Student visa information and eligibility
This page offers information for new and continuing University of Strathclyde students applying for the Student visa in the UK.
The information and guidance provided on this page is for prospective and current University of Strathclyde international students only. The Home Office and UKVI may also frequently update their visa application processes at short notice. Please visit GOV.UK to ensure you are up to date with the latest information in applying for your Student visa.
The following students are able to apply for a Student visa in the UK.
Current University of Strathclyde students
|Strathclyde undergraduate and postgraduate taught students||
|Strathclyde PhD students||
New students to the University of Strathclyde
|New applicants to the University of Strathclyde coming from another Higher Education Provider||
|New applicants to the University of Strathclyde with an eligible and valid UK visa||
28 days rule
In addition, in order for you to be eligible to apply in the UK, there must be less than 28 days between when your Student visa or Tier 4 visa expires and your course start date on your CAS. This is confirmed in Appendix Student paragraph ST 4.3.
Some applicants can switch to the Student visa in the UK.
If you are in the UK and have a visa in the following categories, you cannot apply to switch to the Student visa in the UK:
- a visit visa
- a short-term student visa
- a Parent of a Child Student visa
- a seasonal worker visa
- a domestic worker in a private household visa
- leave outside the immigration rules
EEA Nationals with Pre-Settled or Settled Status
If you are an EEA National and already have been granted Pre-Settled or Settled Status through the EU Settlement Scheme, you do not need to apply for a Student visa as this status permits you to study in the UK.
If you have a UK visa but are unsure if you can switch to the Student visa in the UK
Please contact our team with a copy of your passport and your current UK visa and/or Biometric Residence Permit (both sides) with your Strathclyde application reference number or Strathclyde student reference number in the email. Advice is provided in line with our Code of Practice and Privacy Notice.
For further details visit the GOV.UK - Student visa - Switch to this visa page.
Who can be a Dependant?
Dependants of a Student visa applicant who wish to apply in the UK must meet eligibility and financial requirements in Appendix Student.
A Dependant can be one of the following:
- Your husband, wife or civil partner
- Your unmarried partner
- Your child under 18 years old - including if they were born in the UK during your stay
In order to have Dependants on a Student visa:
- The main Student applicant must be studying a postgraduate level full-time course 9 months or longer at the University of Strathclyde OR
- The main Student applicant must be in receipt of an award from a Government and the main Student applicant's course is full-time and at least 6 months OR
- The main Student applicant is applying for the Doctorate Extension Scheme
Additional evidence will have to be provided of your relationship to your dependants when they apply. Please see our Supporting documents guidance for details.
Switching to a Dependant visa in the UK
Applicants who have been granted permission under the following categories and are in the UK cannot switch to a Dependant visa in the UK:
- a Visit visa
- a Short-term Student visa
- a Parent of a Child Student visa
- a Seasonal Worker visa
- a Domestic Worker in a Private Household visa
- outside the Immigration Rules
When can Dependants apply
In most cases, Dependants must make a visa application before their current UK visa expires. In the UK, Dependants can either apply together with the main Student visa applicant or at a different time (separately from the Student visa applicant) as long as the visa application is made before the Dependant visa expires.
Financial requirements for Dependants
For details on the financial requirements for Dependants, please see our Supporting documents guidance.
Overview of Student visa application process in the UK
Follow the steps below on how to apply for your Student visa. You can read more information on each step from the corresponding links.
|1. Understand Student visa requirements and check your eligibility to apply||
2. Request your CAS (For continuing students only - see links at right)
Students starting a new course will receive a CAS from Admissions firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Apply for ATAS if required
|4. Prepare your finances and supporting documents|
|5. Receive your CAS||
|6. Start answering questions on the Student visa application||
|7. Check answers by referring to Student visa application guidance|
|8. If you have questions about your visa application or supporting documents, please ask ISST before making any payment||
|8a. If you contact ISST for visa advice, please familiarise yourself with our Code of Practice and Privacy Notice|
If you have contacted ISST requesting advice and guidance on your visa application, please wait for a response from an adviser before proceeding with the next steps.
|9. Pay for your Immigration Health Surcharge, application fee and biometric enrollment fee||
10. You will be contacted by email to book your UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) appointment OR download the Identify Verification (IDV) app to submit your supporting documents
Some students will not be able to book a UKVCAS appointment immediately. If you have applied for a UK visa before, you may be contacted by UKVCAS directly to provide your supporting documents on the IDV app. Please watch your emails for further instructions from UKVCAS.
|11a. If you are invited to a UKVCAS appointment only||
|11b. If you are asked to download the IDV app only||
|12. The Home Office will consider and make a decision on your application||
13. If your visa application is successful you will receive a new Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
EEA nationals please see information at right
|14. Update your student record with your new BRP or online immigration status with the University of Strathclyde||
|14a. Update your Police Registration Certificate with your new BRP (certain nationalities only)|
Frequently asked questions
This will depend on the processing service you selected when you made your visa application.
- Standard processing: A decision will be made normally within 3 weeks of you attending your biometric appointment
- Priority service: A decision will be made normally within 5 working days of you attending your biometric appointment
- Super priority service: A decision will be made normally within the end of the next working day after you attend your biometric appointment (this will be within 2 working days if your appointment was during the weekend)
UKVI advise on their Student visa page that it normally takes 3 weeks to receive a decision.
For each applicant (Student visa and Dependant) you will need to pay:
- £475 application fee
- £19.20 for your biometric information (fingerprints and photo) to be taken
- Immigration Health Surcharge - you can check how much you have to pay here
The above fees are for in-country Student and Dependant visa extension applications in the UK with standard service.
- For Priority Service: £994.20 (includes biometric enrollment fee)
- For Super Priority Service: £1294.20 (incldues biometric enrollment fee)
While you can keep your passport while your application is being processed, if you leave the UK and travel using the passport you used for your visa application, your visa application will automatically be withdrawn by UKVI.
You will then need to make a new Student visa application from outside the UK.
It is expected that you make plenty of time before your Tier 4 or Student visa expires and if you have to apply to extend your Student visa, you will require ATAS for your new visa extension period. It is your responsibility to make your ATAS application in good time and have it ready and available before applying for your Student visa.
You must have your ATAS available and uploaded and before you attend your biometric appointment with UKVCAS. Please ensure you have received and uploaded your ATAS certificate to the UKVCAS online system before going to your appointment.
If you are unable to provide your ATAS certificate before your biometric appointment date or when uploading your supporting documents through the IDV app, there is a high risk your Student visa application will be refused.
If you do not have your ATAS certificate by your expected decision date, please contact the International Student Support Team with your ATAS reference number, application date and the expected decision date.
In the Student visa application, you will be asked when your Student visa expires. If the day your Student visa expires and the day you make your application are the same, when you enter the date your Student visa expires the system will incorrectly think you are an overstayer.
We want to assure students in this situation that making an application in the UK on the same day your Student visa expires should not cause problems.
If you are applying for your Student visa on the same day your Student visa expires, please make sure to do the following. This is a temporary solution until the issue with their system has been resolved.
- When asked "Was there a reason beyond your control why you did not apply before your visa or leave to remain expired?" answer "Yes"
- A free text box will appear. In the text box please explain that your visa has not expired. You can add that your visa is expiring on the day you are making your Student visa application.
- Do not tick the evidence box. If you tick the evidence box, your application will ask you to provide evidence of why you are making a late application (which will not be relevant to you and you will probably not be able to provide for your application).
This issue has been raised with the Home Office who hopes that this problem will be fixed in due course.