Visa Applications - please see note** below about Pilot Scheme
If you have any questions regarding applying for your visa please contact us (best to visit our office or send us an email) - it is very important that you complete the online visa application form correctly, and then prepare the correct supporting documents BEFORE you go to the Visa Application Centre. Your visa application is based on the Confirmation of Acceptance to Study (CAS) for an unconditional offer from the university, supported by all the correct documents. Any letter or information from your bank needs to be in English, have your name in English and the bank account number, and the actual money amount (balance) must be converted to UK pounds (GBP). It is NOT acceptable for the bank to just say you have a "five-figure balance in GBP" - the ACTUAL BALANCE in numbers is required. You should also submit your updated bank passbook. You should have had the required balance in the account for 28 days when you pay the online visa application fee, and certainly by when you go to the Visa Application Centre to submit your application and documents in person. The bank account needs to be in your name, or a joint account in your name and another person. If you want to use your parents to show funding you must submit your birth certificate translated into English (with a certified translation), a letter from the parent(s)stating that they are providing funds to pay for your tuition fees and living expenses, plus bank/letter and bank passbook. You also need an IOM medical certificate.
You need to complete the visa application online and make the application fee payment online by VISA or MasterCard, print the form, and schedule an appointment online for your visa application submission at the Visa Application Centre. You also need to register for the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). If your course is less than 6 months there is no need to pay, but put the reference number on your printed visa application form; if your course is more than 6 months then you need to pay the 150 (225 if longer than 1 year but less than 18 months) pounds Health Surcharge on line before you go to the Visa Application Centre (and record your surcharge reference number). The online visa application also includes registering for collection of your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). Once you have completed, submitted and printed the visa application form, DO NOT CHANGE any information by writing on the form. Tier 4 Student Visa applications are NOT processed at the British Embassy in Bangkok.
We can advise you best on all these things (and more) if you come to the office.
Please note that when you arrive at the Visa Application Centre you will have your biometric data taken (fingerprints and digital photo) and also that you MAY be asked to do a "credibility" interview - you will have to sit in a room and be interviewed via SKYPE by UKV&I staff in the UK - takes about 10 minutes - our advice is simple; just tell the truth!!
The visa in your passport will be valid for 30 days, and you need to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from the designated place (usually the University) within 10 days of arriving in the UK
**Pilot Scheme - Bath, Exeter, Nottingham and Warwick are included in the Pilot Scheme, which means that you do not need to provide hard copy documents (funding evidence, transcripts, certificates, IELTS, etc.) when you go the Visa Appliation Centre. HOWEVER, YOU ARE STILL REQUIRED TO HAVE THESE DOCUMENTS and there may be spot checks. Therefore, our advice is to make sure you have the correct documents (which we can check), but it is up to you if you want to provide hard copy documents at the Visa Application Centre. We recommend providing hard copy documents to reduce the possibility of delays if there is a spot check.