Information to help you through the immigration and visa application process
If you are applying from outside the UK, you can apply online for a Student Visa. This category is for students coming to the UK for post-16 education with an unconditional offer of a place on a course with a licensed sponsor.
You must ensure you apply with enough time to arrive in the UK before your course begins and be available to attend the International Welcome and Orientation Programme for all new international and EU students.
Please note that you must not make your Student Visa application more than three months before the start of your course, before you are issued with a CAS from the International Compliance Team, or before you meet the other immigration requirements and you must have all of the required supporting documents in your possession.
You will usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks of attending your appointment at the visa application centre or 3 weeks of submitting your application if you are using the UK Immigration: ID Check app. Some countries offer a priority visa service for an additional fee. You will need to check your visa application centre website for information on available priority services in your country: www.gov.uk/find-a-visa-application-centre.
In most cases, you must complete the Student Visa application form online using the link below. You must first set up an account online and complete the application form in English. You can start the process via the link below:
You should enter the name of the country in which you are making your application. You must then confirm that you are able to attend an appointment at one of the visa application centres listed. You will then be invited to begin the online application process.
Please make sure that this is updated with correct marital status, address, passport and visa details.
The translation must include all of the following information:
If you are applying with dependants, you may wish to contact the International Advice Service to seek further advice: International@tees.ac.uk.
See also the UKVI Student and Child Student Guidance: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/923750/student-route-casework-guidance.pdf
You will need to be in a position to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for yourself and for any dependants. The Immigration Health Surcharge is currently £470.00 per year, per person and is charged for the length of leave that you will be granted.
You will need to be in a position to pay the visa application fee of £348.00 (Standard Service) plus £348.00.00 for each dependant applying at the same time as you. Priority and Premium Service may be available at an additional cost.
You must show that you have money for living costs for each month (£1015.00 per month) of your course up to a maximum of 9 months. The total living costs you must demonstrate should be based on the course dates listed on your new CAS, and be up to a maximum of 9 months (£9135.00). You must also show any unpaid course tuition fees listed on your new CAS for the required period and in the required format.
If you are permitted to have dependants with you to the UK, each dependant must show that they have £680.00 for each month of immigration permission they will be granted. This is up to a maximum of 9 months (£6120.00). If you are unsure if you can include a dependant in your application, please contact:
You can show you have enough money using:
The following are not accepted as evidence to show you have the required amount of money:
Evidence you need to provide
If you are using official financial sponsorship:
Financial sponsorship is where an applicant is given money to cover some or all of their course fees or living costs, or both.
If your official financial sponsorship is not recorded on your CAS you’ll need to show a letter of confirmation from the official financial sponsor. If you are not sure ask your sponsor. The letter must show:
If you are using a student loan:
A student loan can be provided by:
Your student loan letter should:
If you are using your own money (or that of a parent or partner):
Cash can be held in a:
Cash must be in an account that allows you immediate access.
Funds must have been acquired legally and if you were in the UK you must not have earned them when working illegally.
If you’re using your own money, or that of a parent or partner you’ll need to show you have the required amount of money in an account. You can provide:
Your evidence should:
The evidence you provide must demonstrate that the required funds have been held for a period of consecutive 28 days.
The bank statement must not be more than 31 days old on the day you submit your visa application.
The UKVI may conduct verification checks with your bank. If they are unable to verify the funds your application may be refused.
You, or the account holder (such as your parents or partner), must have control of the funds you are relying on.
Using money held by parent(s)/legal guardian(s):
If you are relying on money held by your parents(s)/legal guardian(s), you will need to provide one of the following official documents:
If you are relying on money held by your parents(s)/legal guardian, you must also show that your parent(s)/legal guardian have given their permission for you to use this money. You will need to provide: a letter from your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) which confirms:
Money in other currencies
If your money is held in a foreign currency this will be converted into pound sterling (£) using the spot exchange rate on OANDA for the date of the application.
Full details can be found using the links below:
UKVI Student and Child Route guidance: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/923750/student-route-casework-guidance.pdf
UKVI Financial evidence for Student and Child Student route applicants:
UKVI Immigration Rules Appendix Finance:
You will either:
You will be told what you need to do when you apply.