UK student visa- All about the application process
Updated on Oct 7, 2014 - 9:59 a.m. IST by Bedasree Das #United Kingdom
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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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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.

What university would be best to do psychology in United Kingdom and also with scholarship and would accept 6 months fees

Vishwaksen Gouda Student Expert 5th Oct, 2019

Hello Varun Marwah,

Here are the best universities to study the psychology where your study related to your practical work

Here it is

1. University of Oxford. of St Andrews.

3. University of Bath.

4.University of Cambridge.

5.UniversityCollege London.


7.u niversity of York.

all. The best


Is it easy to get permanent residence in UK or we should return back after completion of study post work visa.....

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 25th Sep, 2019
Dear Vinay, obtaining a permanent residency in UK is quite a lengthy process usually. Now UK has extended the stay for Indian Students post their studies by 2 years. Which means, even if you complete your studies, you can extend your stay by 2 more years.  It depends on the route you are applying through. The following visas require this time to apply for Indefinite leave to remain:

Marriage or unmarried partner to UK citizen: 2 years

Lawful stay on any basis which is a long stay: 10 years

Unlawful stay: 14 years

Tier 1 and Tier 2 work permit: 5 years

Investor, sportsperson, business owner, arts: 5 years

Ancestry: 5 years

If you manage to get a good paid job you can get permanent residency under work permit within 5 years.
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