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Short-term Study visa (formerly known as 'Student Visitor Visa')

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Find out what is Short-term Study Visa and if this is the right visa for you

Section 2: What is the Short Term Study Route?


To enter the UK, you must hold valid permission to do so.


The Short Term Study Route allows successful applicants to enter the UK under this route for the purpose it was issued for.


Please click on the following link for more information:


GOV.UK | Visas and Immigration

Section 3: Who is the Short Term Study Route for?


The short-term study route is for people aged 16 or over who want to come to the UK to study an English language course with an accredited provider that will last longer than 6 months

It provides the holder Permission to Enter for the purpose it was granted for.

If you already hold a visa for the UK, the grant of this visa will cause your previous visa to be cancelled, and you will not receive a refund on that visa.

    The Short-Term Study Route Visa is issued for the following reasons:

    • An English language course that lasts between 6 and 11 months and if you are aged 16 or over

      With this visa you cannot:

      • Intend to study a course that lasts longer than 11 months
      • Intend to study at an academy or state-funded school (for example, one which provides free education and is funded mainly from public funds)
      • Make the UK their main home – for example by using the route to live in the UK for extended periods through frequent or successive periods as a short-term student
      • Intend to take employment, become self-employed, or undertake any business activity
      • Switch to another visa category

      I will be / I am a student at Warwick, is this visa right for me?

      This visa is suitable for an potential Warwick Student, or, a current Warwick Student who wishes to study the Year Round Pre-Sessional English Course

      Please note:


      Section 4: Where can I apply for the Short-Term Study Visa Route?


      You must apply in advance, outside of the UK, within any country that you are legally in.

      Section 5: When do I apply for a Short Term Study Route Visa?


      You must hold your visa in time for your course start date.


      Standard visa applications, outside of the UK usually take 15 working days.


      It can then take up to 10 working days to have your passport endorsed with your Visa Vignette.


      Therefore, you must apply in good time in advance of your course, taking account the above.

      Section 6: What are the application requirements for the Short Term Study visa?


      You will require the following for your application:


      • A current passport (with a blank page for your visa) or other valid travel document

      • Evidence that you can support yourself during your trip, for example bank statements or payslips for the last 6 months

      • Details of where you intend to stay and your travel plans - you should not pay for accommodation or travel until you get your visa

      • Evidence that you’ve paid your course fees or have enough money to pay them

      • Your tuberculosis (TB) test results, if you’re from a country where you have to take the TB test

      • Contact details for at least one parent or guardian in your home country, if you’re under 18 years old

      • A certified translation if any documents are not in English or Welsh

      • You must provide written proof of the course you’re studying - For example, a letter of acceptance from the educational institution stating the course’s name, duration and cost (including accommodation).

      • Evidence of permission to be in the country you’re applying from, if you’re not a national of that country.

      • Financial sponsor’s occupation, income, savings or funds that will support your studies

      • If you’re under 18 you will need to provide additional documents.

      Please see the following page for full details of application documents:


      GOV.UK | Study English in the UK (Short-term study visa) | Documents you need to provide

      Section 7: How do I apply for a Short Term Study Visa?


      You must apply in advance:


      • To apply for a visa, you will need to gather all your application evidence first.

      • Once you have all your application materials you need to make your application using the online application form, via the following link:

      GOV.UK | Short Term Student | Apply


      • Once you are satisfied you have filled in the form correctly, your need to pay for your application fee, and submit your online application.

      Once you have submitted your online application, please see "Section 8: I have applied for my Short Term Study Visa, what happens now?" for your next steps.

      Section 8: I have applied for my Short Term Study Visa, what happens now?


      If you have applied in advance:


      Once you have submitted your online application, you will need to attend an appointment to verify your evidence.


      You will then receive a decision to the email address you gave in your application in around 3 weeks.


      You will then need to either:


      • Attend the VAC to have your passport endorsed with your visa vignette

      OR


      • Post your passport to the instructed address to have it endorsed with your visa vignette.

      Section 9: I have received my Short Term Study Visa, what do I need to do now?


      Once you have received your endorsed passport back, you should check your vignette for any errors, e.g. spelling of name, Etc.


      You will then need to enter the UK during the validity period of your vignette.


      If you are using this visa to study, and you are a new student:

      You will need to have completed your online course enrolment within 2 weeks of your course start date.


      • You can do this as soon as you have received your 'invite to register' email, even if you are not in the UK yet, or, have not made your application or received your visa yet.

      • If you have not completed your online registration by this deadline, you will be withdrawn from your course.

      You will need to ensure you arrive in the UK by your course latest arrival date - this can be found on your confirmation of course letter from the Univeristy


      • If you have not arrived by your course latest arrival date, you will not be permitted to register, and you will be withdrawn from your course.

      Arriving in the UK and beyond:

      Once you arrive at the UK Border, you must visit the Immigration Desk to have your visa activated by UK Border Force.


      Before you leave the desk, please check that they have endorsed the right vignette by checking that it has the date of your entry stamped on it.


      • If it is not stamped, you may have to leave the UK and re-enter to activate your visa.

      New Students Enrolment:

      Once you have cleared Border Control, and have had your vignette stamped, you will need to upload a clear and legible scan or photo of your activated vignette to your enrolment portal.