Requirements for Student visa applications made outside the UK
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Before you commence your program at the University of Reading, you will need to apply for an entry clearance visa to come to the UK under the Student route.
Applicants who want to come to the UK to commence their pre-sessional English, foundation, undergraduate or postgraduate course, will need to meet the requirements of the Immigration Rules before a visa application is approved.
See the University of Reading's website pages for making a visa application outside of the UK.
Make and keep copies of all documents.
Documents not in English must be translated by a fully certified translator/translation company and the translation(s) must meet specific requirements. Please see the Translations page for more information.
You can apply for a Student visa up to 6 months before the start of your course as stated on your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
UK Visas and Immigration may interview you to check you are a genuine student. Failure to attend the interview will likely lead to your application being refused. Please refer to our Credibility Interviews page for more information.
The following documents are required for Student visa applications made from outside the UK:
- Completed Student online visa application form. Click ‘Start now’ on the Government's Student visa webpage.
- Current passport or travel document.
- If you are not a national of the country in which you are applying, you will need to submit evidence that you are there lawfully and on a basis other than a short-term visit.
- Tuberculosis (TB) certificate, if coming to the UK for longer than 6 months and you are resident in any of the countries listed on the UK Government website. If you have lived for at least 6 months in a country (including in the UK) where TB screening is not required by the UK, and you have been away from that country for no more than 6 months you will not need a TB test.
- Assigned Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number from the University of Reading, which was issued no more than 6 months before you pay to submit your visa application online.
- Any qualifications listed on your CAS in the 'Evidence used to obtain offer' field. Please note if you are studying a course at degree level or above you will not be required to provide evidence of your qualifications.
If you do need to provide evidence this can be in the form of a transcript, certificate or print outs of your qualification or transcript results from the awarding body’s online checking service. Each document provided must include:
- Your name
- The title of the award
- the name of the awarding institution or awarding body
- the date of the award (if the qualification has already been awarded)
- confirmation that the qualification will be awarded (if the document is a transcript of results or print out of a transcript of results)
- Evidence of English language proficiency as stated on your CAS.
- Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate, if you are applying for postgraduate study or research in one of the subjects listed in Immigration Rules Appendix ATAS.
- For under 18 years old only: a signed letter of parental consent confirming:
- the relationship between you and your parent(s)/legal guardian(s)
- that they consent to your living arrangements in the UK
- that they consent to your application as a Student
- that they consent to your independent travel to the UK
- Evidence of your relationship with your parent(s)/legal guardian(s) if you are under the age of 18 and/or submitting evidence of funds in your parent(s)/legal guardian(s) name(s).
- Evidence you meet the Student visa maintenance Requirements.
- If applicable, fully certified translations.
- More information about the policy on Student visas.
It costs £348 or equivalent in your local currency to apply for this visa from outside of the UK. There may be an additional fee (£55) if you attend a ‘user pay Visa Application Centre (VAC)’.
You may be able to pay for optional additional services, such as, priority, document scanning assistance and delivery services. Please check with the VAC that you are going to attend if you want information on these services and the cost.
As part of the application process, you and any dependants are likely to be required to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) to cover the duration of your stay in the UK. You will then be able to use the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK and will not require private medical insurance. Please note that you will still need to pay for certain types of services (e.g. prescriptions, dental treatment and eye tests) which are not free for UK nationals either. That is a requirement for everybody, including British nationals.
The cost of this charge will be £470 for each applicant and dependent per year of the actual visa to be granted, including any final extra period. Periods less than six months are charged at £235. Periods between 6 and 12 months are charged at the full year rate.
What happens next?
After you have paid to submit your visa application online you may need to book an appointment at a Visa Application Centre (VAC) and upload copies of your documents. If you do not wish to self-upload your documents, you may be required to pay for the relevant additional service. Check with the VAC you are going to attend.
At your appointment, you will also need to provide your biometrics. To provide these you will need to:
- have a digital photo taken of your face
- put your fingers on a glass screen to be scanned
You then may be interviewed by the Home Office to check that you are a ‘genuine student’ (see credibility interviews above).
The next correspondence you receive should be your visa application decision.
The standard visa processing times for applications made outside of the UK is 15 working days from when you attend your biometric appointment. You should also allow a week for your passport to be endorsed with an entry vignetter (visa sticker). You should travel to the UK during the validity of the vignette. If you are coming to the UK for longer than 6 months you will need to pick up your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) after arriving in the UK from the location on your visa decision letter. If you use the Alternative Collection Location code given on your CAS (which is what we recommend) that will be the Carrington Building at the University.
If your visa application is refused, make sure you contact the International Student Advisory Team and supply a copy of the visa refusal notice.
Need more help?
If clarification is needed on any aspect of the Rules or you have questions about your visa application, please email the International Student Advisory Team at email@example.com where we will respond to you as soon as possible, alternatively telephone +44(0)118 378 8038.