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The United Kingdom is made up of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It is an island nation in northwestern Europe.  London is the proud capital of the UK. The United Kindom is famous for its architectural heritage and constitutional monarchy. 

Economics(B.Sc., M.Sc., Honours, etc.), Business(MBA), Law(LLB, LLM, etc.) are some of the most sought after courses in the UK. It is ideally the perfect place to study the above-mentioned courses as they provide the right kind of environment to accommodate the students studying these courses. The most important task that every student has to tackle when they wish to study abroad is getting their student visa. This article will contain the necessary details of the visa process of the UK, to successfully guide students to their study destinations. The European Union (EU) consists of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.

The European Economic Area (EEA) includes EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway. It allows them to be part of the EU’s single market.

There are three types of study visa provided by the UK government:

  • Short-term study visa :

This visa type is ideal for those who want to do a short course of study in the UK, are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, and meet the eligibility requirements like adequate finances, offer letter from the university, accommodation, etc.

The earliest one can apply for the visa is 3 months before the course starts. Usually, the office will take 3 weeks to respond to your request.

The fee costs 97 euros for a 6-month visa and 186 euros for an 11-month visa.

  • General student visa (Tier 4):

This visa type allows anyone who is above 16 years of age, fluent in English speaking, reading, and writing, have the offer letter from the university, have adequate funds to support the expense of the course, travel, accommodation, etc., are from a country outside of EEA and Switzerland. Children under 18 years of age will need the permission of their parents or guardians.

The earliest one can apply for the visa is 3 months before the course starts. Usually, the office will take 3 weeks to respond to your request. 

  1. The fee cost 348 Euros. You’ll also have to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your application.  You’ll also have to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your application. 
  • Child students visa (Tier 4):

This visa type permits students from the age of 4 to 17 to study at an independent school in the UK, given that the student has a place on the course, adequate funds to cover the living and traveling cost, consent of the parents or guardians, is from a country that’s not a part of EEA or Switzerland.

The earliest one can apply for the visa is 3 months before the course starts. Usually, the office will take 3 weeks to respond to your request. 

The fee cost 348 Euros. You’ll also have to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your application. 

Students under the age of 16 can stay up to 6 years (plus 4 months afterward).

Students 16 or 17years of can stay up to 3 years (plus 4 months afterward).

You can arrive in the UK up to 1 week before your course starts if your course lasts 6 months or less. Up to 1 month before your course starts if your course lasts more than 6 months

Due to the operational impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), most of the UK’s visa application centers are currently closed. All visa decision waiting times will be delayed until further notice.

Harleen Arora 3 years ago
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