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- February 07, 2013
- Preferred study destination: United Kingdom
Before applying for a student visa, students need to ensure that they possess 40 points in their assessment. Usually, 30 points are awarded for a valid confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) to students at a satisfactory level with an approved education provider (a Tier 4 sponsor) and for having acceptable English language skills as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level B2 if students are taking a course at NQF 6/QCF 6/SCQF 9 (undergraduate and foundation courses) or CEFR level B1 if student are taking a course at NQF 3-5/QCF 3-5/SCQF 6-8 (post graduate/doctoral degree or professional courses) and 10 points for possessing enough money to cover educational expenses (for the next period of study) and living costs (up to nine months).
Visa application process involves submitting a filled application form online or in person with a fee accompanied by original documents and photocopies of educational proof, work proof, residential proof, identity proof and a test report for TB followed by an interview on appointment at the visa application centre.
· Students need to first fill an online application on Visa4UK, make a note of the “GWF reference” application number upon receiving an email notification, take a print out of the application and sign the application.
· Students have to pay the visa application fee of Rs. 26,050 at a Standard Chartered Bank (service charges don’t apply) or pay in person at the visa application centre when submitting the application at a Standard Chartered Bank facility with a service charge of Rs.260 (inclusive of taxes) or pay the fee at a national or a foreign bank (service charges apply) and receive a demand draft in favour of the 'The British High Commission' payable in:
· New Delhi for application in Northern or Eastern India
· Mumbai for application in Western India
· Chennai for application in Southern India
· Demand drafts drawn from co-operative banks are not accepted by the high commission.
· Book an appointment online after completing the online application for an interview.
· Students need to test for TB in the form of a chest x-ray and/or sputum samples. Tests are to be done at the British High Commission approved clinics or hospitals.
Students when interviewing for their Tier 4 (General) visa, need to be present on time carrying the following documents with them:
· A valid passport and previously issued passports if any
· Latest passport size photo (45mm x 35mm)
· Application printout, signed
· GWF reference application number
· Demand Draft (if fee paid at a bank)
· Official financial sponsorship documents if any
· Original and photocopies of education, identity and address proofs
· Test report for tuberculosis from a British High Commission approved clinic or hospital; and
· Provide biometric information at the nearest visa application centre
Mostly, the staff will decide based on the submitted documents with the application. In some cases, applicants may be asked to attend an interview or attend a telephonic interview. If asked to attend an interview the online appointment will be considered and the students will be intimated about the interview. According to the British High Commission’s service standards for processing of non-settlement applications, 90% are processed in 3 weeks, 98% are processed in 6 weeks and 100% are processed in 12 weeks of the application date.
A student visa will be rejected:
· When discrepancy is discovered in information provided
· When submitted documents are discovered to be fake
· When important information is not divulged to the interviewing officer
· When questions are answered inappropriately
· When not dressed fittingly (dress code: formals and business casuals) and exhibiting lack of personal hygiene
· When failing to fund education and living costs
· When academic scores are poor
· When students don’t know enough about the institution they are accepted for
· When students don’t meet the required English standards
· When students fail the TB test