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Process to obtain British Student Visa for international students

Immigration and student visa Information for UK

For EEA Students
If you are a student from EEA country that is - European Union plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, then you can enter United Kingdom with minimum formalities. If you are from EEA then it is so easy for you to enter UK that you don't even need to obtain UK Student visa. However, you'll be asked to present evidences that you have been approved for the course of study you have selected and you have sufficient funds to stay and study in United Kingdom. In addition to this, you'll also need a valid passport.Indian Student in UK with Cricket Bat

For Non EEA Students
If you do not belong to EEA (European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) then you'll have to fulfill some immigration requirements. Students belonging to many countries will need to obtain a British Student Visa to study in UK. They can do this at the British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate of Britain. Students from some Commonwealth countries where obtaining a student visa is not compulsory must also have to get entry clearance before leaving their home. This is to make sure a Right of Appeal in the unlikely event that entry is refused. To verify either you need to obtain a visa or not, visit Foreign and Commonwealth Office web page at http://fco.gov.uk/travel/imm_visa.asp

Documents Required to Obtain British Student Visa

  1. A valid passport
  2. A letter of unconditional acceptance for a full-time course from a university
  3. Mark sheets of previously joined exams
  4. Evidence of your financial ability to meet, without working in the UK, the costs of your course, accommodation and maintenance and to support any dependants accompanying you.
  5. Letters of recommendations are appreciated

Time of validity of the student visa to be received is usually determined by the length of your course of study.

When you arrive in the United Kingdom, an immigration officer may question you, so don't forget to take all relevant documents in your hand luggage.

Student Visa Doesn't Allow

  1. working more than 20 hrs per week.
  2. your placement is part of your studies, has the agreement of your education institution and leads to a degree or qualification awarded by a nationally recognized examining body
  3. do business, be self-employed or provide services as a professional sportsperson or entertainer
  4. work full-time in a permanent job

Passport stickers, stamp and length of stay
When you apply for a student visa at a British Embassy, Consulate or High Commission outside the UK, you will receive a sticker known as vignette, in your passport with the conditions and length of stay. When you arrive at the airport, you will receive a stamp to show when you entered the United Kingdom.

If you are applying for entry at a port of entry (you can only do this if you are from a non visa required nation), you will get a stamp in your passport with conditions and length of stay.

Most of the overseas students (from outside the European Union) are initially given the right to stay for one year. But there is nothing to worry about, if you want to stay longer as a student then you may extend your visa validity length as a student.

The Immigration Officer may endorse on your passport with any other restriction that may apply to you.

See Also..............................................................................................
Admission | Financial Aids | Universities List | Living Cost

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