UK Visa Application Process

Prepare Your Financial Documents

Financial requirements won't be enforced for students who:

  1. Have a UK visa
  2. Have been living in the UK for 12 months or more and are applying in the UK

Note that both conditions must be met.

Students who apply from overseas, and are not exempt, need to present evidence of funding for supporting their tuitions and other expenses.

Funding requirements must be met based on UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) standards. If any errors or mistakes happen, your application will be rejected.

Students from certain countries don't need to present financial document with their visa application, however, there are other requirements. Please contact us for more information.

The best time to start preparing your financial document is a few weeks before applying for a visa. Note that the last transaction date must be no more than 31 days before you apply for your visa. There are other requirements if your parents or an official sponsor will be paying your fees.

What information should be included in your financial document?

  • Tuition fees for the course you will be studying in the first year.
  • Living expenses of the amount of £1,500 per month for the first nine months of your course (the total amount depends on the duration of your full course).

Our advisors can offer you guidance on preparing your financial document properly.

Prepare Other Necessary Documents

It's best to prepare every essential document along with your financial document as early as possible. Therefore, everything will be in order once your CAS is ready. You might need to submit your original academic and English language certificates, and transcripts. So have them ready, in case you need them. Please get in touch with us if you want to know which documents need to be submitted.

Students from some countries who want to study specific courses are required to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate. Note that this certificate is only valid for a limited time.

As you understand, every step of this process comes with certain rules. Therefore it would be wise to get all the details before you move on to the next step.

Receive Your CAS

Before you can apply for a student visa, you must have your CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) from the university.\

CAS will only be issued to students who have accepted their offer and its conditions.

Pay a Tuition Fee Deposit

Some courses require applicants to pay a certain amount of deposit. Your CAS won't be issued until you pay this fee. Note that these deposits will be deducted from the total fee you pay to the university.

If you want to know which courses require a deposit, please get in touch with us.

Read Your CAS Details Carefully

Applicants who planned on studying in the UK during the 2020-2021 academic year are currently unable to travel to the UK because of COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, students should wait to hear from their institution regarding their CAS. Once your CAS is ready, your university will send you an email. Then you should check all the information thoroughly. If you're not certain what type of information should be included in your CAS letter, please contact our advisors.

Submit the Online Visa Application Form

Once you have read all the regulations and prepared the necessary documents, you can apply through the UK government website.

To submit the online application, you must pay different fees including the visa application fee and the Immigration Health Surcharge for your full duration of study.

Note that in each step of the application process you will be asked to provide specific information, therefore we suggest using guidance from our expert advisors in order to avoid any mistakes.

Choose a Location to Collect Your BRP

After submitting your online application, you will be able to confirm where you will collect your biometric residence permit (BRP) card.

Note that no BRP is needed if your visa is for six months or less. However, you will need another documents. Please contact us for more information.

Present Your Documents and Biometrics

After submitting your application, you will have to schedule a meeting with a visa application centre to present the demanded evidence.

Note that you should have your passport and your original documents with you in this meeting. Some students might be asked to attend an interview. In this interview, applicants will be asked about their purpose to study in the UK. Our advisors can offer you useful tips on how to succeed in your interview.

Collect Your Entry Vignette

When the application process has finished, you will receive your passport with a vignette (sticker) added to a blank page. You will also receive a decision letter approving that your application has been successful. Entry vignettes are valid for a certain amount of time during which you're allowed to enter the UK. A vignette also determines whether you're obligated to register with the police or not.

Please contact us if you want to know how long you can stay in the UK based on your vignette.

Collect Your BRP within the UK

After you arrive in the UK, you will have ten days to collect your BRP (unless your visa is for six months or less). You should have all the required documents with you in order to get your BRP. The location of which you must go to collect your BRP card will be written in your visa decision letter.


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