How to apply
Visa applications and credibility interviews
You will need a Student visa (formerly known as a Tier 4 visa) to study at the the Leeds International Study Centre.
The UK has introduced a new Student visa route which is to form part of the new Points-Based immigration system. This new route has replaced the current Tier 4 route.
EEA nationals outside the UK will now apply under this route after 5th October 2020, for entry to the UK from 1st January 2021. For all other nationals, this new route took effect from 9am on 5th October 2020. You can see an overview of the changes here.
Will I be eligible for a student visa?
There are three main requirements for those who want to study in the UK:
- You have been offered a place on a course
- You must have received a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies from Study Group)
- You can speak, read, write and understand English
- You have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course
When should I apply for a visa?
You should make sure you apply early, to leave enough time for your application to be processed. The earliest you can apply is six months before your course begins.
If you are applying for a visa within the UK, the earliest you can apply is three months before your course begins.
If you are a European Economic Area (EEA) national, you will need to apply for a Student visa prior to entering the UK in January 2021.
How long can I stay in the UK on a student visa?
In addition to the period of leave given to you to carry out your course of study, permission to stay will also be granted depending on your length of course.
The visa process
In order to apply for your visa, you must:
- First, apply for the programme of your choice at the International Study Centre, and receive an offer.
- Next, you must send the requested documents to be checked by the Admissions team or your Student Enrolment Adviser.
- You will then pay a deposit and CAS payment.
- Your CAS will be issued. This means you can apply for your visa.
- You may be invited to a credibility interview.
- You will be contacted by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) regarding the outcome of your visa application.
How we can help
If you applied to study with us directly through our online application form; your Student Enrolment Advisor is available to help with all visa-related enquiries, such as help booking your visa interview and IELTS exam. Our team speak more than a dozen languages so you can feel comfortable and supported throughout this time. Your Student Enrolment Advisor can also offer you a free in-country visa agent service to handle your visa application, if you require it.
Working during your pathway programme
If you hold a Student visa to study at the International Study Centre you are entitled to work during your pathway programme. For more information on working during your studies, visit UKCISA.
Visa credibility interviews
You may be required to attend a credibility interview to ensure that you comply with the UK’s immigration rules. The purpose is for an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) to establish that you are a genuine student. You need to show you are serious, and that you have good knowledge of your chosen university and course. If you have done your research, the interview is nothing to worry about. The process is just designed to filter out people who are planning to use a student visa to work or holiday in the UK.
What if my visa is refused?
If you do meet the criteria set out in UKVI’s immigration rules, your application will be refused. If you receive a visa refusal, you have 28 days to submit an Administrative Review to the UKVI and contest the decision made by the ECO. This requires you to respond in writing to each of the points raised in the refusal and you must submit your Administrative Review from outside the UK.
If you are applying from the UK and your visa is refused, you must apply for an administrative review within 14 days of getting the decision.