The new Student visa route came in to effect at 9am on 5th October 2020. This route is applicable to all visa applications in relation to studying at the University of Strathclyde for longer than 6 months.
If you’re from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein and you started living in the UK on or before 31st December 2020, you can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
If you’re coming to the UK from 1st January 2021, you’ll need to apply for a visa to study in the UK.
Please see our up-to-date guidance on your options to protect your immigration status.
You can apply for a Student visa to study in the UK if you’re 16 or over and you:
- have been offered a place on a course by a licensed student sponsor
- have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course- the amount will vary depending on your circumstances
- can speak, read, write and understand English
- have consent from your parents if you’re 16 or 17 - you’ll need evidence of this when you apply
When to apply
When you can apply depends on whether you’re applying from inside or outside the UK.
Applying from outside the UK
The earliest you can apply for a visa is 6 months before you start your course. You’ll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.
Applying from inside the UK
The earliest you can apply is 3 months before your course starts. You must apply before your current visa expires. Your new course must begin within 28 days of your current visa expiring. You’ll usually get a decision within 8 weeks.
How long you can stay
How long you can stay depends on the length of your course and what study you’ve already completed.
If you’re 18 or over and your course is at degree level (SCQF9/10), you can usually stay in the UK for up to 5 years.
Staying longer in the UK
You may be able to:
- extend your visa if you’re eligible, for example to continue your studies in the UK
- switch to a Student visa from another visa if you’re already in the UK
When you can travel to the UK
You can arrive in the UK before your course starts. This can be either:
- up to 1 week before, if your course lasts 6 months or less
- up to 1 month before, if your course lasts more than 6 months
- £348 to apply for a Student visa from outside the UK
- £475 to extend or switch to a Student visa from inside the UK
You must pay the visa fee for each person that joins you.
You’ll also have to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your application.
Check how much you’ll have to pay before you apply.
Your partner and children
You may be able to bring your partner and children (‘dependants’).
What you can and cannot do
- work as a student union sabbatical officer
You may be able to work - how much depends on what you’re studying and whether you’re working in or out of term-time.
- claim public funds (benefits) and pensions
- work in certain jobs, for example as a professional sportsperson or sports coach
- be self-employed
If your application is successful, you’ll be told what you can and cannot do on a Student visa.
When you apply for your Student visa you must provide:
- a current passport or other valid travel documentation
- a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
You may also need to provide:
- proof you have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course - this will vary depending on your circumstances
- a valid ATAS certificateif your course requires it
- proof of parental or other legal guardian consent if you’re under 18
- proof of your relationship to your parent or guardian if you’re under 18
- your tuberculosis test results
- written consent for your application from your financial sponsor if you’ve received sponsorship for your course fees and living costs in the last 12 months
You may need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances. Read the guidance for the full list of documents you’ll need to provide.
You must apply online for a Student visa.
As part of your application, you’ll need to prove your identity. How you do this depends on where you’re from and what type of passport you have.
- give your fingerprints and a photograph (biometric information) at a visa application centre
- use the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app to scan your identity document - you’ll also create or sign into your UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) account
You’ll be told what you need to do when you apply.
Once you’ve started your application, you can save your form and complete it later.
How long it takes to get a decision
You’ll usually get a decision within 3 weeks.
If you need to give your biometric information at a visa application centre, you may be able to pay to get a faster decision. Check if your visa application centre offers faster decisions and other services.
You must apply online for a Student visa.
After you apply
You’ll be contacted if your application is complex and will take longer, for example because:
- your supporting documents need to be verified
- you need to attend an interview
- of your personal circumstances (for example if you have a criminal conviction)
If you need to change something in your application after you’ve sent it contact UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).
You can ask to withdraw your application by contacting UKVI. Your fee will only be refunded if UKVI has not started processing your application.
After you get a decision
If your application is successful, you’ll get either:
- a biometric residence permit- if you gave your biometric information at a visa application centre
- a digital immigration status which you can view and prove online- if you used the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app