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Applying for a Student Visa

Applying for a Student Visa

Requirements for Applying

Find out the requirements for applying for a Student Route visa inside and outside the UK.

Applying inside the UK 

The Student Route visa has strict rules about when an application can be made in the UK.

  • You must already be in the UK in an immigration category which allows you to make a Student Route application. Please see the UKVI website for a list of visas which do not permit switching from inside the UK
  • If you’re already in the UK on a Tier 4 or Student Route visa, you must be able to meet the current academic progression rules outlined in the current Student Guidance
  • You must be able to demonstrate that you meet the English language requirements for the Student Route
  • Tier 4 and Student Route visas have strict time limits for undergraduate and below degree level study, as listed in the Student Guidance.
  • If you think that you’re approaching the maximum time allowed in the UK under Tier 4 and the Student Route, you can calculate your total time spent in the UK using the online date calculator
  • If your programme is subject to clearance from the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS), you must apply for ATAS clearance at least 8 weeks before you need to apply for your Student visa, as there can be delays in processing applications at busy times of year
  • If you’re applying for a Student Route visa for a new programme and your current visa expires more than 28 days before the start of this, you won’t be able to make your Student Route application in the UK. You must return to your home country to do so

If you meet current requirements, you can get help with your Tier 4 (or Doctorate Extension Scheme) application from the Visa Support Team. 

Applying outside of the UK

If you don’t meet the requirements for making a Student Route application in the UK, you may have to return to your home country to make a Student Route visa application.

Contact the Visa Support Team for advice if you are unsure if you meet the requirements.

You should then take the following steps:

You will need to collect your new Biometric Residence Permit Card (BRP) on arrival at a local Post Office on arrival in Newcastle.

When you have your new visa, please follow the steps to upload a copy of your current passport, visa vignette inside your passport and the front and back of the BRP card.

After you have submitted your Student Route application

Biometric enrolment and document submission

You will be asked to book a biometric enrolment appointment and upload your supporting documents through the UKVCAS website as part of the online visa application. You will be prompted to do this once you have paid the Immigration Health Surcharge and visa application fee as part of the online application form.

If you have provided biometric data as part of your visa application in the last 5 years, you may not need to reenrol your biometric data. If the UKVI can re-use the biometric data, you will be informed of this and will be asked to use a smartphone app to complete the application process.

Check your emails regularly

Check your emails regularly in case the Visa Support Team or UKVI contact you about your visa application. If you receive any emails directly from UKVI, contact the Visa Support Team as soon as possible.

Your Biometric Residence Permit Card (BRP) and your supporting documents

If you’ve submitted your application through the Visa Support Team, your BRP card and your supporting documents will be sent directly to the Visa Support Team. When we receive them, we will check them for errors and will email you to collect them when they are ready.

Please note: the Visa Support Team is unable to receive your BRP card while working remotely due to the Covid-19 outbreak. You are advised to use your own address as the postal address in the meantime. Please check your new BRP card and email from UKVI for any mistakes. If the mistake concerns the visa expiry date or permission to work, you will normally have only 14 days to correct this mistake.

University policy on student immigration compliance

As a Sponsor, Newcastle University must ensure that all necessary steps are taken to ensure immigration compliance across the student community. The University’s Policy on Student Immigration Compliance details the circumstances for which sponsorship may be offered and withdrawn, as well as documentary requirements for the registration process at the University.

While the University will endeavour to support prospective and registered students with their immigration requirements for academic purposes, sponsorship is not guaranteed in all circumstances.

For more information, please see the policy on Policy on Student Immigration Compliance and contact the Visa Support Team if you have any doubts about your circumstances.

Visa Support

The Visa Support Team can assist help you with making your Student Route application in the UK, or Doctorate Extension Scheme application, if you meet current requirements.

You should take the following steps:

  1. At least 8 weeks before you need to make your visa application, please request a copy of our guide to 'Making a Student Route application in the UK' and follow the instructions in the guide carefully. Important: ‘Making a Student Route in the UK’ is updated regularly to reflect any amendments to the UKVI Student Route Guidance or changes to UKVI visa application procedures. Always read the guide alongside the current Student Route Guidance  You will also be provided with a guide to the Student Route application form to help you complete it.

  2. If your programme requires clearance under the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS), please request fresh ATAS clearance at least 6 weeks before you request a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). You will need a new ATAS certificate before your CAS can be issued.
  3. Ensure that you have your new CAS
    • If you’re beginning a new programme, you will need to meet all of the conditions of the programme for Admissions to issue the CAS.
    • If you’re currently registered on a programme at Newcastle University, you must submit a CAS request with the relevant supporting documents. This request must be submitted at least 8 weeks before it’s required. You must submit supporting documents no later than 4 weeks before the date that the CAS is required.
  4. Please indicate whether you will be including dependants in your application, so that we can provide necessary guidance.

  5. Contact the Visa Support Team to have your application checked by following the instructions in the guide to Making a Student Route application in the UK.

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