What type of VISA is required for studying in UK?

There are various types of VISAS, if one wants to visit United Kingdom. For students who want to study for a duration more than 11 months, one can apply for study visa (for non-European Union student), provided:

What are the pre-requisites for applying for VISA?

  • You have an unconditional offer to study for a course by a licensed student sponsor
  • You have Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) reference number from the institution.
  • You have enough money to support yourself and your tuition fees

It normally takes 3 weeks to process the application and the visa fees is £ 363. Additional Immigration healthcare charges are applicable which could amount £700-800 for Master’s course and £1600-1700 for a Bachelor’s course. It can vary basis on the location of the University you are joining.

How much money do you need to show for a successful visa application?

You should have sufficient money to pay for your tuition fees for one academic year and support yourself for one year. The support finances required depends on the location:

  • £ 1,334 per month (up to 9 months) for studying in London, which will amount to a total of £ 12,006.
  • £ 1,023 per month (up to 9 months) for studying outside London, which will amount to a total of £ 9,207.

What would be the duration of stay?

For a degree course it is up to five years and for a non-degree course it is up to two years.

What are the documents required for VISA Application?

  • Current passport or other valid documentation
  • Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) from the College/University
  • Proof that you have enough finances to support yourself. You or any of your relative’s financial proof are valid documents.
  • Tuberculosis test results
  • Written consent from your sponsor for your application, if you have received sponsorship for course fees and financial support in last 12 months.


What type of VISA is required for studying in USA?

The students travelling to USA for studies are required to obtain category “F” Visa. Under this they can study at:

  • University or college
  • High School
  • Private elementary school
  • Seminary
  • Conservatory
  • Another academic institution, including a language training program

They can study Vocational or other recognized nonacademic institution, other than a language training program under category “F”.

For a short recreational course not leading any degree or academic certificate, VISA under category “B” is applicable.

The Visa application fees is $ 160.

You cannot enter earlier than 30 days from the start of your course.

What are the pre-requisites for applying for VISA?

Following documents are required for the application:

  • Valid Passport
  • Non-Immigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160
  • Application payment fee receipt
  • Photo
  • Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status-For Academic and Language Students
  • Form I-20 – This is provided to you by the institution where you are going for the studies

Additional documents that may be required:

  • Transcripts, diplomas, degrees from the school you have attended may be asked for.
  • Ink- free, digital fingerprints scans are taken at the time of application process.
  • Your intent to depart the United States upon completion of the course of study
  • How you will pay all educational, living and travel costs.

You will be scheduled for an interview with Visa consular officer to assess your qualification for the visa.

The interview wait time depends on the Embassy or Consulate office, normally it is around 50 calendar days.