Unless the applicant is an European Economic Area or Swiss national or is living outside the United Kingdom, he/she have to obtain a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK. Once they have been provided with a place or a course, the university/college will advise them on how to apply for their student visa from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). The candidates of different countries such as Australia, Canada, Japan, USA as well as other EU countries who currently hold a valid passport of their country do not require any visa for airport transit, tourist or business trips (for stays up to 90 days) in the United Kingdom. Their passport must not lapse before the end of the scheduled trip.
Categories - The Tier 4 student visa is categorised into two student sections of the points-based system:
If a student is registered in a bachelor's degree programme or in a higher education at any UK college that is listed on both the official ‘UKBA Sponsor list’ as well as the ‘recognised bodies’ list, you are allowed to work for up to 20 hours per week and also work full-time during vacations or summer holidays.
An applicant must have: - A qualified and complete offer of a place on a program with a licensed Tier 4 sponsorship. - Should have a sufficient amount of money to support themselves and pay for their particular course - the amount will vary depending on the circumstances. - The students should be in a full-time programme leading to a qualification, which is, at least, level 6 on the Ofqual register an overseas course of degree level study that’s equal to a UK higher education course and is being managed by a foreign higher education institution. - They should also include a minimum of 15 hours per week of organised daytime study, leading to a qualification which is, at least, level 3 on the Ofqual register along with a recognised foundation programme as a postgraduate doctor or dentist.
The applicant, before applying for the UK student visa should prove their knowledge and proficiency of the English language. It requires a student to secure the English language test (SELT).
|Institution||Course||English Language Requirements||Level|
|Higher Education Institution (HEI)||Degree level or above||Reading, writing, listening and speaking||Equivalent to CEFR (Common European Framework for languages) level B2|
|Institution that’s not HEI||Degree level or above||SELT in reading, writing, listening and speaking||CEFR level B2|
|Any institution||Below Degree||SELT in reading, writing, listening and speaking||CEFR level B1|
Higher Education Institutes can choose the ways to assess a student’s knowledge of English language. The students must still be at: - CEFR level B2 if they are studying at a degree level or higher. - SELT in reading, writing, listening and speaking and CEFR level B1 if they are not studying at a degree level The test needs to be from an approved provider.
There are certain exceptions to the application process of the UK student visa. The applicants need not prove their knowledge of English if they have recently completed their qualification equivalent to the UK degree in countries like Australia, Barbados, Grenada, Belize, The Bahamas, Dominica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, Jamaica, Ireland, UK, USA, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, etc. The students are also not required to prove their English speaking proficiency if one of the following applies:
Following are the documents necessary for the application of a UK visa:
The documents will usually be sent back within a span of 14 days
The applicant is required to stay longer to continue their course or study a new one. An applicant must: - Meet the eligibility criterion of the visa be in the UK. - They must include the dependents in the application if they’re on the current visa, including children who have turned 18 during the stay.
The family members (dependants) might be able to apply to join or remain with the applicant in the UK if they’re from outside the European Economic Area or Switzerland.
A dependant (family member) is either:
The applicant can apply to bring a dependant to the UK if they’re: