Indian students are set to benefit from an improved post-study visa regime as part of a new “International Education Strategy” launched by the UK government on Saturday in preparation for its post-Brexit policies.

The strategy is aimed at increasing the total number of international students from around the world choosing to study in the UK higher education system from the current level of 460,000 to 600,000 each year.

All international students who want to study in the UK are required to get a student visa (Tier 4). This type of visa is only available to full-time university students pursuing a degree in the UK, and not short-term or language courses.

Anyone who is planning to study in UK is required to have a visa in order to stay in the country for an extended period of time.

To be eligible for a Tier 4 student visa, you must:

  • 1. Have an unconditional offer of a place on a course with a licensed Tier 4 sponsor
  • 2. Be able to speak, read, write and understand English
  • 3. Have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course.


Documents required for Tier 4 student visa

When applying for your Tier 4 visa, you will generally need:

  • 1. A current passport or other valid travel documentation
  • 2. Evidence of funds to provide your living expenses for the duration of your course
  • 3. Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) reference number and documents used to obtain CAS
  • 4. Passport-sized colour photographs
  • 5. Tuberculosis screening (if required)
  • 6. Assessment documentation
  • 7. Additional documents may also be needed if you are:
  • 8. Not a citizen of the country you are applying from
  • 9. Under 18 years of age
  • 10. Have family (dependents)


Applying for your visa online

You’ll have to apply for your student visa application online using the British Government’s official Gov.UK website. You can apply up to three months before your intended date of travel to the UK. Remember, your application date is the date when your application fee is paid.

Visa fee

As an applicant from outside the UK, you will have to pay £348 as your visa fee (do check the latest fee when applying here).

English language requirements

To gain your UK student visa, you’ll have to provide with an evidence of proficiency in the English language. This usually means passing a secure English language test to be able to prove your communication and correspondence skills.

IELTS for UKVI is an IELTS test approved for UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) purposesThis applies to everyone coming from a non-English speaking country. While there is no change in the content, format or level of difficulty and scoring, IELTS for UKVI simply follows certain extra security protocols to ensure the authenticity of the test taker.

You may also have to appear for a personal interview at the UK embassy or consulate.

Biometric residence permit

As part of your application, you must also obtain a biometric residence permit (BRP) from the UKVI. You will need to make an appointment with the UKVI to have your fingers and thumbs scanned and a digital photo taken of your face.