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International StudentsStudent visa application form - in the UK

Starting your Student visa application in the UK

Before following the steps on this page, please make sure you have read through our Student visa guidance for applying in the UK page which explains the Student visa application process in the UK.

Application link (in the UK only)

Visit https://www.gov.uk/student-visa/extend-your-visa

Then scroll down to click on Start now. 

Documents you need to start your application

  • Passport
  • Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
  • Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Your travel history
  • Your financial evidence
  • Any documents for Dependant applicants
  • Any other documents as needed for your visa application

Some students may require the following documents

  • ATAS - certain nationalities only, you should have your ATAS certificate available before starting the Student visa application
  • Police Registration Certificate - certain nationalities only, it is your responsibility that you update your certificate and check all updates are current before applying for your Student visa
  • A letter from your financial sponsor - for students receiving financial sponsorship from a Government or international scholarship agency

Supporting documents guidance and applying under the Differential arrangement

For details and requirements on supporting documents for the Student visa, please see our Supporting documents guidance. Please also read through the information carefully if you are a national applying under the "differential arrangement" (or also known as the differential evidence requirement).

Please ensure you have these above documents ready and available before starting your application.

A note about this application guidance

The following guidance is for University of Strathclyde international students applying for a Student visa in the UK only. The Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) may also update and change their application process and/or wording of application questions frequently, often without notice.

It is important that you understand the application question first and have the information or evidence to help support your answer. Please make sure you understand the questions fully and check carefully that your answers are correct before making payment of your visa application. 

Student visa application in the UK guidance

Question

Answer

Your location

If you are in the UK, select Yes.

Other Home Office applications

This question is asking if you have another UK visa application in progress where you are still waiting for a decision. If you do not have any other outstanding visa applications, please select No.

Register an email

Enter your email address. You will be sent a verification email. Please check that your email address is correct.

Registration email address

Confirm who the email address belongs to.

Immigration adviser

Select No.

Check your answers

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Applicant(s)

Click Answer questions about this applicant to start answering questions for the main Student visa or DES visa applicant. If you have Dependants, they will have an opportunity to enter their application details after the Student visa applicant has entered their details.

Your name

Enter your name exactly as in your passport.

Any other names

Provide any other names, for example if you changed your name after marriage.

Applicant contact email

Confirm whether you can use your email.

Applicant telephone number

Provide your telephone number contact details.

Provide your postal address

This is the address where you will receive your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

Please do not enter the University of Strathclyde as an address, as this may cause delays in you being able to get your BRP.

Your gender and relationship status

Provide your gender as shown in your passport or travel document. You will also need to confirm your relationship status.

Your nationality, country and date of birth

Select your country of nationality and country of birth. Enter your place of birth as in your passport or travel document and your date of birth.

Your passport (country of nationality)

You will need your passport. Enter your passport details.

If you are unable to provide your passport you will need to provide extra information.

Your identity card

Enter information from valid identity card from your country of nationality or if you have an internal passport.

Your other nationalities

Provide details of other nationalities.

Your current UK immigration status

Please enter your current UK visa details here.

For information on who can switch to a Student visa visit https://www.gov.uk/student-visa/switch-to-this-visa

Revocation, cancellation or curtailment

This question is asking if you ever had your visa or leave withdrawn after it was granted.

Your most recent leave

If your most recent visa is a Tier 4 (General) visa or Student visa or as a Postgraduate Doctor or Dentist, select Yes

For other visa routes select No

Time in the UK

Provide details on how long you have lived in the UK.

About your first parent

Provide details about both parents if you know them. If you do not have your parents’ details please see instructions in the application form and provide more information.

About your second parent

Provide details about both parents if you know them. If you do not have your parents’ details please see instructions in the application form and provide more information.

Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

Enter your details from your BRP. If you do not have a BRP or it was lost, select your situation and you will have to provide more information.

Your National Insurance Number

Enter your National Insurance Number if you have one.

Driving licence

Select the answer whether you have a UK driving licence and your licence number if you have one.

World travel history

Select the answer whether you have travelled to other countries.

Do not include visits to the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland or the European Economic Area.

Details of your world travel history

If you have travelled to other countries you will be asked which country you visited, the reason for your visit and the dates visited.

Provide evidence of English language ability

This question is asking if you have provided evidence of your English language ability in a previous UK visa application.

 

If you are switching from Tier 4 to the Student visa route and completed a degree taught in the UK, select Yes and your CAS will have information on how English language was assessed.

 

If you are switching from another UK visa category, please contact ISST with a copy of your visa for advice.

Immigration history

This question is asking if you have ever experienced problem with immigration in the UK or other countries. If you have, select Yes. You will be asked further follow up questions and requested to provide more details.

 

If you have never had problems with immigration in any country, select No.

Breach of UK immigration law

This question is asking if you have breached UK immigration law. If you select Yes, you will be asked further follow up questions and requested to provide more details.

 

If you have never had any problems with UK immigration, select No.

Medical treatment in the UK

This question is asking if you have ever been given medical treatment in the UK. This includes visits to a doctor, clinic or hospital. In this case, select Yes.

 

You will be asked more questions about whether you had to pay for treatment and for details on where you had your medical treatment and whether this was at Accident and Emergency (A&E) at a hospital or a to a doctor, clinic or hospital for non-emergency treatment. You will need the name of the hospital, clinic or doctor’s surgery, the address and dates when you receive(d) the medical treatment.

 

We realise this question appears to ask you to list every time you have received medical treatment. Please answer this question to the best of your ability and if you are not sure about specific dates, please input approximate dates.

 

If you have never received medical treatment in the UK, select No.

Any other medical treatment in the UK

Answer if you have been given any other medical treatment in the UK.

 

Public funds

If you have never received money from the UK government or local UK council, then the answer is likely to be No.

 

If you have received public funds you will need to provide more details.

 

You will find guidance on public funds from the UK Council for International Student Affairs webpage.

Convictions and other penalties

Select the answer that applies to you. If you need to give more than one answer, you will be able to do so later. This question asks about any criminal offences in the UK or any other country.

 

If you have had any of the penalties or convictions, including driving and traffic offences such as speeding, driving without insurance, failure to pay parking tickets; please provide details.

 

If you select any answer other than ‘No, I have never had any of these’, you will be asked to enter details on the next page.

 

Please note: you must answer this question truthfully, as failure to do so may result in the refusal of your application.

If none apply, select No, I have never had any of these.

War crimes

Please read the information on this page carefully. You must select the answer which applies to you and confirm that you have read all of the information regarding war crimes. 

 

If you select Yes, you will be asked to provide details of your involvement.

Terrorist activities, organisations and views

Please read the information on this page carefully.  You must select the answers which apply to you and confirm that you have read all of the information regarding terrorist activities, organisations and views.

 

If you select Yes for any of the questions, you will be asked to provide further details.

Extremist organisations and views

Please read the information on this page carefully.  You must select the answers which apply to you, and confirm that you have read all of the information regarding extremist organisations and views. 

 

If you select Yes for any of the questions, you will be asked to provide further details.

Person of good character

If you select Yes for any of the questions in this section, you will be asked to provide further details.

 

If you select No for these questions, no further information is required.

Your employment history

If you have ever been employed in any of the organisations listed, select the one(s) that applies to you. You will be asked to provide more information about the role and date of employment.

 

If you have never worked in any of these organisations, select I have not worked in any of the jobs listed above.

Sponsor licence number and address

You will need your CAS for the next few questions.

 

Please enter this information in the appropriate fields.

 

Sponsor licence number: P8KB0DJU9

Sponsor’s address: 16 Richmond Street

Town/City: Glasgow

Postcode: G1 1XQ

Place of study

Please select Higher Education Provider with a track record of compliance.

 

The University of Strathclyde is a Higher Education Provider with a track record of compliance.

Primary site of study

This page will ask you to confirm that majority of your study will take place at University of Strathclyde’s sponsor address.

 

Please select Yes.

UCAS details

If you have applied for your course through UCAS (usually undergraduate Bachelor’s degree) select Yes and provide your UCAS number.

 

If not, select No.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

You will need your CAS for this. Check your CAS or your offer from Admissions. This will tell you if you need an ATAS certificate.

 

If you require ATAS, select Yes and enter your ATAS number. Your ATAS number is six numbers on your ATAS certificate listed by “ATAS reference:”

 

If you do not need ATAS, select No.

 

Visit the GOV.UK website for information on ATAS.

 

Current or past financial sponsor

If you have never received money from an official financial sponsor*, select No.

 

If you have received money from an official financial sponsor*, select Yes.

 

*Examples of an official financial sponsor include the UK Government or your home government, a university, or an international company or organisation. Examples of support may include a scholarship, internship, fellowship or training programme.

Future official financial sponsor

If you will not be receiving money from an official financial sponsor for your continuing studies, select No.

 

If you will be receiving money from an official financial sponsor for your continuing studies, select Yes. You will need to answer another question.

 

The next question will ask if you are being wholly sponsored, how you will prove this. Being wholly sponsored means your financial sponsor will pay all of your course fees and all of your living costs of at least £1015 per month.

 

You will have three options:

  • My Student sponsor has confirmed this on my CAS – please check your CAS carefully. If there is no wording on your CAS about sponsorship, you must select another option. The University of Strathclyde will only confirm financial sponsor information on your CAS if the University is your official financial sponsor.
  • Letter of official financial sponsorship – This may be a letter you receive from your financial sponsor. For details see the UK Student visa web guidance on evidence to provide if you have financial sponsorship.
  • I am not wholly sponsored – Select this option if your course fees and living costs are not 100% covered by your financial sponsor.

 

If you are not wholly financially sponsored, you will have to answer more questions.

Course information

You will need your CAS for this question. Please check your CAS.

 

Enter the information exactly as from your CAS.

 

  • Name of sponsor institution: University of Strathclyde
  • Course name: (See your CAS – under “Course title:”)
  • Qualification you will get: (See your CAS – under “Course level:”)**

**PhD students: Please be careful with this question. Do not select "Postgraduate Doctor or Dentist." This qualification level is for students training as a medical doctor or dental student only. Selecting "Postgraduate Doctor or Dentist" may cause delays or further issues for your visa application. 

There will be another question if you are going to be a Student Union Sabbatical Officer. If you are not going to be a Student Union Sabbatical Officer, select No.

Course dates

Enter the course start date as on your CAS.

Enter the course end date as on your CAS.

Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES)

Please answer this question carefully.

If you are applying for a Student visa, select No to this question. The Doctorate Extension Scheme is only for PhD students who are within 60 days of completing their PhD.

If you are applying for DES, select Yes. PhD students, your CAS will tell you if it is for the Doctorate Extension Scheme, which can only be applied for within 60 days of completing your PhD. Please check this under “Evidence used to obtain offer:” and “If the same or lower supply justification text:” on your CAS for this information. 

Accommodation payments

If you or your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) have paid money to the University of Strathclyde for accommodation, answer Yes or No.

 

Then check your CAS. If you have any fees listed in “Accommodation fees paid to date:” then you should answer Yes and enter how much was paid and select the answer how you can prove it was paid.

Course fees

You will need your CAS for this question.

 

For your course fees for your first year, enter the amount from “Course fees charged for first year of the course (in pounds sterling):” on your CAS. Please enter a number even if your course fees are zero.

 

You will then have to answer if you or your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) made any payment to the university for your course fees.

 

Enter how much has been paid in course fees according to your CAS. You can check this under “Course fees paid to date (in pounds sterling):” on the CAS.

 

If the fees you have paid are correct on your CAS, select “My sponsor has confirmed this information on my CAS”

 

You can also choose “Receipts” as evidence you have paid, however please ensure you have these available and keep record of this.

 

If you have paid more toward your course fees but this has not been updated on your CAS, you will need to have this updated on your CAS before you make your visa application.

Student loan

If you have a student loan that will be used toward your course fees or living costs, select Yes. You will have to answer another question.

 

If you will not be using a student loan, select No.

 

See Home Office guidance for more specific information on using a loan letter as financial evidence for the Student visa route.

Maintenance funds

In this section you will need to provide information on who will be providing you funds for your maintenance.

 

If you will be using a personal bank account, answer Yes to “Are all of the maintenance funds required for this application in a bank account with your name on it?”

 

If you are using your parent(s)’ or legal guardian(s)’ funds, select No. You will then have to answer if you are relying money in an account under your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) name(s) and that you have permission to use this money. You will have to select what document that proves they are your parent(s) or legal guardian(s).

 

See Home Office guidance for more specific information on acceptable financial evidence for the Student visa route.

Your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies

You will need your CAS for this question.

 

If you have your CAS, select Yes. If you do not have your CAS you will not be able to continue your application, but you can save your application and return to it later.

 

Enter your CAS number.

Check your answers

You will be provided a summary of all the questions and answers you have provided so far. Check your answers carefully and click on "Change" if there are any answers you need to change.

After checking your answers and you are confident you answered the questions correctly, continue.

Nationalities applying under the differential arrangement will be asked at this stage if you want to submit your application under the differentiation agreement. While you do not have to provide evidence of your finances with your application, you must have this available as the Home Office can request this at any time.

Applicant(s)

You will be brougtht back to the main page and have an opportunity to add additional applicants, such as your dependants (spouse, partner or children).

If you have no dependants applying in this application then click continue.

Documents - Mandatory documents and other documents

You will be taken to a page where you must tick boxes for documents you will provide to supportr your visa application. You must provide the mandatory documents to support your visa application.

When you have selected the documents you will provide and that you understand the statement, click save and continue.

Verification consent

You will have to click the link "Declaration of consent for the Home Office to request verification checks" to download a document which you must print out, complete and sign.

Please remember to complete, scan and upload this document in addition to providing your other supporting documents as part of your application.

Conditions

This question is asking that you understand the conditions on your visa and what happens if you stay in the UK without permission. Please read this question carefully.

Declaration

This is the final question before you will be asked to make any payment, such as for your Immigration Health Surcharge or payment for your visa application.

If you are satisfied with your answers on your application, please continue.

If you are unsure with how you answered questions on your application, please make a list of which questions and download a copy of your application PDF. See our FAQs below for more details.

Please note after you go to the IHS website, you will not be able to make any changes to your answers or application, even if there are mistakes.

Frequently asked questions

I have finished answering the questions on my visa application but I am not sure about the answer to some questions.

Before continuing with your visa application, if you would like to have certain questions checked please do not continue and do not pay for your visa application.

Instead:

  • At any application question page, select "Return to this application later" at the bottom
  • Click on "Download your part-completed application (PDF)"
  • Alternatively you can click on your/the applicant's name in the top right corner and select "Download PDF"

After you have downloaded your application, please return to our Student visa in the UK information, eligibility and process page for more details on what to do next. Resume from step 8.

Please do not download your application by sending screenshots or downloading the page as a PDF from the "Check your answers" page. This application does not offer a full view of your visa application and does not provide the list of supporting documents (or also known as "Documents Checklist") you will be expected to provide.

I am ready to pay for my visa application and confident to submit this by myself. What should I do next?

Please return to our Student visa in the UK information, eligibility and process page and continue to step 9.