The British government has divided
visas into 5 categories called Tiers. The student visa is now known as Tier 4 . Visa applications
have to be made online at the UKBA website and then submitted in person with the requisite fees
and required documents
at the nearest visa application centre (VAC).The applications can be submitted in the following cities in India : Delhi , Chandigarh
, Jalandhar , Mumbai , Pune , Ahmedabad , Chennai , Bangalore , Hyderabad, Cochin & Kolkata.
Immigration Rules for Students
You must intend to study at a
publicly funded university or college, a
bonafide private institution or a fee-paying independent school.
You must be able to and
intend to follow a full time degree course, or a weekday, full time course at a
single institution involving at least 15 hours of organized, daytime study per week.
You must be able to pay for your
course and the living expenses of your husband or wife and children (if they
are with you) without working in UK or claiming public funds.
You must not intend to work in UK
unless you are accepted for a
course lasting longer than six months, when you may work part-time or
You must intend to leave UK at
the end of your studies.
The documents Required For obtaining 40 points are:
- A letter of acceptance on the course (CAS) - 30 Points.
This will be a
letter from your institution confirming that a place has been offered to you and that the
course is full-time as defined by the immigration law. The letter should state how long
the course will last, the tuition fees , fees paid (if any) ,
documents on whose basis the admission has been confirmed,
how the level of English needed for the course has been assesed
and confirm that you satisfy this requirement.
- Evidence of finacial capability to meet course fees and
living expenses as determined by the BHC - 10 points.
Depending on your
circumstances, this could include evidence of government sponsorship or a UK sponsor confirming
they will support you,Otherwise you need to show a Bank Balance, Fixed deposits , Education loan
or a combination of all three to meet the living expenses stipulation.
The immigration rules do not require unaccompanied students to show that
accommodation has been arranged,in case your place of study has given you information about
its availability, you should bring this to the attention of the ECO.
In case the ECO has some doubts regarding your application,they may call you for an interview.
The interview is to give you the opportunity to clarify for the ECO certain parts of your
application. The ECO will be aiming to satisfy him or herself that your study plans are
genuine and workable.
The interview is a normal part of the process, but you may feel quite nervous before it
and find it an uncomfortable experience. ECOs are trained professionals who will try
to make the process as painless as possible, but the questions are necessarily very direct
You should prepare for such an interview carefully. In particular:
Be familiar with all your study
plans; why you chose the particular institution and course; how the course will help your
Be clear about the cost of living
and the course and your finances: do you have enough money to complete the course? Can you
Be as clear as you can about your
likely future career in your country: what are you going to do on your return