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When you have accepted an unconditional offer to study with us, it is time to consider visa requirements. If you are coming to study at Kingston University, you may need one of the following:
The information below is a brief guide to the Student Route visa application process. For more detailed information, please visit UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and the UK Home Office.
The Home Office has full guidance on how, when and where to apply for a Student Route visa, but here is a brief summary of the process:
When making your Student Route visa application, you must show that you have enough money to pay the course fees and living costs for the first year of your course. The Home Office calls this the maintenance requirements.
You must show enough funds to cover one year of tuition fees. Your course fees will be listed on your offer letter and on the relevant course page on our website.
You can deduct any fees you have paid towards your tuition fees from the total amount you need to show for your fees.
You must have enough money to support yourself while you are studying in the UK. The Home Office uses fixed amounts, which may or may not reflect your actual living costs. For Kingston University, you will need to show:
If you are fully funded by an official financial sponsor, as defined in the Student Route Policy Guidance, you will require an original letter from your sponsor confirming:
If your official financial sponsor is not covering all of your course fees and maintenance, you must show that you have the rest of the money required. You can use any combination of the forms of evidence listed above.
You will have to pay an Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) as part of your application. This is in addition to the Student Route visa application fee.
Before you complete your visa application, use the immigration health surcharge tool to calculate how much IHS you need to pay.
The IHS entitles you to use the National Health Service (NHS) if you become unwell or have an accident while studying in the UK.
The amount you have to pay for IHS depends on the length of your visa:
You will be required to submit supporting documents with your visa application. For more information on required documents for a Student Route visa, please read the full Home Office guidance and see the UKCISA evidence pages.
Depending on your situation, you may also be required to submit:
You may be required to attend a credibility interview. This will usually be conducted by video link with a UKVI officer in the UK, although some are face-to-face interviews at Home Office centres across the UK (if you are applying from inside the UK).
During your interview a member of Home Office staff may ask you:
The UKVI officer must be satisfied that you are a genuine student, and that your English language ability is at the correct level, otherwise you might be called for a further interview or your application may be refused.
See the UKCISA website for more information.
Some students can apply to have their family with them in the UK as dependants. The application will be reviewed against your Student Route visa immigration status and the type of degree you will be studying at Kingston University.
To find out who counts as a dependant, and how to apply, please see the UKCISA website.
You can apply for a dependant visa (for your spouse or child) on the Home Office website.
Read the frauds and scams guidance on the UKCISA website, for the latest information and advice.
You don't need a visa to study in the UK if you have been granted pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.