Before you apply for your visa you should ensure you have the required supporting documents. You should refer to the Student visa section of the GOV.UK website and Home Office Student and Child Student Guidance for full details on applying for a Student visa. 

    The more prepared you are before making your visa application the less risk there is of making a mistake. In order to become more familiar with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirements you can also refer to the advice from the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website

    If you are currently enrolled at the University of East London, you should refer to the Student Visa Guidance on the Intranet for further information.

    Passport

    You must submit a valid passport in support of your visa application. Your passport will need at least one full page that is blank on both sides. 

     

    Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) 

    You must have a CAS, for the University of East London, before you make your Student visa application. When you receive your CAS check that the information is correct, and your personal details match your passport. 

    More information about ‘What is a CAS?’ can be found on our Student visa page.

     

    Qualification documents 

    Your CAS will state any qualifications used as part of the assessment for your admission to your course. 

    As the University of East London is a Higher Education Provider (HEP), if you are applying to study a course at degree level (RQF 6) or above you are not required to provide evidence of your qualifications.

    If you are a national of a country listed on the UKVI list of ‘low-risk’ nationals, you qualify for differentiation arrangements for your student visa application and are not required to submit your qualifications with your application. However, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) may request this evidence during the application process, so it is important to have your qualifications available and in the required format. Please refer to our section ‘Differentiation arrangements’ for more information. 

     

    English Language documents 

    Your CAS will state any English language document used as part of the assessment for your admission to your course, which you need to submit to make your Student visa application. 

    If your CAS states that you are a national from a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) or the University, as a Higher Education Provider (HEP), has assessed your English language ability and it is at the required level, you are not required to submit evidence of your English language document. 

     

    Financial documents

    The Student visa application requirements are very strict, it is important to ensure that your financial documents contain all the required information.

    Please refer to the ‘Financial requirements’ and ‘Financial Documents’ tab for more information. 

     

    Tuberculosis (TB) test certificate 

    You will need to take a TB test and submit your TB test certificate with your visa application, if you are coming to the UK for more than 6 months and you have been living for at least 6 months in one of the countries specified by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)

    The test must be taken at a TB test clinic that has been approved by UKVI. The test will involve having a chest x-ray and if your test shows that you do not have TB, you will be issued with a certificate which is valid for 6 months. You must include this certificate in support of your visa application. 

    Please note the requirement to have this test, and provide evidence with your visa application, is dependent on where you are, or have been, resident and not on your nationality.

    You can find more information about the TB test on the GOV.UK website.

    Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate 

    You may require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate if you are undertaking certain courses in subject areas such as, but not limited to, engineering, technology and science at Master’s or PhD level. Your offer letter and your CAS will tell you if you need an ATAS certificate. 

    The ATAS certificate is issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for permission to study the course. You must be issued with an ATAS certificate before you make your Student visa application. 

    Students and researchers who are nationals of EU countries, the European Economic Area (EEA), Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland or the United States of America do not need an ATAS certificate. 

    You can find more information about the ATAS certificate on the GOV.UK website.

     

    Translations 

    If your documents are not in English, you will need to submit the document in your language and include a fully certified translation by a professional translator or translation company of these documents.

    The translation must provide the following:

    • A statement from the translator or translation company confirming that it is an accurate translation of the original document
    • The date of the translation
    • The translator or an official of the translation company’s full name and signature and,
    • The translator or translation company’s contact details. 

    You can find more information under the ‘Translating Documents’ section of the Student Route Caseworker Guidance.

     

    Under 18 

    If you are under 18 years old at the time of application, you will need to provide a letter from your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to show that they support your application. You will also need to provide a copy of your birth certificate (or another government issued document) that shows the names of your parents. 

    You can find more information under the ‘Parental Consent of Students and Child Students under 18’ section of the Student Route Caseworker Guidance.

     

    Differentiation arrangements 

    If you are a national of one of the countries listed below, you qualify for the differentiation arrangements for ‘low-risk’ applicants. 

    Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, The Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Macau SAR, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, New Zealand, Oman, Peru, Qatar, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, British National Overseas, plus EU, EEA, and Swiss nationals. 

    You are considered a low-risk applicant if you are applying for a Student visa (inside or outside the UK), and you are a national listed above as outlined in paragraph 22 of Appendix ST of the Immigration Rules.

    This means you will not normally need to submit your qualifications or evidence of your money with your Student visa application. However, it is important that you have your qualifications and financial documents available and in the required format, as UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) may request this evidence during the application process. Failure to provide these documents, when asked, will lead to your application being refused.

    The Student visa application requirements are very strict, it is important to ensure that your financial documents contain all the required information.

    Please read this section carefully as it is easy to make a mistake that can lead to a visa refusal. In addition, the Financial requirement caseworker guidance’ and the ‘Appendix Finance’ section in the Immigration rules.

     

    How much money do I need? 

    You are required to prove that you have sufficient money to pay for the first year of your course fees, and £12,006 for living expenses (or £1,334 for each month of the course if your course is less than 9 months) before you submit your visa application. 

    If your funds are in your local currency, please use OANDA to convert the funds into UK pounds sterling, when preparing your documents.

    If you have already paid some of your course fees, this will be stated on your CAS and deducted from the amount of money you need to show for your maintenance. If you have already paid up to £1,334 to the University for on-campus accommodation, and this is stated on your CAS, you can deduct a maximum of £1,334 (even if you have paid more) from the amount of money you need to show for your maintenance.

    UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will use your CAS to confirm how much money you need for your course fees. It is important you check the information on your CAS thoroughly before you make your visa application. You should check your CAS states your total fee amount and any fees paid, correctly. 

     

    The 28-day rule

    Unless you are using a loan letter or sponsored by a government or international company, your financial documents must show that the full amount of money that you need has been in the account for 28 consecutive days (finishing on the date of the closing balance). This means that the account must not have dropped below the amount that you need to show at any time during the 28-day period. This amount you need to show should remain in your account until your visa has been issued to you. In addition, the financial document must not be more than 31 days old on the date you submit your visa application. 

    If you are a national of a country listed on the UKVI list of ‘low-risk’ nationals, you qualify for differentiation arrangements for your student visa application and are not required to submit evidence of your funds with your application. However, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) may request this evidence during the application process, so it is important to have your financial documents available and in the required format. Please refer to our section ‘Differentiation arrangements’ under ‘Application documents’ tab for more information. 

    How should my financial documents be presented?

    Your financial documents must be presented in the correct format as outlined in Financial Requirement Caseworker Guidance.

     Please see below a checklist for each financial document.

    Personal bank statements or passbooks

    Personal bank statements or passbooks, either original or electronic, covering a consecutive 28-day period ending no more than 31 days before the day of your visa application, must include all the following: 

    • Your name (or the name of your parent/legal guardian – if applicable) 
    • The account number 
    • The bank’s name and logo 
    • The bank’s contact details or branch name or code
    • The amount of funds in your account 

    Bank letter

    You can provide a bank letter which must confirm the following: 

    • Your name (or the name of your parent/legal guardian – if applicable) 
    • The date of the letter 
    • The account number 
    • The bank’s name and logo 
    • The bank’s contact details or branch name or code
    • The amount of funds in your account 
    • A statement confirming the minimum amount of funds have been in your account in the last 28 days

    Any letter issued by your bank must be used to apply for your visa application within 31 days of the date of the letter. 

    This can be the easiest and most simple way to provide evidence that you have the correct amount of maintenance funds. 

    Certificate(s) of deposit

    A certificate issued by a bank to confirm that you (or your parent/legal guardian) have deposited a specific amount of money. Certificates of deposit will normally be accepted if the certificate confirms the following: 

    • Your name (or the name of your parent/legal guardian – if applicable) 
    • The date of the certificate which cannot be older than 31 days
    • The account number 
    • The bank’s name and logo 
    • The bank’s contact details or branch name or code
    • The amount of funds
    • The date the funds were deposited
    • A statement confirming the funds can be withdrawn at any point

    The Certificate of deposit has to show that the funds have been held for more than 28 consecutive days.

    Official financial sponsorship letter

    An official financial sponsor can be your own government or the UK government, the British Council or any international organisation, international company, university or independent school.

    You must provide a letter from the sponsor on official letter-headed paper that includes all of the following:

    • Your name
    • The name and contact details of the official financial sponsor
    • The date of the letter
    • The length of the sponsorship
    • The amount of money the sponsor is giving to you or a statement that your official financial sponsor will cover all of your fees and living costs. You must ensure your official financial sponsor knows the amount of funds UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will expect you to have access to.

    If you will be receiving sponsorship from an official financial or government sponsor that does not cover all of the fees and maintenance, please remember that you will have to show that you have the rest of the required maintenance in a format that meets UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirements.

    Loan letter

    A letter confirming educational loan funds must include the following:

    • Your name
    • The date of the letter (the loan letter cannot be dated no more than six months before the date of your visa application)
    • The loan provider/financial institution's name and logo
    • The funds available as a loan
    • Confirmation that the loan is provided by your national government, their state or regional government, a government sponsored student loan company or is part of an academic or educational loans scheme
    • Confirmation that the loan funds will be released to you before travelling to the UK and that there are no terms and conditions attached to the release of the funds
    • Confirmation that the loan provider is regulated by either the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) or the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) or, in the case of an overseas loan, the official regulatory body for purpose of issuing student loans in the country the institution is in and where the money is held. For example, if your loan letter is from India, the loan letter needs to state the loan provider is regulated by the Reserve Bank of India.

    If you are from the USA relying on Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), your loan letter will meet the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) format requirements, as long as the loan you take out covers the course fees and living costs as stipulated by UKVI.

     

    Funds not held in your name

    UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) state money used for your Student visa application must be held in either:

    • Your name
    • Your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) name. You will need to submit a letter giving you permission to use their funds and one of the following additional documents:
      • Birth certificate that shows the name of your parent(s)
      • A certificate of adoption that shows the name of your parent(s) or legal guardian(s)
      • A court or government issued document naming your legal guardian or establishing the sole responsibility of one parent
    • Your spouse’s name (for example, husband or wife) only if your spouse is applying for a Student dependant visa at the same time as you are applying for your Student visa. Please see our Dependant page or further guidance on your eligibility to bring dependants to the UK. Please note you will need to show funds for yourself and your dependants.
    • A joint account only if you are named on the account

     

    Top tips when preparing your documents

    When preparing your financial documents, it is important to note the following advice: 

    • It is a good idea to hold more money than you need in order to consider currency exchange rates, as the rates may change slightly during the 28-day period 
    • Do not use any of the money in your account until after your visa has been issued to you 
    • The money you need to show in your account must not drop below the required amount, for a single day 
    • The financial documents must not be more than 31 days old 
    • Use the official exchange rate website OANDA to convert your currency, if your money is not in UK pounds sterling 
    • Don’t forget to include any translations if any of your documents are not in English. Please refer to our section on ‘Translations’ under the Application Documents’ tab for more information, as there are specific requirements for translations. 

    You can find more information about the financial evidence on the UKCISA website. 

    Before you start your Student visa application you should make sure you are familiar with the requirements.

    The more prepared you are before making your visa application the less risk there is of making a mistake. In order to become more familiar with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirements you should read advice from the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.

    You should also read the Home Office Student and Child Student Guidance before applying for a Student visa. 

     If you are currently enrolled at the University of East London, you should refer to the Student Visa guidance on the intranet for further information.

     

    Where to apply? 

    You should apply for your Student visa in your home country. Normally you cannot apply for a Student visa in another country unless you are currently living in that country, except as a visitor. 

     

    When to apply? 

    You must apply for your Student visa before you travel to the UK and start your studies at the University of East London. You can only submit and pay for your visa application once you have been issued your CAS. 

    The process of obtaining a Student visa outside the UK can take 3 weeks for a standard application, but it can take longer particularly during busy periods, so you should begin to prepare as early as you can. For information about application centre opening times and faster priority services see the GOV.UK website.

    If you leave it too late to apply, your visa may not be granted in time and you will be unable to start your course. The University of East London cannot permit students to join their course after the latest date on enrolment as stated on your CAS. 

    You can find out more on the GOV.UK website about how long it will take to process your application. 

     

    How to apply? 

    You must make your Student visa application online. 

    To start your visa application, you will need to register and then complete the online form in English. Under the section ‘confirm your Visa Type’ select ‘Student’ and proceed with the application. 

    You will then be required to pay the application fee. The cost of the standard Student visa application is currently £348. Faster priority services may be available at a higher cost.

    After paying the application fee you must book an appointment at your nearest Visa Application Centre (VAC) in order to submit your biometric details (fingerprints and facial image). 

    You are advised to upload any supporting documents to your online application prior to attending your appointment. The Visa Application Centres (VAC) offer a document scanning service but this is usually at an additional cost. 

    Some nationals such as the USA will book an appointment to enrol their biometrics at a local Immigration Centre as part of their application and post their passport to a UKVI scanning hub after attending the appointment The address will be provided as part of the online application. 

     

    Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) 

    You will be required to pay the mandatory Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) if you are studying a course lasting 6 months or longer. This entitles you to use the National Health Service (NHS) at no extra cost, if you become unwell or have an accident during your stay in the UK. 

    You must pay the IHS even if you do not use the NHS or even if you have your own private health insurance.

    The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) is £470 per year for the duration that your visa will be valid. You will be required to pay the full amount of the IHS as part of your visa application. For example, if you are applying for a visa to study an Undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degree lasting 3 years, you will be charged £470 x3 before you submit your application. This fee is in addition to your visa application fee. 

    If your visa application is not successful, you will automatically be refunded the Immigration Health Surcharge. 

     

    Can I travel whilst my visa application is pending? 

    You should not plan to travel to the UK whilst your visa application is pending. If you do leave your home country whilst your application is pending, this can cause significant implications to your application, and a high chance your Student visa application will become invalid.

    If you are a national that does not require to apply for entry clearance (visa) before you travel to the UK to enter as a visitor (for example, if you are from the USA), you must not attempt to travel to the UK whilst your Student visa application is pending. This could cause both visa and financial implications for you, as you will be required to return to the country where you submitted your Student visa application and re-enter the UK once your Student visa has been granted, using your Student visa 90-day entry visa vignette (visa sticker in your passport).

    What happens when my visa is granted? 

    Once your application has been decided you will either be invited to collect your passport from the application centre or the decision will be posted to your address.

    You will receive a 90-day entry visa vignette (visa sticker in your passport) and a UKVI Decision letter which will confirm the address in the UK to collect your BRP card. You must keep the letter and bring it to the UK with you. The 90 days will start 30 days before the course start date on your CAS or seven days before the date that you specified on your application as your intended date of travel to the UK, whichever is later.

    You must travel to the UK within the validity of the 90-day entry visa and before the last date of enrolment unless special permission has been given. Please refer to Tiers of operation | University of East London (uel.ac.uk) for the most up to date information on modes of teaching.

    When you arrive in the UK, you will collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). The BRP card shows the full length of your visa.

    When you receive your visa it is important to check that all the details are correct. If you have been issued with a visa vignette you should check the information on this visa along with the UKVI decision letter is correct, as these details usually match the information that will be printed on your BRP card that you will collect when you arrive in the UK:

    • Name and date of birth
    • You have been granted the correct visa route that you applied for
    • UEL’s sponsor licence number
    • The start and end dates are correct. More information about this can be found on our Student visa page, under ‘Length of Visa’.
    • Work conditions are correct
    • The condition to register with the Police (if required) - this condition will only be shown on your visa vignette, should you be required to register with the Police.

    If you notice any errors on your vignette, decision letter or BRP card, you will need to request these errors are amended in line with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirements. Further information about how to correct any errors can be found on UKCISA website. We would also advise that you contact the International Student Advice team, as they can provide support and guidance to you on reporting the errors to UKVI.

     

    EU, EEA or Swiss nationals – proving your status

    If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national and have applied for a student visa using the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ App you will receive an electronic visa. You will not receive a BRP card.

    The Home Office has created a guide explaining how to prove your rights in the UK, for example your right to study or work. You can also use this service to view and prove your immigration status.

     

    Travelling to the UK

    When you are preparing for your arrival in the UK, you may have questions about what to bring and what to expect. Useful information can be found on the UKCISA website.

    It is important when you arrive to the UK to ensure that you see an immigration official/officer and request a date stamp on your 90-day temporary travel vignette (visa sticker in your passport) as this is your evidence of when you entered the UK. You will need to provide evidence of this to complete your Right to Study check.

    Entering the UK using the eGates

    It is important to be aware of the eGates when arriving in the UK. They are automated self-service barriers located at immigration areas in UK airports. You can enter the UK via the eGates if you are a national from EU, Australia, Canada, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland or the USA.

    If you enter the UK using the eGates, you will not be given a stamp in your passport and will need to keep evidence of the date that you entered the UK (such as flight tickets and/or boarding pass) and provide these in addition to your other documents when you enrol. You will also need to keep these documents safe for the duration of your stay in the UK to prove the date that you entered the UK.

    It is important that you enter the UK during the validity of your Student visa. If you enter the UK before the start date of your 90-day temporary travel vignette using the eGates, you will enter the UK as a visitor. You will not be able to enrol onto your course as a visitor and will be required to leave the Common Travel Area (UK, Ireland, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey) and re-enter the UK after your Student visa is valid in order to ‘activate’ your Student visa.

     

    Collecting your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

    Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) is your visa. It will show the full length of your visa and contains your biometric details (fingerprints and photograph of your face) in conjunction with the details of your visa. This includes:

    • Your name
    • Your date of birth
    • The start date of your Student visa
    • The end date of your Student visa
    • Working conditions attached to your visa

    You will have to collect your BRP from a named Post Office within 10 days of arriving in the UK, though currently there is some flexibility if you are required to quarantine when you arrive in the UK. This Post Office address, will be confirmed on your visa decision letter. You will need to show your 90-day temporary travel vignette (visa in your passport) and your UKVI BRP decision letter to collect your BRP card.

    When you collect your BRP, please check to make sure that all the details are correct. If not, you should contact the International Student Advice team.

    As soon as you receive your BRP, you should take copies of both the front and the back of the card. We would recommend emailing these to yourself to keep them safe.

    Errors on your BRP card

    Check your BRP carefully when you receive it. If there is a problem with your BRP when it arrives, you must report it within 10 days otherwise you may have to apply and pay for a replacement.

    You can report problems with your BRP online on the GOV.UK website.

    Please contact the International Student Advice team if you notice errors on your BRP for support and advice on how to report this to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), as you will need to get the errors corrected.

    You can find further information on the UKCISA website.

    Under 18?

    If you are under the age of 18, you will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult when you collect your BRP. You cannot collect it yourself.

    To do this at the Post Office, you must nominate someone you trust who can go with you. They will need to provide evidence of their identity. Please allow enough time for the nomination to be approved.

    EU, EEA or Swiss nationals – proving your status

    If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national and have applied for a student visa using the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ App you will receive an electronic visa. You will not receive a BRP card.

    The Home Office has created a guide explaining how to prove your rights in the UK, for example your right to study or work. You can also use this service to view and prove your immigration status.

     

    What do I need to do if my visa is refused? 

    If your Student visa application is refused, it is important that you contact us immediately. You must contact the International Student Advice team to discuss your next steps.

    If you think the refusal decision was incorrect, you can Ask for a visa administrative review - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). You must apply for an administrative review within 28 calendar days of the date you receive the refusal notice.

    Your refusal letter will detail why you are refused and provide instructions for requesting an administrative review. You may be able to apply online on the GOV.UK website. It costs £80.

    If your visa is refused your application fee will not be refunded, however, if you have paid the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) then this will be refunded automatically.