There is no doubt that the UK student visa is one of the toughest in the world today. We have many Nigerians who want to study in the UK but have not been able to do so due to Visa issues, the requirements for you to get the Visa are strict.
In this article, we are going to look at how to apply for a UK student visa, we also provide you with all the requirements needed to be accepted or get the visa.
Firstly, we must understand that studying in the UK is great and has so many benefits.
Most of the universities you see in the UK rank highly on the recently released 2022 QS world university rankings, they are known for having the best facilities across different schools.
So, if you want to study in a prestigious country like the UK, be prepared for a headache in getting your visa, especially if you are from a country like Nigeria.
Don’t worry, we are going to provide you with the requirements needed to get a student visa to study in the UK.
UK Student Visa Application Procedures
Here we give you some things you need to know before getting a student visa. Below are the full procedures.
Before submitting your application, you must first check your eligibility for the visa.
The UK Government would like you to prove your eligibility by providing some of the documents we have listed below.
A document proving that the school (university or college) you have applied to in the UK has accepted you as one of their students. The document is called CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies)
Most importantly, you must prove to the government that you have enough money to cover your living expenses, your tuition fees and any other expenses that may be incurred during your studies.
When all these are provided, the next step is to go ahead and start your application.
Not to rush, but apart from the aptitude check documents mentioned above, you still need to pass the requirements test, after you pass this test, you can apply without any stress.
Requirements for a UK student visa
It may sound funny, but getting a student visa is stricter than getting a tourist visa or any other kind of visa in the UK.
You will need to provide so many documents that are part of the things we are going to discuss in this section of the article. All the documents we would mention here should be ready before going to the interview as they are all checked.
- You must submit a paper copy of your application form, which means you must have a hard copy after applying online.
- You must also provide the letter of acceptance from the university or college you have applied to. bear the name of the course you intend to study.
- You will receive a Visa letter and you must apply for it six months after the Visa letter is sent to you.
- Immigration rule is of great importance to the government, you must strictly adhere to the rule that will protect you from deportation.
- Another thing the government looks at when checking whether you can get a visa is how much you have and whether your money is big enough to cover your education and living expenses. If so, the money should have been with you within the past 28 days.
- You must provide all your original certificates
- You show your VISA cost registration
- Proof of payment must be presented.
- Though your mind doesn’t need to prove your English language skills like TOEFL or IELTS in the beginning, you will soon, so you need to be prepared for it.
How to Apply for UK Student Visa
Now let’s talk about how to apply to get your UK student visa. As we said before, it is one of the hardest visas to get. It is even better to apply for a work visa or tourist visa than to apply for a student visa in the United Kingdom.
Before applying, be sure of the type of student visa you want, be it a long term or short term visa. Anyway, this is how you can apply.
You should start by going directly to the official government application portal.
You have to pay your Visa fee which can be done in three ways, the first way is to pay through the stranded charter bank in the name of the UK Hogh Commissioner
The second way to handle this is to go to a local or international bank to make your payment and refer it to the UK High Commissioner
The third is to make the payment at the registration center with your Mastercard or VisaCard, which is the simplest option.
Complete the form carefully before sending it, as there is no room for editing after sending.
Do we take a printed copy of your form because it is necessary?
You can then make an appointment with the Visa Centre.
Different types of student visas
There are two main types of Student Visa and it is important that we talk about them to avoid mistakes.
1. Short Term Visa
This type of visa is for those who are only in the UK for a short period of 6 to 10 months. They may be there for language study
2. Long Term Visa
This type of visa is for those who want to stay in the UK for a long time. Those who want to do their Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and PhD.
So when you go to the application center tell them about the one you want.
Frequently Asked Questions About UK Student Visa
What is the UK Student Visa Fee?
There are different types of student visas but for the common one seen as the tier 4 visa is only £325. You can pay for it using any of the methods we have provided above.
When should I apply for a UK student visa?
The visa is good for application three months before your trip, before those three months you should have all the documents you need.
Is a student visa required?
Yes, a student who wants to study in the UK must have a student visa before they can enter the country.
How much should I have before applying for a UK student visa?
Please note that the Visa fee is not the only money you will need, if your tuition fee is £9,000 and your maintenance and Visa fee rounds it up to £12,000 then you should have at least £18,000 to cover your costs of cover living expenses.