UK Student Visas

The UK welcomes genuine international students who want to attend our world-leading universities and colleges. In the past year, almost 97% of student visa applicants from the ASEAN region and Sri Lanka – more than 22,000 applicants – were successful.

There is no limit to the number of students who can come to the UK. Just like there is no limit on the number of international graduates who can continue to live and work in the UK in graduate jobs after finishing their studies.

As part of your journey to the UK, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) is committed to providing you with a quick and efficient visa service. Applying for your UK student visa is easier than you think – all it takes are three simple steps:

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Apply using our simple, new online application form.

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The UK student visa application process is easier than you think. Just follow the guidance and provide the correct supporting documents for your application.

Apply for your study visa as soon as you get your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) from your university or college. You can apply up to three months and travel up to one month before your course begins.

You will also need the required funds to support yourself while in the UK and the relevant qualifications for your course. If you are from Brunei, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea or Taiwan, you are not required to provide evidence of finances or qualifications with your application, although you may be asked to provide the evidence later.

Apply online for your UK study visa and book your visa application centre appointment. UKVI’s service standard for visa decisions is 15 working days, or customers can use our Priority Visa Service which aims to provide a decision more quickly.


Working in the UK after your studies

If you are planning to remain in the UK to take up graduate-level employment, develop a business, or undertake professional training or an internship related to your qualifications, there are many options after you finish your studies.

For example, there are over 27,000 licensed sponsors who can offer ‘Tier 2’ graduate jobs. All you need is to find is a position with a salary of at least £20,800 a year. You can start working with your sponsor as soon as you submit your application. Last year, more than 5,000 graduates switched from a student to a Tier 2 work visa.

Or you may be eligible for a ‘Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)’ visa if you are a graduate with a genuine and credible business idea who has been officially endorsed by either the Department for International Trade or one of 100 authorised UK higher education institutions.

For any further information about UK visas and immigration visit our website.

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