Student Visa

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Student Visa

Last updated: 18 March 2023


What is a Student Visa?

Student Visa is suitable for students over 16 with a minimum of 70 points on the points-based immigration system and a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies. The Tier 4 (General) Student visa became a "Student Route Visa" on October 5, 2020. EU/EEA nationals who entered the UK after January 1, 2021, must apply for a Student Visa.

An unconditional offer from a licenced sponsor is essential for applicants to be eligible for this visa. A potential term for students to live, work, and look for work in the UK up to two years for graduate students and up to three years for PhD graduates.

Student Visa: requirements

Typical requirements for Student Visa are:

Point-based System

Students must achieve at least 70 points to qualify for this type of visa:

Student Visa: Courses

Eligible courses for this type of visa must meet specific requirements, including the minimum qualifications:


You need to provide sufficient funds to maintain yourself in the UK without financial pressure. The financial requirements are:

You must have this money for a minimum of 28 consecutive days. The end date of the 28 days is within 31 days of the visa application date.

English language

For this type of application, you must show English language ability at:

There are four test providers throughout the world:

English language exemptions

International students are exempt from the English language requirement if:

Nationals of the following English-speaking countries are exempt from the English language:

Student Visa: documents

You need to submit certain documents to demonstrate that you meet the criteria as part of the Student Visa application process.

Mandatory documents:
Additional documents (if applicable):

Student Visa: under 18

Besides documents required for adults, students under 18 need to deliver the following:

Application Procedure

You can apply this type of application from inside the UK or outside, as most applicants decide to do. Each person will need to complete the application form online and, after that, pay the application fee in the following size:
Processing times for the UK Student Visa depend on the location chosen to apply:

Within three weeks - applying from outside the UK;

Eight weeks - applying from inside the UK.

Student Visa: extension

For the UK Student Visa extension, you need to show the following:

Graduate Visa

A Graduate visa permits former students to stay in the United Kingdom for at least two years after completing a UK course.

Depending on your course, the Graduate Visa permits you to stay in the UK:
Documents you'll need to apply for this type of visa: