International students requiring a STUDENT VISA (previously called ‘Tier 4 Visa’) to study in the UK must meet the entry requirements of the course applied for and meet the eligibility requirements for a CAS number (confirmation of acceptance of studies).
Before making a visa application, applicants will need to request a CAS number from us.
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The student is fully accepted having completed the payment of the full fees for the course
Once the enrolment and tuition fees are paid, you will receive a CAS preview to be signed and sent back to the Admissions Office with the required supporting documents (including copies of any previous UK visas).
--> Supporting documents: You should provide the school with correct financial statements which meet UKVI’s requirements. You need to have a minimum balance of £12,006.00 in your bank account for a minimum period of 28 consecutive days prior to your visa application and the statement must be dated within 31 days prior to your visa application being submitted. This amount needs to be in either your bank account or your parent’s bank account. The account type must be current or savings (investment funds or company accounts are not acceptable). If you are using your parent’s bank account, a letter of parental consent as well as your birth certificate will be required.
--> All documents you provide with your visa application must be in English or accompanied by an official translation into English.
Once the above documents are presented to the Admissions Office, we will send a CAS number for your visa application.
Once you receive a positive decision about your visa, you will be given an ‘entry vignette sticker’ into your passport. You can then travel to the UK and collect your Biometric Residence Permit from the designated Post Office. You will be given the details of the Post Office upon the receipt of your entry visa. Please be aware that the Biometric Residence Permit is the actual Student visa you applied for. You must collect it within 10 days of your arrival in the UK.
We are living in a transitional period: a new immigration system was introduced in October 2020 and applies to all non-UK nationals arriving from 1 January 2021. Under this new system all EEA and non-EEA nationals will be treated equally.
Students from EEA countries, who arrive in the UK on or after 1 January 2021 and who do not already have the right to study or reside in the UK, will be required to obtain a Student visa before they travel.
--> A CAS LETTER is issued for all non-residents: International students will be issued a CAS letter. This letter will feature a CAS number which is required for a Student visa application.
--> RESIDENTS will be required to apply under the EU SETTLEMENT SCHEME
NB: SITUATIONS THAT MAY HAPPEN FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:
OCTOBER 2021 INTAKE: All students without existing leave under the EU Settlement Scheme will need a Student visa and will be liable to pay international fees.
EU citizens already living in the UK: The EU Settlement Scheme remains open for applications until 30 June 2021 for EEA nationals who arrived in the UK before 11pm on 31 December 2020. You need to make sure you apply before this deadline passes, failure to do so may result in you being resident in the UK without a legal residence status. If you hold EU Settled or Pre-Settled status, you do not need to make an application under the Student visa route.
EEA citizens who were not resident in the UK before 11pm on 31 December 2020 are not eligible to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme. If you are an EEA national who has travelled to the UK without a student visa or EU Settlement Status since 31 December 2020, you may be resident as a Visitor which limits your legal status to reside for up to 6 months in the UK without the right to work or to make a new visa application from inside the UK.
Applications submitted outside the UK are generally decided within 3 weeks from submission of biometric information as standard. It may be possible to pay for an upgraded service to receive your decision. Please consider visa processing times when making your plans to travel to the UK to make sure you receive your visa before you travel. You may need to consider other things such as making sure you have left enough time to be able to provide correct financial evidence and for payment of your fees to clear before your application is decided by UKVI.
You can apply for a visa up to 6 months before the start date of your course from outside the UK. If you are applying for a new visa from inside the UK, the application can take up to 2 months to be processed and you should apply up to 3 months before the start of your new course (other conditions may also apply so please check guidance from UKVI before submitting an application).