How do I qualify to travel to the UK as a student?
You must be able to show that you have been accepted on a course of study at:
- a publicly funded institution of further or higher education (e.g. a university)
- a private-education institution
- an independent fee paying school
And that you are going to follow:
- a recognised full-time degree course
- a weekday full-time course involving at least 15 hours organised daytime study per week
- a full-time course of study at an independent fee paying school
You must also:
- be able to pay for your course and support an accommodate yourself and any dependants without working or help from public funds
- plan to leave the UK when you complete your studies
There are two type of student visas. You can apply for a six month visa as a "prospective" student, where you have not yet decided either on the course or the institution. Under the rules you can now switch over as a student whilst in the UK. Previously, because Pakistan was a visa national one had to return to Pakistan for a student visa. That is not now the case
Students are allowed to work part-time but no more than 20 hours per week.
Cheap accommodation is usually plenty but first year students are advised to ask their institution to provide the same on campus.
Most student applications are straight forward however, it is advisable that proper advise is sought on the type and level of course of study, fees etc before making such an application. There is a right of appeal against refusal of student visas.
Today, 3 February 2014, the government announced proposals to change the fees charged for visas, immigration and nationality applications and associated premium services.
From 16 December 2013, if you are applying for a visa from outside the UK, you will be asked to fill in a new customer satisfaction survey.
From 16 December 2013 all UK visa applications made in Pakistan must be paid for online.
Changes to the Immigration Rules will affect members of HM Forces and their families
If you are making a visa application in the UK you now have the opportunity to tell us about your experience through a new customer satisfaction survey.
We are publishing new versions of the following application forms for use on or after 28 October 2013
The government has announced the introduction of the Immigration Bill on Thursday 10 October 2013.
Global contracts have been awarded for our visa application centres overseas
Rule changes which come into effect on 1 October 2013 will mean greater flexibility for businesses and workers