How do I get a visa to study or live in the UK?
This is one of the questions we get asked a lot. Maybe you dream of studying in the UK or spending your holiday in beautiful, historic cities like London and Edinburgh; or maybe you imagine yourself living here one day? It's not easy but there are ways to achieve this, and we will help you know exactly what to do.
After Brexit, the UK government took control of immigration. A new, points-based system, was opened for applications to work, live and study in the UK. The system treats EU and non-EU citizens equally and aims to attract people who can contribute to the UK’s economy.
Now, you can apply and pay for your visa online, even if you are a student. But in order to be given one, you need to qualify for 70 points!
What type of UK visa I can get?
- Valid for 6 months
- Ideal for short courses and trips
- Does not let you live here
- Valid for 5 years
- Must be sponsored
- Requires skilled qualifications
- Valid for 5 years
- Lets you study and work here
- You need a uni's approval
How do I get a student visa?
Step 1: Find a course
There are so many courses to choose from, we couldn't possibly list all of your choices! However, we have some featured courses that we would highly recommend. These are diverse degrees with many applications:
- BA (Hons) Business (4 years; £15,500 per year)
- BSc (Hons) Computing (4 years; £15,500 per year)
- BSc (Hons) Fashion & Arts (4 years; £15,500 per year)
If those options do not interest you, then have a look at our course catalogue. We have 100+ courses to choose from.
Step 2: Apply to a university
Now that you've decided, it's time for action. Find an edu agent to help you with your application and be ready with the following documents:
- Your passport
- Your education certificates
- Your curriculum vitae
- Proof of your English level
We are often asked "do I need an IELTS certificate?" and the answer is not while applying for a university. However, it will be required for the visa application. Once you are ready, book a free consultation with us or fill out our application form.
Step 3: Attend your admission interview
We are determined to see you succeed, so we will give you all the support you need to make sure you pass that interview! Here are some of the questions you can expect to hear:
- What are your hobbies?
- Why did you choose this course?
- What are your future plans?
We offer to our students full application support, as well as free sessions over Skype, simulating an interview until you have the confidence to succeed... By the way, most UK universities conduct their interviews with Skype. If you don't have it, go get it!
Step 4: Get your student visa!
If you managed to get your unconditional offer, then congratulations! Your university will give you a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) - the document that will allow you to apply for a student visa which will last the entire duration of your study. You can apply online up to 6 months before your course begins, and the visa should be with you within 3 weeks. Be ready to pay a fee, that currently costs £348.
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