UK : Visa and admission basics
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There are separate visa guidelines for students in different categories. For instance, those who wish to study in short courses but do not want to work in the UK; for those students who come under old immigration rules and for those who are under 17 years of age and wish to study in the UK for a longer duration. The most common is the tier 4 (general) category which is for students who wish to study for their post-16 education in the UK.


Tier 4 (General)

  • The visa application form is VAF 9, which needs to be filled along with the visa fees;

  • Tier 4 is part of the points-based system for immigration and you must have 40 points: 

  • 30 points for having a valid confirmation of acceptance for studies, which you get for studying a course at an acceptable level with an approved education provider (also known as a ‘Tier 4 sponsor’), and for having acceptable English language skills; and

  • 10 points for having enough funds to cover your course fees and living costs. This depends on the course and place of study. For instance, a 9-month or more course in outer London/anywhere else in the UK would require you to show that you have first year of fees (next period of study for continuing students) and £7,200 to cover living costs for nine months.  

List of documents to be taken (required) for visa in the same order as given hereunder:

  1. VAF 9 + Appendix 8 Form (Tier 4 – Student) and Guidance Notes

  2. Passport

  3. One Passport size photo (45 x 35 mm colour, less than 6 months old)

  4. Biometric details

  5. Visa Fees 

  6. CAS letter from University – Original & Photocopy (of all docs.)

  7. Unconditional letter from University

  8. ATAS Certificate (if necessary)

  9. Receipt of fee payment towards accommodation & tuition.

  10. Bank Statements - Original for the last 28 days from all sponsors

  11. Transcripts (Mark sheets) (from 10th class till the last degree obtained

  12. Affidavit of Support to be given by the sponsor on Rs.20 stamp paper (non-judicial)

  13. Work experience certificate

  14. Fixed Deposit Receipts (if necessary)

  15. Bank loan sanction letter (if necessary)

  Admission Cycle   

Application begins - October (previous year)

Last date for submission - March (can be extended to June end for International students)

Visa cycle - Best to apply for visa 3 months prior to the beginning of semester

Sessions begins - September/ October

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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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