General Information for Study UK Aspirants

UK Visa Information Part 1- General Details
The UK has grown to become one of the top destinations to study abroad.

With traditions of excellence dating back hundreds of years, high class institutions at every corner and much more flexibility than many other countries, the United Kingdom has much to offer international students that other English-speaking countries cannot offer.


If you want to study in the UK, you may have to think about the student visa process.


Do You Need a Visa?


EEA Nationals


If you are a national of an EEA country (European Union plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) you can enter the UK as a student with a minimum of formality, you do not require entry clearance or a visa. You may be asked to show evidence that you have been accepted on to a course, and that you have sufficient funds to support yourself whilst in the UK. You will also need your passport.


Non EEA Nationals


If you are not from the EEA (i.e. you live in a country other than the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway) you will have to meet certain immigration requirements. Nationals from many countries are required to obtain an entry visa or certificate before coming to the UK. You can do this at the British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. Nationals from countries where an entry visa is not compulsory such as some Commonwealth countries should also consider applying for entry clearance before leaving home. This is to ensure a Right of Appeal in the unlikely event that entry is refused.


To come to the UK as a student you will have to produce the following documents:%
•    A passport
•    A letter of unconditional acceptance for a full-time course
•    Evidence of your ability to meet, without working in the UK, the costs of your course, accommodation and maintenance and to support any dependants accompanying you
•    You'll find complete information about applying for a visa here.


Important things to note:


Student visas are normally granted for an initial period of one year, usually determined by the length of the course to be studied.


When you arrive in the UK, an immigration officer may question you, so take all relevant documents in your hand luggage.


Do not enter the UK on a visitor's visa with the intention of changing to a student visa at a later date.


This is because unless you are from a country whose nationals do not need to obtain a visa before coming to the UK, you will not be able to change to a student visa and will have to return home to make an application


Work Issues


Can You Work With a Student Visa?


You may take part-time or holiday work but you must not:
•    work for more than 20 hours per week during term time unless your placement is part of your studies, has the agreement of your education institution and leads to a egree or qualification awarded by a nationally recognized examining body
•    do business, be self-employed or provide services as a professional sportsperson or entertainer
•    work full-time in a permanent job


Can I switch to Work Permit employment when I am in the UK?


You may be able to switch if:


You have completed a recognized degree course at either a UK publicly funded further or higher education institution or bona fide private education institution which maintains satisfactory records of enrollment and attendance

* you hold a valid work permit for employment
* you have the written consent of any
* government or agency which is sponsoring you
* you have not broken immigration law


Family Matters


Can I bring my husband, or wife and children with me?


Your husband or wife and any of your children under 18 can come to the UK with you during your studies as long as you can support them and live without help from any public funds.%

The authorities must also believe that you are a genuine student, that you intend to leave at the end of the course and that you have the required qualifications to take the course. It is a good idea to keep all documentation in your hand luggage during travel, as it may need to be produced on arrival in the UK.


If you are issued with a visa for more than six months it will be the equivalent of a multiple entry visa. If you are a national of a country where entry clearance is a requirement and your course is for six months or less you may want to consider applying for a multiple entry visa in order to leave and re-enter the UK during this time.


Getting Into the UK


Passport Stickers, Stamp and Length of Stay
If you apply for a visa at a British Embassy, Consulate or High Commision outside the UK, you will receive a sticker called a vignette, in your passport with your conditions and length of stay. When you arrive at the airport, you will receive a stamp to show when you entered the UK.

If you are applying for entry at a port of entry (you can only do this if you are from a non visa national), you will receive a stamp in your passport with your conditions and length of stay.

Most overseas students are initially given the right to stay for one year. Do not worry if you know that you will need to stay longer than this as you can apply to extend your stay as a student later.
The Immigration Officer will have endorsed your passport with any other restriction that may apply to you. Some students will be asked to register with the Police.

Sources: Study UK

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