Applying in the UK
The Student visa application fees are:
- £490 if you apply using the Standard Service
- £975 if you apply using the Priority Service
- £1,275 if you apply using the Super Priority Service (next day)
- £19.20 biometric enrolment fee.
See the processing times for these services below.
You can apply in the UK if:
- You have already studied in the UK on a student visa and you have successfully completed your previous course and your next course is at a higher level. Check with ISAT if you want to study a course at the same level.
- Your course is longer because you have done, or need to do, retakes, a study abroad period or an assessed work placement that is part of your course. Check with ISAT as to when you need to apply for your visa if you are adding a placement or study abroad period to your course.
- You have one of the following immigration permissions: visitor, short-term student, parent of a child student, seasonal worker, domestic worker in a private household, permission outside the Immigration Rules. If you do not have a Student visa, then check with ISAT.
- You are applying for a new course and your new course starts more than 28 days after your current visa ends.
- You are changing courses at Brookes, without completing your current course, and the end date of your new course is after your current visa ends. You will need to go home to apply for a Student visa in this case.
Whether you are starting a new course, or extending your visa for retakes, our Getting my CAS page explains what you need to do to request your CAS, including:
It is essential you look at the financial evidence and supporting documents pages carefully - if you do not submit the correct documents this will delay your CAS.
If would like an ISAT adviser to check your visa application form before you submit it, email the PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org for checking.
As part of your application, you’ll need to prove your identity. You’ll be told what you need to do when you submit your visa application. You will either be asked to attend a biometrics appointment or use the UK Immigration: ID Check app.
At the biometrics appointment, you will have your fingerprints and a photograph taken at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point and will be directed to the Sopra Steria website, the official partner of UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), to book your biometrics appointment and upload your documents.
You will be asked to choose a service point location and then find an available appointment time for your biometrics. UKVCAS (GOV.UK) gives up-to-date information about the service point locations and the cost of the different services. The link also tells you what documents you need to take to your appointment.
You are given the option to purchase 'added-value' services. You do not need to buy any of these. Please note that ISAT provide document checking and immigration advice free of charge. Also you should be able to get translation services that are cheaper than that offered.
Please note that the process is slightly different during this current time so please refer to the Sopra Steria webpage for up-to-date information on the way their services are running at the moment.
UK Immigration: ID Check app
If you are not asked to attend a biometrics appointment you will be asked to use the app to submit a copy of your documents electronically. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will email you to explain the process.
As part of your visa application, you will need to upload scans of your supporting documents. You will do this either:
- after you book your biometrics appointment at a UKVCAS centre. There will be a checklist telling you which documents to upload.
- or, if you are using the UK Immigration: ID Check app and do not need to attend an appointment, you’ll get an email explaining how to submit a photo and your documents.
Scans should not be in colour to reduce the file size. There will be a section for 'Mandatory documents' and a section for 'other documents'. You must upload a file for all the mandatory documents. For any other evidence you need to submit, choose the section that best suits your document.
You should not book any travel outside the UK until after you have received your new visa back from the Home Office. Remember, even though you retain your passport during the application process, you must not travel as this will mean your application is withdrawn.
- Evidence: If you are a country on the Differential Requirement List, then the UKVI may contact you to request your finance and your academic qualifications. Contact us immediately if this happens. If you do not send the required documents in the time specified by the UKVI, then your visa application will be refused.
- Immigration Health Charge: The visa application form does not always correctly calculate the Immigration Health Charge so you may get an email from the UKVI asking you to pay more. You can check this with us first.
- Credibility interviews: Very occasionally, the UKVI asks for a student to attend an interview before deciding their visa. Contact us if you are asked to do this. See more information about credibility interviews.
How long will it take for my visa decision? (processing time)
- Standard Service - The Home Office aim to process all applications within 8 weeks but it may take longer at busier periods of the year.
- Priority Service - You should receive a decision within 5 working days from your appointment date.
- Super Priority Service - You should receive a decision by the end of the next working day after your UKVCAS appointment if your appointment is on a weekday, or 2 working days after your UKVCAS appointment if your appointment is at the weekend.
How will I be notified of my decision?
You will get an email followed by a decision letter (either in the post or by email).
- If your application is approved, the email will let you know the outcome.
- If your application is refused, the outcome will not be mentioned in the email.
When will I get my Biometric Resident Permit (BRP) card?
You will usually receive your BRP within 7 to 10 days of your decision. If it does not arrive, you can report your missing BRP online.
Your BRP will be sent to the address you gave in your application. You need to update your address before your application is approved if you want it sent elsewhere.
If you entered the university address, we will email you to collect it after we receive it, or arrange to have it posted to you. If you entered your home address in the UK, then email a copy of your BRP card to the Compliance team, email@example.com, when you receive it.
Check the details on your visa are correct after receiving your new visa
When you receive your visa, check that all the details are correct. If you notice any errors, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will take you through the process of getting the errors corrected.
- Courses 12 months or longer should get a visa that lasts until 4 months after the course end date.
- Courses from 6 up to 12 months long should get a visa that lasts until 2 months after the course end date.
- Courses less than 6 months long should get a visa that lasts until 7 days after the course end date - unless it is a pre-sessional course, in which case the visa should end one month after the course end date.
- A Doctorate Extension Scheme visa should last for 12 months from the course completion date on your CAS.
If you need to register with the police, you will need to up date your registration with your new visa details within 7 days of receiving it.