Learn how to get a UK student visa in 7 steps
If your dream is to study in the UK, entering a UK university is the first step. But after that, you still need to know how to get a student visa to the UK, in order to enter the country and stay there legally during your study period. And that’s what we’re here for today!
The UK student visa that will need to be taken in most cases is the Tier 4 (General) student visa. The procedure for getting this visa involves a series of documents, a long form and, most critically, money. But if you follow our guide below, you should be able to go through the process without any major problems. Check out:
How to get a student visa to the UK:
Check if you need a visa:
You will only need a visa if you are studying for more than six months in the UK. If you’re going to stay for less time, it’s simpler. In this case, you will only need to bring documents that prove that you have been accepted by an educational institution in the country, that you have the money to stay in the UK for the desired period and that you intend to leave the country at the end of your studies. .
Even in this case, it is also interesting to have documents at hand with details of where you intend to stay. And if you are under 18, you must also bring with you the identity and contact information of at least one relative who lives in the country you come from.
But if you’re staying longer than six months, then keep reading!
Check the requirements:
This page on the government website provides all the information you need to get your UK visa. In general, to get the General student visa (Tier 4), you will need:
- To be accepted by a degree in the UK;
- Show that you can speak enough English to follow the course and
- Demonstrate that they have money to stay in the country during their studies.
- In general, if you meet these requirements, you should be able to get your visa without any problems. To prove that you have been accepted, you will need a number called a CAS, which stands for Confirmation of Acceptance Number. This number will be sent to you by the educational institution that approved you to study there, and will be required when you apply for a visa.
Some courses, such as Medicine and Dentistry, may have specific requirements. And in some cases, some specific requirements may be requested. To see in which cases, it’s worth taking a look at this UK government page which explains all exceptions to the rule.
Prepare the documents:
To get the visa, you will need a valid passport with at least one blank page where the visa goes. This is the easy part.
You also need to prove that you can speak English through certificates of proficiency. As a general rule, if you are going to take a course at a tertiary level, you need to prove that you have the level equivalent to B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference; if the course is not at that level, it may be equivalent to level B1.
On this page you can check more information. But in general, the certificate you used to be accepted into the course should apply here too. To prove level B2, you need a grade of at least 5.5 on the IELTS, at least 72 on the TOEFL, or FCE Cambridge UK GOv Website
With regard to money, you need documents that can show that you have enough money to pay for the first year of your course, and to stay in the UK during that time. If more than half of your course is in London, this is £1,265 per month; if more than half are in other cities, it drops to 1,015 pounds a month.
You can prove you have this money through bank statements or other documents pertaining to your finances. If you are going to receive scholarships or student funding, documents regarding these offers may also be valid. More details about the accepted documents can be seen in this document. in Case of Minor Student Consult here for Guardian Visa
You can start the UK visa process via this link. In general, you should choose the “Tier 4 (General) student visa” option. The short-term student visa is only for students over the age of 16 who will be taking an English course of 11 months or less. And the last option should only be selected for specific bag recipients.
You must then choose where to collect your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo). In Brazil, the possible locations are London . Once confirmed that you have availability to go to one of these locations, you should proceed and create an account providing your email and password. You can also add other means of contact. Afterwards, you must inform your CAS and your personal data.
In this part of the process, you will also have to fill out a form that requires various information, such as dates of your previous international trips, personal details of your parents and family, information about where you will study, among others. You will also need to send some documents, such as proof that you have the necessary money (as mentioned above).
Pay the fee:
At the end of the form, you will be able to generate a ticket to pay the fee for issuing your visa. Currently, according to the UK government website, the fee is US$470 (equivalent to about R$2,113 on current conversion), but you can check the website when applying for a visa to see if it has changed. .
Schedule a date:
After these processes, you will need to schedule a date to go to the UK consulate or embassy in Brazil to show documents and collect biometric information.
At the end of filling out the form, you will be informed about which documents you should take for this appointment. It is helpful to have a printed version of everything you used when filling out the form (including certificates of proficiency and bank statements).
An important point is that you may need to bring bank statements from two different dates. For example: if when filling out the form you sent a bank statement from the date of completion to prove that you had the necessary money, on the day of booking you must take another statement, dated that day. This will show that the money is still in your account.
Wait for an Answer:
According to the government, you should receive a response to your UK student visa application within three weeks of your appearance at the consulate or embassy. If you have provided all the necessary documents, you must receive the visa within this period.
Throughout the process, necessary communications will be made through the email and other means of contact you provided on the form. So keep an eye on your inbox and on your phone to see if any further steps are needed.
What changes with Brexit?
With the UK leaving the European Union, it is possible that part of the visa application process for the country will change. Since one of the factors that led to this departure was the issue of the entry of immigrants into the country, the process of entry of foreigners may become more difficult.
However, there is no confirmed change for the Brazilians so far. For now, the procedure for obtaining a visa to the UK from Brazil remains the same. And Brazilians still do not need a visa to enter the country, as long as they stay for less than six months.
We hope this text will help make your dream of studying in the UK come true! Getting a visa to the country requires a lot of preparation, especially because of the money involved, but with careful planning, you should get it without a hitch!