Students requiring a visa to study for more than six months will now need to apply for the Student Visa (previously called the Tier 4 visa). 

Please note that the information on our website is for guidance only – you should always check the UKVI website for the latest information. You may find the final heading on the Visa General Guidance page particularly useful for finding the link you need on gov.uk.

The Visa General Guidance section should be read first; this includes links to important information about Coronavirus. 

 

Topics found on this page

On this page you will find information under the following headings:

Visa for courses lasting for 6 months or more
Applying for a Student Visa outside the UK
Applying for a Student Visa inside the UK
Student Visa Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS)
Student Visa English Language Requirements
Student Visa Money Requirements
Student Visa Tuberculosis (TB) Screening
Student Visa Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
Student Visa Health and Medical Care
Student Visa Dependants
Student Visa Credibility Interviews
Student Visa Responsibilities

Visa for courses lasting for 6 months or more

Which courses require a Student Visa to study at All Nations?

You may be required to apply for a Student Visa if you are applying for any of the following courses:

     - OU validated Cert (HE).
     - OU validated Dip (HE).
     - OU validated BA (Hons).
     - Any OU validated Postgraduate MA Award.

It is not possible to obtain a visa for studying on the College’s own ANCC Certificate or ANCC Diploma awards.

I have pre-settlement status, can I study without a visa?

No, but see here for full details of the EU settlement scheme.

Applying for a Student Visa outside the UK

These guidance notes relate to NEW visa applications. If you need to renew your visa to continue your studies you should speak with the relevant Admissions department.

Where can I make my visa application?

A Student Visa application is made on-line.

You must apply from the country where you are usually resident (normally your country of nationality). As part of the application process you will need to travel to your nearest Visa Centre in the country where you are applying. You can find your nearest visa application centre here.

When can I make my visa application?

Not until you receive your CAS from us. It cannot be made more than 6 months before the start of your programme (see your CAS for this date) or more than 6 months after your CAS was issued. The date shown on your payment receipt is the ‘date of your application’.

What do I need in order to make my visa application?

You will need the following documents:

     i) Your CAS (so that you can check that any information you give on your visa application form is the same as that on the CAS) (link with Student Visa CAS information below).
     ii) Passport, which must be valid for the whole period of your intended stay.
  
   iii) Biometric Residence Permit, if issued, otherwise you will obtain this during the application process.
     iv) Academic Certificate* - original.
     v) English Language Certificate.
     vi) Proof of Finances*: original documents. 
     vii) Bank statement(s) OR Bank Letter(s) OR Sponsorship letter(s) (if being sponsored by a government etc) and Official Sponsor consent to continuing study, if applicable.
     viii) If being funded by parent: original birth certificate.
     ix) If being funded by parent: original parent’s permission letter.

* Please note that students coming from a differentiation country will not be required to submit either the academic certificate or proof of funding with their visa application. However you must still hold both documents since the UKVI may demand to see them before they make a decision on your visa application. Because of this, All Nations insists on seeing these documents before they will issue your CAS.

Australia
Austria
Bahrain
Barbados
Belgium
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei
Bulgaria
Cambodia
Canada
Chile
China
Croatia
Republic of Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
The Dominican Republic
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
Indonesia
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Kazakhstan
Kuwait
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macao
Malaysia
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Oman
Peru
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Serbia
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Thailand
Tunisia
United Arab Emirates
United States of America

You will also need:

     - To ensure that any document you provide that is not in English or Welsh is accompanied by a fully-certified translation which meets the UKVI requirements (see next question).
     - Your tuberculosis test results, if required.
     - To provide biometric information (when you will be asked for this varies); a fee may be charged for this unless it is included in the application fee.
     - To pay the Immigration Health Surcharge.
     - To pay the application fee. Check here for the latest fees.

Does my documentary evidence need to be in English?

All non–English or Welsh documentation submitted as evidence must be translated by a fully-certified translation from a professional translator or translation company that can be independently verified by the UKVI. The translation must include all of the following information:

     - Confirmation that it is an accurate translation of the document.
     - The date of the translation.
     - The full name and signature of the translator or an official the translation company.
     - The translator or translation company’s contact details.

I have everything ready, what should I do next?

i) Pay the immigration health surcharge, choose which type of application to make, complete the application, pay the biometric enrolment fee and pay the application fee online – at this point you have made your application.

ii) Follow the instructions for providing your biometrics.

iii) Scan and upload your documents as requested (there may be a charge for this). Make sure that all your evidence shows that you met the requirements on the day on which you submitted your online application.

iv) Attend your appointment in order to provide your biometrics. If you have already uploaded your documents, you will need to bring your original passport to your appointment for identity purposes only. If you have the option of scanning all your documents at your appointment, bring all your original documents to the appointment. You will be able to take them away with you after your appointment. 

v) Attend a credibility interview if you are asked to do so. The UKVI now expects to interview most students as part of the application process to ensure that only genuine students are granted a visa to study in the UK. 

Can I apply for a visa for my dependants at the same time?

Not everyone can bring dependants with them when they study at All Nations. See Student Visa Dependants section below.

What happens if my application is accepted?

You will either receive a BRP, if you gave this at a visa application centre or a digital immigration status you can view and prove online (if you used the UK Immigration: ID Check app).

You may also receive temporary entry clearance called a vignette (a sticker in your passport) which gives you time to collect your BRP when you arrive in the UK. See here. (link with biometric section below)

Check that all of the details on your Vignette and when you receive it your BRP are correct (including the conditions and length of permission), and show it to the College administrator at enrolment so that they can record/update their records.

Ensure you register with the police (if applicable) within the period given on arrival in the UK. The College will be able to arrange transport to the local police station if necessary.

For how long will the visa be valid?

A Student Visa will usually be valid for the length of your programme plus 4 months.

What happens if my application is refused?

You should tell the admissions department immediately so that we can discuss your options, which will depend on the reason for the refusal.

Is there anything I need to know about being a visa student?

It is very important to understand that both you and the College have to continue to meet the requirements of the UKVI throughout the period of your visa sponsorship. See Student Visa Responsibilities below.

Applying for a Student Visa inside the UK

These guidance notes relate to NEW visa applications. If you need to renew your visa to continue your studies you should speak with the relevant Admissions department.

 

Can I apply for my Student Visa in the UK?

Yes, if you:

     - are in the UK (but not on immigration bail).

     - if you have any type of immigration permission except:

              - visitor
              - short-term student
              - parent of a child student
              - seasonal worker
              - domestic worker in a private household
              - permission outside the Immigration Rules

              If you have any of the above permissions your application will automatically be treated as invalid and you will have no right to appeal.

     - If the start of your new course of studies (as stated on your CAS) is no more than 28 days after the end of your current visa. If the start date is later, you must leave the UK and apply from your home country. However, you should check the Advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK  to see whether there are any extra concessions in place due to coronavirus at the time of making your application, since these regulations are constantly being updated.


If you are not in the UK under one of the above routes, but meet all the other Student route requirements, you might be able to use the ‘urgent reason’ coronavirus concession, as long as you can prove that you qualify under the scheme explained here. This document also gives full details of the Exceptional Assurance scheme and the current dates of validity. If you are a Syrian national you should also check whether the concession for Syrian nationals is currently valid.

Staying in the UK after the end of your immigration permission without making a new application means you become an overstayer, which is a criminal offence. This can have serious consequences for any future immigration application that you make, including applications for countries other than the UK. The College will not provide overstayers with a CAS.

Can I remain in the UK while I await the result of my Student Visa application?

Yes, as long as you apply to extend your permission in the UK prior to the expiry of your current visa, you will be lawfully resident in the UK regardless of the length of time it takes for the Home Office to make a decision on your application. You should not travel outside the UK until you receive a decision on your application, unless you want to withdraw your application since your application will automatically be rejected if you do not remain in the UK.

Where can I make my visa application?

A Student Visa application in the UK is made on-line.

When can I make my visa application?

If you already hold a student visa, you should prepare your application 2 months before the expiry date of your current visa. However, you have up until the expiry date of your visa to submit an in-time application in the UK. You cannot complete an application until you receive your CAS from us. Your application cannot be made more than 3 months before the start of your programme (see your CAS for this date). The date shown on your payment receipt is the ‘date of your application’.

What do I need in order to make my visa application?

You will need the following documents:

     i) Your CAS (so that you can check that any information you give on your visa application form is the same as that on the CAS)
     ii) Passport, which must be valid for the whole period of your intended stay
   
 iii) Biometric Residence Permit, if issued, otherwise you will obtain this during the application process
     iv) Academic Certificate* - original
     v) Evidence of Academic Progression (See the Academic progression of the Student guidance)
     vi) English Language Certificate 
     vii) Proof of Finances*: original documents
     viii) Bank statement(s) OR Bank Letter(s) OR Sponsorship letter(s) (if being sponsored by a government etc) and Official Sponsor consent to continuing study, if applicable.
     ix) If being funded by parent: original birth certificate
     x) If being funded by parent: original parent’s permission letter

* Please note: Proof of finances are not required for applications made in the UK unless you have been in the UK for less than 12 months or absent for more than 3 months within the last 12 months

Also, where financial proof is required, students coming from a differentiation country will not be required to submit either the academic certificate or proof of funding with their visa application. However you must still hold both documents since the UKVI may demand to see them before they make a decision on your visa application. Because of this, All Nations insists on seeing these documents before they will issue your CAS.

Australia
Austria
Bahrain
Barbados
Belgium
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei
Bulgaria
Cambodia
Canada
Chile
China
Croatia
Republic of Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
The Dominican Republic
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
Indonesia
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Kazakhstan
Kuwait
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macao
Malaysia
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Oman
Peru
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Serbia
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Thailand
Tunisia
United Arab Emirates
United States of America

You will also need:

     - To ensure that any document you provide that is not in English or Welsh is accompanied by a fully-certified translation which meets the UKVI requirements (see next question).
     - Your tuberculosis test results, if required (see here) (link with TB section below)
     - To provide biometric information (when you will be asked for this varies); a fee may be charged for this unless it is included in the application fee. (link with biometric section below)
     - To pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (see here). (link with Health and medical matters section below)
     - To pay the application fee. Check here for the latest fees.

Does my documentation need to be in English?

All non–English or Welsh documentation submitted as evidence must be translated by a fully-certified translation from a professional translator or translation company that can be independently verified by the UKVI. The translation must include all of the following information:

     - Confirmation that it is an accurate translation of the document.
     - The date of the translation.
     - The full name and signature of the translator or an official the translation company.
     - The translator or translation company’s contact details.

What is Academic Progression Evidence?

If you wish to study at a level which is lower than your previous highest qualification, you will not be eligible for applying inside the UK, unless temporary restrictions have been lifted due to coronavirus. A new course at the same level will be permitted at All Nations if the course is at degree level or above and that the new course is connected with your previous study and represents your genuine career aspirations.

I have everything ready, what should I do next?

i) Pay the immigration health surcharge, choose which type of application to make, complete the application, pay the biometric enrolment fee and pay the application fee online – at this point you have made your application. See here.

ii) Follow the instructions for providing your biometrics. See here. (link with biometric section below)

iii) Book an appointment to attend either a UKVCAS service centre or an enhanced service centre in order to provide your biometrics. See here. (link with biometric section below)

iv) Scan and upload your documents in advance of your appointment or at your appointment (there will be a charge for this). Make sure that all your evidence shows that you met the requirements on the day on which you submitted your online application.

v) Attend your appointment in order to provide your biometrics. If you have already uploaded your documents, you will need to bring your original passport to your appointment for identity purposes only. If you have the option of scanning all your documents at your appointment, bring all your original documents to the appointment. You will be able to take them away with you after your appointment. 

vi) Attend a credibility interview if you are asked to do so. The UKVI now expects to interview most students as part of the application process to ensure that only genuine students are granted a visa to study in the UK.

Can I apply for a visa for my dependants at the same time?

Not everyone can bring dependants with them when they study at All Nations. See Student Visa Dependants section below.

What happens if my application is accepted?

You will either receive a BRP, if you gave this at a visa application centre or a digital immigration status you can view and prove online (if you used the UK Immigration: ID Check app).

Check that all of the details on your BRP are correct (including the conditions and length of permission), and show it to the College administrator at enrolment so that they can record/update their records.

Update your police registration (if applicable) within seven days of the receipt of your new BRP.

For how long will the visa be valid?

A Student Visa will usually be valid for the length of your programme plus 4 months.

What happens if my application is refused?

You should tell the admissions department immediately so that we can discuss your options, which will depend on the reason for the refusal and whether you have been given the right to appeal. The refusal may come with instructions on how soon you must leave the country.

Is there anything I need to know about being a visa student?

It is very important to understand that both you and the College have to continue to meet the requirements of the UKVI throughout the period of your visa sponsorship.  See Student Visa Responsibilities below.

Student Visa Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS)

What is a CAS?

A CAS is an electronic record produced by your Student Visa sponsor (All Nations). You will need the unique CAS number on this document in order to apply for your Student Visa. It confirms that you are a genuine student and indicates the documentary evidence used to secure your place with us.

When can I obtain CAS?

We will not assign your CAS (make it active) until it is time to apply for your visa and:

     - You have accepted an unconditional offer to study with us; and

     - You have provided us with the following documents which are genuine and in a format which is satisfactory to the UKVI:

              - Academic proof: your previous highest qualification certificate or transcript.
              - English Language ability proof: your test result or acceptable alternative.
              - Financial proof: a bank statement or letter.
              - TB screening result (if relevant).

If we are not satisfied with all of your documentation, we will not be able to provide you with a CAS

For how long is CAS valid?

A CAS is valid for use for 6 months from the date it was assigned and can only be used once in any visa application. If you need to make a second application, you will need to have a new CAS.

How do I obtain CAS?

If you have firmly accepted a conditional or unconditional offer, the admissions department will contact you by e-mail requesting any further information or documentary evidence we require to create the CAS. This is usually some four months before your programme begins. Only when we are satisfied everything is in order, will we assign the CAS and email a copy of the document to you. It is important that the information on the CAS matches the information on your visa application.

Student Visa English Language Requirements

Who needs to prove their knowledge of English?

Everyone on an undergraduate or postgraduate programme, even those not requiring a visa. For many, the proof will be your passport which shows whether you were born in one of the exempt-from-a-test countries. For others it will be a certificate (either a valid current Secure English Language test or an academic qualification which is in the list of exemptions in the next question.

Who does not need to prove their knowledge of English?

You do not need to prove your knowledge of English if you:

     i) are from one of the following countries, or

     ii) have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in one of the following countries,

Antigua and Barbuda
Australia
the Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Dominica
Grenada
Guyana
Ireland
Jamaica
Malta
New Zealand
St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
UK
USA

You also do not need to prove your knowledge of English if one of the following applies:

     - You are a national of Canada.
     - You proved your level of English in a previous visa application.

If I am not exempt, how do I prove my knowledge of English?

This usually means passing a Secure English Language Tests (SELT) to show that you can read, write, speak and understand English to a standard required by All Nations. Only certain tests are acceptable and it may need to be sat at an approved provider.

A common reason for refusing to provide a CAS is because applicants have taken the wrong test.

Please see our English Language guidance document here

This official UKVI link provides you with:

     - the List of approved test centres inside the UK,
     - the List of approved test centres outside the UK,
     - information on how to prove your identity on the day of the test,
     - reasonable adjustments for taking the test.

Why is there a difference between requirements for Degree students and those on other programmes?

The UKVI regulations require students on programmes lower than degree level to take particular tests at particular centres.

However, because we are a Higher Education institution with a proven track record, we are permitted to select which tests undergraduate and postgraduate students should take and where.

We are also allowed to set the level that we expect students to reach, many of which are higher than those required by the UKVI. Most universities and colleges select higher levels than the UKVI because we do not want non-first-language English speakers to be disadvantaged in their studies.

What should I do when I get my results?

i) Send a scan of the result to the admissions team

ii) Make a note of the SELT UKVI unique number which Certificate and Diploma course students will need for their visa application. Degree students will not need this number.

iii) If you fail to reach the required level, we will discuss your options with you.

Will I need to submit the test result with my application?

No. We will put the number of the test on the CAS of Certificate and Diploma students and the UKVI are able to verify your result online directly with the test provider. For degree students, we will indicate on the CAS how you have met the required level of English.

For how long is my result valid?

The test must have been taken within two years of making a visa application.

Where can I find out more information?

Student Visa Money Requirements

How much do I need?

Like any student, you will need to cover the cost of your tuition fees plus living expenses. However, as a Student Visa applicant, you will need to prove you have a specific sum of money in your bank account, which is set by the UKVI.

This is calculated by adding:

     - The cost of your first/current year’s tuition fees (All Nation’s tuition fees plus the OU registration fees); and
     - An amount to cover your maintenance costs. The UKVI have calculated it will cost you £1023* per month if you live outside London and you only need a maximum of nine months money. Therefore the maintenance cost requirement is £1023 x 9 = £9207

* correct at time of posting on our website. Please check this is still the current rate.

How do I prove to the UKVI that I have enough money?

This is complicated and you need to make sure you understand this section. If you do not supply us with proof that meets the UKVI requirements we will not be able to provide you with a CAS.

Proving you have sufficient funds means proving with original documents (not photocopies) and where necessary, translated into English by an official translation company and verified by them as being a correct translation, that:

     i) The funds are either in your own or your parent’s bank account (no-one else’s bank account will do) UNLESS you are being sponsored by a government or an international organisation (see below); and

     ii) If the funds are in your parent’s bank account you can prove the owner of the bank account is your parent with an original birth certificate and you also need a letter giving their consent for the money to be used for your studies); and

     iii) The money is in an accessible account (not shares, bonds or property, but it is OK if you need to give a few months’ notice to withdraw the funds); and

     iv) You have held sufficient money at all times for 28 days continuously i.e. the balance in your account did not drop below that figure even for one day in that 28 day period. This means the bank statement should show the balance in the account every time a deposit or withdrawal is made. Or the letter should indicate the same. It cannot just show the balance at the beginning of the statement and the balance at the end; the UKVI must be able to see if the account has fallen below the required amount at any time within those 28 days; and

     v) The bank statement is dated within 30 days of making your visa application; and

     vi) You can prove all of the above either with a bank statement or a letter from the bank.

Whichever document you use, it MUST meet all of the requirements below:

           - Your or your parent’s name (it can be a joint account but must contain either of those names; it can also be more than one bank account)
           - The account number,
           - The date of the bank statement/letter,
           - The financial institution's name, logo and address or Sort Code,
           - The amount of money available,
           - The money has been their continuously for 28 days.

A common reason for refusing to provide a CAS is because financial proof documentation does not meet UKVI requirements. See our Bank Documentation Guidance  for guidance to avoid common mistakes which can prevent applicants being awarded a visa.

What happens if I have already paid some of my fees or maintenance costs?

We will write on the CAS how much you have paid towards your tuition fees (up to the maximum amount of the total fees due). If we have awarded you a bursary, this amount will be added to the amount of fees you have already paid to us and reduce the amount you need to prove you have in your bank account.

However, even if you pay more than £1,334 towards your College accommodation, we are not permitted to record that you have paid more than £1,334 for maintenance on the CAS.

What do I need if I am being sponsored by an official sponsor?

If you are financially sponsored by your government, an international company or another scholarship agency, you must provide a letter on official letter-headed paper or stationery of the organisation of the official financial sponsor which must have the official stamp of that organisation on it.

If you have received financial sponsorship from a government or international scholarship agency for your studies and the sponsorship ended less than 12 months ago, you must also obtain and include a letter of consent from this financial sponsor.

The letter should confirm the following details:

     - Your name
     - The name and contact details of the official sponsor
     - The date of the letter
     - The length of sponsorship
     - Consent to your visa application.
     - The amount of money the sponsor is giving to the student or a statement that the student's official financial sponsor will cover all of his/her fees and living costs

If your “official financial sponsor” is providing all of the funds for your course fees and maintenance, you do not have to provide separate evidence of your savings.

If your sponsor(s) will only pay SOME of your costs, you will need a letter from them AND proof that you have enough money yourself to meet the rest of the Maintenance Requirement, for example your personal bank statements.

What about changing currency rates?

The UKVI will use the OANDA currency website on the date of your application to check the value of the money you hold.

Student Visa Tuberculosis (TB) Screening

Who needs to have a tuberculosis test?

You will need to have a tuberculosis (TB) test if you are coming to the UK for more than 6 months and are resident in any of these listed countries.

Where the test should be taken?

The test must be taken at a Home Office approved centre. Since some countries do not have an approved testing centre you may need to get tested in a neighbouring country.

For full information see here.

Student Visa Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

Biometrics

As part of your application process you must have your photograph and fingerprints taken to prove your identity. This is known as your biometrics. Depending where you and how you make your visa application this will be managed slightly differently, but it will be made clear at the start of the application process what you need to do. You are usually asked to book an appointment at a This a visa application centre or, for those eligible, by using the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ smartphone app. This involves having a digital photo taken of your face and putting your fingers on a glass screen to be scanned. The process takes less than 5 minutes.

You will be asked to pay your biometric fee when making your application online unless you select a priority service which includes the cost in their fee. See the Immigration Health Surcharge Tool to check how much you will have to pay.

Entry Clearance Vignette

For those outside the UK and once your Student Visa has been approved, an entry clearance sticker may be added to your passport. This is known as a vignette and is usually valid for 30 days to enable you time to travel to the UK and to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). However the UKVI have extended this to 90days due to the pandemic. You may not enter the UK earlier than the first date on the vignette.

On receipt, check that the following details on the vignette are correct:

     - Your name and personal details,
     - The start and end dates,
     - Working permissions (where relevant) are accurate.

Receiving the Permit

Successful applications made inside the UK: you will be sent your BRP by courier.

Successful applications made outside the UK: If you have selected to collect it from a local post office, (Harlow Post Office is our nearest), the College will be happy to take you to Harlow a soon as possible after arrival. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the usual 10 day deadline for collection has been increased to 90 days to allow for quarantine/self-isolation/post offices which are closed.

This website provides full information on BRPs. 

Student Visa Health and Medical Care

Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)

 

What is the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)?

All those studying for more thank 6 months in the UK must pay the surcharge. Payment of the IHS entitles students to access the NHS at no additional cost in the same way as a permanent UK resident. This includes at the Doctor’s surgery (commonly known as a GP or General Practitioner), a Healthcare Centre or in a hospital. You may need to pay for dental and eye tests as well as medicine prescribed by the doctor and collected from a pharmacy. There are also exceptions for particularly expensive treatments.

Do I have to pay the health surcharge?

Everyone who applies for a Student Visa must pay the surcharge regardless of whether they hold other medical insurance.

When do I have to pay the health surcharge?

Payment must be made in advance and payment must cover the entire duration of your stay. It must be paid at the same time you make your visa application.

If your visa application is unsuccessful, you will automatically be refunded the HIS, but not the visa application fee. The HIS will not be partially refunded if you leave the UK earlier than the expiry of your visa. Or if you do not access NHS services during your time in the UK.

How much do I have to pay?

As of 27 October 2020, the charge is calculated at £470 per year for each year of permission that you are applying for. If your permission includes part of a year that is six months or less you will be charged an additional £235 for this period.  If your permission includes part of a year that is more than six months, you will have to pay £470 for this period. For example, if your Student route application is to allow you to do a further 12 months of study in the UK then you should be granted permission for an extra four months after your course end date and the immigration surcharge will therefore be £705. You can use the UKVI IHS tool here.

To find out more, see here

Medical Insurance

Even if you are entitled to free NHS treatment whilst in the UK, you should consider taking out insurance which covers other medical-related costs. An insurance policy may cover, for example:

     - loss of fees to complete your programme;
     - costs of returning home if a relative is ill;
     - costs of a relative visiting you in the UK if you fall ill;
     - cost of returning to your home country for treatment;
     - or in the worst possible situation, returning a body home for burial.

There is also often a long wait for NHS treatment, sometimes many months. An insurance policy which gives you access to private medical care could give you much quicker access to the treatment you need.

If you already have medical insurance in your home country, check whether you can extend it to cover your stay in the UK, as well as looking at options available from insurers.

What should I do in a medical emergency in the UK?

Phone 999 for the UK Emergency services. 112 calls will be redirected to 999.

This is for emergencies only. The accident and emergency department in hospitals are also for emergencies only. If you are unsure you should call NHS 111 first or visit a pharmacy, they will be able to advise you.

Student Visa Dependants

Who is eligible?

You can bring your husband, wife, unmarried partner and children (under 18) to the UK as a dependant of a student if one of the following applies to you:

     - You will be granted a Student Visa,
     - You are studying full-time on a postgraduate course of 9 months or more,
     - You are sponsored by your own government and studying on the OU validated Cert HE, Dip HE and BA(Hons) or any of our MA awards.

Otherwise a dependant must apply to come to the UK in their own right and not as a dependant. For example it is possible for dependants (even young children) to come to the UK as a tourist visitor for six months (See here for more information). Please note that children are not permitted to enrol in a UK government funded school.

When can dependants apply?

Student dependant applications can be made at the same time as you apply for your own application. They can only be made after that date if you have already received your visa.

How should dependants apply?

If you are applying from within the UK, it is possible to switch from another visa category into the student dependent visa category but not if the dependant is already in the UK as a visitor. It is important that you do not leave the UK before a decision is made on your application, or your application will be withdrawn.

The application process itself is the same as that of a student.

You will find more information here.

Student Visa Credibility Interviews

What does a Student Visa Credibility Interview involve?

The UKVI is now carrying out ‘credibility interviews’ for students making visa applications in the UK. This is to satisfy them that you are a genuine student.

The invitation to attend an interview may be sent to you in an email. You should check your email (including the ‘junk’ folder) regularly since your application is likely to be refused if you do not attend the interview when requested, without a reasonable excuse. You could also receive a telephone call or letter. The interview could be conducted by telephone or in person.

The interviewer will ask you about:

     - your background,
     - your immigration history,
     - the programme of study you wish to take,
     - why you want to study particularly with us (make sure you can find us on a map!),
     - why you couldn’t take the course in your own country,
     - why you do not want to study as a distance learner (the programme teaches intercultural studies through living in community with those from other nationalities and backgrounds)
     - how your planned studies fit into your career plans,
     - where you intend to live,
     - how you intend to fund your studies,
     - how you can be confident that you will have enough money to live and study in the UK
     - whether you wish to work as well as study. (Remember, you will only be allowed to study 20 hours per week, but this is generally not permitted by the College since you will not have the time.)


They will also be assessing whether your English is at the correct level. If you cannot hear your interviewer, be sure to tell them so that they realise that this is a technical, rather than a language problem.

For full guidance about what assurance your caseworker will be seeking can be found here

Student Visa Responsibilities

Visa Student Obligations

We are very pleased to be able to welcome our students to All Nations. However as a visa student you and we must fulfil our obligations to the terms of your visa and our sponsorship license.

These conditions are subject to change and you are advised to check the UKVI website for the most up-to-date information here.
 

Visa student obligations include:

     - telling the College if your visa application has been refused;
     - enrolling at the College;
     - presenting your immigration documents to the College for copying (passport, visa);
     - presenting any new immigration documents to the College for copying (replacement documentation);
     - attending lectures unless you have permission to be absent
     - complying with the strict rules on your visa permission about working/volunteering;
     - complying with the terms of your police registration (if applicable);
     - informing the College where you are staying overnight at all times: this includes single overnight sleepovers at a friend;
     - informing the College if you wish to withdraw from or take a break from your programme.
     - informing the College when you are leaving the UK for the last time before the end of your visa permission.
     - informing the College of any changes to a different immigration category
     - informing the College of any changes in contact details;
     - discussing any desire to change your programme since this may have implications for your visa status
     - informing the College of any changes in your circumstances which could affect your visa status.

Your visa has been granted for the purpose that was written on your CAS and for the period and conditions summarized on your visa. Failure to fulfil these obligations or deciding to change any of those conditions will impact our sponsorship of your visa.

The College’s obligations

The College is obliged under the terms of our sponsorship to inform the UKVI of any significant changes to a visa Student’s circumstances within 10 days of that change. This includes failing to fulfil the above obligations e.g absence without permission, change in programme and/or length of programme and failure to inform us of your current contact details.

If you wish to:

     - Change to a different course, we will have to inform the UKVI that we have withdrawn our sponsorship. You would then have 60 days to leave the UK. If you wished to apply for a new programme any visa application would have to be made out of the UK. If you wish to apply to a different College/University in the UK you must inform us and we will inform the UKVI.

     - Complete your programme early or withdraw, we will have to inform the UKVI and the end date of your visa will be brought forward.

Failure to fulfil any of the above conditions puts our sponsorship license at risk. Should the College lose its visa sponsorship license, all of our visa students will have to leave and we will no longer be able to sponsor overseas students on our programmes.

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