UK Visa Requirements
UK Student Visa application should be made at the nearest VFS Application center. Originals of all financial and academic documents should be submitted at the time of Visa application. The student will be called for personal interview at the British Deputy High Commission, only if required.
Documents That are Required For a Student Visa
- Student Visa Application Form
- Photograph – size 2 inches x 2 inches
- CAS statement from the Institution (CAS – Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies)
- IELTS / PTE score, if applicable
- Valid Passport
- Visa fees to be paid Online
- Copies of Academic Mark sheets and Certificates
- Work Experience Certificates, if applicable
- Proof of payment of fees, if applicable
- Proof of Funds – Applicants must demonstrate that they have sufficient liquid assets to pay the tuition fees, living expenses and travelling cost without engaging in employment in UK. Even Bank Loans are accepted.
- Letter from the sponsor
- Medical Report from an Approved Panel Doctor
The student may be called for an Interview, if required. If this is the case, you will be advised the date and time for the interview.
Sample of possible questions for screening intention to study:
- Why do you want to study in UK?
- What are the benefits of studying in the UK compared to your home country or USA/Canada/Australia etc.?
- Why did you choose this University/College?
- How did you find about it?
- Which other colleges/universities have you considered?
- Where is the college/university?
- Do you know anyone who has already studied there?
- Do you know roughly how large the college/university is?
- Why did you choose this course and how does it relate to your previous study?
- How do you explain the gaps in your study/professional history?
- What is the relevance of the course to your future career path?
- What qualification will you receive?
- How long does the course last?
- How is your course assessed? (apparently frequently asked and students do not know)
- Do you know what level you course is at?
- Did you consider any other course?
- Does this course offer any professional recognition?
- Are you planning to stay in the UK on completion to study for a higher award?
- Are you thinking of transferring to another institution on completion?
- What facilities are you expecting at the college/university?
- Will you need help finding accommodation?
- Do you need a meet and greet service?
- Do you understand the responsibilities of students entering the UK under Tier 4 of the PBS?
Sample of possible questions for screening financial viability:
- What is your current occupation?
- Do you have relatives who have studied at similar level or studied overseas?
- Do you think your course is appropriate for someone your age?
- Who is financing your studies?
- What is the profession of your financial sponsor and what relationship they have to you?
- Do you have evidence of the financial status of your financial sponsor, e.g. bank statements for last 6 months, bonds, investments, etc.?
- Are you able to verify the genuineness of these documents?
- Can you prove the money is available for study?
- Would you be able to pay your tuition fees in full up front?
- Have you checked the refund policy?
- Do you know what your accommodation will cost in the UK?
- Do you know how much your living expenses will be?
- Do you know whether you are entitled to work part-time in the UK?
- Do you know how many hours are you allowed to work?
- Do you know the likely hourly rate of pay?
- How reliant are you on being able to work?
Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) introduced to visa process
International students undertaking a programme of study in the UK of six months or more must now pay an Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) as part of the tier 4 visa application process. Dependents joining them may also be eligible to pay the surcharge.
Detailed information on the surcharge can be found here. Students must pay the correct fee and enter all data relating to their studies in the UK accurately on the payment system. Failure to do so may result in a visa rejection.