How to Apply for a Student Route Visa

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Presentation on applying for your Student Route visa application

‌‌ Guide to completing the UKVI Student visa online application form

You should also refer to the Student route visa page on the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website and the UKCISA website.

You can apply for your Student route visa from the country that you normally live in as long as you are living there lawfully and not living there as a short term visitor. You can also apply from any country that you hold a passport for. You need to apply online through the UKVI website.

Overseas student and dependant applications cost £363.

PLEASE NOTE ALL VISA PRIORITY SERVICES ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED SO ONLY STANDARD APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT PRESENT

The UKVI Visa Application Centre (VAC) web page contains contact details and further information on procedures specific to your country. This may include details of priority services where you can pay an extra fee to have your application processed quicker. You’ll need to have your fingerprints and photograph (known as ‘biometric information’) taken at a VAC as part of your application, and then submit your supporting documents either in-person (when you have your biometric appointment) or by post.

Make sure you have all your supporting documents ready before completing the online application and booking your appointment - these could include ATAS clearance and / or a tuberculosis (TB) test certificate either of which can take several weeks to obtain.

Make sure you apply in plenty of time as certain VACs get very busy prior to the start of the academic year and you may miss the start of term if you have to wait for your application to be processed. You can submit the application up to 6 months before the course start date on your CAS. UKVI provide a guide to visa processing times so you can find out how long it will normally take to process your application. 

You must take your original documents to your appointment at the Visa Application Centre where they will be scanned and returned to you. You need to check the documents section of this website for the documents you will need to provide.

If you are bringing your family with you, each family member needs to make their own visa application at the same time to be your dependant. Please also see the dependants section of this website for more detailed information about whether you can bring dependants and how to apply.