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STUDY VISA CHANGES
could not be a better time to plan a British education.
new UK government campaign is hoping to attract an extra 75,000 foreign
students to the UK. A three-year global marketing campaign is to launch in
January 2000 through the British Council in key countries around the
part of this package the following improvements to the study visa system
will be made:
visa application process is to be streamlined
advice is to provided to potential students
periods of leave to enter or remain may be granted requiring fewer renewal applications.
will be allowed to combine study with part-time or temporary during
free time and vacation periods
foreign nationals require a study visa except:
NATIONALS (Austria; Belgium,
Denmark, Ireland, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy,
Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden
and the United Kingdom)
NATIONALS - Check the
UK Visa Requirement List
are organisations that provide assistance in locating the correct school
or educational establishment and assist with registration. Some also
provide testing and assessment, guardianship and maintain detailed
information on many UK schools & educational establishments.
visa nationals entering the UK to study must satisfy an immigration
officer that they meet the relevant study visa requirements.
to present the correct supporting documents on arrival may result in
refusal of entry.
principal requirements for admission to the UK as a student are that:
applicant has been accepted for a full-time course of study (being a
minimum of 15 hours-organised daytime study per week)
requirements to be met by persons seeking leave to enter the United
Kingdom as a student are that they:
have been accepted for a course of study at:
publicly funded institution of further or higher education; or
bona fide private education institution which maintains satisfactory
records of enrolment and attendance; or
independent fee paying school outside the maintained sector; and
are able and intends to follow either:
recognised full time degree course at a publicly funded institution of
further or higher education; or
day daytime course involving attendance at a single institution for a
minimum of 15 hours organised daytime study of a single subject or
directly related subjects; or
full-time course of study at an independent fee paying school; and
if under the age of 16 years are enrolled at an independent fee-paying
school on a full-time course of studies which meets the requirement of the
Education Act 1944; and
intends to leave the United Kingdom at the end of their studies; and
do not intend to engage in business or to take employment, except part-time
or vacation work undertaken with the consent of the Secretary of State for
Education and Employment; and
are able to meet the costs of their course and accommodation and maintenance
and that of any dependants without taking employment or engaging in business
or having recourse to public funds.
Documentary proof of acceptance and financial capability is required in
is advisable to prepay all fees and accommodation costs and to submit
proof of payment with visa application or at entry into the UK.
for study visas require important supporting documents. Without these
documents they will not be issued.
Check with professionals or with your local Embassy, Consul or High
what supporting documents will be required for your application.
preparation in good time as some of the required documents must be
obtained from the UK.
apply for a study visa the applicant must
outside the United Kingdom and Islands at the time of the application
to the British Embassy, Consulate of high commission in the country or
territory where they live. This is defined as the place where they are
present in any capacity other than as a short-term visitor and have
permission from the relevant authorities to be so. (Note that some
discretion is allowed officials in this regard)
any fee required
all questions asked on the visa application form and by officials
documentary evidence where requested to back up any statements they
time for study visa applications varies in each country . Some embassies
receive considerably more applications than others. In most cases it will
take no longer than a month to process the application.
status does not lead to permanent residence (indefinite leave to remain).
However, students who reside lawfully in the UK for a ten year period may
be granted permanent residence by virtue of the length of their stay. Each
case is considered on its merits.
our UK Residence &
Citizenship Overview for more information.
immigration officers and Embassy staff are friendly and helpful. Keep your
interaction with them friendly, respectful and to the point.
for specific information and check when your application should be
submitted to allow ample time for processing. We recommend you keep copies
of all application forms and other documents you submit, and make notes of
any specific questions you are asked and your answers to these. Good
records will provide an accurate basis for appeal in the event that your
application is refused.
you have any doubts or require further advice or assistance contact an
some cases officers may contact you to advise that they do not feel they
can approve your application as submitted. This gives you opportunity to
submit additional facts and documents in support of the application, or to
withdraw the application before it is refused.
this occurs we recommend you immediately contact immigration solicitors
A refusal is serious and may affect your (and your familyís) ability
to travel to the UK in future.
many cases an immigration solicitor will be able to overcome the refusal
or help you obtain a new visa.
NATIONAL students must carry
copies of all documentary evidence with them when travelling to the UK,
including documents confirming their acceptance as a student and proof of
financial ability to support themselves (receipts for prepayment of
schooling and accommodation, etc.).
NATIONAL students who have
already been issued with a visa (an entry-clearance) are advised to carry
the supporting documents with them as well. The immigration officer may
ask searching questions at the port to ensure that their intentions are
to produce the right documentation can result in refusal of entry.
preparation of the necessary documents can avoid this unpleasant
you are refused entry into the UK it is best to contact an immigration
solicitor immediately from the airport. In most cases they will be able to
assist you to enter the UK but this can take some time and there will be
professional fees to pay.
for study visas can be complex and require careful preparation.
can lead to visa refusal or refusal of entry when arriving in the UK.
must also be exercised by other family members in applying for UK visas
while a family member is studying in the UK as immigration officials are
especially vigilant of any possibility that they may remain in the UK
you have any doubts it is best to take professional advice from an
immigration solicitor before making applications.
Webb and Co. have many years of experience in dealing with all types of
student and other visa applications. We can quickly help prepare your
applications and supporting documentation.
& Co. Immigration Solicitors.
for the renewal of study visas can be made in the UK to the Immigration
and Nationality Directorate in London. The application must be submitted
prior to expiry of the student's leave to remain.
children who are at school in the UK may be accompanied by a parent on
condition that the child is aged twelve or younger.
Where a parent applies to accompany a young student care must be taken
to convince immigration officials that the parent will leave the UK
after the period of study. This is especially important where the
standard of living in the studentís country of origin is substantially
lower than that in the UK.
is also possible to obtain entry into the UK under a training scheme where
the training leads to a professional qualification or an occupational
UK Training & Work
Experience for more information.
into the UK is possible in some cases for the purpose of gaining work
UK Training & Work
Experience for more information.