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How to apply for a Student visa

Find out about the documents you need before applying for a Student visa, and which application process to use.

Before you apply

Student visas are open to students who have been offered an unconditional place to study in the UK, and have met the other eligibility requirements.

Before applying, you must make sure that you have all the required documents, enough money in your account to pay the fees, and understand your responsibilities while studying here on your full time or part-time Student visa.

Please also read the following information carefully.

Student visas and remote learning

Important: remote learning is not normally permitted on a Student or Tier 4 visa and students holding these visas are required to be in the UK and attend study sessions in person as soon as their course starts. However, students who are not able to come to the UK for the start of their course due to Covid-19 are permitted under current UKVI concessions to study online until their circumstances allow them to do so (and by 30 June 2022 at the latest). Students on a Student visa are expected to come to the UK to study as soon as they are able to.

UKVI visa interviews

After you have submitted your visa application, UKVI may invite you to a ‘credibility interview’ conducted in English, so they can confirm that you are a genuine student and that you meet English language requirements. Some of the information will be used to make a decision on your visa application.

Interviews last approximately ten minutes and are usually conducted with video conferencing, although they may take place in person or on the phone. You may need to travel to another city to attend your interview.

Your visa may be refused if you fail to attend or change your appointment time repeatedly.

Preparing for your interview

We advise you to:

  • be honest if you have ever broken the law
  • request a copy of your interview transcript for your records
  • let the interviewer know if you cannot hear them clearly because of technical issues

Where to apply

Applications for the Student visa can be made from both outside and inside the UK. However, only some students are able to apply from inside the UK.

If you are not sure about where to apply, we strongly advise you to contact us to seek advice.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact us by email.