What is UK student visa & types?
The UK has primarily been one of the world’s leading educational destinations. Affordable education, internationally recognized courses, innovative, abundant research opportunities, healthy and safe communities, scholarships, and financial support makes the UK a student favorite. The country experienced a 95.77% of Student Visa acceptance rate in 2020. The 3 categories of visas are student VISA, child VISA, Short-term study VISA.
This is the standard student visa for students aged 18+. It is necessary for courses lasting for longer than 6 months. Students can apply for visas from inside or outside the UK.
This is a student visa for children. It is for 4-17 year children who want to study at secondary school in the UK. This visa is valid for the length of the course, up to a maximum of 6 years, and it can be extended further.
This is a UK student visa for any short study course. Generally, it generally lasts up to six months. If you are over 18, it can last up to 11 months for English language courses.
This VISA is also valid for short training courses and undertaking research as part of a degree. But, in this type of VISA the length of this visa cannot exceed the length of your course. This VISA is conditional on being offered a place on a course at a licensed place of study and proof of bank balance of the student.
As of 11 February, 2022 candidates who are completely vaccinated are not required to do any COVID-19 tests before or after their arrival in the UK. The candidates who are not fully vaccinated must have a covid-19 test two days before their trip.
These are some latest steps for a student VISA by Indian students are as follows:
In most cases, interviews are necessary for visa applicants, with a few exceptions. The students need to schedule their interviews at the U.K Embassy or Consulate in the country where they live. Here is a table describing the timetable for interview processes.
|Applicant’s Age||Interview Requirement|
|Less than 18 years||Not Required|
|Above 18 years||Required|
|80 and Older||Not Required|
The interview requires more time. It also varies by location, season, and visa category. So, students should apply for their visas before 3 months. It will help them to get their VISA on time. The student must pay the Non-refundable Visa Application Fee. If a student's visa is approved, they may be required to pay a “VISA issuance fee”.
An interview with a consular officer will assess for determining the applicant's eligibility for the UK student visa.
A UK visa application takes 3-6 weeks to be processed. The applicant may receive a positive response to their application after processing. After this, the consulate will deliver the document. The visa can take more than one additional working day to arrive.
Following the approval of the visa, the applicant might have to pay a visa issuance fee. Students must have to make arrangements for the return of their passports and visa. Look into the visa processing times for more information.
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