Success Student UK Visa Tips


Hi there! It's been a long time since we discussed the accommodation options for students in the UK.
Today we will discuss the most crucial part of a student’s study abroad journey – successfully getting a student UK visa!
Yes! It is crucial because you may have put a lot of hard work into getting admission to a UK university. But you can't pack your bags until your student UK visa is approved.
The processes, procedures and documentation involved in getting a student UK visa can make you overwhelmed. But do not worry. We have got you covered!
With little organization, you can champion the student UK visa process. The following blog will help you to make your visa process easy and stress-free in all possible ways.


As a prerequisite, you should obtain a student UK visa to pursue your higher studies in the UK. The type of visa you need will depend on your age and the type and duration of your course. Four visa routes are available if you are willing to study in the UK. They are:

1. General Student Visa:

  • Formerly referred to as a Tier-4 visa, this visa is for students aged 16 years or more.
  • Students who apply for Bachelor’s, master's or PhD degrees that last more than six months can apply for this student UK visa.
  • The length of the course will determine the duration of this visa.

2. Child Student Visa:

  • Children under the age group of 4 and 17 who wish to study in an independent school in the UK are eligible for this category.
  • The duration of this visa depends on the student’s age when they apply and the course length.

3. Short-Term Study Visa:

  • This type of student UK visa is applicable for students who wish to pursue shortterm courses in the UK.
  • The duration of the courses can be up to 6 months. Some English courses may last for a maximum of 11 months.

4. Visitor Route:

  • If a student wishes to pursue a course for less than six months, they can apply for a visitor visa.
  • The visitor visa will be valid for only six months, after which the student has to exit the UK.


To apply for a student UK visa, you should meet certain conditions:

  • Have good English proficiency skills
  • Have sufficient money to support your tuition and living costs in the UK
  • Have an unconditional offer letter from a valid UK university.
  • Have a CAS reference number (Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies) from a licensed UK university.
  • All the documents that were used to obtain the CAS


You will need the following documents while applying for a student UK visa:

  • Valid passport
  • Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS)
  • Academic Documents
  • Employment details, if any
  • Evidence of funds
  • Parental consent for students below 18 years of age
  • Acceptable English Language proficiency test score
  • Tuberculosis test results
  • Recent passport-size photographs
  • Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate
  • Dependent details
  • Completed visa application form
  • Proof of paying the visa application fee and Immigration Health Surcharges (IHS)

Other documents may be required based on your country of origin and background.


Here is a step-by-step guide about the application process for a student UK visa:

1. Apply to your desired university in the UK and get an unconditional offer letter.
2. Provide all the necessary documents to obtain a CAS letter from the university.
3. Check which type of student UK visa is needed for you.
4. Get all your documents ready
5. Apply for the student UK visa online
6. Submit your application and pay for the IHS and visa application charges.
7. Book your appointment at the nearest visa application centre.
8. Submit all your documents and provide your biometric details (photograph and fingerprints) on the scheduled date.
9. Your passport should be submitted to the centre.
10. If your student UK visa application is successful, your passport will be sent to you with the visa vignette sticker.
11. By using this, you can travel to the UK. The vignette will be valid for a maximum period of 3 months.
12. After reaching the UK, you will receive Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) within ten days.
13. The validity of your BRP depends on the length of your course.

  • Start your visa process at least three months before your course start date.
  • Do not postpone your visa appointment until the last date, as it will take at least three weeks to process a visa application.
  • Ensure the university you will study at is a licensed sponsor institution.
  • Gather all the documents before starting your student UK visa application process.
  • If you need any help, reach out to the immigration team at your university. They have trained advisors who can help you through the application process.
  • To know the latest rules and information about immigration details, visit only the official government website (

The student UK visa application process can be complex. But it is crucial to follow the guidelines the UK Government provides carefully.
We believe this article has provided enough information to keep you stress-free from the student UK visa application process.
If you need further information regarding the student UK visa, don't hesitate to contact the expert immigration consultants at Dolphin Education Consultancy. We will be delighted to guide you in all your study abroad processes.
Walk into our offices at Erode or Coimbatore or book an online appointment. We will give wings to your study abroad dreams. Wishing you a happy abroad studies!!

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