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  • Student Visa Requirements

    Student Visa Requirements

    This section describes the immigration category of student visitor, and explains who can come to the UK as a student visitor. If you are an adult and you want to undertake a short course of study in the UK (such as a beginner's English Language course or a work-related training course), you may be able to come here as a student visitor.
  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    When you make your application, you must provide all the necessary documents. You must provide the documents with your application form. You may need to send us additional documents if you are 16 or 17 years old, and/or you have an official financial sponsor. If we consider that you are 'low risk', you will not normally need to provide all the supporting documents.
  • Student Visa Application

    Student Visa Application

    This page explains how to apply for a visa as a student visitor. Depending on where you live, you may be able to make your visa application online or by printing out and completing application form VAF1D. You can find out which method(s) you can use under 'More information' below. You can download application form VAF1D and guidance notes from the right side of this page.
  • Student Visa Categories

    Student Visa Categories

    This page describes the different UK immigration categories for students, to help you decide which is the most appropriate for you. It also explains how a Tier 4 applicant should apply to study a 'pre-sessional course'.
  • Student Visa Changes

    Student Visa Changes

    Tough new rules and enforcement action to stop abuse of the student visa system mean that over 450 education providers will no longer be able to sponsor new international students.


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Last Updated: 19 February 2013
Editor: Sylvia (nickname)
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