1. A completed Visa First student visa application form
2. A letter of acceptance on the course
This will be a letter from your institution confirming that a place has been offered to you and that the course is full-time. The letter should state how long the course will last. Where your course is more advanced and specialized, the letter should also state what level of English is needed for the course (giving minimum test marks, if appropriate) and confirm that you satisfy this requirement.
3. Proof of funds
Visa First can provide you with a UK bank account which you can prefund prior to departure and show as evidence of funds for your visa. You must show evidence that you can pay your course fee and support yourself and your family is applicable.
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 nine months. The amount you will need depends on whether you are applying as a child or adult and also 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 period of up to 9 months:
- £800 per month if you are living in London;
- £600 per month if you are living outside London.
You can prove you have the money if you have cash in an account in your name (this includes joint accounts with your name); or Child students can use an account in their parent or legal guardian’s name.
If you have already paid some of your fees or accommodation before applying for your visa, this amount will be taken away from the total amount of money you need to show. For accommodation, this only applies if you are staying in university or college arranged accommodation.
Any partners or children who want to come to the United Kingdom with you must also have documentary proof that they have enough money to support themselves.
Child students are not allowed to bring partners to the United Kingdom with them as dependants. Anyone who has any children under the age of 18 who are living with them or who they are financially responsible for, is not able to come to the United Kingdom as a child student.
Although the immigration rules do not require unaccompanied students to show that accommodation has been arranged, your place of study may have given you information about its availability, and you should bring this to the attention of the ECO. If your family is coming with you to the UK, you will need to show that there will be adequate accommodation for them. If your place of study cannot confirm that family accommodation will be available, you may have to consider travelling to the UK alone and making arrangements for your family to join you when you have found somewhere to live.
5. The Interview
The interview is a part of your visa application process.
The interview is an essential part of the visa process and is conducted at the embassy. Visa First will prepare you for your interview so that you are able to answer queries relating to your uk student visa application.
6. Visa Letter
Your approved education provider will give you a visa letter which is an official and unconditional offer of a place on a course of study.
The visa letter must be issued no more than six months before you apply. The applications where the visa letters are older than six months will be refused.
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.
Additional documents and proof for students under 18 years old
All students under 18 years old will need to get their parent(s) or legal guardian’s written consent to the care arrangements for their travel to, reception and care while in the United Kingdom, before permission to enter or stay will be given. Switching Rules
You can switch in to the adult student category if you have, or were last given, permission to stay in the following categories:
- skilled worker (Tier 2 General)
- intra-company transfer (Tier 2)
- minister of religion (Tier 2)
- child student (Tier 4)
- prospective student
- student re-sitting an examination
- student nurses
- students writing up a thesis
- Student Union sabbatical officer
- work permit holder
- a postgraduate doctor or dentist
- participant in the SEGS
- participant in the IGS
- participant in the FT: WISS