There are some fantastic educational establishments in the UK and it is a great place to study, but to do so legally, if you are not an EU citizen or family member of an EU citizen, you will need to apply for a UK student visa.
Have a read through our guide to applying for yours and feel free to get in touch to ask any questions you may have. Applying for a UK student visa costs upwards of £328, so it’s definitely worth getting in touch to ensure your application is all in order and correct.
In order to apply for your student visa, you need to already have been offered a place on a course at an approved educational establishment that has an ‘A’ Rated Sponsorship License from the UK Government. Once accepted on to a course, you should be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) paper. Without this, you won’t be able to apply for your visa, so this is one of the most important pieces of paperwork you will need.
As well as a CAS, there are also a few other requirements in order to begin your application. These include:
Being able to speak, read, write and understand English
You must have sufficient funds to both support yourself and any dependents and to pay for your course.
You’re from a country outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland (If you are from inside the EEA, or a family member of an EEA Citizen, then you don’t need to apply for a visa to study in the UK)
You can’t apply for your visa more than three months before your course is due to start. Don’t worry though – you should get a decision within three weeks of applying, leaving your plenty of time to get organised. Processing times do vary slightly from country to country, but you can drop us an email any time for more information on this.
Once successfully granted a student visa UK, you’ll be eligible to arrive in the UK up to one week before the course starts.
The length of time you can stay inthe UK after completing your course will depend on the type of course it is, your previous education and your career prospects going forward.
There are a few guidelines in place for what you can and can’t do while in the UK on a student visa. We can advise on this more specifically, but in essence, you are able to complete your studies, work in most jobs (alongside your studies) and work as a student union sabbatical officer.
You unfortunately will not be able to apply for public funds or work in certain jobs – for example, you cannot work as a professional sportsperson. If this presents an issue for you, then get in touch and we can help decide which type of visa application may be more appropriate.
Depending on the circumstances, it is possible to apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa from inside or outside the UK. The rules are detailed, but again that’s something we can offer support with at Zuvatu.