United Kingdom is known for its high quality education, diverse number of courses available to students and an overall academic experience which allows any individual to adjust in within no time as United Kingdom is known for its multicultural society. Once an applicant has been successful in securing an admission in a chosen university the next step is to obtain a student visa which has its own set of specific requirements which a student is required to fulfill. If the applicant is enrolling for a part time course there is no need for a student visa.
How to get a Student Visa?
The eligibility pertaining to the student visa is calculated by a points based system called a Tier 4 Student Visa. An individual needs 40 points to apply for a student visa which is achieved through the following steps.
Deciding on a course
In order to start the process of a visa an applicant needs to receive a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies from a university which is authorized by UK Visa and Immigration .All of these universities are on Tier 4 Sponsor List which equals to 30 points in total.
Further on one needs to provide the evidence that they have the ability to bear the tuition costs along with their monthly living costs. This bears ten points.
The students need to show that the expenses of living in London can be borne by the student whether it is within London or near the country side of London. In addition to this, the Tier 4 Visa applies to those students who are studying in London which includes studying in University of London or institutions which are partially located in London or areas like Surrey, Essex which are located at the border of the London.
In order to submit a Tier 4 Visa Application form an applicant needs to access the online application form through the UK Visa and Immigration website. It is mandatory for all of the International students to submit the form for visa application online. Subsequent to this, the applicant’s photograph and fingerprints often known as biometric verification are taken at the center.
Immigration Health Service Charge
It is compulsory for all of the international students who intend to live in UK for a period longer than six months to pay a certain fee known as health surcharge so that an open access to the UK’s medical facility is provided. The health Surcharge is £150 in a year or £75 for the duration of six months or shorter than that to be payable at the time of submitting the visa application online.
Cost of the Tier 4 Visa
In case the applicant is applying outside UK the cost of Visa Application is £335 in addition with the health surcharge.
If the applicant is already in United Kingdom they can apply for a standard service which costs £457 while for priority service it will cost £916 and for the premium service the cost will be £1047 in addition with the health surcharge.
When should the Tier 4 Visa be applied?
The student should apply the Tier 4 Visa once an offer is made through Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the university in which the student has applied. Thus, it is mandatory that such offer is received prior to the application for visa is made.
An application for the visa can be made three months before the starting date of the course of the applicant. On average an applicant who has secured the admission in a university will receive the CAS three months before the starting of the course.
The assistance portal
In case the applicant’s foresee any sort of confusion in relation to the visa application they can seek the assistance of universities who are equipped with experts on handling the Tier 4 Student Visa process.