Canadian students applying for a UK student visa
While studying in the UK offers an insight into a diverse cultural environment, before you can do so, you must consider whether or not you will need a UK student visa. This depends on the length of your stay, the course you will be studying and the age at which you submit your application. With our step-by-step guide on how to approach this, we can ensure that you are on the right track.
If you’re planning on studying in the UK for six months or less, you won’t need a visa. All you will need, is to bring documents with you when crossing the border.
If your period of study in the UK will be longer than six months, you will need a visa, but the type you need depends on your individual circumstances.
If you’re coming to study a university or college course for more than 6 months, or an English Language course for more than 11 months, you will need a Student Visa.
But if you’re studying an English Language course for less than 11 months, you can apply for a Short-Term Student Visa.
Those of you who are under 18, though, will need to apply for a Child Student Visa.
All applications can be made here: https://www.gov.uk/apply-uk-visa
For those of you who do not need a visa, you will need to provide these documents when crossing the border. For those of you who do, you will need to provide these documents as part of your application. They are:
Unless you are applying for a visa, this is all of the information you will need.
You can apply for your visa 3 months before the start of your course. You will generally get a decision within 3 weeks.
You can arrive up to 1 week before the beginning of your course, if the duration of the course is less than 6 months. If it is more, you can arrive up to 1 month before the course begins.
If you meet the description of someone who will need a Student Visa, here is a breakdown of everything that you will need to know before applying.
You can apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa to study in the UK if you are 16 or older and you:
The Student Visa cost £322, but you will also need to pay a healthcare surcharge. Details of this can be found here. https://www.gov.uk/healthcare-immigration-application/pay
If you meet the description of someone who will need a Short-Term Student Visa, this is all you will need to know.
You can apply for the visa if:
The cost of the Short-Term Student Visa differs depending on the length of your planned stay. If you would require a visa for 6 months, the cost is £85. If 11 months, the cost is £162.
Those of you who are under 18 will need to apply for a Tier 4 (Child) Student Visa. You can apply for this if you are aged 4-17 years old and if you:
The Child Student Visa costs £322, but you will also need to pay a healthcare surcharge. Details of this can be found here. https://www.gov.uk/healthcare-immigration-application/pay
If you are under 16 years old when you apply, you can stay for the duration of the course (up to six years), plus up to four months afterwards. If you apply when you are 16 or 17 years old, though, this changes. You can stay for the duration of the course (up to 3 years), plus up to 4 months afterwards.
Now that you know what you will need, why not start planning your application now?
Phoebe recently graduated with a First Class Honours degree in English Literature from Canterbury Christchurch University. She has written for various websites and print publications including music magazine, NME. Phoebe loves music, gaming, reading and writing.