Welcome to the United Kingdom!
Dear students, welcome to the country of Shakespeare. The United Kingdom has so much to give you and the EIS team prepared you all the information you need to succeed your journey in the UK.
How to apply for a visa in UK?
You don’t need a visa if you come from:
– European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), or you are a Swiss Citizen, BUT this is only to study for six (6!!!) months or less. If you fall under this category but are planning to study in the UK for longer than six months you will need a visa. Notice that during such period you will not be allowed to to work or take part in internships/work placements.
– Still unsure? Do a fun do I need a visa quiz here: gov.uk/check-uk-visa
– Always double check this site: https://www.gov.uk/student-visa for the most up to date information (thanks, Brexit). You can apply up to six months prior to your course beginning.
– You must be sponsored by a licensed college or university and have a confirmed place
– UK Student Visas fall under the point-based immigration system, so before applying, check: https://www.gov.uk/student-visa , the points are based on your student status, your ability to meet financial requirements, and your English language level
You need to:
– Prove your English language knowledge proficiency
– Have enough money to support yourself and pay for your education (cover the tuition fee and living expenses on per year basis)
– If you are from a country that is not in the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you may be required to meet additional eligibility requirements
– The earliest you can apply for a visa is 6 months before you start your course
– You’ll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks
– You can check visa processing times for your country
– Current passport
– CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance), issued by your sponsoring University
– Proof of living funds (if you are from the EU, EEA, or Switzerland, you do not need to show this at the stage of application but the Home Office might request proof of financials at a later stage)
– Academic transcripts
– Recent passport sized photographs
– Proof of English proficiency (if applicable)
– Proof of accommodation in the UK
– Visa application form
– Proof of application fees paid (if you’ve done so already)
– Proof of parental consent (if under 18)
– Tuberculosis test results (if from country where test is required)
– You’ll need to have your fingerprints and photograph taken at a visa application centre (if required to go there)
– You’ll have to collect your biometric residence permit within 10 days of when you said you’d arrive in the UK. Certain concessions are in place during COVID 19 pandemic.
Keep in mind that all official documents, if not in English, must be translated by a certified translator.
Who to talk to
Use the following link: https://www.gov.uk/contact-ukvi-inside-outside-uk
Other useful links:
– Switch to a different visa category inside the UK
– Work part time (up to 20 hours a week during term time and unlimited during vacations)
-Access NHS system
-Find an internship/work placement
– Work certain jobs, for example professional sportsperson or sports coach
– It costs £348 to apply for this visa from outside the UK
– Healthcare surcharge (as part of your application)
– Check how much you’ll have to pay before you apply
When to apply:
The earliest you can apply for a visa is 6 months before you start your course. You’ll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.
Do not procrastinate, get done as soon as you arrive in the country.
Brexit is inconvenient for many, many reasons, but it’s a special kind of irritation for both EU and non-EU students. You can get all this done (expect for the BRP pickup at the assigned post office) prior to arrival.
National Insurance Number (NINo): a must to create a bank account and obtain health insurance, exist, legally breathe, all that fun stuff. Go here to make sure you understand it and apply!
Check the latest COVID updates and entry requirements here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Biometric Residence Permit (BRP, pronounced like ‘burp’ probably): your ID card, tells you and the cute cop who lets you get out of trouble exactly what you can and can’t do in the UK. Upon receiving your visa, it’ll come with a letter inclusive of a section telling you when and where you can pick up your BRP at the post office where it lives. Do it ASAP.