1. Be aged 16 and above with proof of admission into an educational institution in the United Kingdom.
2. Present evidence of consent from your parents (for students aged 16-17).
3. Be proficient in English, which includes speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension.
4. Have sufficient funds to pay for your course and living expenses.
Students (or family member) from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Ireland, Iceland or Liechtenstein are exempted for the Visa and EU Settlement Scheme.
Other international students may apply for the free EU Settlement Scheme if they or their family member started living in the country before 1 January 2021. (Deadline: 30 June 2021). Any conditions otherwise will require a Student Visa.
You can apply for your Visa between 3 and 6 months before the commencement of your course. You will usually receive the result of your application within 3 weeks.
Online Visa Application
All students* must apply online via the British Government’s official Gov.UK website.
You can start applying 3 months prior to your travel date. Please be reminded that your application date is the date when you pay the fee.
*Students applying from North Korea can use a hard copy form.
If you’re applying from outside the UK: £348
Visa extension or change from inside: £475
You may be eligible to extend your Visa if you are still continuing your studies in the UK.
Duration of Stay
If you are aged 18 and above with a degree-level course, you can stay for up to 5 years.
For any programs below degree-level, you can stay for up to 2 years.
English Language Requirements
You must present evidence of English proficiency and comprehension when applying for a Visa. A certificate of an English language test is usually required, with at least a pass.
The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) have a minimum requirement for your skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking, depending on your program level. However, your university may have a different level of English language requirements. Please contact your school for more information.
You are likely to be interviewed by a UKVI officer during the application process. If you fail to maintain a basic conversation, you will be refused entry, regardless of your English test results.
Biometric Residence Permit
Please schedule an appointment with UKVI to obtain your biometric residence permit (BRP). They will take a digital photo of your face and scan your fingerprints.
You must arrive in the UK one week prior to your course commencement (for course duration that is less than 6 months).
You must arrive in the UK one month prior to your course commencement (for course duration that is more than 6 months).
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