UK Study Visa From Pakistan

A UK Study visa allows students from Pakistan to live in the UK for a limited period of time while they receive education from a certified educational institution; to be eligible, you must have a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies, be able to financially support yourself, and provide all the required documents for your visa application.

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    UK Student Visa Overview

    The UK is a popular destination for international students, allowing them to receive a world-renowned university education, practise their English language, and experience living in a foreign country. People travelling from Pakistan to study in the UK will have to apply for a UK Study visa to legally enter and live in the UK for the duration of their course.

    There are a few different types of Student visas available for Pakistani students, and the one you apply to will depend on your length of study in the UK and your age. To study in the UK for up to six months, you can apply for a Short Term Study visa, whereas to study a full-time course for over six months, you will have to apply for a longer-term UK Student visa or Child Student visa.

    Each visa has different eligibility criteria and required documents and will grant you different permissions for the duration of your stay in the UK. Typically, you must submit proof that you have been accepted on a course and have enough money to pay for yourself while you are in the UK. You should apply for all of these visas at least three months before your course begins.

    Please note that these longer term visas were historically called Tier 4 General Student and Tier 4 Child Student visas and have since been renamed to simply Student or Child Student visas.

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    Short Term Study Visa

    The UK Short Term Study visa is available for Pakistani students who want to study a course for six months or want to specifically take a short term English language course for up to 11 months.

    This visa is more restrictive than other UK visas and does not allow you to bring any family members or carry out any paid work, and you can only arrive in the UK one week before your course begins.

    UK Student Visa

    If you plan to study a full-time course, you will have to apply for a Student visa (previously the Tier 4 General Student visa) to have permission to stay in the UK for more than six months.

    This visa applies to students aged 18 years old and above who are attending a UK-accredited educational institution and will allow you to stay in the UK for up to five years (if attending university) and up to two years (if studying below degree level).

    This visa will allow you to arrive in the UK a month before your course begins. You may also be able to include dependents if you’re studying a government-sponsored course for longer than six months or a full-time post-graduate course at a PhD or research-based higher degree level.

    Child Student Visa

    The Child Student visa is available for children between 4 and 17 years old who are accepted on a course at a UK-accredited educational institution with a student sponsor, which could be an independent private school.

    Children between 4 and 15 years old must attend an independent fee-paying school to be eligible for a Child Student visa.

    UK Study Visa Requirements for Pakistani Students

    To apply for a UK Study visa from Pakistan, you must receive an unconditional offer to study in the UK from an official student sponsor, have proof that you have enough money to pay for yourself while in the UK and your course fees, and be able to speak, read and write in English.

    When you receive an offer on your course, you will receive an officially recognised virtual document called a ‘Confirmation of Acceptance for Study’ or ‘CAS’. This CAS contains vital information for your course, including any requirements you must meet or provide evidence for, and is required for your visa application.

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      Documents Required for a UK Student Visa

      Depending on your circumstances, each person’s visa application may require different documents. Some are required by all applicants, and some are specifically requested by your CAS.

      These required documents include:

      • A current passport or other valid travel document
      • Passport-sized photograph
      • A CAS from your course provider, including certificates of qualifications or English if requested by your CAS
      • Evidence you have enough money to pay for your course and to look after yourself for the duration of your stay in the UK
      • A letter from your financial sponsor if you have received sponsorship for course fees or living costs in the last 12 months confirming the sponsor’s consent for you to apply for a UK Student visa
      • Tuberculosis (TB) test results if you have lived in Pakistan for at least six months within the last six months
      • National ID card and birth certificate from NADRA
      • If you’re under the age of 18 years old, you will need to submit proof of parental/guardian consent and proof of relationship to your parent/guardian
      • Certificate of health insurance for the duration of your stay in the UK
      • An Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate (only certain post-graduate students)
      • Additional documents if you are responsible for any dependents

      If any of your documents are not written in English, you will need to have them translated by a certified translator following the UK government guidelines.

      You will also need to include a statement of purpose as part of your application. This will explain your reason for travelling to the UK, your previous academic, employment and immigration history, and confirm you can pay for yourself while in the UK.

      Financial Requirements

      To receive a visa to study in the UK, UK immigration officials need to be assured that you can pay for your course and pay to live in the UK, as you will not have access to public funds and support. The amount you need will vary depending on your circumstances and course.

      It is possible to receive sponsorship from a university, government sponsor body, or other official sponsor. If an institution is sponsoring you, you will have to provide evidence of sponsorship as part of your visa application. If you don’t have a sponsor, you will have to provide proof of personal funds that will cover your stay in the UK.

      You must have enough money to pay for one academic year (up to nine months), as outlined in your CAS document, and you will have to have this money for 28 consecutive days from within the 31 days before you submit your visa application.

      You can show that you have enough funds by using an official sponsorship or grant, a student loan, your personal or parents’ money (including a letter confirming you can use their money), or your partner’s money if they’re in the UK or applying at the same time.

      For proof of funds to pay to live in the UK, you will need to prove you have:

      • £1,334 per month if you are studying in London (for up to nine months)
      • £1,023 per month for courses outside London (for up to nine months)
      • £845 (London) or £680 (outside London) per month (for up to nine months) for each dependent included on your application – This is not required if they have been in the UK with a valid visa for a minimum of 12 months

      People who have been in the UK with a visa for 12 months already will not have to prove finances on their application; this includes dependents who have been in the UK for this amount of time.

      English Language Requirements

      One of the eligibility requirements for a UK Study visa is that your English language ability is at a certain level, and you must provide evidence of your proficiency. When applying for your visa, the application form requests that you either have the following:

      • A qualification from an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT)
      • At least a GCSE (or equivalent Scottish qualification) in English gained through study at a UK school that you began before you were 18 years old

      Your English language requirement will be outlined in your CAS, and the university or institution may choose to assess your level themselves. Typically, if you are studying at degree level or higher, you’ll need to have an equivalent to B2 English, or if you are studying below the degree level, you will need B1 English.

      You may be exempt from the language requirement if you have received a qualification (equivalent to a UK degree) in certain countries or territories, although this does not include Pakistan, or if you have proved your English in a previous visa application.


      It is not possible to bring dependents with you on the Short Term visa; however, in some instances you can include dependents when applying for your UK Study visa, including if you are:

      • A government-sponsored student
      • A full-time postgraduate PhD or doctorate student studying for more than nine months
      • A full-time postgraduate student studying a research-based higher degree

      Dependents can only include a partner or child under 18 years old, and you will have to submit additional documents to prove their relationship to you.

      If the application for your dependents is successful, they will be allowed to stay in the UK for the same amount of time as you.

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        How to Apply for a UK Student Visa

        You can apply for your Student visa through the UK government website ( You will have to complete a visa application, submit all of your required documents, and prove your identity. This final step may involve providing your fingerprints and a photograph at a visa application centre. Sometimes, you may have to have an interview to clarify specific points on your visa application.

        UK Student VIsa Processing Time and Fees

        If you are applying from outside the UK, you can expect to receive a decision on your student visa within three weeks of your application; this estimate increases to eight weeks if you are applying from inside the UK. However, applying with plenty of time is also good to allow for any delays.

        A Student visa costs £490 to apply from outside of the UK and the same to extend or switch to a Student visa from inside the UK. There is also a fee of £490 for each person that is included in your application.

        People from Pakistan staying in the UK for more than six months must pay for a healthcare surcharge, which is £470 per month for students. Each dependent will have to pay the healthcare surcharge for their time in the UK too.

        It is also possible to pay for a priority service on your visa decision. This fee is on top of your Student visa fee and will reduce the amount of time you have to wait for a decision on your visa.

        Working on a UK Student Visa

        It is essential that you check the guidelines included on your visa, which will outline any restrictions around working while studying in the UK. Generally, Pakistani students can work in the UK under specific conditions that depend on the course they are studying. Some students can also work during any breaks between your course.

        There is often a limit to the number of hours you can work; usually, this is 20 hours per week for undergraduates, masters students, or study abroad students, and 10 hours per week if you are studying below degree level.

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          How Can Total Law Help?

          Applying for a course, especially at a university abroad, can be particularly stressful, and it can be challenging to make sure you have met all the requirements to be accepted into the course of your choice. On top of this, if you’re travelling from Pakistan, you will also have to worry about selecting the correct visa, preparing your visa application, and gathering all the proper documents to ensure you have the best chance of receiving a positive decision on your visa.

          Instructing an immigration lawyer can make the process considerably more straightforward to navigate. An immigration expert can answer all of your queries on immigration, help you collate all the documents required for your visa application, or even complete your application on your behalf; having a correctly completed visa application can boost your chances of being accepted for a visa.

          Total Law are highly recommended immigration lawyers with extensive experience working with people from Pakistan travelling to the UK. Contact us today on 0333 305 9375 or online to receive bespoke advice on your circumstances and hear further information on how we can support you.

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                    Frequently Asked Questions

                    VFS Global is the professional partner of UKVI, UK Visas and Immigration, and they have offices across Pakistan. If you are applying from Pakistan, you will have to attend one of the VFS Visa Application Centres in order to submit your fingerprints and photograph.

                    No, the visa fee covers the cost of processing your visa and will not be returned to you if your visa application is rejected.

                    If you receive a rejection letter on your visa, the letter will outline whether it is possible for you to appeal the decision and include instructions on how to submit an appeal. Usually, you are only able to appeal your rejection if you believe there was some kind of administrative error that led to the rejection. In some cases, it is better to see why your visa was rejected and submit a new application, correcting the errors in your first application.