The UK government has introduced a new points based visa system and in order to qualify for a student visa it is necessary for a student to have 40 points to obtain a visa. Visa rules are changed regularly so it is vital that you discuss this with your counsellor to ensure no mistakes are made. Remember, if your visa is refused it can make it difficult to reapply again.
The points based system is quite simple but like many things, the details can be tricky. 30 points are awarded for having an offer of a place and a visa letter at an approved education provider and the student can provide the necessary supporting documents to prove that. 10 points are awarded for having a bank statement in your name provided that you have enough funds to cover your first year's tuition fees and living costs. The money must have been in your bank for 28 days prior to the application. The money must be in cash – shares, bonds, pension funds will not be accepted. Proof of a loan or scholarship in your name will also be accepted.
You also need to be aware of the following points and make sure you act promptly on them:
- You need to supply a copy of your passport (the front page with picture and passport number) to your counsellor. This is because your passport details will be incorporated into your offer letter from the university.
- You need to prepare evidence of funds to meet the course fees and also maintenance costs for a year. The funds must be in your account or your parents account(not anyone else's account) 28 days before you apply for a visa. The guidelines provided by the Home Office Border agency are that you will need £1000 per month if you are living in London or £800 outside of London (including accommodation). The money must be in cash. Shares, bonds, pension funds will not be accepted. Proof of a loan or scholarship in your name will also be accepted.
- You need to accept the offer of a place at your final choice university as early as possible. Universities ask students to accept their offers of a place as soon as they can so that the university can send visa letters to students in a timely manner.
PLEASE NOTE: it is vital that you stay in constant contact with your counsellor to avoid any problems with your visa application.