsibility).
This must include their agreement to the following:
Tier 4 (General) student visa application fees are currently £348, plus an extra price of £348 per dependant (up to a total of £348 per dependent). During your stay, you'll also be required to pay a healthcare surcharge of £150 a year to have access to the National Health Service (NHS). This fee will increase to £300 in late 2018. It costs £97 for the six-month option and £186 for the eleven-month option to obtain a Short Term UK Student Visa.
The amount of money you require is determined by your circumstances and the type of application you are submitting.
When you receive your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies, you will be informed of the amount you must pay (CAS). If you have been in the United Kingdom with a valid visa for at least 12 months, you do not need to provide evidence that you have the necessary funds to submit a successful visa application.
Unless you have been in the UK with a valid visa for at least 12 months on the date of your application, you will be required to demonstrate that you have the funds to sustain yourself. The amount of money you will require may vary depending on where you will be studying.
You'll need one of the following:
For courses in London, you must demonstrate that you have a total of £2,668 (which includes the City of London and the 32 London boroughs) or a total of £2,046 (which includes courses outside London) in your bank account for at least 28 consecutive days if you are applying for the Doctorate Extension Scheme and you have been in the UK for less than 12 months. The end date of the 28 days shall be no more than 31 days after the day on which you submit your visa application.
It is necessary to present documentation from your student loan or financial sponsorship company if you have a student loan or a financial sponsorship.
If you have had a UK visa for at least 12 months before the date of your Student visa application - you must be currently present in the UK - you do not need to provide evidence of your financial means.
If you are applying as a student union sabbatical officer, if you are applying as a postgraduate doctor or dentist on a recognised foundation programme, or if you are from a country that is listed under the ‘differential evidence requirement,' you must submit additional evidence. If you are applying as a postgraduate doctor or dentist on a recognised foundation programme, you must submit additional evidence.
When you submit your application, you must demonstrate your command of the English language. You can demonstrate your English language proficiency by showing the following:
The ability to read, write, speak, and understand English at a particular level on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale must be demonstrated before you can be admitted.
For students studying at the degree level or higher, your Higher Education Provider (HEP) can test your level of English proficiency on their initiative. This means that they may invite you to participate in a different type of test. This must be equivalent to a CEFR level B2 at the very least.
If you have earned a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in one of the following countries, or if you are a national of one of the following countries, you do not need to demonstrate your English language proficiency:
If any of the following conditions are met, you will not be required to demonstrate your English language proficiency:
A student visa application must be submitted online. You will be required to provide identification as part of your application. The method you use to accomplish this can vary depending on where you are from and what type of passport you have. You'll either do one of the following: Give your fingerprints and a photograph (biometric information) at a visa application centre scan your identity document with the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check' app - you'll also create or sign in to your UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) account. When you submit your application, you will be informed of the next steps. Once you've begun your application, you'll be able to save it and finish it later.
In most cases, you will receive a decision within three weeks. If you are required to provide biometric information at a visa application centre, you may be able to pay a fee to receive a speedier response. Check to see if your visa application centre provides services such as speedier decisions and other conveniences. If your application is complex and will take longer to complete, for example, because your supporting documents must be checked or because you must attend an interview about your circumstances, you will be called (for example if you have a criminal conviction) If you discover that you need to make a change to your application after it has been submitted, contact UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). You can request that your application be withdrawn by contacting UKVI. Only if UKVI has not begun processing your application will your fee be reimbursed in its entirety.
If your application is accepted, you will receive one of the following benefits:
You may be able to extend your UK Student Visa to remain in the country longer and continue your course or pursue a different program.
If you are currently in possession of Tier 4 (General) student visa, this applies to you. To extend your visa, you must do the following:
However, there are some exceptions to this rule. If you are currently enrolled in a course in the United Kingdom, you will typically be required to demonstrate that your future studies will be at a higher intellectual level than your current degree.
Your new course must be one of the options listed below:
Student visa is issued for you to study full-time in the UK and you are not allowed to work full-time. Graduate visa is a new route whereby students graduating will get a post study work visa to obtain work in the UK without having to go through work sponsorship requirements.
It can take up to 4 months to process the application.
No your parents cannot accompany you on an adult study visa
Yes you can switch but you will need to get an entry clearance as a student.