Student Visa Requirements in UK

Let us guide you through your UK student visa requirements & application process for your higher education.

UK student visa requirements for Vietnam students

Some of the world's top universities are located in the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom, one of the top study locations for which thousands of students submit applications, has upheld its reputation by offering top-notch facilities and education that adheres to the strictest international standards.

The United Kingdom is a melting pot for people from about 140 different countries, making it one of the most tolerant cosmopolitan cultures in the world.

Here are the prerequisites you must fulfil in order to apply for a student visa in the UK.

  • Education documents
  • Financial requirements
  • English proficiency test scores
  • Sound Physical & Mental health

Types of UK student visa

The visa type depends on the course selection. Here is the information on student visa UK requirements. 

Type of Visa

Visa Duration

Visa validity 

Short-term study visa:

Short Term Study visa is only for students who apply for entry clearance to do an English language course between six and 11 months long. If you are applying to study a Pre-Sessional English course, you should apply for a Student Visa.

3 weeks - 4 weeks 

6 - 11 months

General student visa (Tier 4):

The Tier 4 Student visa enables international students to come to the UK and take advantage of the opportunities of an education in the UK. With some of the world's leading and most prestigious universities, colleges and schools, the UK is a destination for many students seeking a first-class education.

3 weeks - 4 weeks 

12 months or longer

UK Student Visa Requirements

Short-term study visa:

  • The student visa UK requirements while applying for a Short-term study visa are:
  • A CAS ( Confirmation of acceptance for studies ) letter by the University that offered admission.
  • A Proof of financial statements to bear the living and study expenses in the UK.
  • Might be asked to clear an interview either by the university or the visa department.

General student visa (Tier 4):

  • A General student visa (Tier 4) requirements are:
  • A CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) letter by the University that offered admission.
  • A Proof of financial statements to bear the living and study expenses in the UK.
  • Students can pay the healthcare surcharge to access the National Health Service (NHS) to avail of the United Kingdom’s health benefits.

UK student visa documentation checklist

  • A valid passport.
  • Financial documents in support that covers the expenses for the duration of your course.
  • A CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) reference number.
  • Passport-sized colour photographs.
  • Tuberculosis screening (if required).
  • ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate.

UK student visa application process

  • The UK Study Visa application procedure starts with collecting a ‘confirmation of acceptance for studies’ (CAS) letter. 
  • Supporting documents, funds to cover your course fees, etc. must be kept handy before applying online.
  • Get registered and create an account on the official UK Visa website.
  • Fill in the online application form, take a copy, sign your completed form, and book an appointment at the visa application center. 
  • Once you complete the online application, you will receive a confirmation message with your application number.

UK Student Visa Process

UK Student Visa Processing Time:

The earliest you can apply for a visa is 6 months before you start your course. You'll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks. In unforeseen situations You should usually get a decision on your visa within 8 weeks once you've applied online and either attended your appointment at a visa service centre or submitted your documents using the ID Check app to switch to a Graduate visa.

How to Apply for UK Student Visa

  • For a student visa, you must apply online. You must provide identification documentation as part of your application. Depending on your country of origin and passport type, there are many ways to accomplish this.
  • You must either provide your fingerprints and a photo (biometric information) at a visa application centre or scan your identity document using the "UK Immigration: ID Check" app. You must also register or sign into an account with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).
  • When you apply, you'll be instructed what to do.
  • After you begin your application, you can save it and finish it later.

FAQs

UK student visa application documents required?
  • A CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) letter by the University that offered admission.
  • A Proof of financial statements to bear the living and study expenses in the UK.
  • Students can pay the healthcare surcharge to access the National Health Service (NHS) to avail of the United Kingdom’s health benefits.
  • UK student visa documentation checklist
  • A valid passport.
  • Financial documents in support that covers the expenses for the duration of your course.
  • A CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) reference number.
  • Passport-sized colour photographs.
  • Tuberculosis screening (if required).
  • ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate. 
  • UK student visa application process
  • The UK Study Visa application procedure starts with collecting a ‘confirmation of acceptance for studies’ (CAS) letter.

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