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Article - Visa Process

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Visa Process

Although there are different visa processes for different countries, there are many similarities thatoverlap with each other.

    You can apply for a student visa if you meet these main criteria:
  • 1. You have been offered a place on a course by a licensed student sponsor.
  • 2. You can prove financial self-sufficiency to support yourself and pay for your course - the amountwill vary depending on your circumstances.
  • 3. You can prove that you can understand, speak, read and write English.

There are a few other individual criteria depending on the country to which you apply but these arethe main ones.

When to apply

When you can apply depends on whether you’re applying for a bachelor’s or master’s degree, andthe university and country of your choice.

Usually, the earliest you can apply for a visa is six months before you start your course.

You will receive a decision on your visa within three to six weeks. Bear in mind this also depends onthe local pandemic situation.

Duration of stay

How long you can stay on a student visa depends on the length of your course and how much studyyou’ve already completed.

For example, if your course is at degree level, you can usually stay in the UK for up to five years. If it’sbelow degree level, you can usually stay in the UK for up to two years. We have given countryspecific information in the FAQ section or you can contact us with your enquiry here.

In the following parts of this blog, you can find answers to questions such as: when you can travel;visa fees; medical facilities; student visa requirements for a married couple and family; part-timework; and other important information.