When applying for a UK visa, be it a tourist visa or to join family members residing in the UK, applying for a visa that is the right type is a crucial step. However, we will discuss the study visa and the requirements in a step-wise manner.
First, you need to check the type of visa that you are going to apply for. There are two types of visas, UK short-term study visas, and tier 4 visas. If the duration of your studies is around 6-11 months, then you need to apply for the former type. If you are intending to stay in the UK for a longer time period, you need to apply for Tier 4 visa.
For finding a suitable course, you need to first check-in with the course requirements and the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) level of the course.
➢ RQF Level 3,4, or 5: Full-time, below degree-level courses
○ Final years of high school, apprenticeships, starting years of bachelors degree
➢ RQF Level 6,7, or 8: Full-time, degree-level courses
○ Bachelors, postgraduate, master, or doctorate degree
➢ RQF Level above 7: Part-time, below degree-level courses
○ Postgraduate, master, doctorate degree
You have to apply for the visa online. The visa application form includes details regarding your name, surname, ethnicity, country of residence, passport number, marital status, grounds for choosing the UK, and subsequent details about the same.
Afterward, you will get the offer letter. Now comes the main part relating to your conditions imposed on the offer letter. If you receive a conditional offer letter, you would need to re-submit the required details. It could be the Letter of Recommendation, IELTS results, SOPs.
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The interview is to be scheduled by the applicant online, and thereafter, the confirmation email is to be printed and taken along with the other documents (original) to the UK visa application center.
It is a requisite to attend the visa application center personally. The other imperatives that the applicant needs to provide are the details about the biometric inclusive of a photograph and digitally scanned fingerprints.
These are some of the documentation required for the visa processing.
● Your valid passport.
● The Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from your school.
● Proof of financial resources.
● An Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate if applicable.
● Criminal record certificate.
● Proof of English Language proficiency.
● Tuberculosis test results.
● For students under 18:
○ Proof of parental consent
○ Proof of your relationship to your parent or legal guardian
● Any additional documents are required during the application process.
It generally takes 3 weeks to acquire the decree on the student visa application. On and all, it takes around 8 weeks overall, from choosing a course to receiving the visa, provided it doesn’t get refused.