UK Visa Information
If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country, you do not require a visa to study in the UK.
If you are a citizen of a 'Visa Country' (ie a 'Visa National'), you will require a visa to study in the UK. To check if you need a visa, you should refer to the Home Office UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) website at www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa.
To check if you are a citizen of a 'Non-Visa Country' National', you should refer to the Home Office UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) website at www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa. A Non-Visa National may not require a visa to visit the UK for a period of less than 6 months; however, you should check this with your local British Embassy/British Consulate. A Non-Visa National visiting the UK for a period of 6 months or more will require a visa.
What type of visa will I require?
In order to study at BBSI you must have one of the student visas described below. You will not normally be permitted to study on any other type of visa (eg Visit/Tourist Visa or Business Visa). If your main visit to the UK is for a purpose other than study, however, and you will be taking a short 'incidental' course whilst in the UK, you would be permitted to study for a maximum of 30 days on a Visit or Business visa. However, study must not be the main purpose of your visit.
Tier 4 (General) Student Visa
You will require a Tier 4 visa if you are 18 years of age or over and …
- Plan to study in the UK for a period of up to 6 months and wish to extend your visa whilst in the UK.
- Plan to study in the UK for a period greater than 6 months.
Language Level. If you intend to apply for a Tier 4 visa you must have already studied English and be at Council of Europe Framework Reference B1 Level or above. You will need to provide proof of your current English language level via a UKVI approved secure English language test taken at an approved test centre. You must supply a copy to BBSI on enrolment. For tests taken on or after 6 April 2015, this must be the IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration, taken at an approved IELTS test centre (see Tier 4 Approved English Language Tests taken from 6 April 2015). IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration can be booked online at www.ielts.org by selecting 'Applying for a UK Visa? Find a test'.
Previous Study. You will also need to provide details of any previous courses you have studied in the UK (copy of Certificate, or full course name, dates and length of study, name and contact details of institution at which you studied). To apply for a Tier 4 visa you must be able to show progression from your previous course of study.
Tier 4 Visa for More than Six Months. If your visa will be valid for more than six months, and you apply after 6 April 2015, you will need to pay the new Immigration Health Surcharge. Ths will entitle you to access the National Health Service (NHS) in the same way as a permanent UK resident, for the duration of your visa. You must pay the surcharge before you make your visa application (you can register for the IHS and make payment at https://www.immigration-health-surcharge.service.gov.uk/payment/start). In addition, from April/May 2015 the Home Office will be introducing Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) if you are coming to the UK for more than six months. You must collect your BRP from a designated post office within 10 days of your arrival in the UK. Details of BRPs and the rollout schedule can be found on the UKVI website (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/biometric-residence-permits-overseas-applicant-and-sponsor-information).
BBSI Information Sheet Tier 4 Visa
6-Month Short-Term Study Visa (6-Month STSV)
If you are 18 years of age or over and plan to study in the UK for a period of up to 6 months, you will require a 6-month STSV. With a 6-month STSV you will NOT be permitted to extend your visa whilst in the UK, to work part-time during your course, or to bring dependents with you (eg husband, wife or children).