You should contact your nearest British Mission who will be able to provide you with details of when, where and how you need to submit your Student Visa application.
They can also help with things like processing times, documents required and any latest updates. The actual procedure used by the British Missions can vary from place to place.
If you are a registered traveller, do not use the e-gates but make your study intentions known.
If applying for a Student Visa you will need your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number (which will be sent to you via email once you have met all academic and financial conditions of your offer).
Please note that under current immigration regulations you cannot apply more than 6 months before the start date of your programme. Applications will be refused if the CAS number is more than six months old. You can only use a CAS number once. If your application is refused you cannot use the same CAS number to make a new application; if you do, your application will be refused. If you want to make a new visa application, you must request a new CAS number from the International Admission team email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the legal requirements for obtaining entry clearance as a Student?
Requirements for leave to enter as a student are laid down in the Immigration Rules and can be found here. Please make sure that you read and understand these legal requirements. If you have difficulties in understanding them then contact your local British Mission for further advice.
What documents do I need to provide?
The United Kingdom operates a points based immigration system, where you need to obtain 70 points in order to obtain a Student Visa. You are required to show evidence of how you meet this points requirement in your application form, as well as provide proof.
The Student and Child Student Guidance contains full eligibility details for the Student visa route, including financial conditions and what will be accepted as proof.
50 points are obtained for the CAS number issued by the University and the documents used to obtain it. You must produce evidence of all your original qualifications used by the University in order to provide you an offer of a place. This information is outlined on your CAS email under the heading ‘Documents used to obtain an offer of a place’. You must submit original certificates and documents, as photocopies are not sufficient.
10 points are awarded for meeting financial conditions, i.e. having enough money to cover your course fees for the first year and monthly living costs up to a maximum of 9 months (also known as maintenance). You must be able to prove that the money has been available in your account for 28 consecutive days before the date you apply for your visa.
10 Points are awarded for English Language.
Your CAS number must be used within six months of its issue. The date you are applying means the date you submit your visa application.