The visa application is one of the most critical aspects of your preparations for overseas studies, but it can also be one of the most daunting prospects to start. Our overseas education consultants are on board to provide guidance and assistance for your visa application every step of the way.
Learn 2 Earn has close relationships with overseas universities worldwide, which allows us to provide you with a seamless visa applying experience, enabling you to confidently study at the destination of your choice.
Our team of experienced and qualified visa consultants will guide you through the complex process of preparing and submitting your visa application. Before the documents are submitted, our experts will check them carefully to ensure everything is in order.
In these trying times, we know it’s more important than ever to stay at home and stay safe. With this in mind, we have set up virtual support services to help you apply for your UK student visa from the safety and comfort of your own home. In addition to helping you adhere to national quarantine guidelines, our Remote Services can help you work on the complex process of visa application, fitting our services into your personal schedule alongside work and education.
A student visa is, as the name suggests, a travel document that allows you to live and study in the UK. Here’s everything you need to know about UK student visas before you consider applying for one.
You can apply for a Student visa to study in the UK if you’re 16 or over and you:
If you or your family are from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, and you or your close family member started living in the UK before 1 January 2021, you may be able to apply to the free EU Settlement Scheme. The deadline is 30 June 2021.
Irish citizens do not need to apply for a visa or to the EU Settlement Scheme.
How long you can stay depends on the length of your course, and what study you’ve already completed.
If you’re 18 or over and your course is at degree level, you can usually stay in the UK for up to 5 years. If it’s below degree level, you can usually stay in the UK for up to 2 years
You may be able to:
When applying from outside the UK, the earliest you can apply for a visa is 6 months before you start your course. You’ll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.
When applying from inside the UK, the earliest you can apply is 3 months before your course starts. You must apply before your current visa expires. Your new course must begin within 28 days of your current visa expiring. You’ll usually get a decision within 8 weeks.
It costs £348 to apply for a Student visa from outside the UK, and £475 to extend or switch to a Student visa from inside the UK.
You must pay the visa fee for each person that joins you. Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to bring your partner and children as dependants.
Student Visa (Previously Tier-4 Visa)
If you are 16 or over and want to study at a higher education level, you’ll need to apply for a student visa through the Student visa route. From 5 October 2020, the Student Route has replaced the Tier 4 Route. The Student route falls under the UK’s new points-based immigration system.
Visas that have been issued through the Tier 4 Route are still valid, and those eligible will be able to apply for the Graduate Route when it opens in summer 2021.
You need to wait until you have an offer from a university or college before applying for a visa. Your university or college will then be able to give you a document called a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). To do this, your chosen institution needs to be approved by the UK government as a licensed sponsor.
You will need to complete an application and have it accepted before you arrive in the UK. You will also need to pay an application fee and have a current passport or other valid travel document, as well as a fee called an Immigration Health Surcharge.
Short-term student route (previously short-term study visa)
Short-term student route visas are available to students who want to join courses that are up to six months long or English language courses up to 11 months long. With this visa, you can stay in the UK for the length of your course, plus an extra 30 days, as long as your stay is no longer than 11 months.
It costs £186 for a short-term study visa. You’ll also have to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your online application, so you can use the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. This usually costs £470.
With this visa, you cannot:
When you apply for your student visa you must provide:
You may also need to provide: