Student Visa Information for UK – Application with Visas Info
How do I qualify to travel to the UK as a student?
You must be able to show that you have been accepted on a course of study at:
- a publicly funded institution of further or higher education (e.g. a university)
- a private-education institution
- an independent fee paying school
And that you are going to follow:
- a recognised full-time degree course
- a weekday full-time course involving at least 15 hours organised daytime study per week
- a full-time course of study at an independent fee paying school
You must also:
- be able to pay for your course and support an accommodate yourself and any dependants without working or help from public funds
- plan to leave the UK when you complete your studies
There are two type of student visas. You can apply for a six month visa as a “prospective” student, where you have not yet decided either on the course or the institution. Under the rules you can now switch over as a student whilst in the UK. Previously, because Pakistan was a visa national one had to return to Pakistan for a student visa. That is not now the case
Students are allowed to work part-time but no more than 20 hours per week.
Cheap accommodation is usually plenty but first year students are advised to ask their institution to provide the same on campus.
Most student applications are straight forward however, it is advisable that proper advise is sought on the type and level of course of study, fees etc before making such an application. There is a right of appeal against refusal of student visas.
Do I need a visa to study in the UK?
You will need a visa if you:
- are not an EEA national
- are stateless (you don’t have a nationality)
- hold a non-national travel document, or
- hold a passport issued by an authority that is not recognised in the UK
If you do not intend to work or stay in the UK for more than six months, you might wish to consider entering as a student visitor.
If you do not need an entry clearance as a student visitor, you will have to satisfy the Immigration Officer that you qualify for entry to study when you arrive in the UK. You must be able to show that you have been accepted on a course of study at an educational establishment that is on the Register of Education and Training Providers. They will then give you permission to stay in the UK for up to six months. You will not be allowed to extend your stay in the UK as a student unless you arrived with a student visa or prospective student visa.
To extend your stay you will need to apply for a residence permit at the Border and Immigration Agency.
Can I extend my stay as a student?
If you enter the UK with a student visa or prospective student visa, or if you want to study on a course at degree level or higher, you can apply to the Border and Immigration Agency. Their contact details are at end of this guidance. The Border and Immigration Agency will charge you a non-refundable fee for any application to extend your stay in the UK.
If you do not enter the UK with a student or prospective student visa, you will not be allowed to extend your stay.
Can I work?
You can take part-time or holiday work, but you must not:
- work for more than 20 hours a week during term time unless your placement is part of your studies, has been agreed with your educational institution and leads to a degree or qualification awarded by a nationally recognised examining body
- do business, be self-employed or provide services as a professional sportsperson or entertainer, or
- work full-time in a permanent job.
If you are coming to the UK as a student for six months or less, you must ask the Entry Clearance Officer (or the Immigration Officer if you do not need an entry clearance) for permission to work.
UK has declared £ 99.00 as visa fee for UK student visa.