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At Danielle Cohen Solicitors we can help you to prepare your application for leave to enter or leave to remain in the UK as a student. Our expertise in this field is well-known and, in the absence of an appeal right, it is particularly important to succeed the first time around. Studying in a UK university will give you the opportunity to enjoy a high quality of academic teaching while developing a large network of contacts and friendships.

Who can apply for a student visa?

Student visas are for individuals who wish to come to UK as students.

What are the requirements for a student visa?

You may apply for a student visa to study in the UK if you are 16 or over and meet the following criteria:

  1. You have been offered a place on a course provided by a licensed student sponsor;
  2. You can speak, read, write and understand English. Applicants will normally need to pass a test to prove their knowledge of English;
  3. You have sufficient funds to support yourself and pay for your course. This amount will vary depending on where you will be studying. You may be exempt from the financial requirement under certain circumstances.
  4. Meet the Home Office’s other eligibility requirements, including payment of visa application fees.

Please note that if you are 16 or 17, you will need evidence of parental consent in order to apply for a student visa.

When to apply for a student visa?

You may apply for your student visa up to 6 months before the start of your course if you are applying from outside the UK.

You may apply for your student visa up to 3 months before the start of your case if you are applying from inside the UK. Please note that you must apply before your current visa expires.

You must apply for your student visa within 6 months of receiving the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from your education provider.

Permitted activities under a student visa

Admitted students under a student visa may:

  1. Study;
  2. Apply to extend their stay;
  3. Work as a student union sabbatical officer
  4. Potentially work in some jobs, depending on what you are studying and when you are working
  5. Apply to bring in dependents to the UK (adult or child).

Non-permitted activities under a student visa

Admitted students under a student visa may not:

  1. Study at a ‘maintained school’;
  2. Have access to public funds; and
  3. Work in certain jobs.
  4. Be self-employed.

How much does it cost to apply for a student visa?

The fee to apply for a Student visa from outside the UK is £490.

The fee to extend or switch to a Student visa from inside the UK is £490.

You will also have to pay the NHS surcharge.

What documents do you need to apply for a student visa?

To apply for a student visa, you will need:

  • Your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from your course provider
  • A current passport or other valid travel document

You may also need additional documents including:

  • Evidence demonstrating that you meet the financial requirements
  • A valid ATAS certificate if relevant
  • If you are under 18, proof or a parent or legal guardian’s consent and of this relationship
  • Your TB test results
  • Written consent to the application from your financial sponsor if relevant

Get in touch for expert advice.

Danielle invites you to take a look at her blog, where you will see the diverse range of clients that she has helped.

If you have any questions about the process or would like to apply for a student visa, please contact Danielle on 020 7267 4133. Danielle will only charge you for the first consultation if you decide to become her client and if she can assist you.

Please find a link to the government guidance on student visas.

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