How to Get UK Student Visa in 5 Steps
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How to Get UK Student Visa in 5 Steps

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Priya Garg
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Updated on Oct 6, 2023 15:56 IST
How to get UK Student Visa:  Students are often confused about the process of obtaining a UK student visa. In this article, we have broken down the process of getting a UK student visa for international students.
UK Student Visa

More than 26,000 Indian students apply for the UK Student Visa each year. The duration of your programme and the course you've already pursued in the UK will decide how long will you be able to stay in the country. Those aged 18 and above, with a degree-level course, can stay for a maximum of five years. The United Kingdom's Home Ministry has recently (March 2023) stated that last year a higher number of student visas were granted. The reason behind this increase is said to be the surge in student enrollment number in institutions of higher education, especially from China, India and Nigeria. As per the data shared, 25% of the visas issued were for students from India in the year 2022.

Also Read: Short Term Study Visa UK for Indian Students
Want to start out your education journey in the UK? Here’s what you need to know about getting the Visa.

Step 1 - Check if you qualify

To study in the UK as a student you will need to acquire a Student Visa which has replaced the Tier 4 (General) Visa. If you are yet to be accepted into an institution, then you will need a prospective student visa. UK student visa applications are processed within 3 weeks of the completed application being lodged.

You must be able to show that you have:

  1. A confirmed place at the school, university or college where you intend to study. It is called a ‘confirmation of acceptance for studies’ (CAS).
  2. Enough money (also known as maintenance or funds) to cover your course fees and living costs in the UK.
  3. Are able to read, write, speak and understand English. 
  4. Have permission from your parents if you're 16 or 17

Step 2 - Get your documents ready

For every document you provide, you must include the original document and a photocopy.

  1. A signed copy of your completed visa application form.
  2. A valid passport.
  3. 1 passport-sized colour photograph which meets the photo guidelines.
  4. Evidence of your confirmed place at the University.
  5. Any previous passports to show your previous travel history.
  6. If you send a document that is not in English, it must be accompanied by a full translation that can be verified.

Step 3 - Apply online

You will need to register and create an account on the official UK Visa website. When you have completed your online application form, you will need to print and sign your completed form.

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You must use the online appointment calendar to book an appointment at the visa application centre. When you have completed your online application, you will receive an email message containing your application number.

Also Read: Post Study Work Visa UK (Graduate Route Visa)

Step 4 - Pay your application fee

There are 4 ways to pay your visa application fee.

  1. Payment at Standard Chartered Bank - You can pay your fee at some branches of the Standard Chartered Bank. The bank will issue a demand draft in favour of the 'The British High Commission'.
  2. Demand draft from a nationalised or foreign bank - You can pay your fee by getting a demand draft issued by a nationalised or foreign bank. Bank charges for this service will vary. The demand draft must be in favour of the 'The British High Commission’.
  3. Payment at the visa application centre - You can pay the visa application fee at the visa application centre when you submit your visa application.
  4. Pay online - You can pay your visa application fee online using a Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card.

Step 5 – Visit the visa application centre on the appointed date

You must book and attend an appointment at our visa application centre to submit your application, facial photograph and fingerprints.

Make sure to arrange all the documents in a timely manner to avoid last-minute hassles. For help with university applications, students seeking to study abroad can contact our Shiksha Study Abroad Counsellors. The comments section below allows candidates to contact us as well.

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How to Get UK Student Visa FAQs

Q. What is the process to apply for a UK student visa?

A. The following points will provide an overview of the process of applying for a UK student visa:

  • Check the eligibility: In order to apply for a UK student visa, you need to have a CAS (confirmation of acceptance for studies) that is provided by the institution you have applied to. You need to show proof of financial stability. In addition, you need to show proof of English language proficiency.
  • Prepare your documents: You need to file and complete your documents such as passport, CAS, financial proofs, medical tests, etc.
  • Apply: Apply through the UK visa website and pay the application fee.
  • Visit the visa application centre: Visit the visa application centre on the date of appointment.

Q. What is the eligibility for a UK student visa?

A. The following points provide the eligibility for a UK student visa:

  • CAS: You must have a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from your university or college.
  • Financial proof: You must have sufficient money to support yourself during the course of study. You will need £1,334 per month (for up to 9 months) for your stay in London and £1,023 per month (for up to 9 months) for your stay outside London.
  • English proficiency: You must pass a SELT (Secure English Language Test) such as IELTS.
  • Parental consent: If you are 16 or 17 years of age, you will require consent from your parents.

Q. What documents are required for a UK student visa?

A. Following are the documents required for a UK student visa:

  • A valid passport
  • A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from your university or college
  • Proof of finances: £1,334 per month (for up to 9 months) for stay in London and £1,023 per month (for up to 9 months) for stay outside London
  • Parental consent if you are under 18 years of age
  • Medical tests

Q. What am I allowed to do on a UK student visa?

A. Here is what are allowed to do on a UK student visa:

  • Study
  • Work as a student union sabbatical officer

Here is what you are not allowed to do on a UK student visa:

  • Claim public funds
  • Work as a professional sportsperson or sports coach
  • Be self-employed
  • Study at a maintained school

Q. What is the UK student visa cost?

A. When you apply for a UK student visa from outside the UK, you will have to pay £490. You will receive a decision on your application within 3 weeks. If you want a faster decision, you may choose the priority service wherein you will have to pay £500 in addition to the application fee. In this scenario, you will receive a decision within 5 working days.

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Lubna Shaikh

3 years ago

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3 years ago

Hi Lubna, you can apply for a different course.

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3 years ago

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