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Student visa

Student Immigration Update - October 2020
The Immigration rules are changing from 5 October 2020, bringing the 'new points-based system' Student route into force. The UK government published guidance to interpret the new immigration rules on 5 October. We will aim to update the information on our webpages throughout the month of October 2020. Please bear with us. Read on for more detailed information and guidance at: https://www.gov.uk/student-visa.

Documents & How to apply

You must apply for a Student visa if you are studying on a course lasting for more than 6 months. Student visas are usually for students on full time courses. However, following a change in the immigration rules in January 2018, it is now possible to obtain a Student visa for some part time courses at level 7 and above (Masters-level courses). However, if you hold a Student visa for part time study you will not be allowed to undertake any work, paid or unpaid, including work placements, you will not be able to bring dependants (partners/children) with you to the UK.

Applying for a Student visa should be fairly straightforward as long as you prepare carefully. It is important that you provide original academic documents and formal financial evidence to show that you have held the necessary funds for the required period. If your Student visa is sponsored by another university, college or school, you must apply for a new visa sponsored by City, University of London before you can start your course here. It may not be possible to do this from within the UK (see below).

If you are a new student you will be asked to watch a video to help you understand the Student visa rules, then take a short quiz before your CAS is issued. This is designed to minimise the chances of your application being refused.

Please note that deadline for issuing CASs for students applying for a visa overseas is 10 September 2020.

If you are applying in the UK you must ensure that you are eligible to do so before you submit an application - the rules are very strict with regards to who is allowed to extend in the UK. If you already hold a visa for City, University of London, have finished the course for which the visa was issued and are now starting a course at a higher (or in some cases the same) level you must apply to extend this visa within 6 weeks of registering on the new programme, even if your current visa lasts longer than this, in order to comply with the immigration rules. If you hold a visa for a different institution you must apply for your new visa before you can register. You will be allowed to register temporarily provided you can show evidence that a valid application has been submitted to the Home Office.

Applying from inside the UK

Can I apply in the UK

Immigration rules mean that some students who are already in the UK with a Student visa will need to return home to make their new visa application. You cannot switch to Student visa in the UK if you hold a visa in one of the categories listed here, or if you hold a Student (Child) visa, provided you meet the other requirements.

If you hold a Student (General) visa, you can apply to extend your visa from the UK if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • Your current visa was granted for study at
    • A UK University, not a private college - if you are not sure you should check the Student Visa Register of Sponsors
    • City INTO Foundation/Graduate Diploma programmes
    • An independent school (you can find out if your school is classed as an “independent school” by checking the Student visa sponsor list) AND
  • You meet the progression requirements. This means you cannot apply for a visa for a new course from within the UK until you have completed the course and obtained the qualification for which your last CAS was issued, and the course you will be studying should normally be at a higher level than the previous course. You also cannot extend your leave for the same course (as you will have not completed this course, and therefore cannot meet the "progression" requirement). You can extend your visa in the UK in the situations below:
    • You have successfully completed a course and are extending for a new course at a higher level or the same level, or
    • You are enrolled on a PhD course and require more time to complete this course, or
    • You undertook resit exams and as a result need more time to complete your course, or you have resit exams - please note you can only remain on a Student visa for resits if you will be in full attendance on your programme, or
    • You are adding a placement or Study Abroad year, or
    • You are studying for a BSc/MEng and adding an MSci or MENg year.
    • You have completed a Masters programme and wish to undertake a second Masters or progress to a PhD - in this case, in order to apply in the UK you will need to obtain a letter from your university confirming that you have completed all the taught elements of your course, that you are expected to pass and the date on which the degree will be awarded.
  • Your current visa does not expire more than 28 days before the start of the new course (i.e. if your current visa is due to end BEFORE your new course starts, and the start date of the new course is more than 28 days beyond the date it ends, you MUST return home to apply.)
  • If you meet the above requirements and currently hold a visa for City, University of London and are progressing onto another course here you can register on your current visa but you must apply for your new visa within 6 weeks of starting the course - this is a concession currently allowed by the Home Office, but this may change in future.

You must return home to apply for your new visa if:

  • You are studying at a private college or with another private provider
  • There is more than one month between the end of your current visa and the start date of the new course
  • You are undertaking a course at a lower level from your previous course
  • You have not completed the previous course of study. This includes those in the following situations:
    • You have withdrawn from your previous course
    • You failed your previous course and are now applying for a visa for a different course
    • You are applying for a second Master’s degree/PhD and have not yet completed the previous Master’s degree – you are not able to demonstrate “progression” in this case. In some cases it is possible to extend in the UK if you have a special letter from your institution confirming you have completed all taught elements of the first Masters and are expected to successfully complete the course (see above), but please check with an adviser before applying.
  • Please note there are some concessions in place for students applying to extend your visa for an undergraduate Masters MSci/MEng – in this instance you can apply in the UK as these courses are exempt from the above progression rules. Your CAS will include a statement explaining this so that UKVI know that you are on one of these courses.

When and how to apply

The earliest you can apply is 3 months before your course starts. You must apply before your current visa expires. Your new course must begin with 28 days of your current visa expiring.

Application Date - Your visa application date is the day you complete your online form and pay the application fee online, NOT the day you attend your biometric or in-person appointment. It is not possible for you to make a new Student visa application in the UK if your new course at City starts more than 28 days after the expiry date of your current visa.

Standard service - If you are applying using the standard service, you must submit your online application before your current visa expires, AND within 6 weeks of the new course start date if you are a current City Student visa student who has enrolled on your previous City visa, whichever is sooner. The application process can take 6 to 8 weeks.

In person - If you are applying in person, you usually get your new visa within 7 to 10 working days. You will need to book a premium service appointment as part of your online application. Please note that you will need to pay an extra £800 for using this service.

You must pay for your application before your visa expires, otherwise you will not be allowed to remain registered on your course. However, if your visa expires while your application is being considered don't worry - your old visa will be deemed to continue for the duration of time it takes for your application to be considered.

For application fees for visas submitted within the UK please refer to the GOV.UK website links below.

Application process

In order to make your Student visa application you should follow these steps:

  • Create an online account with UKVI and start to fill as much of the application form as you can at Gov.uk. We have produced a guidance note to help you complete the form (PDF). City, University of London sponsor licence number is: P7VG4XCY7
  • Email visaadvice@city.ac.uk to request an appointment to have your application checked and submitted to the Home Office. Please include your full name, City student number and contact telephone number in your email.
  • At the appointment, you can decide whether you want to make a standard application, priority application or a premium service application
  • You will need to bring with you to the appointment all of your required supporting documents (see Documents you must provide)
  • Once you have submitted your online application you will have the option of scanning and uploading your documents. Alternatively, you can do this when you attend your biometrics appointment (see below).
  • You will then need to attend a visa appointment at a designated service centre. You will need to take your original passport and BRP to this appointment. You should receive your passport back on the day but should not use this to travel until your new visa has been granted. If you do travel outside the UK before your new visa has been granted.your visa application will be withdrawn.

UKCISA has provided some guidance on the new application process.

Immigration Health surcharge

The Immigration Health Surcharge is a fee that is charged at the time when you submit your visa application. From 27 October 2020 the health surcharge will be increasing to £ 470 per year for a main applicant and £ 470 per year per dependant for each year of the visa granted. The health surcharge is incorporated into the online visa application form and is paid only once the application has been submitted online. You can check online to calculate the health surcharge you will need to pay.

Biometrics

As part of your visa application, you are required to provide your biometric information (fingerprints and facial image) which will be stored on your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card. Your visa application will not be processed until you have provided the necessary biometric information. Under a new process introduced in November 2018 you will be able to book an appointment to do this when you submit the online application. You will need to visit one of the 6 service centres to do this. The nearest to London is in Croydon. You can also choose to pay an additional fee to visit one of the Enhanced Service Points - the nearest to City is at Barbican. Applicants who apply in person are required to have their biometrics taken on the day of their booked appointment.

Credibility interviews

As part of your visa application, you may be requested to attend a short video interview with a Home Office member of staff in Sheffield. The purpose of the interview is to check that the applicant is a genuine student, so they may ask you some questions about your course and why you chose to study it, and any other institutions you considered when making up your mind about where to study. Please read our Credibility Interview Guidance for more information (PDF).

Administrative review

You could apply for an administrative review if your Student visa application is refused in the UK with a mistake made by the Home Office. Please read the FAQs (PDF) and contact us if have any questions.

Documents you must provide

Application form

Fill out a General Student visa application form online. We have produced a guidance note to help you complete the form (PDF) . City, University of London sponsor licence number is: P7VG4XCY7

Application fees

For application fees for visas submitted within the UK please refer to the GOV.UK website links here: Student Visa. Please read our Immigration Health Surcharge FAQs (PDF).

Passport(s) and BRP

You should submit your current passport. If your current immigration permission is issued on a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) you must also include this.

English Language Requirement

All applicants that require a Student visa must meet the minimum Home Office English Language ability requirements before the University can issue a CAS. Please check if you meet the requirement.

CAS Statement

The CAS is a unique reference number linked to a record created by the University in the Home Office IT system, which includes details of your course and the University's Sponsor Licence Number.

Proof of Qualifications

Your CAS may list the qualifications you used to obtain your place at City. If it does, you must include a certificate or transcript for each of these qualifications and official translation if it is not in English.

Evidence you successfully completed your previous course

One of the requirements for applying in the UK is that you have completed your previous course of study here. You are therefore required to supply evidence of this (your certificate or transcript) even if this is not the qualification that was used to obtain your offer and even if you are a low risk national. This document is not currently mentioned in the checklist at the end of your application, however UKVI has confirmed to us that you must provide it.

Maintenance Requirement

Please refer to our financial requirements page for further information.

Low Risk Nationals

Nationals of certain countries (e.g USA, China) are considered to be Low-Risk for immigration purposes. Click here for the full list of Low Risk national countries. If you are a Low risk national, you do not need to provide financial evidence with their application but UKVI might request these evidence later if they want to, so you must still meet these requirements and ensure that you could produce documents in the required format if they are requested.

If you were financially sponsored before this course

If you have already been studying for a course in the UK and received official financial sponsorship from a government or scholarship agency within the last 12 months you must get your sponsor's permission in writing to stay in or re-enter the UK. They must confirm they have no objection to you continuing your studies here. If you do not provide this your application will be refused. More information can be found in the Student Visa guidance. If you have been funding yourself through government loans this does not count as "official financial sponsorship" and you will not need this letter.

Police Registration Certificate

If you are required to register with the police, you must submit an up-to-date police registration certificate including your current visa status and address.

ATAS Certificate

You must obtain clearance certificates under the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) if you want to study at advanced levels within certain subject areas, before making your visa application to study or extend your study period in the UK.

Checking your documents

When preparing your documents, you might find this checklist useful. (Please note some students may need additional documents not covered on this list.)

Applying from outside the UK

When and how to apply

  • You cannot apply until you have accepted an unconditional offer from City, University of London and have been issued with a CAS. The earliest you can apply is 6 months before the start of your course. If you apply earlier than this your application will be refused.
  • If you are applying for a General student visa for your course at City in your country of residence, please make your application to your nearest British Embassy/Consulate or Visa Centre. Your "country of residence" is usually your country of nationality, but sometimes you may be living in a country where you are not a resident, for example for work or study. In that case, you can apply from there if you are legally living in that country. You cannot apply from a country you are just visiting.
  • Select your country at the Home Office's country finder to find out more information on how to apply in your country, visa centre locations, application processing times and how your documents will be returned to you. You can also check the visa processing times online. The length of time it takes to process your application will depend on the time of year and where you are applying
  • Please also use the UKCISA's flowchart to guide you through the application process
  • Your visa application date is the day you complete your online form and pay the application fee online, not the day you attend your biometric or in-person appointment. You must meet all the requirements on this date

Application process

In order to make your Student visa application you should follow these steps:

  • Create an online account with UKVI. We have prepared some guidance on how to complete the form - most importantly you should ensure you answer all the questions accurately and give as much detail as you can.
  • Pay the Health surcharge and application fees online.
  • Book an appointment with your local visa centre to hand in your visa form and required supporting documents (see Documents you must provide).
  • Provide your biometrics and attend a credibility interview at your appointment.

Immigration Health surcharge

The Immigration Health Surcharge is a fee that is charged at the time when you submit your visa application. From 27 October 2020 the health surcharge will be increasing to £ 470 per year for a main applicant and £470 per year per dependant for each year of the visa granted. The health surcharge is incorporated into the online visa application form and is paid only once the application has been submitted online. You can check online to calculate the health surcharge you will need to pay.

Biometrics

As part of your visa application, you are required to provide your biometric information (fingerprints and facial image) at a Visa Centre. Your visa application will not be processed until you have provided the necessary biometric information.

Credibility Interviews

As part of your visa application, you may be requested to attend a short video interview with a Home Office member of staff in Sheffield. The purpose of the interview is to check that the applicant is a genuine student, so they may ask you some questions about your course and why you chose to study it, and any other institutions you considered when making up your mind about where to study. Read our Credibility Interview Guidance (PDF) for more information.

Administrative review

You could apply for an administrative review if your Student visa application is refused in the UK with a mistake made by the Home Office. Please read the FAQs (PDF) and contact us if have any questions.

Collecting your BRP

You will be issued with a one-month entry permit in your passport which will allow you to travel to the UK. When you arrive in the UK you will need to collect your Biometrics Residence Permit (BRP) within 10 days.

Documents you must provide

The application form

Apply for a General Student visa online at Visa4UK website . We have produced a guidance note (PDF) to help you complete the online form. You can also read the FAQs on the UKVI website.

Application fees

£348 in local currency plus £300 per year for health surcharge. Please read our Immigration Health Surcharge FAQs (PDF). At most posts it is possible to pay extra (around £560 in local currency) for an expedited service.

Passport(s)

You should submit any passports that you have ever used to enter the UK.

English Language Requirement

All applicants that require a Student visa must meet the minimum Home Office English Language ability requirements before the University can issue a CAS. Check if you meet the requirement.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) Statement

The CAS is a unique reference number linked to a record created by the University in the Home Office IT system, which includes details of your course and the University's Sponsor Licence Number.

Proof of Qualifications

Your CAS may list the qualifications you used to obtain your place at City. If it does, you must include a certificate or transcript for each of these qualifications and official translation if it is not in English.

Maintenance Requirement

Please refer to our financial requirements page for further information.

Low Risk Nationals

Nationals of certain countries (e.g USA, China) are considered to be Low-Risk for immigration purposes. Click here for the full list of Low Risk national countries. If you are a Low risk national, you do not need to provide financial evidence with their application but UKVI might request these evidence later if they want to, so you must still meet these requirements and ensure that you could produce documents in the required format if they are requested.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate

You must obtain clearance certificates under ATAS if you want to study at advanced levels within certain subject areas, before making your visa application to study or extend your study period in the UK. More information under ATAS.

TB Screening

Certain nationalities are required to undergo a TB screening before applying for their UK visa from overseas. A full list of nationalities required to undergo a TB screening can be found on the Home Office website and a list of approved clinics is also provided.

If you were financially sponsored before this course

If you have already been studying for a course in the UK and received official financial sponsorship from a government or scholarship agency within the last 12 months you must get your sponsor's permission in writing to stay in or re-enter the UK. They must confirm they have no objection to you continuing your studies here. If you do not provide this your application will be refused. More information can be found in the Student visa guidance. If you have been funding yourself through government loans this does not count as "official financial sponsorship" and you will not need this letter.

Checking your documents

When preparing your documents, you might find this checklist useful. (Please note some students may need additional documents not covered on this list.)

Arriving in the UK

When your visa is issued you will be given a vignette (sticker) in your passport which will be valid for 30 days. This period will start 30 days before the course start date stated on your CAS, or 7 days before the date you specified on your form that you will be travelling, whichever is later. You cannot enter the UK before or after this period. If you attempt to do so it's likely you will be refused entry to the UK. You must bring with you the letter you were issued with your visa and a copy of your CAS, as you may be asked to show these when you pass through immigration control. You will then need to collect your BRP (which will include your full visa dates) within 10 days of arrival. You can find more guidance on UKCISA's website.

You are advised not to travel to the UK visa the Republic of Ireland due to immigration arrangements between Ireland and the UK which can mean you are not stamped into the UK correctly.

Keeping your details up to date

It is very important that UKVI has current up to date contact details for you in case they need to contact you. This includes your home address. If any of your details change you must inform UKVI. Usually you will need to do this by completing the MCC form. UKCISA has further information on how to do this.

CAS number

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

The CAS statement is an electronic document which includes your unique CAS number. The number is generated by the Home Office, valid for 6 months and can only be used once. If an application is refused, a new CAS will be required. Please note that the new CAS number might not be issued if the initial visa application has been refused.

How to receive your CAS as a new student

A CAS cannot be issued until a student holds an unconditional offer and has paid any deposit (if required). In order to produce a CAS, the University needs details of your current passport and UK visa (if you have one).

  • Undergraduate applicants can provide these details via the UCAS website.
  • Postgraduates (including MBA students) will usually be contacted by their department.
  • You will also need to successfully pass an online Student Visa Tutorial. Further information is available here.
  • If applicable, you will have to send your financial documents to be checked by the International Student Advice Team
  • Once your CAS is issued, it will be sent to your email provided to the university.

How to request a CAS for continuing students at City?

Students extending their visas to continue with a course here at City should first contact their course office to confirm your new end date, then e-mail visaadvice@city.ac.uk with the following:

  • Why you are extending your visa (e.g. for a new course or to complete your current course)
  • When you plan to apply for your visa
  • A copy of your new passport if you had a new passport recently
  • Do you hold a UK visa for 12 months prior to the date of your Student visa application?
  • If the answer is No to above question and that you are not a Low Risk National, please send us the bank statement or letter you intend to use, so we can ensure you meet the requirements.

Once we have this information we can request your CAS through Visa Compliance Team.

  • Your CAS will be issued and e-mailed to you by Visa Compliance Team.

The CAS must include all of the following information

Please check your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) carefully, and you must tell your department immediately if any details are incorrect. You need to include ORIGINALS of any documents mentioned in your CAS when you make your visa application.

Student Data

  • Name
  • Nationality
  • Passport number
  • Date of birth

Sponsor Licence Detail

  • City, University of London's Student visa sponsor licence number
  • City, University of London's address

Course Data

  • Course title
  • Academic level of course
  • Start date
  • Expected end date
  • If you are required to have an English language qualification

Progression Detail

  • If you have previously studied in the UK
  • Previous academic level (if applicable)
  • Progression justification (if applicable)

Finance Data

  • Course fees for the first/current year
  • Course fees paid so far (if applicable)

Documents to support application

  • List of the academic qualifications you provided to the university
  • If you have been awarded a Scholarship by City, University of London, and the amount of Scholarship received
  • If you are required to have an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

CAS Policy at City, University of London

City will assess each request for a CAS  on its individual merit. However, the University must comply with strict Home Office conditions in order to maintain its Student visa Sponsor status and it may not be possible for a CAS to be issued in all circumstances. City also reserves the right to withdraw sponsorship under Student visa where information is obtained to indicate a change in the student's circumstances. In such cases City will notify the Home Office that the CAS is to be withdrawn.

City, University of London may be unable to sponsor a new student by issuing a CAS, examples listed will include (but are not limited to) the following:

For new students

  • Applicants who fail to provide the University with the necessary personal information to produce a CAS.
  • Applicants who fail to confirm that data held by the University is correct when requested to verify details via the e-vision system.
  • Applicants who fail to pay a deposit for their course of study (only if required by their department).
  • Applicants who fail to produce adequate information to satisfy the University that the Student visa application is likely to be successful (if requested by the University).
  • Applicants who fail to provide formal evidence from the Home Office to confirm that a previous Student visa application (made using a City CAS) has been refused. This evidence should take the form of the formal Home Office notice which sets out the grounds on which the application was refused.
  • Applicants whose proposed course of study here does not satisfy the Home Office's requirements with regard to academic progression.
  • Applicants whose proposed course of study will take them over the Home Office's limits on time spent studying in the UK.

City may be unable to continue to sponsor a current student by issuing a new CAS or maintaining sponsorship of a previously issued CAS, examples listed will include (but are not limited to) the following:

Current Students

  • Students who have made insufficient academic progress to move to the next year of the programme.
  • Students who are not required to be in attendance at the University (e.g. resitting without attendance).
  • Students whose period of continued study will take them over the Home Office's limits on time spent studying in the UK.
  • Students who wish to transfer to a course which does not satisfy the Home Office's requirements with regard to academic progression.
  • Students who fail to provide the University with the necessary personal information to produce a CAS.
  • Students who fail to confirm that data held by the University is correct when asked to verify details.
  • Students who fail to produce adequate information to satisfy the University that the Student visa application is likely to be successful (if requested by the University) - if you are a continuing student, the Student Advice team will need to check your financial documents before we can request a CAS for you
  • Students who do not have valid leave to be in the UK at the time the CAS is requested.
  • Students who will not have valid leave to be in the UK at the time the application is submitted to the Home Office or who are unable to provide evidence that an application has been submitted before the end date of their previous leave.
  • Students who fail to provide formal evidence from the Home Office confirming that a previous Student visa application made using a City CAS has been refused. This evidence should take the form of the formal Home Office notice which sets out the grounds on which the application was refused.
  • Where the University has evidence that the student has previously breached the conditions of their immigration permission, or exercised deception in making an immigration application.
  • Students who have already been refused a visa on the grounds of credibility

Financial requirements

Financial requirements of a Student visa application

You must have enough money to support yourself whilst studying in the UK and meet the financial requirements of a Student visa application, as it can be very easy for your visa application to be refused if you get it wrong. It is worth reading UKCISA's blog on some of the misunderstandings around the financial requirements.

Do not assume that just because you have a lot of money in a bank account that this will be acceptable – the money needs to be held for a set period of time and the documents need to be in a very specific format.

Required funds in your bank account

You must show that you have:

  • Your full tuition fee for the first year of your course (or for the full course if studying a 1-year Masters degree) PLUS
  • A minimum of £11,385

The money needs to be cash funds that have been held in your bank account for the last 28 days before the date you make your Student visa application and the statement must be dated before the date of application.

The right amount of money during the 28-day period

  • At every point during that 28-day period it must be clear that the balance in the account has not dropped below the minimum required amount (from whatever documents you provide). The date the statement is issued must be before the date of application. This is because, when you apply online, you are confirming that you meet the requirements and have the relevant documents on that date.
  • The caseworker/ Entry Clearance Officer at UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will look at the date of the closing balance, and the amount of money held in the account on that date, and then work backwards from that date for a 28-day period.
  • You should note that the guidance states:
  • "The money you show us must be for your use for studying and living in the UK. The full amount of this money – which should be held in the manner specified in this guidance – must continue to be available to you after your application is made, except for any money you have to pay for course fees and living costs.

    For example, you should retain the full amount of money you have shown us in your bank account, minus the balance you have paid for your course fees."

    So ensure that the funds remain in your account until you have received your new visa.

When you do not need to prove you have money to support yourself

You do not need to prove the financial requirement if:

  • You’ve had a UK visa for 12 months prior to the date of your Student visa application - you must currently be in the UK
  • You’re applying as a student union sabbatical officer
  • You’re applying as a postgraduate doctor or dentist on a recognised foundation programme

If you’re from a country listed under the ‘differential evidence requirement’

You do not need to prove you have enough money to support yourself if you’re a British national overseas or from one of the following countries or territories:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Croatia
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • The Dominican Republic
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macao
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States of America

However, you might be asked to provide this evidence before you get a decision on your application. If you do need to provide it, you’ll be contacted by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) after you’ve submitted your application. Read the guidance on finances for student applications for more information about the money you need and how to prove it.

Types of funds you can rely on

You can show you have enough money using:

  • an official financial or government sponsorship or grant
  • a student loan from a government, government sponsored loan company, or a regulated student loans scheme
  • your own money
  • your parent's money (if they provide a letter confirming they agree to you using it this way)
  • your partner's money if your partner is present in the UK or applying at the same time

You, or the account holder (such as your parents or partner), must have control of the funds you are relying on. You must show the funds have been held for 28 days, unless you are relying on a student loan or official financial sponsorship. The bank statement(s) or evidence you use to show the funds have been held for 28 days must be from the 31 days before you submit your application. The 28 days is calculated from the date of the last transaction in the last dated bank statement.

Financial documents you must provide in your application

Certain financial institutions are not recognised by the UKVI. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) is very specific about the financial documents they will accept for your application. The following are acceptable:

1.  If you use Personal Bank or Building Society Statements

These must show:

  • Your name
  • Your account number
  • The date of the statement
  • The financial institution’s name and logo
  • A running balance ending no more than 1 month before the date of the application showing that the money in the account has not dropped below the required amount for a consecutive 28 day period.

You can use on-line bank statements if they contain all of the details listed above.

2. If you use a Letter from you Bank or Building Society

A letter from your bank / building society confirming that you have sufficient funds.

This letter must include:

  • Your name
  • Your account number
  • The date of the letter
  • The financial institution’s name and logo
  • A statement* from the bank confirming that the money in the account has not dropped below the required amount for a consecutive 28 day period.

*Wording should be: “This is to confirm that the balance in this account has not dropped below xxxxxx from DATE to DATE”. Or “I am writing to confirm that the balance in this account has not dropped below xxxxxx for the last 28 days”.

Please see a sample bank letter.

3. If you have official sponsorship

To prove you have official financial sponsorship you need to show your reference number for confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS).

If your official financial sponsorship is not recorded on your CAS you’ll need to show a letter of confirmation from the official financial sponsor. If you are not sure ask your sponsor. The letter must show:

  • The date
  • The name of the financial sponsor
  • Contact details of the financial sponsor
  • How long the sponsorship will last
  • The amount of money that is being given or confirmation that all of your fees and living costs will be covered

4. If you have a student loan

For student loans you need to show a student loan letter which:

  • Is dated no more than 6 months before the date of application
  • Confirms the loan is a student loan provided by either the relevant government or a government sponsored student loan company or an academic or educational loans scheme
  • Confirms there are no conditions on release of the loan funds other than a successful application to study
  • Confirms the amount of the loan
  • Confirms the loan is for you
  • Is on official stationery
  • Confirms the funds will be available to you, or paid directly to the sponsor, before you begin your course

Using your parents bank account

If you wish to use your parents’ bank statements, you will need to provide:

  • Your original birth certificate showing the name of the parent(s) showing the funds.
  • An original signed and dated letter from your parent(s) confirming the relationship between you and that the money in their account is for your studies.
  • You will also need to provide your parents’ original financial documents (as above). Please note that these must be personal bank accounts and not business accounts.

What if I have already paid some of my tuition fees?

FAQs

What if the money in my account is not in UK pounds (£)?

If your funds are not in pounds sterling, you need to convert the closing balance into pounds using the Oanda website. Print a copy of the conversion and include it with your bank documents.

I have heard that UK Visa & Immigration (UKVI) will not accept documents from all banks, is this true?

Yes, in some countries, there are some financial institutions that do not satisfactorily verify financial statements and therefore UKVI won’t accept documents from those banks as evidence for a Student visa application. The list is in Appendix P of the Immigration Rules which can be found on the Home Office website.

Can I use a fixed-term deposit to demonstrate I have enough money?

You can use a Certificate of Deposit to support your Student visa application. However, the certificate of deposit must have been issued within 31 days of the date of application, at least 28 days must have elapsed between the date of the deposit and the date of issue of the certificate, and there must be no wording on the document which indicates the funds are frozen or otherwise inaccessible.

Can I use a joint account?

Under the current rules you can only use a joint account (a bank account with more than one name on it) where you are named on that account. If you are using a parent's account, and another person is named on this account who is neither you nor your other parent, your application will be refused.

I have a scholarship which covers my fees and living expenses. Do I still need to include my bank statements with my Student visa application?

If you are financially sponsored by your home government, an international company or a scholarship agency, you can provide a formal letter from your financial sponsor confirming the details of the award including the amount of money you will be receiving.

This must be on official letter headed paper, stamped by the organisation and dated within the last 6 months. You only need to include your own bank statement if the amount of money from your financial sponsor doesn’t cover the minimum required amount under Student visa (first year course fees and the maintenance).

Please note: You can only show evidence of being funded by a private company if that company is considered to be ‘international’. That means it needs to have a registered office in more than one country. The international nature of the company needs to be clear from any documentation or company website otherwise it won’t be accepted as an official financial sponsor. If the company is not ‘international’ you will need to demonstrate the money in another way (see above).

I am going to be funded by a loan. Do I still need to include my bank statements with my Student visa application?

You can use a letter from a regulated financial institution confirming that you have a loan that is provided by the national government, the state or regional government or a government sponsored Student Loan Company or that is part of an academic or educational loans scheme.

The loan must be held under your own name and the loan letter must be dated no more than 6 months before the date of your application. There must be no conditions on the release of the loan funds to you, other than your making a successful Student visa application.

If you are applying from overseas, the loan funds must be available to you before you travel to the UK, unless the loan is an academic/student loan from your country's national government and will be released to you by your national government or your Student visa education provider when you arrive in the UK.

I have already paid money for accommodation in the UK. Can I deduct this from the amount I need to show for my living costs if I include a receipt from the accommodation provider?

No, you have to show the required minimum amount of money to cover living costs even if you have already paid for your accommodation or don’t have any accommodation costs (because you are living with friends / relatives, for example). You cannot deduct this from the total amount of money you need to show.

Where do I send my financial documents to be checked to ensure they meet the Student visa 4 requirements?

City, University of London has a team of International Student Advisers who can advise you and check documents if necessary. If you are outside the UK, we are happy to check scanned copies of your bank documents / letters. If you are not a national of a low risk country you will be asked to send your a scan of your documents to T4-documents@city.ac.uk to be checked before your CAS is issued. Please remember that the service can get very busy over the summer, so it may take a few days to obtain a reply. Remember that your bank documents must be less than 31 days old when you apply for your visa, so do ensure you apply in good time once we have confirmed your documents are acceptable.

Can I get a second CAS if my initial visa application has been refused?

You might not be able to get a new CAS if your initial visa application was refused. Please send us your formal Refusal documents from the Home Office so that we can assess them and advise further.

ATAS certificate

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

ATAS is a certificate issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), which gives you security clearance to study certain postgraduate programmes at City, University of London.

Students who are nationals of EU countries, the European Economic Area (EEA), Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland or the United States of America do NOT need an ATAS certificate.

Non - EEA students applying for MSc/ MEng or PhD level courses in the UK

Please take a look at Immigration rules Appendix 6: academic subjects that need a certificate

Non-EEA students who choose to study certain subjects at MSc or MEng or PhD level in the UK have to apply for and receive clearance under the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) regardless of if they are required to apply for a Student visa or not.

Courses at City that require ATAS certificate:

  1. Undergraduate courses that lead to postgraduate qualifications:
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Aeronautical Engineering
  2. Research level programmes:
    • Aeronautical Engineering
    • Air Transport Engineering
    • Air Transport Management and Safety
    • Air Safety Management
    • Automotive Engineering
    • Energy Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Internal Combustion
    • Civil Engineering
    • Geotechnical Engineering
    • Structural Engineering
    • Hydraulic Engineering
    • Applied Physics
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Communications Engineering
    • Control Engineering
    • Control Theory
    • Electrical and Electronic
    • Electronic Engineering
    • Information Engineering
    • Measurement and Instrumentation
    • Mathematical Methods and Systems
    • Photonics
    • Systems and Modelling
    • Mathematics
    • Mathematical Physics
    • Computer Science
    • Geographical Information Science
    • Human Computer Interaction
    • Software Systems Engineering
    • Creativity Science

These courses are subject to change, so you should always check if you need an ATAS.

How to apply for an ATAS

The application for an ATAS certificate is free and can be made online. We have produced a guidance to help you fill out the application form.

It takes approximately 20 working days from the date of application for an ATAS certificate to be issued.

Applicants typically need the following details when applying:

  • Contact details
  • Passport details
  • Name and nationality of your spouse/partner (if applicable)
  • Details of your previous studies
  • Details of your previous/current employment (if applicable)
  • The programme of study you are applying to follow in the UK (including the appropriate CAH3 code- this should be included in your CAS statement
  • If you are doing a taught Masters course, you will need details of the optional modules you anticipate taking
  • If doing a research programme, you will need to include a brief summary of your research proposal - this should be agreed with your supervisor
  • Names and contact details of two referees, whom you must have known for at least three years
  • How you will be funding your studies
  • Previous ATAS applications (if applicable).

In addition to the above, during the months of June, July, August and September, ATAS is extremely busy and so the processing time for ATAS applications can be as long as 30 working days.

Current students who need to renew their ATAS

An ATAS certificate is issued for a specific course with a named Student visa sponsor and remains valid as long as the Student visa sponsor and/or course details do not change.

If you need to make a visa extension application, but already have an ATAS certificate, you will need to apply for a new ATAS certificate if:

  • Your course details change, including the course length (by three months or more)
  • The area of research or modules change
  • You move to another institution
  • You need to extend your stay to write up your thesis.