A UK student visa allows a person to come to the UK
for the purpose of studying.
There is no set duration for a UK student visa, however
visas for students in the UK are usually granted for
a period of one year and are usually determined by
the length of course to be studied.
Course of Study
A UK student visa applicant must show that they have
been accepted into a course of study at:
a publicly-funded institution of further or higher
education (for example a university); or
a bona fide private education institution that maintains
satisfactory records of enrolment and attendance for
students and offers courses that are leading to qualifications
recognised by the appropriate accreditation bodies;
an independent fee-paying school outside the maintained
And the UK student visa applicant must intend to
a recognised full-time degree course; or
a weekday course at a single institution that involves
at least 15 hours of organised daytime study a week;
a full-time course of study at an independent fee-paying
UK student visa applicants must be able to meet the
costs of their course and accommodation and the maintenance
of themselves and any dependants without undertaking
full-time employment or engaging in business or having
recourse to public funds.
UK student visa applicants should intend to leave
the UK at the end of their studies.
In Country Applications
In country applications for United Kingdom student
visas may not be submitted by Visa Nationals.
Only married partners are eligible to join a person
on a British student visa and they will be granted
leave to remain for a period equal to that granted
to the student. During this time they must be able
to support themselves either independently or with
the help of the UK student visa holder. This partner
will be given permission to work only if the UK student
visa was issued for 12 months or more.
A United Kingdom student visa applicant may take part-time
or holiday work but must not:
work for more than 20 hours a week during term time,
unless it is a work placement and part of a study
program and the education institution agrees; or
do business, be self-employed or provide services
as a professional sports person or entertainer; or
work full-time in a permanent job.
A person on a UK student visa is only able to work
full-time during their vacation period.
UK student visa holders must be able to support and
accommodate tehmselves without recourse to public