UK Student Visa

The UK has many fantastic educational institutes, which attract many international students. As such a sought-after location for education, the UK has a great student visa programme. However, the application can be complex, and there are many things applicants should consider.

This is why it is best for those applying for a student visa to seek out the help of an expert immigration lawyer. Here at Total Law, we can help with your application and assist you in preparing for your student visa application. Contact us at +44 (0)333 305 9375 to get started today.

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    Why Study In The UK?

    There are many reasons why people choose to study in the UK. Some of the reasons include the following:

    High-Quality Education

    UK universities have a very impressive reputation on an international scale and rank among some of the best worldwide. Four of the top ten universities are UK-based. Research conducted by UK universities also impacts the everyday lives of people worldwide.

    Welcoming International Students

    The UK has a very long history of welcoming students from outside the UK to study at its universities. Students at UK universities get a chance to meet and mix with over 200,000 international students from all over the world and learn about each other’s cultures.

    Course Variety

    There is a wide variety of courses that international students can choose from, regardless of age, interest, or ability. Students can study hospitality, tourism, business, and more.

    High Teaching Standards

    UK universities are inspected by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education to ensure that they continue to maintain high standards of learning as expected..

    Short Courses

    A majority of undergraduate courses in the UK will take three years to complete on average, but shorter courses mean that applicants can graduate faster and there is less money spent on living expenses and tuition.

    Funding & Scholarships

    All universities in the UK have multiple scholarship opportunities for students each year. Whether individuals have outstanding academic achievements or if they need some additional support to get through the year, universities can try their best to support them via funding if they are eligible for this.

    Living In The UK Can Be Interesting

    Students get to experience the UK and what it is like to live in the country. With beautiful and varied scenery and many events and cultural places of significance for students to enjoy and learn about.

    Working While Studying

    International students who choose to study full-time as undergraduates or postgraduates at recognised universities can work part-time during the university term for a maximum of 20 hours per week and can work full-time during holidays.

    Employability

    Employers always want high-quality graduates with specific skill sets, including effective, creative, and critical thinking skills. UK education is recognised by employers, governments, and universities across the globe.

    Language Skills

    The English language is one of the most critical languages in global business these days. Employers seek individuals with a strong grasp of the language, and the best way to learn it is in the country of its origin.

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    Types Of UK Student Visas

    There are three primary types of student visas in the UK; these are as follows:

    • The Student Route Visa. (This was formerly known as the Tier 4 General Student Visa.)
    • Child Student Visa.
    • Short-Term Study Visa.

    Applicants should choose to apply for the Student Route Visa (previously Tier 4 General Student Visa) in the following situations:

    • The applicant will be studying at a university or college in the UK for more than 6 months.
    • The applicant will be taking an English language course for over 11 months.

    Those who fit the above criteria but are under the age of 18 should apply for a child study visa instead.

    The other option is a short-term study visa; this is an option for those who are undertaking English language courses that last for less than 12 months.

    The visa type also indicates how far in advance of the course the student can arrive in the UK.

    • Those entering the UK on a Student Route Visa can arrive up to one week in advance of their course if it lasts six months or less.
    • Those entering the UK on a Student Route Visa can arrive up to one month in advance if their course is longer than six months.
    • Those entering the UK on a Student Route Child Visa can enter the UK up to one week in advance if their course lasts six months or less.
    • Those entering the UK on a Student Route Child Visa can enter the UK up to one month in advance if their course lasts over six months.
    • Those entering the UK on a Short-Term Study Visa will have restrictions on how far in advance of their course they can enter the country, depending on the travel dates.

    Applicants for the Student Route Visa and Student Route Child Visa should apply for their visa 3 months before the date their course begins. Whereas those who are applying for a Short-Term Study Visa should apply 3 months before their departure to the UK.

    Eligibility Criteria And Requirements Of The UK Student Visa

    Overview

    The eligibility criteria to study in the UK are pretty standard across all student visas; however, it is important to know which factors will determine eligibility between the visas so that applicants can be sure they are applying for the correct visa.

    Student Route Visa Eligibility

    Those interested in applying for a Student visa to study in the UK can do so if they are over the age of 16 and meet the following criteria:

    • The applicant has been offered a placement on a course provided by a licensed student sponsor.
    • The applicant can prove that they have enough money to support themselves and to pay for the course. The amount required will vary depending on the circumstances of the individual.
    • The applicant can read, write, speak, and understand English.
    • The applicant has parental consent to undergo this course if they are 16 or 17 years of age. Evidence of this will be required when applying.

    Although applicants aged 16 and 17 can apply for this type of visa, they may be eligible for a Child Student Visa if they wish to study at an independent school.

    Child Student Visa Eligibility

    Applicants can apply to get a Child Student Visa if they are between 4 and 17 years of age and wish to study at an independent school in the United Kingdom.

    To be eligible for this type of visa, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

    • The applicant must have received an unconditional offer of a placement on a course at an independent school.
    • The applicant must be able to show that they will have access to enough funding to support themselves in the UK and to pay for the course as required.
    • The applicant must have the consent of their parent or guardian to study in the UK. This will need to be proven when applying.

    This is only available for those who are under 17 years of age. Those who are over 18 years of age will need to apply for the Student Visa instead.

    Short-Term Study Visa Eligibility

    For an applicant to be considered eligible for the Short-term study Visa, they must be able to prove that they meet the following criteria:

    • The applicant must be able to prove that they have been accepted onto an English-language course that lasts longer than 6 months but under 11 months and does not include any other subjects.
    • The applicant can prove that their course is with an accredited institution.
    • The applicant can prove that they have enough money to support themselves in the UK without working or with any help from pulling funds. Alternatively, the applicant can prove that they have relatives or friends who can house and support them.
    • The applicant shows that they can pay for their onward or return journey.

    Should the applicant be under the age of 18, they must also be able to prove the following:

    • The applicant has made arrangements for their travel and stay in the UK.
    • The applicant has the consent of their parents or guardians to stay in the UK.

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      Required Documents

      The required documents for each type of visa differ slightly depending on which visa is applicable. These are as follows:

      Student Route Visa Documents

      When applying for a student visa, the applicant must provide the following:

      • A current and valid passport or other form of valid travel document.
      • A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) certificate from the course provider

      As well as this, applicants may also need to provide the following:

      • Proof that they have enough money to support themselves and pay for their course. The amount required will vary from case to case, depending on the specifics of the situation.
      • A valid ATAS certificate if the applicant’s nationality and course require it.
      • Proof of paternal or other consent from a legal guardian where the applicant is under the age of 18.
      • Proof of relationship to a parent or legal guardian where the applicant is under the age of 18.
      • Tuberculosis test results.
      • Written consent for the application form from a financial sponsor if the applicant has received sponsorship for the course fees and living costs in the previous 12 months.

      Child Student Visa Documents

      When a person under the age of 18 is applying for a Child Student Visa in the UK, they will need to provide the following:

      • A current and valid passport or other form of valid travel document.
      • A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) certificate from the course provider
      • Written consent from the applicant’s legal guardian or parent for their stay in the UK.

      It is also possible that the applicant may need to provide the following:

      • Proof that they have enough money to support themselves and pay for their course. The amount required will vary from case to case, depending on the specifics of the situation.
      • Proof of the relationship with the parent or guardian includes birth certificates or other government-issued documents showing their names.
      • Evidence of the qualifications that the applicant used to get a place on their course if required by the provider of the course.
      • Tuberculosis test results.
      • Written consent for the application form from a financial sponsor if the applicant has received sponsorship for the course fees and living costs in the previous 12 months.

      How To Apply For A UK Student Visa From Egypt

      The most popular of the three visa types is the Student Route Visa, which is available for those over the age of 16 who wish to study a higher education course in the UK for over 6 months.

      This visa costs £490 per person, but it does cost more to apply if you wish to use a priority or super-priority service.

      Step-By-Step

      1. Apply to the university of your choice and receive an unconditional offer.

      Apply to the university or universities of your choice and obtain an unconditional offer to study there to begin the process.

      2. Obtain The CAS.

      Once you have received an unconditional offer and have accepted it, The university will send over a CAS, which costs £25 to get. This is necessary for the application.

      3. Start the application.

      With the CAS, the applicant can now start applying for their visa. A student can apply for their visa up to 6 months before the course starts. There is a fee for the application, and they must have a current passport.

      4. Calculate fees and pay IHS

      As part of the application, those staying in the UK for over 6 months will need to pay the IHS (Immigration Health Surcharge). The IHS charge for a student visa will be £470 per year for each year in the UK. Should the applicant stay in the UK for only part of the year, the fee will reflect this.

      5. English language knowledge (if required).

      The applicant may need to prove they know the English language. Requirements differ depending on the university, so be sure to check what will be required at your university.

      6. Complete the application and biometrics

      Once the application is completed and all documents are submitted, applicants will also need to submit ID information. This can be done at a visa application centre to submit biometrics, or it can be done via the UK Immigration: ID Check application to scan the individual’s ID document.

      7. Wait for a decision.

      It can take up to 3 weeks to get a decision on a student visa in the UK. Although you can pay to get a faster decision with a premium service.

      Duration Of Stay On A UK Student Visa

      How long an applicant can stay in the UK on a student visa will depend on the length of their course and what studies they have already completed in the UK.

      Those who are over 18 years of age and have a course at degree level will typically be able to stay in the UK for up to 5 years. Those doing studies below a degree level can typically remain in the UK for up to 2 years.

      It is possible to extend a visa to continue studies or switch to a graduate visa to stay in the UK for at least 2 years after completing the course successfully.

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        What You Can And Cannot Do On A UK Student Visa

        While on a student visa, you will be able to do the following:

        • Study in the UK.
        • Work as a Student Union Sabbatical Officer.
        • You may be able to work; however, how much you can work will depend on what you are studying and whether you are working in term time or out of term time.

        While on a student visa, you will not be able to do the following:

        • Claim benefits or pensions.
        • Work in particular jobs, such as as a sportsperson.
        • Be self-employed.
        • Study at an academy or a local authority-funded school.

        Working Whilst On A Student Visa

        The ability to work while in the UK on a student visa will be disclosed to you if your application is successful. Student visas have restrictions on working in the UK. Typically, this allows:

        • 20 hours per week in term time if studying full-time at degree level or higher.
        • 10 hours per week in term time if studying full-time at the below-degree level.
        • Full-time during vacation periods and after the official course end date.
        • On work placements that are integral and assessed as part of the course.
        • As a sabbatical officer in a student union for up to 2 years.

        How Can Total Law Help?

        Studying in the UK can be fantastic for international students. However, to apply for a student visa, you must know which visa to apply for. As so much of the process relies on the specifics of your course and you, seeking out immigration advice is advisable.

        Here at Total Law, we are experts at helping those who want to study in the UK complete their applications and start their studies. Find out how we can help you today by calling us at +44 (0)333 305 9375.

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