2020/21 STUDENT VISA GUIDANCE FOR APPLICANTS: TAUGHT POSTGRADUATE & PHD 2020. 11. 18.¢  TAUGHT POSTGRADUATE

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  • Page 1 2020/21 Student Visa Guidance: Taught Postgraduate & PhD Programmes (Updated: 2 Nov 2020) Back to Contents

    2020/21 STUDENT VISA GUIDANCE FOR APPLICANTS: TAUGHT POSTGRADUATE & PHD PROGRAMMES

    COVID-19 UPDATE

    IMPORTANT NOTICE The information found in this version is to be used from 2 November 2020.

    Since March 2020, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) have introduced a number of policy changes and concessions for visa holders in response to the exceptional circumstances around COVID-19. These measures are under constant review and the government is releasing updated guidance regularly as the situation evolves. The AA’s Compliance Team is continuing to monitor all UKVI updates and review existing CAS processes to ensure that applicants face as few obstacles as possible when preparing to apply for their Student visa. This guidance document has been updated to include these changes. COVID-19 related updates will appear throughout the document in a grey box like this.

    USEFUL CONTACTS

     AA School Admissions Team Email: postgraduateadmissions@aaschool.ac.uk or contact your Admissions Coordinator directly.

     AA School Compliance Team Email: compliance@aaschool.ac.uk

     UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) Advice for international students coming to the UK

     UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) Contact Information if you have a question about a pending visa application. Please note there is a charge to contact the UKVI by phone or email.

     UKVI Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre Contact Information if you have an immigration query related to coronavirus.

    mailto:postgraduateadmissions@aaschool.ac.uk mailto:compliance@aaschool.ac.uk http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/ https://www.gov.uk/contact-ukvi-inside-outside-uk https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents#helpline

  • Page 2 2020/21 Student Visa Guidance: Taught Postgraduate & PhD Programmes (Updated: 2 Nov 2020) Back to Contents

    CONTENTS Click on any contents listing below to be taken to the relevant page

    USEFUL CONTACTS .................................................................................................................................... 1

    SECTION 1: INTRODUCTION & FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ...................................................... 4

    1. What is the difference between a Student visa and a Tier 4 (General) Student visa? ...................................... 4

    2. Does that mean my pending Tier 4 (General) application is no longer valid? ................................................... 4

    3. Do I need a Student visa if I’m an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen? .......................................................................... 4

    4. What is the EU Settlement Scheme? ................................................................................................................ 4

    5. Am I eligible for a Student visa? ........................................................................................................................ 4

    6. What is a CAS and when will I receive mine? ................................................................................................... 5

    7. When should I plan to arrive in the UK? ............................................................................................................ 5

    8. When should I apply for my Student visa? ........................................................................................................ 6

    9. Where can I apply for my Student visa? ............................................................................................................ 6

    Switching to the Student visa from within the UK ............................................................................................................... 6

    Extending an existing Tier 4 visa to a new Student visa from within the UK ....................................................................... 7

    Applying for the Student visa from another country ............................................................................................................ 7

    10. I already have a Tier 4 visa from my previous institution. Do I need a new CAS / Student Visa? .................... 7

    11. Should I renew my passport before I apply? ..................................................................................................... 8

    12. How long will it take for my Student visa application to be processed? ............................................................ 8

    13. How much will the Student visa cost? ............................................................................................................... 9

    14. Do I need to attend an appointment as part of the visa application process? ................................................. 10

    15. What is the ‘differential evidence requirement’? Am I eligible for it? ............................................................... 11

    16. What supporting documents do I need? .......................................................................................................... 12

    17. What will my financial requirement be for the Student visa? ........................................................................... 12

    18. Can I bring my partner and children? .............................................................................................................. 12

    19. What do I do if I have an official financial sponsor? ........................................................................................ 12

    20. What do I do if my spouse/partner is funding me? .......................................................................................... 12

    21. What do I do if my parents are funding me ...................................................................................................... 13

    22. Do I need a Police Registration Certificate? .................................................................................................... 13

    23. Do I need a Tuberculosis (TB) Test Certificate? ............................................................................................. 13

    24. Do I need an ATAS certificate? ....................................................................................................................... 14

    25. What is an Exit Check and do I need one? ..................................................................................................... 14

    26. Do I need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)? ............................................................................ 14

    27. What is a credibility interview? ......................................................................................................................... 14

    28. How can I prepare for the interview? ............................................................................................................... 14

    29. What happens if I cannot attend the biometric appointment or interview? ...................................................... 15

    30. I’ve received my visa. What should I do now? ................................................................................................. 15

    31. What happens if my visa application is refused? ............................................................................................. 15

    32. Will I need to go somewhere to collect my Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)? ............................................ 15

    33. How long will my Student visa last? ................................................................................................................ 16

    34. What do I need to do at the border when I arrive in the UK? .......................................................................... 16

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    35. What do I do if there is an error on my temporary entry vignette? .................................................................. 17

    36. What do I do if there is an error on my BRP? .................................................................................................. 17

    37. Can I work in the UK? ...................................................................................................................................... 18

    38. I have read this Guidance document and I am ready to apply. How do I start my application? ..................... 18

    SECTION 2: WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO PROVIDE TO OBTAIN A CAS? ................................ 19

    UNCONDITIONAL OFFER & ADMISSIONS FORM .................................................................................................. 19

    FINANCIAL REQUIREMENT ...................................................................................................................................... 19

    Those who have lived in the UK for at least 12 months ............................................................................................................. 19

    Those who have NOT lived in the UK for at least 12 months .................................................................................................... 19

    Money that can be used ...............................................