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 Â£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:
VAF 9 + Appendix 8 Form (Tier 4 – Student) and Guidance Notes
One Passport size photo (45 x 35 mm colour, less than 6 months old)
CAS letter from University – Original & Photocopy (of all docs.)
Unconditional letter from University
ATAS Certificate (if necessary)
Receipt of fee payment towards accommodation & tuition.
Bank Statements - Original for the last 28 days from all sponsors
Transcripts (Mark sheets) (from 10th class till the last degree obtained
Affidavit of Support to be given by the sponsor on Rs.20 stamp paper (non-judicial)
Work experience certificate
Fixed Deposit Receipts (if necessary)
Bank loan sanction letter (if necessary)
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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