Students requiring a visa to study for less than six months will now need to apply for the Standard Visitor Visa. The prevous visa used for these courses is now used exclusively for English Language courses only.

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:

Finding out if I need a Standard Visitor visa for study purposes
I do not need a visa, what should I do (Non-visa Nationals)?
I need a visa what should I do (Visa Nationals)?
Applying for a Standard Visitor visa for study purposes from outside the UK
Visitor Letter of Acceptance
Visitor English Language Requirements
Visitor Money Requirements
Visitor Medical Cover
Visitor Dependants
Visitor Genuine Visitor Requirements

 

Finding out if I need a Standard Visitor visa for study purposes

Which courses require a Standard Visitor visa to study at All Nations?

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

     - En Route,
     - Express residential,
     - Any Undergraduate intensive e.g. Engaging with Islam or Arts for a Better Future,
     - Any Postgraduate intensive or Advanced Short Course
     - Any other short course

How do I find out if I need a Visitor visa to study in the UK?

Check here to find out.

If you do need a visa you may not need to apply for entry clearance before arriving in the UK. This depends on whether you are a Visa National or a Non-visa National or are in the list of exceptions. Find out here.

If you are a Non-visa National you do not need to apply for a visa to study with us but you do need to fulfil certain requirements – see next section.

All visitors to the UK must follow the visitor visa immigration rules

I have pre-settlement status, do I need a visa to study?

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

I do not need a visa, what should I do (Non-visa Nationals)?

Documentation required by Non-visa Nationals

If you are a Non-visa National, you do not need a visa if you wish to come to the UK to study as a visitor for up to six months. However you should still apply for a Standard Visitor visa if you have a criminal record or you have previously been refused entry into the UK or you could be refused entry on arrival in the UK.

If you do not require a visa, you will still need to follow the UK Visitor Immigration Rules and to bring certain documents with you, which you may be asked to show as you arrive in the UK.

On entry, you will need to provide a valid passport or travel document. Your passport must be valid for the whole of your stay in the UK. European ID cards will only be accepted as valid travel documents until October 2021, after which only a passport will be acceptable.

You may also be asked to prove that you have the following:

     - A letter of acceptance: showing that you have been accepted on to a course by an accredited institution. We will provide you with this letter. This will state the course name, duration and cost, whether we will provide any accommodation for you and, if applicable, your family, together with an account of any monies already paid to us or bursaries given by us.

     - Financial proof of funds: showing that you are able to support yourself and your dependants during your trip (or have funding from someone else to support you). This could take the form of your or your supporter’s bank statement plus a letter from the supporter giving consent for their funds to be used by you for the cost of your time in the UK. There is no precise figure for how much money you will need to prove you have available for living costs in the UK, but £1023 per person per month is reasonable. If you are going to have to go into quarantine due to coronavirus when you arrive, you will need to show you have the money to cover this cost too. See here.

     - Travel Funding: i.e. you are able to pay for your return or onward journey (or have funding from someone else). A return ticket would be sufficient, otherwise you would need to have catered for this cost in the funds you have available in your bank account.

     - Accommodation: showing you have arranged accommodation for your stay. Our letter of acceptance will state if we are providing you with accommodation, otherwise you will need documentary evidence that you have booked your accommodation, including the cost (so that the immigration officer can satisfy themselves that you have sufficient funds).

     - Proof of Departure: proof showing that you will leave the UK at the end of your visit e.g. a return ticket or a letter from your work showing when you need to be back at work or somewhere else outside the UK at the end of your period of study.

     - NB All documents must be original copies and not photocopies. You will also need to provide a translation of any documents which are not already in English. Please refer to the Home Office's information on supporting documents for further details.

Finally, If you enter the UK via an eGate, (only possible if you have a biometric passport and not possible for children)  it is important that you retain some form of evidence of your date of arrival in the UK such as an e-ticket or paper or electronic boarding pass, to prove the exact duration of your six month stay.  Find out about more about eGates here.

What Visa Nationals can do

You can bring direct dependants with you as long as you can prove that you are able to support them during your stay. A direct dependant is a spouse, and either you or your spouse’s children under 21 who are dependent on their parents. The children would not enter as ‘dependants’ but as tourists in their own right i.e. visiting with their parents who are here to study.

If someone comes with you to look after your children while you study, they must have an independent right to be in the UK e.g. as a tourist and not a worker or volunteer – see here

What Visa Nationals must not do

     - study at a school which is state funded
     - do a course (which must be at an accredited institution like All Nations) that lasts longer than 6 months (except if you are doing a distance learning course)
     - do paid or unpaid work (this includes work experience or work placements)
     - live in the UK for long periods of time through frequent or successive visits
     - get public funds (benefits)
     - stay longer than six months. This is very important, over-staying can result in you being refused a future visa not just for entry to the UK but to another country.

I need a visa what should I do (Visa Nationals)?

Documentation required by Visa Nationals

If you are a Visa Nationals (which means you are not on this list of countries or in the list of exceptions) you MUST apply for a Standard Visitor Visa before you arrive in the UK.

Make sure you have all the documents that you submitted with your visa application with you when you arrive in the UK in case you are asked to produce them.

Find out how to apply for a Standard Visitor Visa below.

You must provide:

     - A valid passport or acceptable travel document. Your passport should be valid for the whole of your stay in the UK.
     - A letter from the College stating that you have been accepted onto a course. See  here (link to Letter of Acceptance)
 

You will also be asked to prove that:

     - You are able to support yourself and your dependants during your trip (or have funding from someone else to support you) (See visitor guidance for full information)
     - You are able to pay for your return or onward journey (or have funding from someone else) (See visitor guidance for full information)
     - You have arranged accommodation for your stay (if your College letter does not already state that you will be staying on campus). (See visitor guidance for full information)
     - You will leave the UK at the end of your visit (they will want to be sure that you have a home and job to return to and are therefore unlikely to overstay your welcome). (See visitor guidance for full information)
     - If you are under 18 and travelling alone, you must have written permission from your parent or guardian and other documentation (See visitor guidance for full information)

What restrictions apply to my visit on a Standard Visitor Visa?

When you are given entry clearance on a Visitor Visa, this is awarded for the reason stated in your application. Should your reason for being in the UK change, you must leave the UK and make another visa application. For example, If you have come to the UK on a Standard Visitor visa giving your primary purpose as tourism. Should you then decide to undertake a course of study (other than a recreational course of less than 30 days), you must leave and apply from outside the UK for a Standard Visitor visa to study, supplying all the required documentation with that application.

For further restrictions see here.

Applying for a Standard Visitor visa for study purposes from outside the UK

How should I apply?

You must apply online before you travel to the UK. You do not need to apply in the country where you live.

You can access the online form here (North Korea is the only country where you need to complete a paper application): It is possible to save your form and complete it later if necessary.

What will I need for the visitor visa application?

Find out the cost of making a Standard Visitor visa application here

Find out exactly what other documents you will need here. The full list is at the bottom of this link. As a brief guide you will need:

- The completed application form.

- Valid travel document (valid for the whole period of your stay)

- An acceptance letter from us

- The application fee (other fees could include a fee for having your biometrics taken (see Biometrics link below) and another fee for uploading documentary evidence)

- Evidence that you have enough money to support yourself while you are in the UK. See Money link below

- All other supporting documents as applicable as outlined in the UK government’s website on supporting documents for visitor applications to the UK. Please notice the list of unacceptable documents at the bottom of the list.

Finally, you need to be able to meet the genuine visitor requirements below

What format do the documents need to be in?

All documents must be original copies and not photocopies. You will also need to provide a translation of any documents which are not already in English. Please refer to the Home Office's information on supporting documents for further details.

Where do I submit the form?

You must submit your completed immigration application to your nearest UK visa application centre. You do not need to apply in the country where you live.

What happens next?

As part of your online application, you need to book an appointment at the visa application centre where you make your application. You will have your fingerprints and photograph (known as ‘biometric information’) taken at your appointment. (See section on Biometrics below)

Allow time to attend your appointment, as the visa application centre could be in another country. The visa application centre may keep your passport and documents while processing your application.

Visitor Letter of Acceptance

Do I need a CAS for a Standard Visitor visa?

No, but you will need a letter from the College confirming you have been accepted onto a course. The letter will need to include:

     - the course name,
     - duration of the course
     - cost and, if applicable, how much you have already paid
     - whether you will be residing on campus and, if applicable, how much you have already paid towards your accommodation costs.

Visitor English Language Requirements

Do I need to pass an English Language Test?

There is no UKVI English Language requirement for a Standard Visitor visa.

However you will get the most out of your course if your English is of a suitable standard. All Nations has set various English language requirements for short courses. Go to the relevant course page to find out more about the requirements for the course you wish to take. 

Visitor Money Requirements

How much money will I need for my visitor visa application?

The application fee. Check with the visa application centre you plan to use whether there will be an extra fee charged for taking/using biometrics and/or uploading documentary evidence.

How much money will I need to prove I have?

     - See the visitor guidance for full information.

     - In assessing this requirement, the visitor guidance states that your income and savings will be looked at minus any financial commitments that you have. The remaining sum must be sufficient to meet the likely costs that you will incur in the UK and also your reasonable expenditure, including the cost of your travel to and from college, tuition fees and living costs. Whilst there is no specific financial requirements, £1,023 per month is a reasonable figure to cover costs if you are not living in College accommodation. If you are staying in College we will include the full amount we will charge in your letter of acceptance.

     - You will not be able to receive public funds to cover any of your costs and please see this UKCISA Prohibited activities link for further details on how else you are not permitted to raise the funds.

     - You can rely on another person to help you demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to cover your travel, maintenance and accommodation whilst in the UK. You must have a genuine professional or personal relationship with this person however, and they cannot be in breach of any immigration laws at the time the decision on your application is made or by the time you wish to enter the UK as a visitor. This person must also be able to support you for the duration of your visit; 

     - Any funds that you wish to rely upon must be held in a financial institution permitted under FIN 2.1 in Appendix Finance

     - The UKVI will use the OANDA currency website on the date of your application or arrival (if a non visa national) to check the value of the money you hold in your account if it is not in sterling.

Visitor Biometric Requirements

As part of your visa application process you must have your photograph and fingerprints taken to prove your identity. This is known as your biometrics. 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. Check with the visa application centre you plan to use whether any fee will be charged for this service.

Visitor Medical Cover

Do I have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)?

No. This only applies to those studying on a programme of study which lasts longer than 6 months

Should I take out medical insurance?

Although accident and emergency services are free in the UK, you are not covered under the National Health Service (NHS). This means you will need to make sure you have adequate medical insurance to cover your stay in the UK.

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.

Medical insurance also gives you access to private medical care which could give you much quicker access to the treatment you need. There are often long delays in waiting to see a specialist under the NHS.

Visitor Dependants

Can I bring family members with me to study on a less than 6 month’s programme?

See I do not need a visa, what should I do? (Non-visa Nationals) section above for advice on depandants who do not require a visa before entering the UK.

Visitor dependants who require a visa must meet the visa eligibility requirements in their own right and cannot come ‘as a dependant’ of another person. Therefore if you have a spouse, partner, child or other person who wants to come with you while you study with us, they must make a separate visa application and meet the visa eligibility requirements themselves e.g. as a tourist visitor.

The parents of children under 21 would need to provide the financial proof required for their visa application.

Visitor Genuine Visitor Requirements

How do I prove I am a Genuine Visitor?

All visitors to the UK must satisfy the genuine visitor requirements. It is vital that visa applicants read the visitor guidance to prepare yourself for the questions you will be asked during the visa application process.

To decide whether you are a genuine visitor, the casework needs to be assured that:

- You will leave the UK at the end of your visit;

- You do not intend to live in the UK for extended periods through frequent or successive visits or intend to make the UK your main home. See the visitor guidance for how the caseworkers will determine whether you meet this requirement.

- You are genuinely seeking to enter the UK for a purpose and activity permitted as a visitor. Caseworkers will look at factors such as personal circumstances and your travel and immigration history. See the visitor guidance for full details.

- You must not undertake any of the prohibited activities for a visitor. See Prohibited activities;

- You must have enough money to support yourself whilst you are in the UK. (See Money Requirements section above and the visitor guidance)

Those wishing to study in the UK as a visitor, must also meet the genuine study requirements (e.g. the length of the course, whether it is available elsewhere or online and how your study will impact your personal circumstances). See the visitor guidance for full details of what the caseworkers will be looking for.

Visitor Responsibilities

You must:

     - Leave when your course has finished.
     - Leave before your visa runs out. If you ‘overstay’ your visa without a genuine and acceptable reason, this will impact your ability to obtain a visa to enter the UK in the future and could impact a visa application to any other country too.
 

You may not:

     - Do paid or unpaid work;
     - Live in the UK for long periods of time through frequent or successive visits;
     - Get free health care;
     - Get married;
     - Extend your stay.

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