UK student visa – The second-most popular study-abroad destination in the world, the UK needs no introduction. But still there is one particular aspect about the country that has the attention of international students: it is the multicultural experience that it offers. And it is not difficult to see how. With over 3, 00,000 international students enrolled in various universities UK continues to be one of the reigning kings of international education.


Despite having a stringent visa process, legitimate students have little difficulty in obtaining UK student visa and getting into a top university in the UK. 


Applying for a UK student visa involves decoding a complex structure of Visa categories, forms and appointments.


Here, we have decoded the UK student visa application process through a series of questions and steps.


Read below to get a comprehensive understanding of the UK student visa process and how to apply for a student visa:


Q: What do you need?
In order to pursue higher education in the UK, you will be required to apply –

  1. For a Tier 4 (General) student visa if your duration of study is more than 6 months
  2. Student visitor visa if your duration of study is 6 months or less

Q: When to apply for Student Visa?
Ideally, you should apply for a student visa at least 3 months prior to the commencement of your course. 

Q: What can be the duration of your stay on a UK student visa?
Depends on the type of visa you are holding.

  1. Up to 1 week before, if you hold a student visitor visa.
  2. Up to 1 month before, if you hold a Tier 4 (General) student visa.

Q: Are you eligible for a UK student visa?
You should make sure you are eligible for a student visa before applying for one. Here is a list of criteria that make you eligible for a UK student visa.

  • Have been offered a place on a course at an accredited university in UK at an accepted place of study
  • Have the finances or sponsorship to study in UK.
  • Have all the required documents to support your visa application.

Q: What are the supporting documents that I require?
You will be asked to provide a set of documents to support your visa application. They are:

  1. A current passport or other valid travel documentation
  2. Two passport sized-colour photographs with your name written on the reverse side
  3. Proof that you can support yourself and pay for your course - this will vary depending on your circumstances
  4. Proof of parental or other legal guardian consent if you’re under 18
  5. Tuberculosis test results if you’re from a country where you have to take the test

Q: How to apply?
 First step: Biometric Information

You need to submit your biometric information, i.e., your fingerprints and photographs at a UK Visa Application Centre.


 Second Step- Apply online

You have to apply online for a UK student visa. Follow the mentioned steps to apply:

  • Register and open an account
  • Fill in the application form
  • Pay the visa fee
  • Take a printout of your filled form
  • Book and attend an appointment at a visa application centre

It takes around 30 minutes to apply for a student visa. Make sure you have a valid email id ready as it will be required during the visa process for future correspondence.


Q: What is the application fee for a Student Visa?
 The application fee for UK student visa is £310.


Q: What after online application?
You can book your interview for UK student visa at the time of online application.  Do not forget to apply at the VFS Global visa application centre nearest to your location for the interview.


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why choose de montfort university in u.k

Tushar Karmakar 10th May, 2020

DMU is one of the top 50 universities in the country when it comes to graduates finding jobs. Students there have been developing their employability since day one at DMU where at the same time supports their students in different ways no matter what you are going to pursue after graduated from DMU. Studying at DMU is a big advantage for international students because they can gain a lot of international experiences to help achieve their career prospects.

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I wish to become a Neurosurgeon, I predict that I have a career period of 30 years. I wish to practice half career in the countries of the US, Singapore, the UK, Canada, New Zealand, or Australia and I wish to practice last half of my career in India. Is my wish possible? Is my wish a good one?

Manish Singh 2nd Apr, 2020

As long as you have an active medical license in your country that being india yes you can practice medicine anywhere in the world provided that you have some references who can recommend you to the place you want to work at and a good background check. That is the most important thing to consider. And yes your wish can come true if you work hard for it. All the best


The USA, The UK, Australia, and Canada - Among these countries which country have best infrastructure and best Salaries for Neurosurgeons?

Suryashis Chakraborty 18th Mar, 2020

Hello Raja,

According to salary reports by esteemed Institutions like Glassdoor, the following average salary packages are expected to be earned by entry level Neurosurgeons in different countries across the globe.

The United States of America - $ 306,000 per annum

Canada - $ 312,000 per annum

United Kingdom - £ 165,000 per annum

Australia - $ 381,000 per annum

With experience, the figures may rise and may stand around amounts nearly as triple the entry level salary package.

When it comes to infrastructure, the United States of America if definitely on the top due to the prevalence and application of modern cut technologies and instruments. The industry has also applied Artificial Intelligence in the mix to revamp it's present facilities.

Hope this helps you. We wish you the best for your future endeavours!



Compared to USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Singapore, which country is better for Neurosurgeons interms of Working Time, Risk, Happiness, Salary, etc

Sonali Sahu Student Expert 24th Mar, 2020


Singapore will be a better choice due it advance technology. you will get to learn many new skills and have an efficient work skill. working time will be 8am -5pm which can be different as per hospital norms and rules or need.

Risk is there in everything. You have to take risk to reach success. Happiness depends on satisfaction. If you are not satisfied with yourself you can never be happy. so work efficiently and help patients to relieve pain that will be your greatest happiness. Salary is very high for a neurosurgeons.

for entry level neurosurgeons salary is $278,935 holding 1-3 years of experience.

Hope it helps!


is it hard to get into top universities with marks around 80s in ug and will I be eligilble for scholarships?

Masira 16th Dec, 2019

The cutoffs of the top universities will be an important consideration when you think about admissions. Scoring 80's will help you get around 80% and it seems like a good score and will be able to help you get into good university. However, it purely depends on what is the cutoff of a particular university. The same goes for the scholarships. There are universities that will be providing scholarships bases on merits and you can check on the site of the college before applying to see what are their scholarship providing criteria. If you have a particular university or college in mind go through their official website to find relevant information that will help you make better decisions.

Hope this helps.
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