Student visa

Student visa

The Student Visa route is for people aged 16 or over who want to study on a course of higher education in the United Kingdom. If you want to study in the UK, you must apply for a student visa before you commence your course, and you can apply up to six months before your course starts.

The study requirements

You must have an unconditional offer to study at a licensed sponsor and your sponsor must have issued a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). Your course must comply with one of the following requirements:

  • Full-time course which will lead to a qualification at below degree level (RQF level 3, 4 or 5). There must be at least 15 hours a week of organised daytime study
  • Full-time course which will lead to a qualification at degree level or above (RQF level 6, 7 or 8)
  • Full-time course at degree level or above (RQF level 6, 7 or 8) which is equivalent to a UK higher education course, and will be delivered as part of an overseas course
  • Part-time course which will lead to a qualification that is above degree level (RQF level 7 or above)
  • A recognised foundation programme for postgraduate doctors or dentists
  • An English language course which is at the level of B2 as set by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

The English language requirements

Degree level and above applicants must show that they meet the English language requirement at CEFR level B2 in all four components (reading, writing, speaking, and listening). Those studying below degree level must show that they meet the English language requirement at CEFR level B1 in all four components (reading, writing, speaking, and listening).

The financial requirements

You must be able to show that you can support yourself financially when you are studying. If you have been in the UK with a valid visa for 12 months before you apply, you do not need to show any savings. For everybody else, the financial requirements are:

  • For courses outside London – Sufficient funds to pay any outstanding course fees, and £1023 for each month of the course (up to a maximum of 9 months)
  • For courses inside London – Sufficient funds to pay any outstanding course, and £1334 for each month of the course (up to a maximum of 9 months)

Can I bring my family to the UK?

Yes, but only if you are full-time student on a post graduate course (RQF level 7 or above) that lasts for 9 months or longer.  

Your partner and children aged under 18 must have a certain amount of money available to support themselves while they’re in the UK. They will need:

  • £680 a month (for up to 9 months) if you study outside London
  • £845 a month (for up to 9 months) if you study inside London

Appeal rights

There is no full right of appeal if a student visa application is refused, instead you must apply for administrative review. In an administrative review a refusal will not be overturned if the applicant has failed to provide a specified document or made an error with their application. It is therefore crucial to ensure that any application is well prepared, thoroughly checked, and submitted by a qualified and experienced immigration specialist to avoid refusal of the application and loss of fees paid.

Further information and advice

If you have any questions about UK student visas or if you would like to talk about your case and to discuss how we can help you, please call us on 0121 698 2187 or alternatively email us at info@hsic.co.uk.

You can also use our free immigration advice service (this is suitable for general enquiries about immigration requirements and not for preparation of an application for leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom).