Documents Required for UK Visa Application for Indian Students

By Subhashri Roy Updated On - Aug 02, 2021 03:58 PM

Here's the entire list of documents required for UK visa applications for an Indian student along with answers to frequently asked questions such as when to apply for UK visa, what is the UK student visa fees, types of student visas in the UK, and more.

Given that India is the second-largest source of international students in the UK, it is but normal to find prospective students from India confused about the UK Student visa process. In the UK, visa applications are managed and approved by UK Visas and Immigration, which has a site that serves as a one-stop solution for students from across the globe.

With international students playing a key role in the UK education sector, the UK government has also opened new student routes/new points-based immigration system from October 5, 2020, that aims at treating all students equally and making the transition easier.

In this article, find the entire list of documents required for UK visa applications for an Indian student along with answers to frequently asked questions such as when to apply for  UK Visa,  what is the UK student visa fees, types of student visas in the UK, and more.

Types of Student Visas to the UK for an Indian Student

Here is an overview of the three study visas to the UK:

Type of Student Visa Who is It For When to Apply How Long Can You Stay
Tier 4 (General) Student Visa

You are 16 or over

Have been offered admission in a UK institution

Have enough money to pay for the course and support yourself

Can speak, write, read and understand English

Have consent of parents, if you are 16 or 17

6 months before start of the course

Depends on length of course

If 18 or over and the course is at degree level, then you may stay for up to 5 years. If below degree level, then for up to 2 years.

Short-term Study Visa

Those enrolled in an English language programme in the UK

The course should be longer than six months and up to 11 months

3 months before your travel date to the UK

Depends on length of course

Plus an extra 30 days provided your stay does not exceed 11 months

Child Student Visa

Those aged between 4 and 17

Have been offer admission in an independent institution in the UK

Have enough money to pay for the course and support yourself

Have consent of parent or guardian

Six months before you start your course. Depends on age and length of course

Have Questions on How to Apply for a UK Student Visa?

Given below are further details about the types of student visas to the UK for an Indian student:

Student Visa (Previously Tier 4 Visa) - Launched on October 5, 2020, the new student visa route falls under the new points-based immigration system, which is open to eligible international students who are 16 or over. It has replaced the Tier 4 Route although visas granted through the Tier 4 route are still considered valid. International students in the UK who have completed a degree can apply for the new Graduate visa, that will enable them to stay in the UK and work for two years after completion of their degree. The same has been made available from Summer 2021 and will be an unsponsored route.

Short-term Study Visa - Short-term student route visas in the UK are open to students who want to enrol in English language programmes up to 11 months long or other programmes that are up to six months long.

Child Student Visa - There is another visa for international students willing to study at an independent school in the UK- Child Student visa. It is only for those who are 4 to 17 years of age.

When to Apply for a UK Student Visa?

The ideal time to apply for a UK Student visa would depend on when the programme is scheduled to begin. However, applying at least six months before the start of the programme, the decision on which will be issued within the next three weeks. 

UK Student Visa Process for an Indian Student: How to Apply?

Here are the steps that an Indian student needs to follow in order to apply for a UK student visa:

  • Find out which visa to apply for: The easiest way to research the visa type is by visiting the UK Visas and Immigration website. It provides students with all the relevant information for someone who wishes to go to the UK for higher education.

  • Apply for the visa: One can apply online for UK student visa through gov.uk by submitting all the required documents.

  • Pay visa fees: One can pay the UK visa fees using a credit or debit card. However, one may also visit a visa application centre to get this done by paying a small fee.

  • Upload all documents: Students may digitally submit their documents and personal information with the help of a visa application centre.

  • Schedule an appointment at a visa application centre: Students are required to visit the visa application centre in person as biometric information including their fingerprints and photograph will be taken. 

  • Wait for the visa application decision: It is important that students keep track of updates related to their visa application. An update regarding the decision would nevertheless be sent to the registered email address. One may also apply for detailed tracking and get updates by SMS sent to their registered mobile number. 

  • Collect all documents: After the decision is communicated, the student needs to visit the visa application centre and collect all the submitted documents in person. 

Also Read: Application Deadlines for Popular UK Universities in 2021-2022

List of Documents Required for UK Visa Application for Indian Student

When applying for a UK student visa, an Indian student must provide:

  • a current valid passport or any other valid travel document

  • a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the UK institution

One may also be asked to provide the following:

  • Evidence that one has sufficient funds to support themselves and pay for their course and cover living costs and other expenses.

  • In case the applicant is under 18 years of age, proof of consent of parents or other guardians must be produced. The consent should be for visa application, living and care arrangements in the UK, travel to the UK. A copy of the applicant’s birth certificate with names of parents may also be asked to be produced.

  • a valid ATAS certificate 

  • In case the applicant is under 18 years of age, proof of relationship with their parents or other guardians must be produced.

  • Results of tuberculosis tests

  • A written from the financial sponsor in case the applicant has received sponsorship for tuition fees and living costs.

  • Additional documents may be requested depending on the circumstances.

How Long Can You Stay on a UK Student Visa?

An Indian student in the UK can stay depending on the length of their academic programme and what their current academic qualification is. If the programme is below degree level, then an applicant can stay in the UK for up to 2 years, and if the course is at degree level, they can stay for up to 5 years. 

According to the new UK student visa route, overseas students who complete their PhD from Summer 2021 will be allowed to stay and work in the UK for three years after completion of their studies. 

Also Read: Part-Time Job Options in the UK for International Students

UK Student Visa Fees for an Indian Student

For a UK student visa, an Indian student is required to pay £348 which equals to INR 35,992, as per the current exchange rate (2nd August, 2021).

Popular Universities in the UK for Indian Students

Check out the top-ranked UK universities for Indian students seeking admission in the academic year 2021-2022:

Name of the University

Location 

Disciplines Offered

Tuition Fees

University of Oxford

Oxford

Business & Management, Engineering, Humanities and Liberal Arts, Social Sciences

INR 21-54 Lakh

University College London

London

Engineering, Architecture, Business & Management, Applied & Pure Sciences, 

Humanities and Liberal Arts, Computer Science & IT, Health & Medicine, Social Sciences 

INR 22-27 Lakh

University of Cambridge

Cambridge

Engineering, Architecture, Business & Management, Applied & Pure Sciences

INR 19-25 Lakh

University of Warwick

Coventry

Commerce, Business & Management Engineering, Applied & Pure Sciences,

Creative Arts & Design

INR 22-37 Lakh

Birkbeck University of London

London

Engineering, Applied & Pure Sciences, Computer Science & IT

INR 12-13 Lakh

City, University of London 

London

Business & Management, Engineering

INR 15-16 Lakh

Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester

Business & Management, Engineering, Architecture, Computer Science & IT,

Hospitality & Leisure, Commerce

INR 12-15 Lakh

Newcastle University

London

Business & Management

INR 15-19 Lakh

University of Nottingham

Nottingham

Architecture, Engineering, Computer Science & IT, Business & Management,

Aviation, Agriculture & Forestry, Applied & Pure Sciences, Commerce

INR 17-23 Lakh

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