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UK Study Visas for Albanians

If you are hoping to study in the United Kingdom as an Albanian citizen, you’ll need to apply for a UK Study visa. A successful visa application requires the completion of an online form, and you’ll need to provide several supporting documents as well as meet the strict eligibility criteria.

The process can be lengthy and complex, so if you need help, our experienced legal team at Total Law is on hand to provide you with personalised assistance. Total Law specialises in a range of immigration services and is well equipped to provide you with whatever assistance you need. If you have any queries about study visas or any of the other services we offer, feel free to call us on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or contact us online.

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    UK Study Visas for Albanians: An Overview

    UK Study visas offer Albanian citizens the chance to study in the UK, gaining access to its renowned educational institutions. These visas not only allow for legal entry into the United Kingdom, but they also support personal and professional development, cultural exchange and the potential to build strong international networks.

    Depending on the visa type, study visas can grant you short or long-term stays in the country, with options to extend or switch visas upon its expiration.

    This guide covers the different types of UK study visa available to Albanians, and will include information about how to apply, eligibility requirements, the costs involved, and other essential details that are necessary for a successful application.

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    Different Types of UK Study Visas for Albanians

    There are three main categories of UK Study visa. Each has its own benefits, restrictions, and eligibility requirements. Below is an overview of each category:

    Student Visa

    The Student visa allows you to study in the UK and work as a student sabbatical officer. This visa has replaced the Tier 4 (General) student visa. This visa also grants you access to the National Health Service (NHS) and allows you to bring dependents (provided that they can successfully apply for a visa within their own right).

    If you qualify for this visa, you can study in the UK for up to 5 years if your course is at degree level, or if you are over 18. For courses below degree level, you’re allowed up to 2 years. The actual amount of time that you’ll be granted depends on the course length and whether or not you have previously studied in the UK. You can also extend this visa or switch to another type if necessary. This could be another type of Student visa, or, if you have completed your study, a Graduate visa, which will grant you a further 2 years of possible study in the UK.

    You cannot access public funds, be self-employed, or study at local authority-funded schools or academies with this visa.

    Child Student Visa

    The Child Student visa is for children aged 4 to 17, and requires proof of consent from a parent or guardian.

    Children under the age of 16 can receive a visa that lasts for up to 6 years and 4 months, while 16 and 17-year-olds can get up to 3 years and 4 months. Those over the age of 16 are entitled to work part-time during term time (up to 10 hours per week) and full-time during holidays. They can also take part in work-placements as long as they do not exceed 50% of their course time.

    This visa can be extended or switched to a different type, however, visa holders cannot access public funds, be self-employed or engage in professional sports or entertainment careers. Furthermore, you cannot study at academies, local authority funded schools or further or higher education institutions. Lastly, you cannot apply for settlement with this visa, or bring dependents with you. Parents must apply for a separate visa known as the Parent of a Child Student visa.

    Short-Term Study Visa

    This visa type is designed for Albanian citizens that want to take an English language course in the UK. The course must be between 6 and 11 months in duration. This visa allows you to stay in the UK for the course duration, plus an additional 30 days, but not beyond 11 months in total.

    The Short-Term Study visa has a lot of rules and restrictions which are important to consider before you apply. You can only attend the specified course in your application and you cannot study at a state-funded school. Employment of all types is prohibited, as are business activities, meaning that even working for free is not allowed. This visa also restricts you from bringing dependents with you to the UK, extending the visa, or gaining access to any public funds.

    Eligibility Requirements for UK Study Visas

    Below are the visa specific requirements that you must adhere to in order to successfully apply for each of these visa types:

    Student Visa

    Age Requirement: 16 years and over.

    Knowledge of English: The Student visa requires that you demonstrate your proficiency in English. This can be shown in your application through a variety of different means, and can vary depending on the level of study you plan on doing. Below are some examples of acceptable evidence:

    • Passing a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as IELTS for UKVI (Academic and General Training) or IELTS Life Skills
    • Having a GCSE or A level in English, obtained from an English school
    • CEFR level B2 (for studies degree-level and above)
    • CEFR level B1 (for studies below degree-level)

    Your Course: You must obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) reference number in order to apply for the Student visa. In order to get a CAS, you must receive an unconditional offer from a course provided by a licensed student sponsor.

    Once you have your CAS, you must apply for your visa within 6 months of receiving it.

    Child Student Visa

    Age Requirement: 4-17 years of age.

    Your Course: The Child Student visa also requires that you provide a CAS reference number by receiving an unconditional offer from an independent school with a Child Student sponsor. The course studied by the visa holder must follow the national curriculum, be at the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) level 3 or below, or meet independent school standards, and be recognised by authorities like Ofsted or Education Scotland. You must apply for the visa within 6 months of receiving your CAS.

    Short-Term Study Visa

    Age Requirement: 16 years and over.

    Your Course: You must provide evidence of acceptance onto a course that is solely focused on the English language, lasts between 6 and 11 months, and is offered by an accredited institution.

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      Documents Required for UK Study Visas

      Below is a comprehensive list of the documents required for UK study visa applications:

      Essential Documents

      • Current passport or valid travel document
      • CAS reference number from your course provider

      Additional Documents That May Be Required

      • Proof of sufficient funds for support and course fees
      • Valid ATAS certificate (if applicable based on your course and nationality)
      • Evidence of qualifications used to secure a place on your course
      • Certificate of English proficiency
      • Proof of parental/legal guardian consent if under 18
      • Proof of relationship to parent/guardian if under 18
      • Tuberculosis test results
      • Written consent from a financial sponsor (if you’ve received sponsorship in the last 12 months)

      Requirements for Applicants Under 18

      • Written consent from both parents/legal guardians (or one with sole responsibility), covering:
        • Consent for the visa application
        • Living and care arrangements in the UK
        • Travel to the UK
      • A copy of the birth certificate (or another document) showing parents’ names

      Special Instructions for Applicants: A blank page in your passport may be necessary for the visa if biometric information is required.

      Understanding the UK Study Visa Application Process

      Applying From Outside of the UK

      1. Prove Your Identity: You’ll either need to provide biometric information at a visa application centre or use the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app to scan your identity document. You’ll also need to create or sign into your UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) account. Further information about the exact steps you need to take will be communicated to you when you apply.
      2. Start Your Application: Applications for UK Study visas take place online. Once you’ve started an application, you’ll have the option to save your progress and complete the form later if necessary.
      3. Decision Timeline: A decision on your application is usually made within 3 weeks, however, you may be able to pay a fee in order to receive a decision sooner.

      After Submitting Your Application

      1. Complex Applications: If your application is deemed to be complex (due to the need for verification of documents, an interview, or because of particular personal circumstances), you will be contacted to provide further information for your application.
      1. Changes to or Withdrawal of Your Application: If you need to make any changes to your application after submission, you can contact UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). You can also request to withdraw your application through UKVI, but you cannot receive a refund if UKVI has already started processing your application.

      Receiving a Decision

      1. Successful Application: If your visa application is successful, you’ll receive a biometric residence permit or a digital immigration status, depending on how you applied.

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        Fees for UK Study Visas

        Student and Child Student Visa Fees

        Whether you are applying for, or switching to, a Student / Child Student visa, the application fee is £490. You will also be required to pay a healthcare surcharge which will grant you access to the NHS.

        The amount that applicants must pay for the healthcare surcharge varies based on the duration of the visa.

        Short-Term Study Visa Fees

        The Short-Term Study visa has an application fee of £200 and a healthcare surcharge of £776. All fees for UK Study visa applications must be made online.

        How Can Total Law Help?

        At Total Law, our expertise in immigration law uniquely equips us to guide individuals through the intricate process of applying for a UK Study visa.

        We provide tailored consultations to address each individual’s specific needs and concerns. Our services encompass a wide range of assistance, from clarifying eligibility criteria and assisting with document preparation, to advising on the financial aspects of the application. Our objective is to ensure that your application is both strong and comprehensive.

        For further assistance and to discuss how we can help with your UK Study visa application, contact us online or give us a call on +44 (0)333 305 9375.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  You’ll need a minimum of £1,334 per month if you are studying in London or £1,023 per month if you are studying elsewhere in the UK, for up to 9 months. If you are boarding at a residential independent school, you must pay the boarding fees indicated on your CAS. In addition to funds that cover your living expenses, you must also have enough money to cover your course fees for one academic year (up to 9 months), as specified in your CAS.

                  The fee for IELTS for UKVI (Academic) and IELTS for UKVI (General Training) is €215. The fee for IELTS Life Skills A1 and IELTS Life Skills B1 is €175. These fees are representative of the test fees from the British Council.

                  Albanian citizens can take an IELTS test at a UKVI approved test centre. The British Council offers IELTS tests for UKVI in Albania’s capital city of Tirana.