If you are a student planning to come to the UK for study, then you need to be aware of the changes in UK student visa rules. These changes include a new process for applying for your visa, what documents you need when applying and how long it takes to get your visa.
Attending Universities, Colleges And Schools.
If you’ve applied for a UK student visa, it’s important to know that there are new rules that were introduced in October 2015. Here’s what you need to know about applying for a student visa in the UK.
Before you begin
You can find out if your course is approved by checking the list of ‘Qualified Tuition Fee’ (QTF) courses on the gov.uk website. If your course isn’t on this list, or if it’s an extension of a qualifying course which was not included in your original application evaluation, then your study may require additional validation from either UCAS or NARIC.
The general process goes like this: Depending on whether or not you have been offered conditional acceptance onto an eligible course at an approved institution; as part of their decision making process they may request evidence of successful completion of certain prerequisites or assessments (such as IELTS).
Once they have accepted to take you on board they will issue confirmation letters/e-mail messages containing all relevant information such as start date etc., along with any further requirements necessary for visa application purposes such as proof of funds etc.
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Student Visa Application Process.
- The student visa application process is a long and complicated one, which is why it’s important that you’re prepared and know exactly what steps you need to take.
- The time it takes for your visa to be processed depends on several factors, such as whether or not your previous visa was granted before or after 9 July 2017 (when the new fee structure came into place), the type of visa, and how quickly Home Office receives all necessary documents.
- You can pay for your student visa by international bank transfer or by credit card over the phone. If paying by credit card over the phone, you will need to provide additional information such as your full name and date of birth.
Make sure you’re able to provide this information when speaking with an operator in order for them to proceed with charging your payment towards processing costs for your application; otherwise, they won’t be able to charge any money towards these fees until all required documents have been submitted correctly!
This way there should be no delays when submitting paperwork since each document has already been reviewed by professionals ahead of time before being sent back out again through our secure system so no worries there either which means everything should run smoothly once everything goes live fully operationalized soon here soon within months maybe weeks maybe days…
What You Need To Have.
You will need to have:
- Passport photos
- Proof of funds (more on that soon)
- Proof of accommodation (a letter from your landlord after you get accepted, for example)
- Proof of English language ability (if you want a visa for longer than 6 months)
Where To Apply From.
You can apply from anywhere in the world. You will need to have an appointment at your local visa application centre (VAC). As the VAC is not always open, we recommend that you apply at least three months before your programme start date. If you are applying for a Tier 4 visa and do not know if you will be accepted on a course, please visit our section on how to confirm university acceptance for more information about confirming your place before booking an appointment.
Once you have booked your slot with Student Finance England or NUS Extra, make sure you bring all relevant documents required by the VAC along with any relevant supporting documents to support your application – see below for details of what these are.*
You may also wish to consider applying for a visa before arriving in the UK as this could help speed up processing times and avoid any delays which might affect attendance at university. To find out more about how this works, read here
Students Can Apply For Visa Three Months Before The Course Start Date In The UK.
You can apply for a visa from your home country, or from the UK. You can also use our online application form.
You’ll need to do this three months before you start your course.
Students Are Able To Stay In The UK For a Maximum Of Six Months After Finishing Their Course.
Students are able to stay in the UK for a maximum of six months after finishing their course. Students who want to stay in the country longer than this can apply for another visa, such as an extension on Tier 4 or a Tier 2 visa if they want to work full-time. If you’re looking for a long-term solution, there’s also plenty of options out there—you just have to do some research!
Student Visas Can Now Be Applied For Three Months In Advance.
Student visas can now be applied for three months in advance. This means that if you are applying from a country outside of the UK, you will have to apply for your visa before you start your course. If you are applying from within the UK, it is possible to apply two weeks before your course starts.
This new rule has been put in place because it is thought to improve overall quality and consistency by preventing any issues at an early stage of the application process.
We hope this article has given you an idea of how the student visa process has changed and what you need to do to apply for one. If you’re interested in studying in the UK, now is the time!