UK Student Visa Process: What You Need to Know...!

UK Student Visa Process : What You Need to Know...!

The United Kingdom is home to one of the oldest and richest cultures in the world. It is a great blend of various cultures among the world and owing to the advancements in all fields, the United Kingdom has become one of the most promising places for students especially from India to pursue their education. The United Kingdom has a total of 12 universities in the top 100 universities in the world. England has the famous Oxford and Cambridge universities, which are very well known across the world and attract students from all over the world. 

Securing Admission:

Securing an admission among the best universities in United Kingdom requires:
  • An undergraduate degree with second class honours or better
  • he test scores usually need to be over 90 for online TOEFL
  • An IELTS of 7.0 and at least 6.3 grade point is also a plus
  • You will also need a Letter of Recommendation and a good Statement of Purpose.

Visa Eligibility:

Tier-4 Visa is basically the student Visa.  For shorter courses, which last about 6 months there exists the short term study visa. It is valid for 6 months and can be extended to about 11 months. 

 One can apply for the Tier-4 Visa if:-
  • S/He is 16 years or older
  • The student has an admission letter or proof of their admission
  • The student has basic proficiency in English
  • The student has enough money to pay the fees and the other basic expenses
(The proof can be a bank statement or letter from the financial sponsor also)


The entire visa process is graded and an applicant needs to secure over 40 points.

30 points are for a university confirmation and the remaining are for the documents. The documents needed are:-
  • A copy of the passport
  • Passport size Photograph
  • A ‘Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies’ given by the university
  • Documents verifying Test scores
  • Sometimes, a proof that the student is medically fit
  • One can apply for the visa 3 months prior to the start of their course. The visa decision takes about 3 weeks. 
  • After applying, the student has to book an appointment at the visa application center. 


  • The visa application fee is a one-time fee of about £330 that is around Rs. 30,000. 
  • Apart from this, a healthcare charge of £150 (around Rs. 14,000) has to be paid per year to show that the student is medically fit.
In order to submit the visa application, you will have to visit the UK visa and immigration website. Apart from the basic details about you and your university, your bio-metric information - photo and fingerprints are also required. 

The student has to visit the UK Embassy and submit the application and bio-metric information. You will have to attend a visa interview during the application process.

The student will have to show a reference number called the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) which is given by the University. The CAS is required for application and the student has to apply within 6 months of receiving the CAS.  


All international students need to pay the health insurance every year. What this does is that a student gets the health benefits in UK similar as that of a permanent resident. 

The student will get free medical treatment and free consultation from a doctor (apart from optical and dental care) if needed while he/she is a Visa holder.

Working as a Student:

As a Tier-4 Visa holder, you can work for upto 20 hours a week during your studies. 

Working after Degree Completion:-

In a recent announcement made by the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, in Sept 2019, Indian students can stay for 2 years/24 months after completing their studies to find employment before needing to convert to another visa or having to leave the country. This comes as a breather for Indian students aspiring for higher education in the UK after 2011, when the ex-British PM, Theresa May, abolished the 2-year post-study visa regime.

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