The United Kingdom is a popular destination for students seeking higher education abroad. Being home to some of the top institutions and universities, along with a vibrant mix of students from all over the world, an education in the UK can lead to a highly successful career. But, before a student plans to move there to pursue their further studies, they must prepare to apply for a study visa.
Students who seek to study in the UK must meet certain criteria, be able to incur specific costs and also learn in detail about the cost of living in the UK. The blog below aims to shed more light on the subject.
Am I eligible for a visa?
As a student, they are eligible to apply for a study visa in the UK if they meet the following criteria:
- Are above 16 years of age
- Have been offered a chance to study a course by a licensed student sponsor
- Funds to support themselves and pay for the course
- Have consent from their parents or guardian (with proof of the same)
Those who wish to apply for a student visa in the UK can do so 6 months before their course begins, at the earliest. A decision on the visa application is usually given within 3 weeks. Student visa application costs from outside the UK is GBP 363 and they must also pay the healthcare surcharge alongside their application.
How to apply for the visa
To apply for the UK student visa, one must start the process online. As part of the application, students must prove their identity in one of the below ways:
- Give their biometric information (fingerprints and a photograph) to the visa application centre.
- The UK Immigration: ID Check App allows users to scan their identity document and create an account for UK Visa and Immigration.
Students receive an update on their application within 3 weeks of applying, with the decision sometimes expedited. If there is a delay in the decision being shared, this could be due to the supporting documents needing verification or an interview required with the relevant authorities.
If their application is successful, students will receive either a biometric residence permit or a digital immigration status which can be viewed and proven online.
What documents do I need?
Generally, to apply for a student visa in the UK, the requirements are a current passport or other valid travel documentation and a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the course provider.
Students are also required to furnish proof they have the required money to support themselves and pay for their courses. A valid ATAS certificate is a must if the student’s course and nationality require it. A written consent for the application is also required from any financial sponsor if the student has received any sponsorship for their course fees in the last 12 months.
The TWG Advantage
If a student is part of the UK Year 1 Program with TheWorldGrad, they can make savings on their living expenses and the cost of tuition fees at their chosen university by completing Year 1 online, in-country. Students will complete 6 subjects, which count towards the entirety of Year 1 of their undergraduate program.
For Year 2 and Year 3, the student progresses to the overseas university and completes their education on-campus, receiving their degree on completing their studies.
Student visa applications in the UK can be intimidating for students who do not know the process. However, students who apply for programs via TheWorldGrad have an advantage when it comes to their visa applications and approvals.
TheWorldGrad allows students to start their courses without necessarily applying for the visa, saving them time and allowing students to gather all documentation. TheWorldGrad has a track record of 100% visa success as our students demonstrate academic competence and commitment.