UK Student Visa Application
If you are an overseas student aged 16 or over and you wish to study a further education course in the UK, you will need a student visa. This will entitle you to live and study in the UK for the duration of your course. There is also the option for family and dependants to apply to accompany you. At the end of your course, you may be able to apply for an extension if you wish to move on to a course at a higher academic level.
At Halliday Reeves Solicitors, our lawyers deal exclusively with immigration and visa applications. This means we have an exceptionally in-depth level of expertise and understanding of the visa application process.
It is important to make sure that your student visa application is as strong as possible and that all of the right evidence is included in support. Without this, your request for a student visa could be refused. Our student visa lawyers can put together a robust application on your behalf, giving you the best chance of success and ensuring that the right paperwork is sent to UK Visas and Immigration.
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Eligibility For A Student Visa
You will need an unconditional offer from an education provider who holds a student sponsor licence. They will give you a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS reference number to use on your visa application.
Your course needs to be one of the following:
- A full-time course with a minimum of 15 hours of organised study each week for a course at level 3, 4 or 5, such as A-levels or a diploma of higher education
- A full-time course at degree level or above that is equivalent to a UK higher education course and is delivered as part of a longer course overseas
- A part-time course for a qualification that is above degree level, such as a master’s degree
- A recognised foundation course for postgraduate doctors or dentists
- An English language course at level B2 or above
Requirements To Apply For Student Visa UK
When making your UK student visa application, you will also need to provide evidence that you have the required level of funding available. This includes the amount you will need to support yourself of £1,334 per month for up to nine months for a course in London or £1,023 per month for up to nine months for a course outside of London.
You will also need enough money to pay for the course as well as the student visa application fee of £363, if you will be applying from outside of the UK, and the healthcare surcharge of £470 for each year you will be in the UK.
We can advise you of the total amount you will need and how you can demonstrate to the visa authorities that you hold sufficient funds.
In addition to funding, you need to have documentary evidence that your knowledge of English is at an acceptable standard. This could be by holding a qualifying degree, passing a Secure English Language Test in the previous two years before the date of the application or by holding a GCSE or A-level from a UK school. Individuals from certain English-speaking countries are exempt from proving knowledge of English as are those who are applying for a course at degree level and above from certain establishments who confirm on the CAS that they have assessed the applicant’s English language ability.
Contact Our Student Visa Solicitors
At Halliday Reeves, our immigration solicitors offer a full range of personal immigration services and business immigration services. If you need help to make sure you are given the student visa you need, we will be happy to hear from you.
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 email@example.com or fill in our Contact Form.
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