How to Get the UK Study Visa for Indian Students?

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Anumika Bahukhandi
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Updated on Aug 17, 2023 10:22 IST
UK Student Visa

UK Student Visa or UK Visa Types

As per the Department of Home Affair's preliminary data, around 44,000 applications for a student visa were obtained from India in the last 6 months of 2022. Also, as per the latest reports, Indians were issued the highest number of student visas by the UK for the year 2022. British High Commissioner stated that 25% of student visas have got approval for Indian students out of 2.8 lakh student visas that the UK issued overall. The number of Indian student visas has increased by 73% as compared to the year 2021. Recently, 'Young Professional Scheme (YPS) has been incepted by India and the UK government which would assist those eligible in obtaining a UK Work Visa for a maximum of two years. People aged between 18 to 30 years can apply for the same.

Students, who wish to study in the UK for more than 6 months, need to know about the following 3 UK Study Visas or UK visa types:

  • Short-term Study Visa: Short-term UK Study Visa is for those who want to study an English language course for up to 11 months
  • Student Visa: This visa category is for students coming to the UK for higher education. It was formerly termed as a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa, popularly called a Tier 4 Student Visa
  • Child Student Visa: This visa is for children who are between 4 and 17 years and wish to study at an independent school in the UK. It was formerly termed as Tier 4 (Child) Student Visa

Check: Student Guide to the United Kingdom (UK)

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UK Student Visa Eligibility

  • A student must have received an offer of a full-time academic course from a licensed student sponsor
  • A student must have sufficient financial resources to support himself/ herself during the duration of the course
  • A student must be able to speak, read, write and understand English
  • If a student is aged 16 or 17, he/ she needs consent from his/ her parents

UK Student Visa Cost

The fee for the UK Student Visa (formerly Tier 4 (General) Student Visa) is £363 (Approx. Rs 37,082) if the students are applying from outside the UK. In addition, you have to pay a healthcare surcharge, which depends on the duration of your stay. The methods of payment are stated below.

  • Online using either a MasterCard or Visa card.
  • Through demand draft at the visa application centre and selected branches of Standard Chartered Bank. 
  • Through Cash at the visa application centre and selected branches of Standard Chartered Bank. 

Students must note that if they wish to switch to a UK Student Visa from inside the UK, they will have to pay a fee of £490 (INR 50,056).

LATEST UPDATE

The UK government has proposed a visa fee hike which will affect international students all across the world, including Indians. Once the proposal is accepted, visa applicants will have to pay an increased fee and health surcharges to the National Health Service. UK PM Rishi Sunak confirmed that the fee hike may be around 5-7% across visa categories and the same will assist support the country's public sector wage increase for police, teachers, junior doctors, etc. He said that his government will not make use of increased borrowing for covering these expenses because of the apprehensions related to inflation. 

Highlights

  • Work and visa costs will increase by 15%
  • All other visa costs will increase by minimum 20%
  • Overseas students who are planning to move to the UK for studies may have to pay an Immigration Health Surcharge of £776 per year (earlier it was £470)

Check: April and May Intakes in the UK for Indian Students

UK Student Visa: Documents Required

UK Student Visa Requirements: Applying for a student visa requires you to carry a lot more documents in comparison to a tourist visa, by comparison. Aspirants need the mandatory documents along with supporting documents of financial and academic records. There are some other requirements as well which one should remember and meet. Make sure you refer to the UK Student Visa checklist before going to the consulate for the visa interview.

You should have the following documents before applying:

  • A completed student visa application form
  • If you're below 18 years of age, you need to get proof of your parents' or guardian's consent
  • A letter of acceptance on the course - Your approved education provider will give you an acceptance letter (CAS or Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) and a visa letter that are official and unconditional offers of a place on a course of study. The visa letter must be issued no more than six months before you apply. Students need to apply for their UK study visa within 6 months of receiving their CAS.
  • Having a visa letter does not guarantee the application will be successful. The applicant must meet all the requirements of the category and any other requirements of the immigration rules.
  • Proof of funds - The money you need to show covers your course fees for your first year of study and living costs for up to a maximum of 9 months (1 academic year). The amount you will need depends on whether you are applying as a child or adult and whether you will be studying in or out of London. You must show that you have held the money for at least 28 days. The end of that 28-day period must not be more than one month before the date of your application.
    • You must show the following amount of money to meet basic living costs (not including fees) for a period of up to nine months i.e. £12,006 for nine months ( £1,334 per month) if you are living in London and £9,207 for nine months (£1,023 per month) if you are living outside London.
    • However, if a student has been in the UK, with a valid visa, for at least 12 months, he/ she does not have to show proof of funds for visa application
  • The visa fees payment confirmation receipt
  • ATAS certificate if your nationality and course need it
  • Payslips
  • Original mark sheets/provisional certificates
  • Scoresheet of exams like TOEFLGMATIELTS, etc.

Types of Courses valid under UK Student Visa

  • A full-time course which would help to obtain a qualification which is below degree level and organised daytime study of minimum of 15 hours a week
  • A full-time course which would help to obtain a qualification which is degree level or above
  • A full-time course which would help to obtain a qualification which is degree level or above which shares the same platform as that of a UK higher education programme
  • A part-time programme which would help to obtain a qualification which is above degree level 
  • A known foundation course for PG doctors or dentists
  • An English language programme at B2 level or above in the Common European Framework of Reference Languages

Check: Study in UK: Timeline for September 2023 Intake

UK Student Visa Process: How to Apply

There are several steps to apply for a UK Student Visa. UK Study Visa applications are processed within three weeks of the completed application being lodged.

Step 1 - The first step is to check if you qualify for the student visa or not. You need to show that you have:

  • A confirmed place at the school, university or college where you intend to study. It is called a ‘confirmation of acceptance for studies’ (CAS).
  • Enough money (also known as ‘maintenance or funds’) to cover your course fees and living costs in the UK.

Step 2 - Get your documents ready

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

Step 4 - Pay your application fee. There are 4 ways to pay your visa application fee.

  • Payment at Standard Chartered Bank - You can pay your fee at some branches of Standard Chartered Bank. The bank will issue a demand draft in favour of the 'British High Commission'.
  • Demand draft from a nationalized or foreign bank - You can pay your fee by getting a demand draft issued by a nationalized or a foreign bank. Bank charges for this service will vary. The demand draft must be in favour of the 'British High Commission’.
  • Payment at the visa application centre - You can pay the visa application fee at the visa application centre when you submit your visa application.
  • 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 the visa application centre to submit your application and facial photograph and fingerprints.

Students are allowed to withdraw their applications. For this, they need to contact UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration). If their application processing has not started, their fee will be refunded.

LATEST UPDATE

According to another development, VFS Global has joined hands with Tata-owned Indian Hotels Company and the Radisson Hotel Group after which students can apply for a UK visa at a hotel located nearby. Those in Mangalore, Visakhapatnam, and Bangalore wishing to apply for the same can do so at the nearby Taj Hotel. Vivanta Bengaluru (Whitefield), Vivanta Mangalore (Old Port Road), and The Gateway Hotel (Visakhapatnam) are already assisting students in applying for visas. VFS Global also announced Premium Application centres at Park Plaza Ludhiana, Radisson Noida,  Radisson Blu Hotel Amritsar, and Radisson RED Chandigarh Mohali. It is mandatory to book an appointment for the same. Once you've submitted the online visa application you can attend the appointment within 240 days and submit your biometrics. 

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Check out the application process for UK Student Visas in the video below:

 You can also check out a video on Visa counselling sessions on the UK and Ireland study visa by in-house Shiksha counsellors. This video covers various topics like types of a student visa, step-by-step process to get a visa, document checklist, and source of funding, and commonly asked questions, from students.

UK Point-based Visa System

Students should be informed that the UK Visa is a point-based visa system and it is essential for applicants to meet all the requirements of the Immigration Rules and have 40 points in total.

Factor

Points

Students are required to have a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies from a fully licensed student sponsor, and their course must be full-time (minimum 15 hours of classroom study every week)

30 points

Students should have enough money to cover course fees and monthly living costs (also known as maintenance or funds)

10 points

UK Student Visa Part-time Work

  • If you are enrolled in a bachelor's degree program or higher at a UK college that is listed on both the official ‘UKBA Sponsor list’ and the list of ‘recognized bodies’, you are allowed to work for up to 20 hours per week for (UK Student Visa) and work full-time during vacations or summer holidays. In this regard, students must note that if their course is below the UK degree level (e.g. foundation or pre-sessional English), they can work for 10 hours per week. Moreover, students who hold a Short-term Study Visa cannot work.

Check: Scholarships to Study in UK

UK Student Visa: Dependents

Latest Update: In a major change announced by the UK government, international students pursuing a non-research Master’s degree course in the country will no longer be permitted to bring along their families or dependents to the country. Read more about the new change in detail here: UK Student Visa Rule Modified: International students banned from bringing family over

The wife or children get a Dependent Visa for the same duration as the primary applicant. This is applicable to the Master's degree application only right now. Your course must be at least 9 months in duration and must be at RQF level 7 or above. Undergraduates cannot take dependents with them to the UK.

If you have a student visa, your dependents apply as 'dependent on a Points Based System migrant'. Each dependent completes a separate application form and pays a separate fee.

Along with your own maintenance funds, you need to show an additional £845 (within London) and £680 (outside London) for each dependent for each month that you are applying for up to a maximum of 9 months' maintenance funds. You can use a scholarship to cover the maintenance funds for your dependents if you already have got a scholarship. The scholarship letter must state that funds are also intended for your dependents.

UK Student Visa: Additional Information

If you want to work there after completing your studies, then you need to apply for a Graduate Visa, and afterwards a Tier 2 visa that is meant for Highly Skilled Workers. So along with your student visa, you don’t get a work permit. You need to apply for a work visa separately.

Your spouse may work in the UK if the grant of leave is for more than 12 months. If your visa was granted for a period of fewer than 12 months or you are participating in a course of study below degree level, your spouse will not be allowed to work in the UK.

Check: Part time Work Options in UK for International Students

Premium Visa Services

While a normal UK Study Visa could take at least 3 weeks to process, students can opt for the Priority Visa Service or the Super Priority Visa Service to shorten the visa processing time for an added fee. Under the Priority Visa Application, UK Visas and Immigration aims to make a decision on your Priority Visa application and contact you to let you know that your passport is ready to be collected within 5 working days from when you submit your biometric information. Under the Super Priority Visa Application, the same work is completed within 24 Hrs. Candidates should note that the cost of this service is in addition to the visa application fee and is non-refundable if the visa application is refused, or in exceptional cases if it takes longer to process.

  • UK Priority Visa has an additional cost of £500
  • UK Super Priority Visa has an additional cost of £800

UK Student Visa: Where to apply

The UK Student Visa process of getting a Tier 4 visa is completely online.  Below is the link where you can fill the form –

Online visa application form

For Biometrics interview you need to visit the VFS Global’s Visa Application Centre in Delhi:

VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.
Mezzanine Floor, Baba Kadak Singh Marg,
Shivaji Stadium Metro Station,
Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001, India

Check the list of all visa application centers

UK Embassy and Consulates Addresses

  1. British High Commission New Delhi

Shantipath, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi 110021

Phone: 011-24192100

  1. British Deputy High Commission Mumbai

Naman Chambers, 
C/32 G Block Bandra Kurla Complex, 
Mumbai
Bandra (East) 400 051

  1. British Deputy High Commission Chennai
    20 Anderson Road
    Chennai 600 006
  2. British Deputy High Commission Kolkata
    1A Ho Chi Minh Sarani 
    Kolkata 700071
  3. British Deputy High Commission Bengaluru

5th Floor, North Tower
Safina Towers
#3 Ali Asker Road
Bengaluru 560052

How can I check the status of my UK student visa application?

The Embassy will evaluate your application before conveying the result to you. Depending on your nationality it may take 2-3 weeks for your visa application to get processed. Make sure that everything on your application is completed and not pending in order to avoid rejection. Certain cases may take a longer duration. With the help of your receipt, you will be able to track your application number. A reference number that would have been issued to you on your appointment day will have to be used for the same. Those who will choose SMS services will be intimated via SMS and email.

Check: Living costs for International Students in UK

Scholarships for Studying in the UK

UK’s education system is considered one of the best in the world. However, most international students need financial assistance to pursue their higher education from there. In order to fulfill the aspirations of international students, different types of scholarships are available to study in the UK. Below you will find the list of some of the top fellowships for studying in the UK.

Lady Meherbai D.Tata Education Trust Scholarship

London Business School Fund Scholarships

The Oxford and Cambridge Society of India Scholarships- University of Cambridge

UK Student Visa: When to Apply for Visa Extension

Applicants planning to apply for a UK student visa are recommended to do so atleast three months before their course commencement and within 6 months of getting a CAS. Make sure you’ve applied before the expiry of your present visa. Also, your new course should be starting within 28 days of your present visa’s expiry. Till the time a decision is conveyed to you, you may stay in the UK.

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Student Visa for France

Student Visa for New Zealand

Student Visa for Sweden

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UK Student Visa FAQs

Q. What are the eligibility criteria for getting a UK Student visa?

A. Following are the basic requirements for UK Student Visa:
  • Candidates must have an unconditional offer from a recognized educational institute for pursuing a course with a licensed Tier 4 sponsor
  • Appropriate funds to support yourself and for the course

Q. Do I need a UK student visa to study in the UK?

A. If you are a national from the EU, EEA, or Switzerland, you do need a visa to pursue your higher education in the UK. Students from all other nationalities need to have a valid UK student visa to study in the UK.

Q. If a student is going just for one semester, in that case also he/she needs a visa?

A. Yes, even if you are going for a short-term say less than six months, then you can apply for a Short Term Study Visa.

Q. At the latest when one can apply for a study visa?

A. One can apply for 6 months before the start of their course. Also, candidates usually get a decision on their visa within 3 weeks.

Q. How early one can come to the UK before the program starts? And for how long one can stay here?

A. Students need to note the following points:
  • If your course lasts 6 months or less then you can come to the UK up to one week before the beginning of your course.
  • If your course lasts, more than 6 months then can come to the UK for up to one month before your course starts.

Q. What is a CAS document?

A. Your educational institute will send you a reference number called a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) once they admitted you for the course. Candidates need to enter this number on their visa application. Read more about CAS here

Q. What are the conditions to extend my UK Student Visa?

A. In order to extend your UK Student Visa, you need to fulfill the following conditions:
  • You must be in the UK on Student Visa
  • Your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) must have an unconditional offer
  • You must fulfill academic progress requirement
  • In case if your stay in the UK has been of less than 12 months, then you need to provide financial proofs as well

Q. What is the fee for UK Student Visa extension? In how much time can I expect a decision?

A. In order to apply for UK Student Visa extension, you are required to pay a fees of £490. You also need to pay a healthcare surcharge. If you wish to receive a decision in the normal course of time, you can expect to wait for 8 weeks.

Q. What proof of English language proficiency do I need to provide?

A. In order to prove your English language proficiency, you need to pass a Secure English Language Test (SELT) from an approved provider or have a GCSE A level, Scottish National Qualification level 4 or 5, etc. Amongst Secure English Language Test (SELT), you can opt for one of the following:
  • LanguageCert
  • Pearson
  • PSI Services (UK) Ltd
  • IELTS SELT Consortium

Q. What are the documents required for UK Student Visa?

A. The following documents are required for UK Student Visa application:
  • A valid passport
  • Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Proof of finances
  • Parent/ guardian consent if you are less than 18 years of age
  • Tuberculosis test results

Q. What are the financial requirements for UK Student Visa application?

A. The following points will give you an idea of the financial requirements for UK Student Visa application:
  • £1,334 per month (for up to 9 months) in case if you are pursuing a course in London
  • £1,023 per month (for up to 9 months) in case if you are pursuing a course outside London
  • If you bring your dependants, then you need to prove an addition £845 a month (for up to 9 months) in case if you are pursuing a course in London and £680 a month (for up to 9 months), in case if you are pursuing a course outside London

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My university has been started from 25th September 2023 and I am late for showing my fund so how many days before I can apply for visa from my university stating date?

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