UK Study FAQs
- What is the age bar to apply for a student’s visa in U.K.?
A student who is 16 years of age or above can apply for a Tier 4 UK Student Visa.
- Do you need the consent of the parents/guardian to apply for a student visa in the U.K.?
Yes, students who are still between the ages of 16 to 18 years, have to secure a consent letter from their parents/guardian.
- What are the eligibility criteria for applying for a U.K. Students’ Visa?
Three eligibility criteria have to be fulfilled
- You should have a valid offer letter by a licensed student sponsor.
- Should have enough funds to support your living costs and pay for your course.
- Can speak, read, write and comprehend English language well.
- When is the right time to apply for a student’s visa?
When applying from outside U.K., the earliest you can apply for a visa is 6 months prior to starting your course. Typically, you get a decision on your visa status within 3 weeks for standard visas, and 1 week for priority visas.
- When can I enter the U.K after my visa arrival?
Normally, students have up to 30 days to enter U.K. after the issuance of their visa. However, owing to the pandemic this limit has been extended to 90 days in order to give more time and flexibility to travel for the students.
- How long can you stay on a student’s visa?
Initially, the students are awarded a 3 months visa. Later, the students have to apply for a BRP card (Biometric Resident Permit), which has to be renewed yearly. However, through this process for the card renewal every year, the student can live up to 5 years for degree level courses and 2 years for below degree level.
- Why do I need to collect the Biometric Residence Permit Card?
Every student needs to collect their Biometric Residence Permit when they arrive in the UK. However, it’s mandatory for students to collect the BRP cards within 10 days of arrival, in a regular circumstance; they will not be penalized if they are unable to do so, due to quarantine regulations and covid-19 situation.
- What is the Student Visa Fees?
If a student is applying for a student’s visa from outside U.K. the visa charges are £348. You must pay for the visa charges for every dependent that joins you.
- What are the charges to be paid for the Immigration Health Surcharge?
The Immigration Health Surcharge that the student pays is £470 per year. However, the visas are granted for 16 months for a course that lasts 1 year. Hence, the student is required to pay £470 plus an additional £150, totaling the amount to £620.
- What are the documents required for processing the UK Visa?
Indian Students need the following documents, as per the level of study:
- Copy of Passport
- Academic transcript
- Certificate of Graduation
- Certificate of English Proficiency – IELTS/TOEFL/PTE Test/Other
- Statement of Purpose
- Letter of Recommendation (from 2 professors with their stamps)
- CV (if applicable)
Additional documents are as follows:
Certificate of Graduation/Bachelor’s Degree.
Certificate of graduation/master’s degree
UK Education History, if any:
Previous CAS letter
Confirmation of enrolment
Previous visas (Visa stamp and biometric card)
- What is the living cost to be shown in the bank?
If the student is placed in outer London then the living cost per year/ per student is £9207 and if the student is placed in inner London, the living cost to show is £12006.
However, the balance of the tuition fees also needs to be added to the amount to be shown in the bank.
- How many days old do the funding needs to be?
The student’s funding has to be 28 days old if self-funded or funded by their parents (concluding on the date of the closing balance). The condition remains, even if the student is arranging for a loan.
- What is the total funding to be shown in the bank at the time of application?
Example for total funding to be shown in the bank:
If you are on a 3-year Bachelor’s course, your tuition fees are £15,000/year and the student has paid £5,000 deposit plus an extra £3,000 towards their fees.
The student must show £7,000 (£15,000 – £5000 – £3000) for their tuition fees and £12,006 (inner London) (1334 x 9 months) for their living costs. The total upkeep amount the student is required to show in the bank is £19,006 (£7,000 + £12,006).
- What are the financial documents needed for U.K. Visa?
The students are required to produce
- Bank balance statement
- Bank Balance Certificate proving the fund is 28 days old.
- Fixed Deposit Certificate, if showing funds in the form of FD.
- Loan Sanction Certificate, if applying for an educational loan.
- An N.O.C. from your parent(s) confirming that you are their child. Also, that they are granting consent to you for using their funds to study in the UK.
- What are the other additional documents needed?
The other Documents needed of the student are:
- Chest X-ray
- Tuberculosis Report
- Biometric result