STUDENT VISA UK
When you should apply for a student visa changes depending on whether you are applying from within the UK or not:
- If you are applying from outside the UK, you should make an application for a Student Visa no more than 6 months before the start of your course
- If you are applying from within the UK, you should make an application for a Student Visa no more than 3 months before the start of your course. Your new course must begin within 28 days of your current visa expiring.
It takes up to three weeks for the Home Office to make a decision on applications from outside the UK following submission.
It takes up to eight weeks for the Home Office to make a decision on applications from within the UK following submission.
The timelines may currently be longer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Priority Service may be available as an additional purchasing option in some locations for applications made outside the UK.
You must have an unconditional offer of a place on a course with a licensed student sponsor, shown by your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
There is an academic progress requirement – your studies must be at a higher level than your current course.
If you have been in the UK with a valid visa for less than 12 months, you’ll need to prove you have enough money to support yourself in the UK. You should apply to extend your dependants’ visas at the same time as you extend your own visa. If you cannot apply at the same time, it must be submitted before their current visa expires.