International Student Visa

International Student Visa
The government has become increasingly strict when it comes to immigration to the point that even those individuals who are looking to live in the country for legitimate purposes such as education, face a difficult and time consuming application process. The UK uses a Tier 4 Student Visa which has made it significantly harder for individuals to visit the UK on a student visa only to then work illegally. One requirement of this system is that you achieve 40 points for a students application to be considered. However, just by being accepted on to a course at a registered educational institution you are awarded 30 points. To obtain these points all you are required to do is submit your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (also known simply as CAS) which is provided to you by the University or College that you will be attending.

Individuals who intend to live in the UK on a student visa will have limited access to certain public services so will need to prove that they are financially capable of supporting themselves during their time in the UK. With tuition fees and maintenance fees adding up to rarely below £10,000 a year, applicants need to show they have arranged for finance or already have it in place that will support them during their studies. This can be done by supplying a bank statement or certification of financial capacity which once received will mean the you would receive the remaining 10 points required to meet the entry criteria. You need to provide proof that you can cover not just the tuition fees, over the full course, but also of the living costs which can often add up to several thousands of pounds per year - particularly if you opt to study in London as many do.

It is actually possible to apply for a student visa either via post or online at which point you will provide the information required as mentioned above as well as other more basic personal information and about the educational institute you would be attending. You will also be required to pay an application fee which at the time of writing is £220 for individuals outside of the UK at the time of application and £357 if you are within the UK and submitting the application by post. If you visit the office of the UK border office and submit your application personally, you would pay £628.

The application process can sound quite daunting but when you actually begin, the information that can easily be found online (including guides such as this one) as well as the UK Border Office itself, mean you have plenty of support and guidance. When you get to the UK, you can work outside of your studies to earn money to support your living but the government initiated these strict visa regulations to ensure that those do move the UK, do so for the right reasons rather than to work and live illegally.