UK Visa for Indian Students

The UK study visas are issued under three categories of Short-term study visa, Child student visa (Tier 4), and General study visa (Tier 4) based on the duration of the course/programme. The visa details for all three categories including the application process, eligibility criteria, required documents, visa fee, etc., are listed below:

  • Short-term study visa
  • Tier 4 (Child) student visa
  • Tier 4 (General) student visa

UK Short-term Study Visa

The Indian students who have received an offer to study a course in the UK for a duration of 6 months or lesser can apply for a Short-term study visa. The applicant must be from outside of European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland to be eligible for the visa. The course must be held at one of the accepted places of study with a Tier 4 sponsor licence or at an educational institute listed by one of the following agencies/establishment/educational bodies:

  • Schools Inspection Service
  • HM Inspectorate of Education (in Scotland)
  • Independent Schools Inspectorate
  • Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)
  • Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
  • Higher Education Funding Council for England
  • Accreditation UK
  • Accreditation Service for International Colleges
  • British Accreditation Council
  • Bridge Schools Inspectorate
  • Estyn (in Wales)
  • Education and Training Inspectorate (in Northern Ireland)
  • Accreditation Body for Language Services

Types of Eligible Courses - The applicant should at least of 16 years to apply for a study visa. The Short-term study visa is issued for the following types of courses:

  • English Courses - The Short-term can be issued for learning English as a foreign language in the UK.
  • Part Courses - To complete a part of course in the UK while the majority of the course is covered by another overseas higher education institution. The institution must have national accreditation with programmes that are equivalent to a UK degree.
  • Short-time Research - In order to carry out a research in the UK, the applicant must be a part of an overseas degree course which is equivalent to a UK degree. The research must be at one of the UK recognised bodies or at an establishment that receives public funding as a higher education institution

How to Apply Online - The application for a UK Short-term Study Visa requires the following steps:

  • Visit the official portal of Access UK service (UK Government) - https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/product/uk-visit-visa to apply for a visa to the UK. Access UK service is a dedicated channel of the UK Government to provide fast and efficient visa services. The UK Government’s officialhttps://www.gov.ukalso lists Access UK service for visa and immigration services.
  • Choose the preferred language for application
  • Select ‘Short-term student visa’
  • Enter the name of your country
  • Indicate whether you can attend an appointment at any of the 18 Visa Application Centres (VAC) listed on the screen. Considering the possibility to attend an appointment due to the close proximity of the VACs, the applicant will need to finish the online process and visit the specified VAC to complete the remaining application process. The address and contact details of the VACs are mentioned below at the end of this page. The online application can be completed with the following steps -
    • Registration - The applicant will need to provide an email and create a password to access the portal. The registration allows the applicant to save progress and come back at a later time to complete the remaining application.
    • Application - Fill in the application form as per the guidelines.
    • Documents - Upload the scanned copy of the specified documents.
    • Declaration - Review and submit the application.
    • Visa Fee - Pay the visa fee of £93 for a 6 months visa or £179 for an 11 months visa online.
    • IHS Payment - Pay the applicable UK healthcare surcharge (also known as Immigration Health Surcharge - IHS) as part of the immigration application. Payment of £100 for course duration below 6 months and £200 for course duration exceeding 6 months but under one year. Payment of IHS is subject to the applicable refund policy.
    • Appointment - Book an appointment to submit your biometric information (fingerprints and photograph).
    • Acknowledgement Receipt - Download and take a print out of the Acknowledgement Letter to carry it with you to the VAC.
  • Visit the VAC as per the appointment to submit your biometric information and to complete the application process.

Documents Required for Visa Application - The application for a UK Short-term Study Visa requires the following documents in both original and photocopy:

  • Passport (with at least one page with both blank sides)
  • Proof of sufficient funds
  • Details of the travel plan and stay
  • TB test result, if applicable
  • Contact details of parent/guardian (applicable for minors)
  • Certified translation of non-English or Welsh documents
  • Letter of acceptance on the official letterhead of the educational institution with details of the course including duration, cost, and stay.
  • Additional documents to support proof of study, accommodation, travel, etc., is required based on the details/document provided by the applicant and other factors considering the UK Visas and Immigration policy.

Tier 4 (Child) student visa

Indian students between the age group of 4 -17 years who are aspiring to join an independent school in the UK are required to complete the Tier 4 (Child) student visa application process to qualify for the visa. The students must be from outside of European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland and provide the letter of acceptance from the institute, a letter of consent from parents/guardians, proof of sufficient funds to support the course and living expenses in the UK, and meet the other eligibility criteria to complete the application successfully.

Tier 4 Register of Sponsors

The list of institutions licensed to sponsor migrant students under the Tier 4 visa is available under the Register of Licensed Sponsors on the UK Government’s website - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/register-of-licensed-sponsors-students

Types of Eligible Courses - The course must be in line with the national curriculum, the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), and independent school education inspection standards. Courses which are accepted at the same academic level by the following bodies/agencies/establishment are also considered for this visa category:

  • Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)
  • HM Inspectorate of Education (in Scotland)
  • Estyn (in Wales)
  • Education and Training Inspectorate (in Northern Ireland)
  • Independent Schools Inspectorate

How to Apply Online - The Tier 4 (Child) student visa application can be initiated online with the following steps:

  • Visit the official portal of Access UK service (UK Government) - https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/product/uk-visit-visa to apply for a visa to the UK.
  • Choose the preferred language for application
  • Select ‘Tier 4 (Child) student visa’
  • Enter the name of the country from where you are applying
  • Since there are 18 VACs across India, indicate your ability to visit one of the VACs for the visa appointment.
  • The online process can be completed with the following steps -
    • Registration - The applicant will need to provide an email and create a password to access the portal. The registration allows the applicant to save the application progress in order to complete it at a later time.
    • Application - Fill in the application form as per the guidelines.
    • Documents - Upload the scanned copy of the specified documents.
    • Declaration - Review and submit the application.
    • Visa Fee - It costs £335 to apply for a Tier 4 (Child) student visa from outside the UK.
    • IHS Payment - Pay the applicable UK healthcare surcharge as part of the immigration application.
    • Acknowledgement Receipt - Download and take a print out of the Acknowledgement Letter to carry it with you to the VAC.
    • Appointment - Book an appointment to submit your biometric information (fingerprints and photograph)
  • Visit the VAC as per the appointment to submit your biometric information and to complete the application process.

Documents Required for Visa Application - The application for a Tier 4 (Child) student visa requires the following documents in both original and photocopy:

  • Passport (with at least one page with both blank sides)
  • Proof of sufficient funds
  • Letter of consent from parent/guardian with contact details
  • Proof of relationship with listed parent/guardian
  • Details of the travel plan and stay
  • TB test result, if applicable
  • Contact details of parent/guardian
  • Certified translation of non-English or Welsh documents
  • Letter of acceptance from the educational institute
  • Additional documents to support the application

Tier 4 (General) student visa

Indian students who wish to visit the UK for higher studies are required to apply for the Tier 4 Study Visas. The application can be initiated after the student has been offered a place in a programme/course by an institute/university in the UK. The applicant must be from outside of the EEA and Switzerland to qualify for the visa application process. Additionally, he/she must have knowledge of the English language and capable of reading, writing, speaking, and understanding it. The applicant must pass the secure English language test (SELT) to prove sufficient knowledge of English.

Tier 4 Register of Sponsors - The list of institutions licensed to sponsor migrant students under the Tier 4 visa is available under the Register of Licensed Sponsors on the UK Government’s website - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/register-of-licensed-sponsors-students

How to Apply Online - The Tier 4 (General) student visa application can be completed by following these simple online steps:

  • Visit the official portal of Access UK service (UK Government) - https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/product/uk-visit-visa to apply for a visa to the UK.
  • Choose the preferred language for application
  • Select ‘Tier 4 (General) student visa
  • Enter the name of the country from where you are applying
  • Indicate your ability to visit one of the VACs for the visa appointment
  • The online application can be completed with the following steps -
    • Registration - The applicant will need to register with an email address and create a password to access the portal.
    • Application - Fill in the application form as per the instructions.
    • Documents - Upload the scanned copy of the specified documents.
    • Declaration - Review and submit the application.
    • Visa Fee - It costs £335 to apply for this visa from outside the UK. You must pay £335 per person for any dependants.
    • IHS Payment - Pay the applicable UK healthcare surcharge as part of the immigration application.
    • Acknowledgement Receipt - Download and take a print out of the Acknowledgement Letter to carry it with you to the VAC.
    • Appointment - Book an appointment to submit your biometric information (fingerprints and photograph).
  • Visit the VAC as per the appointment to submit your biometric information and to complete the application process.

Documents Required for Visa Application - The application for a Tier 4 (General) student visa requires the following documents in both original and photocopy:

  • Passport (with at least one page with both blank sides)
  • Proof of sufficient funds
  • Letter of consent from parent/guardian (applicable for minors)
  • Proof of relationship with listed parent/guardian
  • Details of the travel plan and stay
  • TB test result, if applicable
  • Certified translation of non-English or Welsh documents
  • Letter of acceptance from the educational institute
  • Additional documents to support the visa application

List of Visa Application Centres (VACs) in India

New Delhi Chandigarh Mumbai South
Mezzanine Floor, Baba Kadak Singh Marg, Shivaji Stadium Metro Station, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001, India SCO 62 63, Sector 8 C, near Hotel Icon and Times of India office, Madhya Marg, Chandigarh 160018 Express Tower, Fourth Floor, Nariman Point, Mumbai – 400 021
Monday to Friday, 08:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 16:00 Monday to Friday, 08:00 - 14:00 Monday to Friday, 08:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 16:00
Passport collection: Monday to Friday, 10:00 – 18:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday, 08:00 – 14:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday, 11:00 – 18:00
Mumbai North Pune Ahmedabad
Trade Centre, ‘G’ Block, Ground Floor, Next to Regus office, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (East), Mumbai – 400 051 4th Floor, E core, Marvel edge, Viman Nagar, Pune - 411014 Ground Floor, Emerald House, Near Parimal Garden Cross Road, Off C G Road, Ahmedabad 380006, India
Monday to Friday, 08:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 16:00 Monday to Friday, 08:00 - 14:00 Monday to Friday, 08:00 - 14:00
Passport collection: Monday to Friday, 11:00 – 18:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday, 09:00 – 15:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday, 08:00 – 14:00
Chennai Bangalore Hyderabad
Fagun Towers, Second Floor, No 74, Ethiraj Salai, Egmore, Chennai - 600 008 Global Tech Park, O'Shaughnessy Road, Langford Town First Floor ( Landmark Hockey Ground )Bengaluru Karnataka 560025 8-2-700 3rd Floor, Sride Anushka Pride, Opposite to Ratnadeep Super Market, Banjara Hills Road No 12, Hyderabad 500034
Monday to Friday, 08:00 - 15:00 Monday to Friday 08:00 - 15:00 Monday to Friday 08:00 -15:00
Passport collection: Monday to Friday, 08:00 - 15:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday, 08:00 - 15:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday, 08:00 - 15:00
Cochin Kolkata Gurgaon
S&T Arcade, Kurisupally Road, Ravipuram, UK Visa application centre, Fifth floor, RENE tower, Plot No. AA-I, 1842, Premium Lounge - Additional service fee of Rs.4,095 is applicable
Cochin – 682016 Rajdanga Main Road, Kasba, Kolkata 700107 ILD Trade Centre, Fourth Floor, Sector 47, Sohna Road, Gurgaon - 122001
Monday to Friday 08:00 -15:00 Monday to Friday, 08:00 - 14:00 Monday to Friday, 09:00 - 16:00
Passport collection: Monday to Friday, 08:00 - 15:00 Passport Collection: Monday to Friday, 10:00 – 16:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday, 09:00 – 16:00
Bengaluru Trivandrum Goa
Premium Lounge - Additional service fee of Rs.4,095 is applicable User Pay - Additional service fee of Rs.4,566 is applicable User Pay - Additional service fee of Rs.4,950 is applicable
Brigade IRV Centre - Nallurhalli, Whitefield, Bengaluru, Karnataka - 560066 T.C 2/2408-3 First floor, Asiatic Business Centre, Attinkuzhy, Kazhakuttom, Trivandrum, Kerala 695581. Visa application centre, Gera Imperium - I,
Monday to Friday 09:00 - 15:00 Submission Date: Saturday 20 January 2018 Office No 301, 3rd Floor, Patto, Panjim,
Passport Collection: Monday to Friday, 09:00 - 15:00 Submission time: 09:00 – 15:30 Goa – 403001
Jalandhar Jaipur Lucknow
User Pay - Additional service fee of Rs.4,950 is applicable User Pay - Additional service fee of Rs.4,950 is applicable User Pay - Additional service fee of Rs.8,721 is applicable
Lower Ground Floor, MIDAS Corporate Park, Manglam Ambition Tower, Golden Tulip Lucknow,
Plot No. 37, G.T. Road, opposite Jalandhar Bus Stand, Jalandhar - 144001 1st Floor Agrasen Circle (Malan Ka Chauraha), 6 Station Road,
Monday to Friday, 08:00 - 14:00 Subhash Marg C Scheme, Jaipur- 302001 Lucknow – 226001, India.
Passport collection: Monday to Friday, 08:00 – 14:00 Schedule – Tuesday and Thursday only, 09:00 – 15:00 Timings - 09:30 - 17:00

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News About UK Student Visa

  • ‘Nobody has approached me’: British High Commissioner on student visa issue

    Sir Dominic Asquith, the British High Commissioner to India has stated that nobody from the Indian side has approached him so far over the issue of excluding Indian students in the UK visa norms. While stating this, he added that the terms offered to the Indian students are no different from last year when there was an increase of 30% of Indian students going to the UK.

    The High Commissioner on being asked how individuals who are wanted by Indian agencies find shelter in the country stated that it was because the frauds were committed in India and that his country was not responsible for the frauds. He stated that the UK was just dealing with the aftereffects of the frauds committed in India. On trade and investment relationship between both the countries, the High Commissioner stated that it was very strong. He added that UK was the largest G20 investor in India while Indian companies invest more in the UK when compared to the whole of European Union combined. It needs to be mentioned that last year there was an increase of 15% in service and goods trade.

    27 June 2018

  • UK says India declining to sign the MOU on illegal immigrants is a response to India’s non-inclusion in the overseas student list

    The UK government has said that India’s decision to not sign the MOU on illegal immigrants is directly linked to its exclusion from the list of countries whose students will enjoy relaxed visa rules. As per Liam Fox, UK’s foreign minister, India has been excluded from the list of countries whose students will enjoy relaxed visa rules is because the issue of Indian ‘over stayers’ has still not been resolved and said that the issue proved to be stumbling block to include Indian students.

    Talking further on the matter, Fox said that the would have little bearing on the trade relations between India and the United Kingdom. Apparently, the Indian cabinet had approved the MOU on illegal immigrant’s days before Modi was to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the middle of the month of April but India backtracked from signing the MOU which would have facilitated the deportation of illegal immigrants from the United Kingdom. The illegal immigrant MOU had been touted as the focal point of the 25 MOUs that were to be signed by the two countries at Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

    26 June 2018

  • UK Records A Hike Of 36% In Education Applications From Indian Students

    About 4,470 students from India have applied for undergraduate courses in various UK universities that are to commence this year.

    Now, this records a hike of 36% in the total number of Indian students registering at Britain academies from the previous year.

    Even though this statistics does not state the actual figure of applications that will be accepted for the courses, the data certainly reveals an importance for higher education in the United Kingdom.

    The latest figures from UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) also disclose the kingdom’s broader demand, with applications being received from the EU (European Union). Over 100,000 candidates from overseas and EU applied for admissions at different universities across the UK.

    According to Helen Throne, the UCAS Director for External Relations, teaching experience, and quality together have contributed a greater popularity to the UK universities amongst international and EU students.

    China was forward to India with 11,920 submissions (21% hike) last year but this soon reflected and the hike rose to 36% this year.

    Indian diplomats and ministers have recurrently stressed on a better immigration system for the Indian students. Often, treating Indian students as migrants led to wrong perceptions that the UK has a restrictive visa administration. However, there are no justifications to lessen the number of international students, says Lord Karan Bilimoria, chancellor, and entrepreneur of the University of Birmingham.

    12 February 2018

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