To study in the UK, you may need a Student visa. The information below will give you all the information and requirements you need to apply. There is a lot of information, but it is all very important.
Most students are required to pay the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge as part of their Student visa application.
When to apply
The following requirements will help you know when to apply:
- The earliest you can apply for a visa if you are applying from outside the UK is 6 months before you start your course.
- The earliest you can apply if you are applying from inside the UK is 3 months before your course starts.
- Must have a new Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) statement to apply
- You must apply before your visa expires (if applying in the UK)
- Before the deadline if transferring to UEA or are starting a new course (see below)
- Must be able to meet all the requirements, such as having the required money in your bank account for at least 28 days
How to apply
You will need to apply online for a Student visa.
The process and the supporting documents you will need differ depending on whether you are applying inside the UK or outside the UK. UKCISA has some helpful pages below:Apply outside the UK
You can find out the cost of a Student visa and the cost of the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) on the Gov UK website.
The Home Office have strict financial requirements that you must meet to be able to get a student visa. Failure to have the required funds or to meet the requirements will result in your visa application being refused.
All students must be able to show:
- Tuition fees for at least 1 year (or duration of course if less than 1 year), and
- Living costs
You must have enough money to pay for the course fees for the first year of your course, or the entire course if it is less than one year long. If you have already paid your course fees, your CAS should confirm this.
Any scholarships or studentships from UEA will be deducted from your course fees on your CAS and you do not need to show further proof of this. If you do not pay any course fees to UEA, your CAS will state £0.00 course fees.
If you are applying to come to the UK on a study abroad programme and pay your course fees to your home institution, your CAS will confirm this. If you are a fully funded student, for example being sponsored by your government, your CAS will state your full year course fees and you will need to show your sponsorship letter or certificate as proof of your funds.
For your living costs, you need £1,023 for each month of your course, up to £9,207 for a course lasting nine months or more. Use the course start and end dates on your CAS to calculate the length of your course and therefore how many months' maintenance you will need.
UEA Accommodation Costs
You can deduct the following from the total amount of money that you need as part of your immigration application:
• up to £1,265 that you have already paid to your Student sponsor for your accommodation fees, if you will be living in university or college accommodation.
UEA accommodation costs
A maximum of £1,265 paid in advance to UEA for accommodation (which will be listed on your CAS) can be deducted from the amount of maintenance you must show that you have, even if you have paid more than £1,265 in advance.
Money needed for dependants
You can find information on the financial requirements for dependants on UKCISA’s website.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) statement
You must have a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) statement to apply for your visa. A CAS statement confirms that the University is sponsoring your visa and it gives your personal details, details of your course, confirms your tuition fees and amount paid, and other information about your admission to UEA.
• You can only get a CAS 3 months before the start of your course or 3 months before your visa end date
• You must check and confirm your CAS preview is correct before you will be given your unique CAS number
• Proof of your finances must be available before your CAS can be issued. The Admissions Office may request to check your financial documents before your CAS preview can be issued.
• A CAS is only valid for 6 months
• You can only use a CAS once
If you apply using an expired or used CAS your visa will be refused. You can use the emailed CAS for your application.
Receiving your CAS:
• If you are starting a new course, you will receive a CAS from the Admissions Office at UEA. You will only be able to receive it after you have accepted your unconditional offer and you have met all other admission requirements.
• If you are applying for a new visa to complete your current course, you will have to request a CAS from your HUB
• Your CAS will be emailed to you
• You must provide UEA with your passport details before you can get your CAS
• If requested, you must provide UEA with your financial documents that you will use for your visa application.
• You will receive a CAS Preview, which you must check and confirm by email that your CAS is correct, before you will be sent your official CAS with a CAS number.
• You will then receive your official CAS statement
Required supporting documents
You will need to prepare supporting documents for your application. The number and type of documents will depend on your individual application.
You can find a list of the sorts of supporting documents you may need to apply on the Gov UK webpage.
If you are unsure of anything or would like your documents checked, you can contact Student Life on firstname.lastname@example.org
Original documents and translations
All supporting documents must meet the Home Office's requirements. If you are unable to include documents, you will need to write a covering letter explaining why. You can contact Student Life (email@example.com) for help with this.
If your bank statement or any other documents are not in English, you will be required to send the original along with a fully certified translation by a professional translator. This translation must include the following details:
• Details of the translator's credentials
• Confirmation that it is an accurate translation of the original document
• The translator's contact details
• The date and original signature of the translator
If you are not sure how to get your document translated you can contact Student Life (firstname.lastname@example.org) for help with this.
Low risk applicants
Some Students do not need to submit evidence that they satisfy all requirements with their applications. The Home Office calls this the 'differentiation arrangements' for 'low-risk applicants'. However, UKVI can ask for these documents at any time when processing your application, so you must prepare them and have them ready at the point that you submit your visa application.
You are a low-risk applicant if you apply for Student immigration permission (inside or outside the UK), and you have a passport issued by one of the countries or territories listed in paragraph 22.1 of Appendix ST of the Immigration Rules.
You will need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) certificate if you are doing a PhD or Masters degree in one of the subjects listed on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website. These are mainly in the science subjects. Some nationalities are exempt from the ATAS requirement. Depending on your level and length of study you must check with Admissions Service, the PGR Service or your School at UEA to confirm if you are required to apply for an ATAS certificate.
You will need to apply and receive your ATAS certificate before you are able to get your CAS from the University. You will also need it when you apply for your Student visa. Your CAS Statement will also confirm if you need an ATAS certificate or not.
1. You will need information from the school, including a Code, which will be required when applying.
2. To apply go to the GOV.UK website. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office administer the scheme and you will need to apply online.
3. You will receive your ATAS certificate by email. Print this off and include it in your visa application. It can take up to 8 weeks to get an ATAS Certificate, so prepare early and apply for it as soon as possible.
Useful resources and contact details
• UKCISA – advice on visas, immigration and life in the UK
• UKCISA Student Advice Line – this is open from Monday to Friday 1.00pm to 4.00pm (UK time)
• Gov UK – information on the Student visa
• Home Office Student Visa Policy Guidance
• ATAS – Academic Technology Approval Scheme
• OANDA – Currency Converter website