UK Student Visa
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The UK government is keen to attract bright and intelligent young men and women to study here. Recently, the government has concluded plans to even allow about 100,000 foreign students come in to the UK within the next five years, with prospect of retaining a large percentage of these if they meet certain employment criteria.
If you are a non - EEA national, and do not have indefinite leave to remain or settle in the UK, then you will need a UK student visa. Such individual must apply for a student visa at the British Embassy or High commission in their home country or country of residence.
If you want a UK student visa, you must be able to demonstrate and satisfy the UK immigration officer in your country of residence that you
• Intend studying in a publicly owned institution or a privately owned college or independent fee-paying institution. Such institution of learning must be registered and approved by the Department for Education and Skills (DFES)of the UK, which maintains satisfactory enrolment and attendance record. It is therefore important that any school claiming to be offering you admission must be able to demonstrate that it is still in the good books of the DFES.
• Intends to and able to follow a course of full time educational programme for a minimum of 15 hours of daytime lessons per week at the same institution.
• Can accommodate and maintain him or her self or any accompanying dependants, without a recourse to public funds
• Would not engage in any business or work without the approval of the Secretary of State for Employment
• Intends to leave the UK at the end of his studies
Once you are clear in your mind that you can meet all those requirements, then you can precede to putting in your application form.
For a UK student visa application, you are likely to require the VAF1 non-settlement form. To be sure of the form you need, depending on the country from where you are applying, why not check at
For your application, once you have downloaded the necessary application form, you must fill in the required details and take the following with it:
• Admission Letter. This will state that you have been accepted in a named course of study. It is usually easier if you have been granted an unconditional offer of a place by the institution. At this stage, you must check to see that the institution is an approved one by the DFES
• Evidence that you can cater for yourself and any dependant going with you. Your bank statement, sponsor’s letter, or better still, a letter from the admitting university that you have paid part or all your fees
• Evidence that you intend leaving the UK at the completion of your course of study. This could be in the form of a signed bond if you are been sponsored by the government, evidence that you own and run a business of yours or a family business. You can also show assets like houses and landed property that you may have.
If you have a very good job, you can also bring a letter from your employers, showing that you are on a study leave, and would continue on their employment at the end of your study
• Any other supporting document or letter would be great. If you have secured accommodation in the UK, or you have friends or family member who can help with accommodation, why not send in such evidence too. The more the merrier
• Your passport or travelling document
• Recent passport-sized photograph
• Visa fee
You will get a date for interview. The interview is usually a formality. Once they have checked your documents and sure every thing is genuine, you will have little to do at your interview. All you need to show during the interview is that the course of study is relevant, and you stand to benefit.
More importantly, the officer interviewing you will want to see from you that you are willing to come back at the end of your studies. Just be sure to make them believe you.
A useful suggestion is; always look into the eyes of your interviewer and sit up well. There is no need to be nervous. The interview is only a part. If the interviewing officer thinks that your documents are not genuine, then he may ask loads of questions and try to see that you are truthful.
Holders of UK student visa of 12 months or more are allowed by law to work. They can normally work for up to 20 hours a week during term time and no restriction on how much time they can work during holidays.
There are so many employers out there who literally wait to employ students, as they provide very valuable and great service, and at less cost to them.As a student, you can earn between £5/hr to £20/hr depending on what industry you are working. Most earn around £5 and £9 per hour.
Most institutions of learning have a student run employment or career unit that you can register with and get a job.
You can do a lot if you finish your studies. There is still a large skill gap or shortage in the UK. Once you finish with your UK student visa, you can apply for HSMP or get an employer to get you a Work Permit
If you studied a science or engineering course, you can even extend your visa under the Science and Engineer Graduate Scheme.
So, hurry to the UK to study and work. Get your UK student visa now. If you want us to help, go to our contact page and send us a note.
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