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February 8, 2023

How to Apply for UK Student Visa? Step By Step Process

Obtaining your UK student visa is a critical step in realizing your ambition of studying in the UK. Applying for a visa in the UK may be a stressful procedure, especially if you are unfamiliar with the UK visa criteria and essential application dates.

In this post, we will tell you all you need to know about applying for a student visa in the United Kingdom. Study Guide Agency will also assist you with the application process and offer you with the most up-to-date information on UK visa requirements. So establish contact with them!

Here’s how to apply for a UK student visa!

Do EU students require a visa to study in the UK?

You do not need a visa to study or enter the UK if you are an EU student. Having said that, it is critical that you are aware that visa requirements for EU students may change in the near future. This is the current position.

Visas to the United Kingdom for Non-EU Students

If you are a student from a country other than the European Union, you will require a visa to study in the United Kingdom. Visas are classified into two sorts. The one you require is determined on the length of your study program. The application forms for each visas are different.

Once you have received your CAS, you must complete the following three stages to apply for your UK visa:

Step 1: Filling out the online application form and paying the application fee

Step 2: Visit a UK visa application center to get your photo and fingerprints taken.

Step 3: Gather supporting documentation and print the application

What information is contained in your CAS letter?

CAS is a vital electronic document that carries sensitive information. It contains your personal information, study program specifics, and the payable fee amount. You must give all of your current academic qualifications, such as your high school transcript or bachelor’s degree, in one area of the CAS application. This section will need you to have the original papers.

In addition, as part of your application, you may be required to take an English language exam, such as the IELTS. If an English language exam is required, it will be noted on your application. This CAS form must be included in the final application that you submit.

Visa for Student Visitors (Short-term study visa)

Students whose study program lasts less than six months will require a student visiting visa, sometimes known as a short-term study visa in the UK. Students with this visa may enter the UK up to one week before the commencement date of their academic program. You may apply for this tourist visa online up to three months before your intended travel to the UK.

Visa for Students

If your program is longer than six months, you will require this visa. If the school where you want to study has a Student route sponsor licence, you will only be eligible for this visa. The Student route visa requires a complete 40-out-of-40 score on the UK visa point-based system.

If you’re curious how the UK Visa point system works, the first 30 points are derived from your CAS document. These points are made up of information from your CAS and other reference papers. The remaining ten points are derived from the financial statement, which demonstrates that you will be able to completely support yourself during your study program.

You should apply for this visa three months before the commencement date of your study and six months after receiving your CAS. It is critical that you apply for this visa while in your native country.

Fill out the online application form as the initial step in applying for this visa.

If you are applying for a Master’s degree or a PhD program, you will also need to apply for the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS). If you need to apply for a Masters or PhD program, you should do so at least a month before applying for your visa.

Interview for Credibility for a UK Visa

UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) requires Credibility Interviews to guarantee that only ‘genuine students’ are granted a Student route visa to study in the UK. As part of your visa application, you may be requested to attend a credibility interview. In this scenario, it is helpful to note that the UKVI will normally take into account the following factors:

  • Your reasons for visiting the United Kingdom
  • Your educational background, study goals, and post-study plans
  • Your migration history in the United Kingdom and other countries
  • Your personal and financial situation.
  • If you have dependents who plan to join you in the UK, their circumstances will be taken into account as well.

Study Guide Agency can assist you in determining what to anticipate and how to prepare for your Credibility Interview.

Online Visa Application for the United Kingdom

When applying for any of the above-mentioned visas, you must fill out an online form and create an account with a valid email address. After completing the form, you must pay a £348 visa application cost. After that, you will need to travel to the nearest visa application center to get your pictures and fingerprints taken.

Once you have an appointment, you should be at the visa application center at least ten minutes before the procedure begins. This is a critical step in the process, so be sure you’re dressed accordingly. Make sure you don’t have any cuts on your face or fingers, since this might give the wrong impression. Also, conceal any tattoos you may have. When you are finished, you will receive a document that you must submit along with the completed application form.

Documents Required for Your UK Visa

Here are a few crucial papers that you will undoubtedly require while completing the application form:

  • Passport information
  • The CAS number
  • Test results in English
  • Original academic materials referred to on your CAS
  • Financial information such as the tuition charge
  • ATAS accreditation (if applicable)
  • Important document translation (if there are any)

Also, be certain that you have your credit card on hand to pay the cost.

Aside from the items listed above, you will require the following while submitting your visa application:

  • Biometric details
  • Two passport-sized photos
  • Evidence of financing
  • Account statement
  • The contact information for your sponsor

After submitting all of this information, you will have to wait three weeks for a decision to be made and conveyed to you. We wish you the best of success in your studies.

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