Student Visa Guidance
If you wish to study in the UK as an overseas student, you will need a student visa. This will allow you to stay in the UK to attend your course, work part-time, subject to some restrictions, and if necessary, apply to extend your visa if you continue your studies.
At Halliday Reeves, we deal with UK student visa applications for clients from around the globe. The process of obtaining a visa is not always straightforward and it is important to include all of the necessary paperwork in support of your application or it could be refused. We can deal with your student application on your behalf, making sure that the right documents are sent with it, providing evidence of your eligibility.
We are immigration specialists, meaning we have an exceptional depth of understanding of both the law and the visa application process. We are known for our track record of success in securing visas for our clients as well as for the high level of personal service we provide.
We can put together the strongest possible visa application on your behalf. If you have had a visa application rejected, we can advise you of your options and, where appropriate, submit a fresh application.
We also deal with student visa extensions and visa applications for the partner or children of student visa holders.
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Am I Eligible For A Student Visa?
If you are aged 16 or over, you may be eligible for a student visa if you have been offered a place on a course offered by a licensed student sponsor. They will be able to provide you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS form. This will include the reference number that you will need for your application.
To be eligible, you will need:
- Enough money to pay for the first year of your course
- Enough money to support yourself for nine months, which is £1,023 per month or £1,334 per month if your course will take place in London
- Evidence that your English is at an acceptable standard, which could mean taking a Secure English Language Test
How To Apply For A UK Student Visa
If you will be applying from outside of the UK, you can apply up to six months before your course is due to start.
If you will be applying from inside of the UK, you can apply up to three months before the course starts. This must be before your current visa expires.
You will need to provide your biometric information (photograph and fingerprints) at a visa application centre or create a UK Visas and Immigration account and use the UK Immigration: ID Check app to provide your identity document to the authorities.
Your application needs to take place online and we can help you with this. It will need to be accompanied by documentary evidence that you satisfy all of the eligibility criteria, for example, bank statements showing that you hold sufficient funds and that you have done for the required period. We will go through each point with you and make sure that the best evidence is included in support.
Bringing Your Partner And Children To The UK If You Have A Student Visa
If you are granted a student visa, your partner and your children may also be able to secure a visa to join you in the UK.
You will need to be a full-time student on a post-graduate level course or a government-sponsored student or on a doctorate extension scheme.
Eligible family members are:
- A spouse or civil partner
- An unmarried partner
- A child aged under 18
Each individual will need to make a visa application. Comprehensive paperwork will be needed to provide evidence of their relationship to you and that the necessary financial criteria are satisfied and we can advise you on what needs to be included with the application.
Contact Our Student Visa Solicitors
At Halliday Reeves, our immigration solicitors offer a full range of personal immigration services. If you need a UK student visa, we can represent you to make sure your application has the best possible chance of success. Contact us for Student Visa Guidance.
We have offices in Gateshead, Middlesbrough, Wakefield and Nottingham. To speak to one of our expert UK citizenship lawyers, ring us on 0330 133 7777, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in our Contact Form.
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