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Applying for a visa under the Student Route

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Section 1: Purpose and Contents of this page:

This page has been created to give comprehensive guidance for Warwick Students who are intending to apply for a UK Visa under the Student Route of the Immigration Rules.


If you are from the EU/EEA/Switzerland, you can also refer to the simplified guide for EU students.


Please ensure you have carefully read the guidance provided for your situation BEFORE you contact Student Immigration.


Section 2: Overview of Student Visa application process:

Impotant information:

To successfully apply for a visa under the Student Route, you must:


You must meet the eligibility requirements listed in Section 3 below.


You can only apply for your Student Visa:


Up to 3 months before your CAS Start Date, if applying within the UK


OR


Up to 6 months before your CAS Start Date, if applying from outside of the UK

Please ensure you have read through the guidance on this page AND on the links provided within this page.

Please click on the following link to see our full overview of the Student Visa application process:


Warwick | Student Immigration | Student Visa | Overview of Student Visa application process


If you have applied online but now wish to cancel your application, please follow the GOV website - Cancel Your Visa Application for further information.

Section 3: What are the Eligibility Requirements for the Student Route:

To apply for the Student Route, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

The applicant MUST not be subject to refusal Link opens in a new windowunder the general grounds of refusal. For example: terrorism, criminal activity, decpetion, etc.


The applicant MUST meet the English Language requirementsLink opens in a new window for their level of study.


The applicant MUST hold a valid Passport or Travel Document


The applicant MUST hold a valid CAS Link opens in a new windowissued by their Higher Education Institution.


The applicant MUST hold a valid tuberculosis test resultsLink opens in a new window, if they have resided for 6 months or more in a country that attracts this requirement at the date of their Student Visa application.


If their course is ATAS Registered, the applicant MUST hold a valid ATAS CertificateLink opens in a new window.


If previousy sponsored for a UK Visa, and received sponsorship from an official sponsorship agency or government agency within the 12 months prior to the Student Visa application date, they MUST provide written consent for their Student Visa application from their financial sponsor.


The applicant MUST provide evidence that shows they meet the Financial RequirementsLink opens in a new window of a Student Visa application.


The applicant MUST pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)Link opens in a new window that is due for the application.


The applicant MUST pay the Application FeeLink opens in a new window that is due for the application.

If under the age of 18 at the date of your Student Visa application:

The applicant MUST also provide proof of their relationship to their parent or guardian


The applicant MUST also provide proof of parental or other legal guardian consent


This must include:


The applicant's visa application


The applicant's living and care arrangements in the UK


The applicant's travel to the UK

If intending to apply within the UK, the applicant must also meet the following requirements:

Your current visa type must permit a switch to the Student Visa route


Your new course must start within 28 days of the expiry date of your current visa


If you currently hold a Student Visa, you must meet the Academic Progression requirementLink opens in a new window


If you currently hold a Student Visa, your Student Visa Sponsor must be:


a HEI/HEP with a track record of compliance


an overseas HEI


an embedded college offering pathway courses


an independent school

Section 4: Differentiation Arrangements - Low risk nationals:

Please click on the following link to see our guidance regarding differentiation arrangements for low risk nationals:


Warwick | Student Immigration | Student Visa | Differentiation Arrangements

Section 5: When can you apply for a Student Visa:

You can apply for a Student Visa once you have met the eligibility requirements.

Section 6: Where can you make an application for a Student Visa:

The Immigration Rules allow applicants to apply under the Student Route from the following:


Their country of residence


OR


The United Kingdom, if they meet the eligibility requirements to do so


Country of Residence:


The UKVI considers an applicant to be resident in a country if they hold a relevant Residency Visa or Passport for the country they currently live in.


This means you can only apply for a Student Visa in:


Your country of Nationality


OR


A country that you hold a Resdency Visa for - this cannot be a Visitor Visa


What happens if I apply in a country I do not hold residency for:

The UKVI will either Reject or Refuse your application.Link opens in a new window


Refusals may negatively affect any future UK Visa applications.


Any refusals MUST be declared in any future UK Visa applciations.

Section 7: Applying overseas (Permission to enter):

Please click on the following link to see our guidance for applying for making a Permission to enter Student Visa application:


Warwick | Student Immigration | Student Visa | Applying overseas (Permission to enter)

Section 8: Applying inside the UK (Permission to stay):

Please click on the following link to see our guidance for applying for making a Permission to stay Student Visa application:


Warwick | Student Immigration | Student Visa | Applying inside the UK (Permission to stay)

Section 9: If you have further queries and useful links:

If, after reading the guidance above, and you are still unsure of what you should do next, please contact Student Immigration to discuss your situation via the following methods:




    Please click on the following links for more information


    University of Warwick:


    UK Government:


    Other contacts:

    Page Change Log:

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    13/Mar/2022 ISA: JL 13/Mar/2023
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