What is the process of getting a UK visa for Indian students like? The year 2021 marked an increase in visa applications to the UK by Indian students, especially after travel restrictions and mandatory quarantine was lifted for Indian travellers coming into the UK. Ministers are reportedly planning to ease immigration restrictions on Indian students too, simplifying the process of living and working in the country.
If you’re an Indian student who has been accepted to study in the UK, then you will most likely need one before pursuing your study abroad dreams. With the right visa, you can study and remain in the UK, and even work part-time for the duration of your studies. Here is our updated guide to get you started:
If you’re an international student, your UK student visa will depend on your level of study at your institution. According to GOV.UK, there are four visa categories to the UK available for international students:
If you’re applying for a UK student visa, you will need to have:
From documents needed to whether you can work part-time, here’s all you need to know about getting a UK visa for Indian students. Source: Justin Tallis/AFP
You will need to undergo a mandatory tuberculosis test at a clinic approved by the Home Office. You can check the full list of approved clinics in India here.
The test results must be included in your visa application. If you’re under 18 years old, you also need a written consent letter from both parents or legal guardians. An Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate might be required for certain courses.
First, you need to check that all your documents are in order. The UK student visa application can be done online, or you can print and sign your application form and submit all your documents to the nearest UK visa centre in India.
The application fee costs 348 pounds, or less than IN₹35,000. Keep in mind that you will also have to pay for the Immigration Health Surcharge on top of your visa application fee if you’re studying for more than six months in the UK, and the amount varies according to your length of stay.
For a faster decision, you can apply for the priority service at an additional cost. Once your UK study visa is approved, you need to submit your biometrics at the nearest visa centre for your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) if you’re studying for more than six months.
The BRP can be collected at your institution or the nearest post office to you once you arrive in the UK.
India has come off the UK government’s amber list since October 2021. Source: Tolga Akmen/AFP
India has come off the UK government’s amber list since October 2021. If you’re applying for a UK visitor visa, you can expect delays in processing times due to extremely high global demands.
As of December 2021, all travellers into the UK coming from another country will have to take a PCR test before and after arrival in the UK. Upon arrival, you must quarantine while waiting for your test results. You can find more information about entering the UK here.