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Short-term students

Short-term students The short-term study routes (previously student visitor routes) are for people who want to come to the UK to study for a short period of time on a course that does not include a work placement or work experience, with the exception of electives which meet paragraph A57D(a)(iii) of the Immigration Rules. There are 3 short-term student routes: short-term student (6 months) – for applicants aged 16 and over for a maximum of 6 months’ study; short-term student (11 months) – for applicants aged 16 and over for a maximum of 11 months’ English language study only; short-term student (child) – for applicants aged under 16 for a maximum of 6 months’ study. The only situation in which a student may use short-term study (STS) to study a course that will not be completed within their 6 month stay, other than for an English language course, is where a student is undertaking distance learning. An applicant who wishes to use short-term study to undertake distance learning in the UK must meet all of the following criteria. They must: be studying for the majority of their time outside of the UK for a UK qualification by distance learning; be on a course...

Visa decision waiting times: applications outside the UK

Visa decision waiting times, applications outside the UK You do not need to book your travel before applying for a visa. Visa fees can only be refunded if we have not yet started processing your application. If you are applying to extend or switch a visa within the UK, check the individual visa guides to find out how long it will take. If you want to visit the UK You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks of attending your appointment at the visa application centre, where 1 week is 5 working days, if you are applying for a visa to visit the UK: for a holiday or to see family or friends for a business trip or meeting to get married You may be able to get your visa faster or other services depending on what country you’re in - check with your visa application centre. If you’re travelling through the UK You should get a decision within 3 weeks of attending your appointment at the visa application centre, where 1 week is 5 working days, if you are applying for a visa to travel through the UK on your way to another country, You may be able to get your...

Financial evidence for Student and Child Student route applicants

Financial evidence for Student and Child Student route applicants Overview of financial evidence Financial evidence is proof that you have enough money to support yourself while studying in the UK. Usually you’ll need to show a set amount of money for each month of your course, for up to 9 months. If you’re applying from overseas, or if are applying in the UK but have not been here with permission for 12 months or more, you must show that you have enough money to cover your course fees (and boarding fees, if relevant) and living costs. You might not need to provide financial evidence if you’re from an exempt country but you should still make sure you have enough funds. UK Visas and Immigration may ask you to show that you have them. You do not need to show funds if you are applying as a Student Union Sabbatical Officer or to study as a doctor or dentist in training. How your finance requirement is worked out Students The amount of money you need to show depends on: your course fees, which are set out on your confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) Your education provider will send you the CAS once they’ve offered...

Prove your English language abilities with a secure English language test (SELT)

Prove your English language abilities with a secure English language test (SELT) Applications that require an English language test There are 2 types of test as different immigration routes require different levels of English language ability. The test you will need to take depends on what you are applying for. For the following application routes, you will need to take a test that assesses your reading, writing, speaking and listening abilities: Innovator Start-up Tier 2 (General) Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) Student For the following application routes, you will need to take a test that assesses your speaking and listening abilities: Tier 2 (Sportsperson) Representative of an Overseas Business partner parent settlement (also known as indefinite leave to remain) citizenship The level of test you will need, known as the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level, will depend on the route you are applying for. To find out which level you need, see the specific guidance for your immigration route. Approved test providers and approved tests You can only take an SELT with one of the following providers: IELTS SELT Consortium (UK or overseas) LanguageCert (UK or overseas) Trinity College London (UK only) Pearson (UK and overseas) PSI Services (UK) Ltd...