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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.
This process applies globally except for EU/EEA or Swiss nationals whose passport has a biometric chip are advised to follow the digital application process.
You should submit a completed Student Route visa application with the correct supporting documents. Your decision can take longer to be assessed if you do not do this.
You will need:
You may also need:
At the end of your Student Route visa application, you will be asked to enter a post code of a post office where you can collect your BRP in the UK. Please enter KT1 1TP – this is Kingston upon Thames Post Office, Unit L7, Bentall Shopping Centre, Dolphin Street, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1TP.
If you wish to collect your BRP at another post office, you must enter the post code of that post office.
Do not enter the University post code as Kingston University is not an Alternative Collection Location for BRPs.
Do this on the Government website.
Your application will be sent to UKVI to assess. UKVI will complete biometric, criminal and travel history checks. You may be called for an interview.
UKVI is currently experiencing very high global demand and summer is peak period for student visa applications so there may be delays to receiving a decision. Please check the Government website for the latest information about global decision waiting times.
A visa vignette (sticker) will be stamped inside your passport with 90-day validity (from the start of your visa) to travel to the UK and you will be contacted when your passport is ready for collection. Please do not attend the VAC until you have been contacted.
You will not be required to complete a PCR test before arrival into the UK however you should check with your airline if this is required for your flight. Read more on the UK government website about entering the UK.
Student visa applications are currently taking up to five weeks to process. UKVI is currently experiencing very high global demand and summer is peak period for student visa applications so there may be delays to receiving a decision.
The latest global decision waiting times can be found on the Government website
Priority and Super Priority services are currently temporarily suspended for student applications. This is due to extended delays across the visa system following the prioritisation of Ukraine Scheme applications in response to the humanitarian crisis.
UKVI continually monitor application volumes and will make customers aware once these services are available.
UKVI are working to reduce the current processing time as quickly as possible and apologise for any inconvenience caused.
The latest information on the decision waiting times can be found on the Government website.
UKVI will process all applications as soon as possible and apologise for any delay customers experience. They are unable to offer refunds for visa fees once you have visited the Visa Application Centre and submitted your biometrics. Please note: if your student visa is granted but it is too late to travel the money your paid for your visa application fee and the immigration health surcharge will not be refunded.
We recommend students apply in July if able to do so rather than waiting until August if they need to travel in time for their September course start date.
Where there are extremely compassionate or compelling circumstances, UKVI may consider expediting specific cases. However, the bar for this is very high and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Customers should make these circumstances known at the visa application centre or by contacting UKVI.
There are a few steps you can take to make your application journey smoother and help avoid delays:
UKVI Priority and Super Priority services are currently temporarily suspended for student applications. This is due to extended delays across the visa system following the prioritisation of Ukraine Scheme applications in response to the humanitarian crisis.
UKVI continually monitor application volumes and will make customers aware once PV/SPV services are available.
A student's partner, or children aged under 18 may be able to come to the UK providing the student is studying an eligible course. You can choose to apply for their visa at the same time as you apply for yours or after you have received yours. You must provide proof of your relationship and proof of finances to fund their maintenance. This is in addition to the proof of finances that you will show as part of your own application.
In order to apply for a Student Route visa, you must have received the CAS reference number from us. If you have not yet requested a CAS, you should apply for this as soon as you have accepted an unconditional offer with us. You can find lots of information and advice about requesting a CAS on our web pages but if you cannot find the answer to your question, please get in touch with the CAS team and they will be able advise what you need to do.
For updates to the status of VACs in your country check with:
Some locations have more than one appointment centre so if you are not able to find a suitable appointment at your preferred location, you may wish to check availability at other locations near you.
You should consider applying as early as you can so that you have plenty of time to attend your appointment and receive your visa before your course is due to start. Applications overseas can be made up to six months before the course start date.
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.