What do you need to know about Visas!
Do I require a visa to study at inlingua Cheltenham?
Visa Nationals: If you are a citizen of a 'visa country' or a 'Visa National' you will require a visa to study in the UK. To check details, please refer to the Visa and Immigration website of the Home Office: "Check if you need a UK visa" using this link https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa
Non-Visa Nationals: A 'non-visa national' is a citizen of any country that is not detailed by the UK on the above website. A non-visa national may not require a visa to visit the UK for a period of up to 6 months; however your eligibility should be checked with your local British embassy or consulate. Usually a 'non visa national' who wishes to study for longer than 6 months is required to apply for an Extended Student Visitor Visa (ESVV) before travelling to the UK.
To gain entry clearance at boarder for a period of up to 6 months you need to provide a letter confirming that you are undertaking an English course and for how long (provided by inlingua Cheltenham).
What type of Visa will I require? Tier 4: Adult Student Visa (General): You will require a Tier 4 Visa if;
- you are 16 years of age and over. - Plan to study in the UK for a period of up to 6 months and may wish to extend your Visa whilst in the UK - Plan to study in the UK for longer than 6 months
- Plan to study on an academic course, i.e. Foundation course
If you intend to apply for a Tier 4 Visa you must prove that your current level of English is within the Council of Europe Framework Reference (CEFR) B1 Level or above. You will be required to provide proof of your current English level via one of the Home Office approved tests. You must supply original documents with your Visa application and copies must be supplied to inlingua Cheltenham when enrolling. The Home Office approved language tests are; IELTS, Cambridge PET, BEC, FCE, CAE, CPE, ICFE, ILEC, BULATS, TOEIC and TOEFL along with the Pearson Test of English (PTE). Please see the following for further details of acceptable tests "Home Office approved English Language Tests". A Tier 4 Visa will enable you to travel to the UK up to one month before your course starts.
Please see the following link for more information on this type of Visa: one https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa
Student Visitor Visa (SVV): If you are a Visa national and 18 years of age or over and plan to study in the UK for a period of 6 months, you will require the SVV. With this you will not be permitted to extend your visa whilst in the UK. You will also not be able to work part-time during your course or bring dependants with you (e.g. husband/wife or children).
If you intend to study a purely English language course (e.g. the inlingua Cheltenham General English or Academic English with IELTS course) for between 6-11months you can apply for an Extended Student Visitor Visa (ESVV). A SVV and ESVV will allow you to travel to the UK up to one week before your course starts.
Please see the following link for more information on this type of Visa: https://www.gov.uk/study-visit-visa
Child Visitor Visa (CVV): If you are a Visa national and under 18 years of age and plan to study in the UK for a period of up to 6 months, you will be required to submit a letter from your parents or legal guardian with your application stating that they agree for you travelling to the UK and living independently. This letter must be written in your own language, you must also provide proof of the relationship between you and your parents or legal guardian.
A CVV will allow you to travel up to one week before your course starts.
Please see the following link for more information on this type of visa: https://www.gov.uk/child-visit-visa How do I apply for a Visa? You can download official Visa application forms from the Home Office website or apply on line as follows: Tier 4 Visa (General) Application form Student Visitor Visa (SVV) or Extended Student Visitor Visa (ESVV) Application Form Child Visitor Visa Application form What will I need to support my Visa application? To apply for Student Visitor Visas, Extended Student Visitor Visas and Child Visitor visas you will need the following
To apply for a Tier 4 Visa (general) you will require:
Further information: UK Sponsor: inlingua Cheltenham will be your sponsor. We are licensed by the Home Office to enrol international students; we feature on the Highly Trusted Sponsor (HTS) list. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/register-of-licensed-sponsors-students
Financial Details: Visa applicants will need to prove to the Home Office on application that they possess sufficient money to cover their costs while in the UK: tuition, accommodation, living expenses and travel costs.
Should you plan to apply for a General Student Visa (Tier4), you will need to demonstrate that you have access to at least GBP 800.00 per month in accommodation and spending money. These funds must be in your bank account for a minimum of 28 days prior to the date of your application and the funds must be genuinely available for the purpose of funding your study and upkeep in the UK.
Documentation: Should you not have the correct documents, it is unlikely that your visa application will be successful. How much will my Visa Cost? Tier 4 Visa (general): This currently costs GBP 298, per person Student Visitor Visa: This currently costs GPB 80 Extended Student Visitor Visa and Child Visitor Visa: This currently costs GBP 144, per person
For more information and assistance regarding visas for studying in the UK, please visit the UKBA website at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-visas-and-immigration-fees
Please see the following Visa guide https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/294927/Visitor_Documents.pdf
Please follow this link to see if you have to register with the Police on arrival in the UK: https://www.gov.uk/register-with-the-police
Please note that the above information is for general assistance; it is not legal advice. inlingua Cheltenham cannot take responsibility for any inaccuracies.