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On 5 October 2020 the Tier 4 visa route became the Student visa route. The information on this page is in line with guidance for visa applications made under the Student visa route on or after 1 December 2020.

Preparing your supporting documents for your visa application

When applying for a Student visa from within the UK or outside the UK, you will need to prepare your documents to be considered by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for your Student visa application. These are called your supporting documents.

If you apply for a Student visa in the UK, you may be invited an appointment with a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services centre with your supporting documents for your visa application or requested to provide your information through the IDVapp in the UK.

If you are applying for a Student visa outside the UK, you will need to check the visa process in your country of residence. Some countries may have more than one UK visa application centre where you live.

It is important that you start preparing your supporting documents as soon as you can, as it can take considerable time to get some documents ready. When applying outside the UK, make yourself aware of the visa processing times in the country from where you are applying.

Student visa supporting documents

All applicants are required to provide:

  • Your original current passport
  • Your original current Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) if you have one
  • Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence you meet financial requirements
  • Financial sponsor letter, if you have one
  • Translations of documents if they are not in English

Depending on what kind of documents you have as evidence you meet Student visa financial requirements, you may need to provide additional documents. 

Some applicants may need to have:

  • Tuberculosis test - usually applicants outside the UK
  • Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate - certain courses only
  • Police Registration Certificate - applicants in the UK and certain nationalities only
  • Written consent from your sponsor to apply for the Student visa - if you have received official financial sponsorship in the last 12 months before applying for your visa
  • Written consent from both parents or legal guardians to your Student visa application, including confirmation of your relationship, consent to your living and care arrangements in the UK and consent to your travel and reception arrangement in the UK, signed by both parents or legal guardians - if you're under 18 years old

When you submit your visa application, you will be asked to confirm that the supporting documents you are submitting for your visa will be used to support your application and they are genuine.

Differential evidence requirement

Some nationals specified by the Home Office may have their Student visa route application considered under the differential evidence requirement. This means that you do not have to submit certain documents (such as evidence you meet financial requirements or qualification documents) with your visa application.

See the Differential evidence requirement tab for more information.

Dependants

If you have dependants who are applying for their visa with you at the same time, they will also need to provide their documents. Some examples include a marriage certificate, birth certificate and/or evidence you are living at the same address. For more information, see the Dependant supporting documents tab.

This information is for Student visa applicants in and outside the UK.

If any of your supporting documents for your visa application are not in English or Welsh, you must provide a certified translation of these documents.

The translation must be a fully certified translation from a professional translator or translation company that can be independently verified by the Home Office.

The translation must include all of the following information:

  • confirmation that it is an accurate translation of the document
  • the date of translation
  • the full name and signature of the translator or an official from the translation company
  • the translator or translation company’s contact details

Applying under Differential evidence requirement

This information is for Student visa applicants in and outside the UK.

Certain nationals may not have to provide certain documents in support of their Student visa application, such as documents to show you meet financial maintenance requirements or your academic qualifications. 

However, UKVI confirm that they reserve the right to request evidence you meet financial maintenance requirements, even if you qualify under differential arrangements. If you are asked to provide this evidence you will have a very short time to provide it. Failure to provide requested evidence will result in a visa refusal.

The list of nationals in the differential evidence requirement is listed in Appendix Student of the UK Immigration Rules in paragraph ST 22.1.

Can my dependants apply for the differentiation arrangements?

If a dependant:

  • is applying at the same time as the Student visa main applicant and
  • has both their nationality and the nationality of the Student listed in the differential evidence requirement (Appendix Student ST 22.1)
  • is making an application for entry clearance (applying outside the UK) or a visa extension (in the UK) while meeting both above conditions

Then the dependant can be considered under the differentiation arrangement and will not need to submit certain additional supporting documents. The dependant will have to indicate on their visa application form that they are applying under differentiation arrangements and also declare they can provide evidence they meet requirements.

Dependants will still be required to provide certain supporting documents, such as:

  • their passport
  • their Biometric Residence Permit (if applying in the UK)
  • a Police Registration Certificate (certain nationalities only)
  • evidence of relationship to the Student
  • evidence that the reltionship is "subsisting" (if applying as a Dependant partner)
  • evidence of "dependence" 
If my dependant is applying under differentiation arrangements, do they still need to show funds?

UKVI have confirmed that when a visa application is being considered under differentation arrangements, they can still request supporting documents. If a dependant does not provide documents relating to funds, the visa application will be refused. We therefore advise for you and your dependants to maintain your financial documents that meet Appendix Student requirements in case this is requested by UKVI.

My dependants are applying separately from me (the main Student visa applicant). Can they be considered under the differentiation arrangement?

If the dependant is applying separately from the main Student visa applicant, even if the dependant is of a nationality listed in the differentiation arrangement, then the differentation arrangement will not apply and they will be required to provide all supporting documents. This is confirmed in the Student route casework guidance.

 

More information:

Showing financial maintenance (money) for Student visa

This information is for Student visa applicants in and outside the UK.

Depending on where you are applying from, whether in or outside the UK, this will determine whether you have to show finances. Whether your nationality is listed under the differential evidence requirement in Appendix Student will also determine whether you have to show finances for your Student visa application.

Please see the table below for who needs to show evidence of finances.  

Main Student visa applicant

 In UK now and been in UK less than 12 monthsApplying outside the UKIn UK now and has been in UK for 12 months or more with valid UK visa
Student visa applicant Must show finances Must show finances Does not need to show finances
Student visa applicant with nationality listed in 'differential evidence requirement' list** May need to show finances* May need to show finances* Does not need to show finances

Dependant applicants

  In UK now and been in UK less than 12 months Applying outside the UK

In UK now and has been in UK for 12 months or more with valid UK visa

Dependant visa applicant (applying together with Student) Must show finances Must show finances

Does not need to show finances if applying together with main Student applicant

Dependant visa applicant with nationality listed in ‘differential evidence requirement’ list** (applying together with Student)

May need to show finances*

May need to show finances*

Does not need to show finances if applying together with main Student applicant

Dependant visa applicant (applying separately from Student) – all nationalities

Must show finances if applying separately from Student

Must show finances if applying separately from Student

Must show finances if applying separately from Student

 *UKVI advise if you are applying under differential evidence requirement, you will be asked to declare you can demonstrate meeting the financial requirement and UKVI can request evidence of this from you before you get a decision on your application.

**See “Differential evidence requirement” drop-down for details.

Showing finances for nationalities listed under differential evidence requirement

While Student route caseworker guidance confirms that as an applicant who qualifies under the differentiation arrangements (meaning you do not have to show certain documents, such as finances or qualifications) UKVI has also advised that applicants applying under the differential evidence requirement should still hold the required level of funds as UKVI reserve the right to request evidence of funds.

We would therefore advise applicants, even if your nationality is listed under the differential evidence requirement, to maintain the appropriate level of funds that meet Student visa requirements.

More information:

This information is for Student visa applicants in and outside the UK.

You must show that you have enough money to cover your course/tuition fees plus a specified amount for living costs.

For Student visa applications made on or after 1 December 2020, you must show your course fees plus £1023 for each remaining month of your course up to a maximum of 9 months (£9207).

Calculating the maintenance

If the length of your course is less than 9 months you will need to work out how many months you need to show. The number of months’ maintenance you show must be calculated based on the start and end dates on your CAS.

For example: if your course start date (on your CAS) is 1st February and your course end date (on your CAS) is 1st August, you will need to show 7 months maintenance (7 x £1023 = £7161).

If your study period includes a part month, you must round this up to a full month (for example a study period of 5 months and 1 week means you must show 6 months of maintenance).

Please see table below: 

Length of new course

Amount Required

Nine months or less

Any unpaid course fees + £1023 multiplied by each remaining calendar month of the course to cover living costs

More than nine months

Any unpaid course fees + £9207 to cover living costs for the first 9 months. 

If you have paid any course fees, check this is shown on your CAS.

More information:

The Doctorate Extension Scheme closed on 1 July 2021 and has been replaced by the Graduate Route.

This information is for Student visa applicants in or outside the UK.

Most visa refusals are because of maintenance. UKVI are very strict in checking that you have the required funds and that the documents you provide as proof are in the correct format. If you do not have the money needed, your visa will be refused regardless of your circumstances. If you have enough money but your documents do not meet all the requirements below, your visa application will be refused.

It is very important to read the Student route caseworker guidance for further information on maintenance requirements and evidence required.

We have summarised the most important information below.

Currency conversion

If you are using a bank account or sponsor letter that shows funds in a currency other than British pounds sterling (GBP), you must do an online currency conversion to show what your funds are worth in GBP.

Please use the OANDA website to convert your currency into GBP. If the funds in your bank statement vary over the 28 day period, we recommend you do a conversion of the closing balance and also the lowest balance over the 28 day period.

If you do not hold your funds in GBP you should ensure that you hold a little more money than you need to meet Student visa requirements. This is because exchange rates vary and the value of your currency may fall in between the date you get your bank statements or sponsor letter and the date you submit your visa application.

If you know your currency value is volatile, you should keep a higher amount of money.

 

Financial evidence you cannot use

The following are not accepted as evidence to show you have the required amount of money:

  • overdrafts
  • bitcoin savings
  • stocks and shares
  • pensions
  • bank accounts that are not regulated by the financial regulatory body in the country you’re applying from
  • bank accounts that don’t use electronic record keeping

 

Financial evidence you can provide

Bank statements - if you are self-funded

If you are funding yourself, your funds must be held in cash. Funds can be in the following types of accounts:

  • current account
  • deposit account
  • savings account
  • pension savings
  • investment account

The cash must be in account where it is immediately accessible and must have been acquired legally. The required money must have been held in your account for at least 28 days before the date you submit your visa application. 

The following documents can be used to evidence funds held in a personal or parent(s) or legal guardian(s) account:

  • bank statements
  • building society passbooks
  • certificates of deposit
  • a letter from your bank or building society

If you are using a bank statement it should have the following information: 

  • the date it was issued
  • your name (or the account holders name if it is your parent or partner)
  • the name of the bank or building society (preferably with contact details and/or branch code)
  • the account number
  • balance on the account
Can I use printed out online bank statements?

Yes, but it should have the information listed above. UKVI have also advised they may do verification checks with your bank. If they cannot verify the funds, they will refuse your Student visa application.

Can I use bank statements from outside the UK? 

You can use bank statements from outside the UK, however you will need to ensure that the bank is regulated by the appropriate regulartory body in the country where it operates and that the bank uses electronic record keeping.

If your bank statements are not in English, you must get them officially translated.

My funds are not in GBP. How can I find out how much I have in GBP? 

Do an online currency conversion to show what your funds are worth in GBP. Please use the OANDA website to convert your currency into GBP. If your level of funds have varied we recommend you do a conversion of the closing balance, and also the lowest balance over the 28 day period.

Please select your closing balance date (or the date your statement was printed) as the date you use when you do the conversion. 

 

Using parents' or legal guardians' bank statements

If your parents are paying for your course fees and living costs, you must submit:

  • your parents’ bank statements (in the same format as above) and
  • your birth certificate, as proof of relationship
  • a letter of consent from your parents confirming availability of the funds, purpose of you using the funds and confirmation of the relationship (details below)

Your parents must also provide a letter confirming you are their daughter/son and that they are allowing you to use their bank statements to make your Student visa application. It would be helpful if they include a statement confirming that the funds are solely controlled by the parents.

You cannot use bank statements from any other relative.

 

Letter from your bank

You can also use a letter from your bank confirming you have money for your course fees and living costs for a 28 day period. The letter should have a date of 31 days before your apply for your visa.

This type of letter must have:

  • Your name or your parent's/legal guardian's name (whoever is the named account holder)
  • The account number
  • The date of the letter
  • The bank's name and logo
  • The bank's contact information
  • The amount of money in the account
  • The amount of money available confirming there is enough money to cover your course fees and living costs

You cannot use a bank letter that shows the closing balance on a date. This is because it will not show the money has been held for a 28-day period.

 

Official financial sponsor

Some students may receive financial sponsorship to cover their course fees or living costs. Students can receive official financial sponsorship from their home government, the British Council or a university as some examples. 

If you have an Official Financial Sponsor they must provide you an original letter on official letter-headed paper or stationery of the organisation of the official financial sponsor which must have: 

  • Date of the letter - if older than 6 months, you should ask your sponsor for a new letter
  • Your financial sponsor’s name
  • Your financial sponsor's contact details
  • How much they are giving for tuition fees and/or living costs or confirmation that your sponsor will cover all your course fees and living costs
  • How long they will sponsor you for (preferably with an end date)
  • If any dependants who are covered by your financial sponsor, their names should also be included in addition to the information above
What if my sponsor will not fully cover my tuition fees and living costs? 

You will need to provide one an additional form of financial evidence described above, to show you have access to the remaining financial requirements.

I have been receiving financial sponsorship in the last 12 months. I heard I need written permission from my sponsor to continue studying in the UK.

If you have received official financial sponsorship in the UK in the last 12 months before applying for your visa, your sponsor letter should confirm that they will continue to sponsor you and they give you permission to remain in the UK until either you complete your studies or until the end date stated on your CAS.

This must be confirmed on your financial sponsor letter or your visa will be refused.

I will be receiving financial sponsorship from the University of Strathclyde. What can I provide as evidence of this?

If you are a student starting a new course of study at the University of Strathclyde, please check your CAS for information about the financial sponsorship you received, such as a scholarship. This should be on your CAS.

Alternatively some applicants may have a letter which indicates the details of their financial sponsorship.

What if my sponsor will not sponsor me to the end date on my CAS? What if they will only sponsor me for a few months?

UKVI will issue you with a visa based on your sponsor end date, rather than your CAS end date. In other words, if your sponsor gives you a letter with an end date that is earlier than your CAS end date, you will be granted a shorter visa.

I no longer receive financial sponsorship, but I did in the last 12 months.

If you are not currently receiving financial sponsorship, but you have in the past 12 months received full funding (i.e. funding for your full fees plus living costs) from an official financial sponsor, then you will need a letter of permission from your previous sponsor. The letter should confirm that your sponsor has no objection to you staying in the UK until you have completed your studies.

 

Certificates of deposit

If you intend to use a Certificate of Deposit please note that these certificates must still meet the Student visa financial requirements. These certificates often show that money will be held until a certain date in the future. This is not enough to meet the Student visa requirements as you must show you have held your financial requirements for the past 28 days.

A certificate of deposit should show:

  • A date within 31 days you submit your visa application
  • Information similar to what should be on a bank statement
  • At least 28 days have passed since the date of deposit
  • You can access the funds at any time

 

Loan

Student loans must be provided to the Student visa applicant and must be from certain loan providers, such as a government, a government sponsored student loan company or an academic or educational loans scheme. For details please see Immigration Rules Appendix Finance paragraphs FIN 8.3(c) and FIN 9.2.

For student loans you need to show a student loan letter which:

  • is dated no more than 6 months before the date of application
  • confirms the loan is a student loan provided by either the relevant government or a government sponsored student loan company or an academic or educational loans scheme
  • confirms there are no conditions on release of the loan funds other than a successful application to study
  • confirms the amount of the loan
  • confirms the loan is for you
  • is on official stationery
  • confirms the funds will be available to you, or paid directly to the sponsor, before you begin your course

 If your student loan only covers some of your course fees or living costs, you must be able to provide additional evidence that you can show the rest of the funds required.

 

More information:

Additional Student visa supporting documents

This information is for Student visa applicants in and outside the UK.

You can check your CAS carefully in the Evidence Provided section under Other Evidence and in the section "Evidence used to obtain offer." This means that this evidence was assessed by the University of Strathclyde for your application for admission to the University.

If there are documents listed here, for example a certificate or transcripts, you do not need to provide them for your visa application. However we do recommend that you have them available.

As the University of Strathclyde is a Higher Education Provider with a track record of compliance, applicants for the Student visa route will not have to provide evidence of qualifications or references assessed when obtaining an offer from the University of Strathclyde as part of their Student visa application.

On your CASWhat do I need?
If your CAS has a specific English Language test Keep record of the evidence you used to show this requirement
You met level CEFR B2 in English No further evidence required
List of certificates or transcripts from educational institutions where you previously studied Keep record of the evidence you used to show this requirement - for example certificates or transcripts


The following information is for Student visa applicants in the UK only.

If you studied in the UK on a Tier 4 or Student visa before starting a new course, you will have to show proof you have successfully completed your previous course of study, such as by providing a transcript or degree certificate. If you are continuing on the same course of study, your CAS will usually confirm that you have met level CEFR B2 in English, if so no further evidence is required.

More information:

The following information is for Student visa applicants in or outside the UK.

Your CAS will confirm whether your level of English has been assessed in reading, writing, speaking and listening or if an assessment is not required. 

You will see this information on your CAS in the Other evidence section by Evidence used to obtain offer. This means this information was assessed by the University of Strathclyde for your English language ability. You will not have to provide evidence of this for your Student visa application.

The following are examples of what documents that may be listed on your CAS depending on how your English language has been assessed. Please check your CAS carefully for this information.

SituationEvidence to provide
National of a majority English-speaking country Your passport
You have a degree-level qualification taught in a majority English-speaking country Check your CAS - you may need to provide a certificate or results transcript plus a statement of comparability from UK NARIC confirming your qualification meets or exceeds the level of a UK degree
You have completed a degree in the UK Check your CAS - your certificate or results transcript
You are applying for Student visa at degree-level study don't meet any of the previous situations listed Check your CAS - it will confirm that your English language ability has been assessed at at CEFR B2 in all four components or through the Home Office's approved secure English language tests (SELT)
You are applying for Student visa at below degree level study and don't meet any of the previous situations listed Check your CAS - it will confirm that your English language ability has been assessed at at CEFR B1 in all four components in all four components or through the Home Office's approved secure English language tests (SELT)

More information:

This information is for Student visa applicants in or outside the UK.

Some courses (mostly in Science and Engineering) require ATAS clearance. The ATAS certificate takes around 4 weeks to process or even longer during busy periods.

If you need an ATAS certificate, it is important to apply for it as soon as you can. You do not need a CAS or an unconditional offer to apply for ATAS. The application is free.

Apply for ATAS

I am starting a new course of study

If your course requires ATAS, this will be stated in the notes section of your University of Strathclyde online application. If you need ATAS you must apply for it online.

After your ATAS application has been approved, an ATAS certificate will be emailed to you. You must include this with your visa application.

I am continuing on the same course of study

You must apply for a new ATAS certificate if the duration/length of your course increases. If you are applying for a visa extension, then the duration/length of your course has increased and a new ATAS certificate is required.

You do not need your new CAS to apply, but you will need to know the new end date of your studies as agreed with your department. You can apply for your ATAS using the information in your original research statement or ATAS certificate, provided your area of research has not changed.

It can take some time for an ATAS certificate to be issued, so you should apply as soon as you know your new end date. 

Nationals who are exempt from the ATAS requirement and condition

Some nationals are exempt from the ATAS requirement and condition and do not have to apply for ATAS. The differential evidence requirement does not apply to ATAS.

For a list of nationals please see Appendix ATAS paragraph ATAS 3.1 for the list of nationals who are exempt.

More information:

This information is for Student visa applicants who are applying outside the UK and/or have been outside the UK for more than 6 months.

If you're coming to the UK for more than 6 months and resident in any of the countries where you need a TB test to enter the UK, you will need to have a tuberculosis (TB) test.

If your test shows you do not have TB, you will receive a certificate valid for 6 months from the date of your x-ray. You must include this in your UK visa application.

Find out if you require a TB test.

More information

This information is for Student visa applicants in the UK only.

Some nationalities are required to register with the police as a condition of the Student visa. It is your responsibility to check the following documents if you are required to register with the police:

  • Your entry clearance vignette (in your passport)
  • Your visa decision letter (this can be an email or a paper given to you)
  • Your Biometric Residence Permit

After registering with the police, you will receive a police registration certificate which must be kept updated.

When extending your Student visa, you must ensure you update your police registration certificate within 7 days of the following changes:

  • New address
  • Extensions to your visa granted by the Home Office
  • Any new landing conditions
  • New passport
  • New study information or change to university/college
  • New employment

If you are a resident in Greater Glasgow, the nearest station is: Police Scotland, Clyde Gateway, 2 French Street, Dalmarnock, G40 4EH

More information:

Dependant applicants

This information is for Dependants applying together with the Student visa applicant or to join a Student visa holder.

This information is for Dependant applicants of main Student visa applicants in or outside the UK.

Depending on the main Student visa holder's circumstances, there is a possibility dependants may also join the Student visa holder in the UK.

Please see the following links for further information.

More information:

This information is for Dependant applicants of main Student visa applicants in or outside the UK.

Dependants will be required to provide certain supporting documents for their application.

Differential evidence requirement - Check when your Dependants are applying

If your Dependant is of a nationality that is listed under the Differential evidence requirement, please be sure to read the "Differential evidence requirement" tab first. Depending on when they are applying (whether at the same time as the Student visa applicant or to join later) they may be required to provide additional evidence.

Evidence of relationship with your Dependant

Depending on the relationship status of the dependant who is applying with the main Student visa applicant, you must be able to provide evidence of your relationship or additional documents as requested.

Spouse or civil partner

A dependant who is the spouse or unmarried partner of a Student visa applicant must be able to provide evidence of the relationship with the Student visa main applicant.

This can be:

  • A marriage certificate
  • A civil partnership certificate for your partner

Your spouse or civil partner must intend to live together with you in the UK.

Unmarried partner

If your dependant is an unmarried partner or you are not in a civil partnership with them, you must have documents to show you have been living in a relationship similar to a marriage or civil partnership for a period of at least two years. These documents must cover the whole period.

Documents can only be accepted from official sources. Your unmarried partner must intend to live together with you in the UK.

Some example documents include:

  • bank statements
  • council tax bills
  • utility bills
  • residential mortgate statements
  • tenancy agreements
Children

Children must:

  • be under 18 years old on the date they apply for their UK visa
  • not have started a family or be leading an independent life
  • not be employed full-time
  • not be depending on their parents emotionally and financially
  • not be living with their parents (except if at boarding school, college or university in full-time education)

If you are applying outside the UK together with your dependants, in order for your child(ren) to come to the UK, both parents must come to live in the UK together with your child(ren). 

To show evidence of relationship, you must have:

  • a birth certificate with the names of both parents
  • a court order such as a special guardianship order
  • a government-issued household registration certificate
  • in some cases, a letter of consent from the children's parent(s) or legal guardian(s) confirming:
    • the relationship between the child and their parent(s)/legal guardian(s)
    • consent from the child's parent(s)/legal guardian(s) to the visa application
    • consent from the child's parent(s)/legal guardian(s) to the living and care arrangements in the UK
    • consent from the child's parent(s)/legal guardian(s) to the travel and reception arrangement in the UK, if applying outside the UK 
    • whether one or both of the child's parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have responsibility for the child
    • signature from both parents/legal guardians except where only one parent/legal guardian has sole responsibility for the child

If you have a child that was born in the UK, please contact our team for advice. 

Dependant applying separately from main Student visa applicant

The dependant will need to provide evidence of the main Student visa applicant's evidence of permission to enter or stay in the UK. 

Some examples of this are:

  • the main Student visa applicant's copy of their passport showing their Student visa if issued or
  • copy of the main Student visa applicant's Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) if already in the UK

More information:

This information is for Dependant applicants in and outside the UK.

Dependant maintenance

You must also have £680 for each month of visa granted from the date of application, with a maximum of up to 9 months (£6120), for each dependant submitting their application with yours.

To calculate this, you need to know how long your visa will be granted for.

If the length of your course (from original start date to your new end date) is more than 12 months, you and your dependants will be granted a visa for 4 months after the end date on your CAS. Your dependants must calculate the number of months between the date they apply for their visa (pay for their application online) and the date your new visa will expire.

How do I calculate my dependant's maintenance?

To help you understand, this please see the examples below.

Student A has 2 dependants. The application date is 02/01/17 and Student A has a CAS that shows his course start date as 02/02/2017 and course end date as 01/07/2017, the actual start date (shown as a sponsor note) was 01/10/2013. Student A is therefore doing a course of over 12 months) and he and his two dependants should receive a visa until 01/11/2017. Student A must show 5 months maintenance of £5075 (as there are 5 months between his CAS start and end date). His dependants must show 9 months maintenance of £6120 each (as there are 10 months between the application date and the date the new visas will expire and but you only need to show the maximum of 9 months). The total maintenance required for this application is therefore £17,315.

Student B has 3 dependants. The application date is 02/01/2017 and Student B has a CAS that shows her course start date as 02/02/2017 and course end date as 01/09/2017, the actual start date (shown as a sponsor note) was 01/10/2013. Student B is therefore doing a course of over 12 months) and she and her two dependants should receive a visa until 01/01/2018. Student B must show 7 months maintenance of £7105 (as there are 7 months between her CAS start and end date). Her dependants must show 9 months maintenance of £6120 each (there are 12 months between the application date and the date the new visas will expire, but you only need to show the maximum of 9 months). The total maintenance required for this application is therefore £25,465. 

If you are unsure how much maintenance your dependants must show, or if the total length of your course is less than 12 months, please contact us for advice.

We will not be able to tell you how much you or your dependants need to show until you have your CAS or we have your CAS request form.

Documents I can use as evidence of my dependant's maintenance

Bank statements

If you have family members and you are using bank statements to prove you meet the dependant’s maintenance requirements they money can be held in your bank account or the bank account of your dependant. If you have children, their maintenance can be held in your bank account or the bank account of your spouse/partner. 

Official Financial Sponsor Letter

If you receive official financial sponsorship, your sponsor letter can state that your dependant’s maintenance/living costs will be covered in full or state an amount that will be paid per dependant (this must be equal to or higher than the maintenance requirements or you will have to use bank statements to show the difference). The letter must state the full names of all your dependants.

Additional information and Frequently Asked Questions

For Student visa applicants in the UK only

Please do not make any travel arrangements or book flights while you are waiting for your visa. We cannot guarantee that you will have your visa in time for you to travel and you could lose money you have paid for your travel.

Although you are able to keep your passport while your visa application in progress, the Home Office have confirmed that if you travel while waiting for a decision on your visa, your visa application will be withdrawn. You will then need to make a new visa application outside the UK in order to return.

For Student visa applicants outside the UK only

If your Student visa application is successful, you will receive an entry clearance vignette (sticker in your passport) that will be valid for 90 days. You must travel to the UK within this period. You must not travel to the UK before the validity period of your entry clearance vignette, as there is a risk you may receive the wrong immigration permission to start or continue your studies.

You will then need to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) in the UK which will be your visa that should cover the duration of your studies at the University of Strathclyde. 

It is your responsibility to check your visa has the correct information and has been granted enough time to allow you to complete your studies. If you find errors on your BRP, please contact our team as soon as possible.