UK Student Visa Requirements for Indian Students
There are a number of UK Student Visa requirements that Indian Students have to fulfil before being accepted by the Institutions. Fulfilling these requirements is a time-consuming process and one should initiate the process early to be able to receive an on-time acceptance letter.
The United Kingdom has always been one of the most admired countries amongst Indian Students to study abroad. Home to some of the world’s iconic Universities, such as Cambridge, Oxford and Leeds, it has always been a hub of a world-class education. Admission to these acclaimed institutions is never a piece of cake and the Indian candidates have to face stiff competition from other International Students worldwide. Studying in the UK is accompanied by many benefits. From the access to a world-class, premier education equipped with modern Technologically advanced systems to its short term, highly specialized courses and easily available loans, more and more Indians are applying to United Kingdoms for various academic options. Also, the easy Visa Process and low Visa rejection make it an attractive destination for Indians.
The ambitious drive started by the UK’s government in early 2019 named “International Education Strategy” which seeks to increase the total number of international students to 600,000 each year by 2030 from the current 460,000 students. Also, the new undergraduate and graduate students can, in fact, stay back in the country and seek employment for six months following graduation. Plenty of jobs are available for International Candidates with students applying through the many job portals. Candidates can add on to the financial support through working for 20 hours in a given week during the regular course hours and can work full time during the respective break. Another advantage of the UK in being one of the study choice destinations among the Indian candidates owes to the official language of the UK, which is English. Most of the Indian students having studied in an English based curriculum easily get used to the language. Study environment is an ideal place to hone language skills and enhance employment prospects. Besides the above-mentioned universities, some of the universities of repute are Middlesex Universities, University of Worcester and Greenwich Universities are the epitome of quality education in the UK.
One of the advantages that the Indians enjoy as International students, is the opportunity to work for a two year period to work in the country following graduation as per the new immigration policy by the UK government. The new policy shall in future attract more and more International candidates to look up to the UK as their study options and post-employment.
UK Visa Requirements post Acceptance
UK Visa is the next step post the receipt of the offer letter of admission by the candidate from UK’s university. Visa is a mandatory criterion for the candidate to pursue his degree program in the UK legally, Basis of application of the student’s visa is in accordance of the duration of the study and the age of the student. Also, the students should be careful in applying according to the correct category. Students applying for graduate/ post-graduate/ doctoral programmes should apply for Tier 4 (general) visa.
Management of all the Immigration and Visa Application procedures is carried on by the UK Border Agency. Future aspirants have to satisfy the 40 points eligibility criteria to apply for a tier 4 visa. Prime condition that needs to be satisfied, however, is that the candidate should have received a letter of confirmation or Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the university applied for studies. The concerned university should be recognized by the UK Border Agency. A typical CAS statement should give the following information:
- 14 digit reference number, which is to be used in the visa application form.
- Sponsor License Number of your institution.
- Course details such as Start Date, the Course title, Tuition fees, and Accommodation fees.
- Details of the qualifications based on which the offer to study the course was made.
- Information about funding towards your tuition fees and living expenses.
UK Visa Requirement Documents to study in the UK
One of the UK Visa Requirements are the documents that need to accompany the application. Candidates applying for the Visa should be prudent in submitting the original document along with the photocopy. There are documents that need to be submitted.
- Passport Copy.
- A signed copy of the completed visa application. For Tier 4 (General) visa, use tier 4 appendix 8 form.
- Coloured Passport Size Photograph. (For Picture Guidelines refer to the official website of UK border agency.)
- Qualifications: Original mark sheets/ certificates or transcripts listed by the institution that issued you the CAS. Also shall be included proficiency in English language ability.
- Proof of Financial Support. Official financial sponsor (the UK government or your home government, the British Council or any other organization), you need to obtain a document stating the total contribution towards your tuition fees, maintenance etc.
- Evidence of permission to be in the country.
- Previous travel evidence, in case of previous passports.
Candidates should ensure that the documents should be in English. In the event, the documents are in another language, the candidate should get it translated. Also, the Visa application form should be filled with the correct information. Failure to do so may lead to rejection of the application. Applicants should note that they need to provide the CAS number as evidence to score under the Tier 4 points-based system.
Considering that the CAS statement holds validity for a mere 6 months, it is ideal that the candidate applies for the visa 3 months prior to the course date. Application form can be submitted online, followed by booking an appointment at the visa application centre. The appointment must not be later than 90 days after the date of submission of the online application form.
Application Fee : Payment for the UK Visa Processing can be made through the following modes.
i) Demand draft from a Nationalized or a Foreign bank. Demand Draft should be made in favour of ‘The British High Commission’, payable at New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. It is mandatory to carry the Demand draft while submitting the application at the centre. Each of the bank services charges, however, can vary.
ii) Payment at Standard Chartered Bank: Candidates can make the payment through some branches of the Standard Charted Bank at New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. The service is free of charge.
iii) Payment at Visa Application Centre: Candidates can visit the centre and pay the required fees at the Standard Chartered Bank Facilities located at the centres.
iv) Online Payment: Online Payment can also be made electronically using a Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card.
Some Other UK Visa Requirements
Besides the above mentioned UK Visa requirements that every candidate should suffice, there is one guideline that they should fulfil. Biometric information is a prerequisite of the Visa Application process. Biometric information refers to one’s distinctive physical characteristics.
(a) Measurements or other assessments of those characteristics.
(b) Information about those characteristics held in an automated form
Biometrics are of significant importance for they enable the identity of the person undergoing investigation. Visa Application cannot be considered complete without the biometric information(Facial photograph and Fingerprints). Candidate can make a prior appointment at the proximal visa application centre of the British High Commission for submission of Application and Biometric information.
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UK Student Visa Application includes a series of steps one needs to follow once the student has received an acceptance letter of admission from the University. Prudence and care has to be maintained at each of the steps, for a slight error can lead to the rejection. Correct Documents including the Educational and Work Experience credentials, Copy of Language and Subject Proficiency Scores, Recommendation Letter, Purpose of Study and most importantly the Financial Statements. Visa Officials may ask a range of questions ranging from the reasons you are seeking an International Education and the Course Intended to what you intend to do once you graduate. You might be asked questions regarding the financial support for the course. This requires guidance from an expert who has been in the business for long and has been adept in the area of student admissions and immigration.
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