The United Kingdom has once again become a most sought-after study abroad destination to students from across the globe and especially from India. The country has seen massive growth from 2021 in the number of students wanting to study in the UK. If one has to presume this sudden increase could only be because of the UK government policy for the new graduate route that allows international graduate students to stay and work in the UK for two years post their studies. However it is not just the graduate programs that students are applying to, the data shows a 30 percent increase in the number of undergraduate applications despite the ongoing pandemic.
As universities in the UK offer a wide range of courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels, international students have more options to choose. They also have the advantage of specializing in core areas of their chosen subjects as they don't find such specializations at the universities in their home country. The entry requirements to most UK universities are not that hard, but at the same time, they have a very stringent process in the selection criteria. You have an offer letter from a university or College from the Uk is just one step out of the many steps that a student needs to clear to confirm admission to the university. To apply for a student visa to the UK, a student must first receive a confirmation of acceptance for studies from the respective university. The documents required for the CAS vary from university to university. Universities ask students to submit their financial evidence to release the CAS whereas, some universities only need the tuition fee deposit to be paid to the university.
A student has to be a minimum of 16 years of age to apply for a student visa to the United Kingdom.
Documents required to apply for the student visa:
1. Academic documents
A student must submit all the relevant academic documents starting from the 10th. For graduate admissions, individual mark sheets to transcripts along with the degree certificate are mandatory along with the 10th and 12th marks card.
2. IELTS scorecard
English Proficiency test result score has to be submitted along with the academic documents. As per the UK immigration rule, a university can waive off the English language requirement as an entry criterion, then it is not a mandatory document for the visa. The decision to waive off the English language requirement as a condition for admissions is the respective university's discretion, and the decision is made based on the English language score at the academic level and the program the student has applied to. However, a few universities make the requirement mandatory if the student has a 5-year educational gap though their English score in 12th is above 80 percent. Hence, it is advisable that students clear the exam rather than wait till the last minute.
3. Experience Letters
Students who have work experience need to submit all the employment letters. Remember, all the documents submitted as part of your university application have to be provided for your visa application too.
4. CAS reference number
Your CAS number is mentioned in the letter received from the university and this number is required for filing your visa application
5. Financial Documents
Financial document proving you have enough funds to pay your tuition fees and to cover your living expenses has to be provided. This can be in the form of 28 days old Bank statement, 28 days old fixed deposit, or an education loan. Only letters from nationalized banks are accepted by the UKVI.
If the student has received an offer from a university located in London city, then an amount of twelve lakh rupees (According to UKVI, it's 1334 pounds for nine months ) has to be shown in the account along with the remaining tuition fee. The tuition fee to be paid is mentioned in your CAS statement. If the student has received an offer from any other city other than London, then the maintenance fund required is 1023 pounds for nine months. That is nine lakh twenty-three thousand rupees. This has to be in your bank along with the remaining tuition fee amount that is mentioned in your CAS.
You must have a valid passport. The passport has to be submitted to the UK visa service center at the time of your visa appointment.
7. Consent letter ( Affidavit)
If you are showing your parent's bank statement, then a consent letter from your parents declaring they take full responsibility to sponsor the student and allow the student to use the funds available with them during his or her stay in the UK.
8. Birth Certificate
Birth Certificate with the correct name of the student and the parents to prove the relationship.
Money required to apply for the student visa
Before you start your visa application, make sure that you have enough money in your account to pay the IHS fee and the visa application fee. You can pay either through a debit card or credit card. Ensure it has a transaction limit of more than one lakh as your IHS ( immigration health surcharge) fee could go beyond a lakh depending on the duration of your program. If the program is for one year, the IHS fee would be 750 pounds. If the program takes two years to complete, the IHS could go up to 1220 pounds. The visa application costs 360 pounds if it's a standard application. The application may take 15 to 20 working days to process and, you will get the status of your visa. If you need a priority visa that would get you to know the status in 5 working days, you have to pay an additional fee of 220 pounds. The UK embassy has also given an option of a super-priority visa that would take only one working day to give the status with an extra cost of 990 pounds in addition to the normal standard application fee.
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