Before following the application instructions below, please review these three initial steps:
How to Apply for your Student Visa
You will need to complete an online application form which includes paying the relevant fee. The cost of a standard student visa application is currently £348. Priority and super priority services may be available at a higher cost.
As part of the application process, you will need to prove your identity. As an EEA or Swiss national you can do this using the UK Immigration: ID Check app. Using the app, you will need to scan your passport with a biometric chip and upload a photo of yourself. You will need either an iPhone 7 or later model or an Android phone to use the app.
You will firstly need to complete the online student visa application. When you get to the identity verification stage you will be given instructions to verify your ID using the phone app. Guidance on using the app is provided on the gov.uk website.
If you can’t use the app
If the app does not work on your phone, you could ask a family member or friend to use their phone. You only need to use the app to verify your ID. No information is stored on the app and you can delete it from the phone after you have completed this step. If you are still unable to use the app, you will need book an appointment at a visa application centre as part of your application.
If you don’t have a biometric passport
You will need to book an appointment at a visa application centre as part of your application.
As an EEA/EU or Swiss national, you qualify for differentiation arrangements when you apply for your student visa. For most students this means you do not need to provide documents to support the application except for your passport, which will be used to verify your identity via the app. Some clarification is outlined below.
English language ability
No evidence of English language ability needs to be submitted as part of the visa application, even if this was a condition of your offer to study at the Institute.
Your CAS will confirm that the Institute, as a Higher Education Provider, has assessed your English language ability and it is at the required level.
As an EEA and Swiss national, you are not required to provide any financial evidence to support your student visa application. UKVI advises that you should still make sure you have the required funds and they reserve the right to ask you to provide evidence of this. You are expected to have sufficient funds to cover your course fees as stated in your CAS plus £1334 in living costs for each month of your course up to a maximum of 9 months. The guidance on the gov.uk website has further information about financial requirements.
If you have only lived within the EEA/EU and Switzerland in the last 6 months, you will not need to have a Tuberculosis (TB) test as part of your student visa application. If you are coming to the UK for more than 6 months and have lived for at least 6 months in one of the countries specified by UK Visas and Immigration on their website in the period prior to making your application, you will be required to provide a TB clearance certificate with your application.
Applicants coming to the UK for 6 months or longer will be required to pay a mandatory immigration health surcharge to access healthcare services in the UK. This is charged at £470 per year for the duration the visa will be granted. If the permission granted includes part of a year that is 6 months or less, the amount payable for that year would be £235. Payment is made online as part of the visa application. The amount charged is calculated based on the course start and end dates inputted into the application form and takes into consideration the short post-study period you will be granted on the end of the visa.
If your visa application is not successful, you will automatically be refunded the immigration health surcharge (but not the visa application fee).
You will receive an email confirming the outcome of your application. The visa will be granted as a digital immigration status which you can view online if you used the verification ID app.
Your student visa will be valid:
- from 7 days before your planned date of travel to the UK, as stated in your visa application form
- from the date of issue if granted after the intended date of travel as stated on the visa application form.
Check your digital status to make sure the information is correct. Contact the Admissions Team immediately if you identify any errors.
We offer general advice sessions for EU applicants on how to apply for a student visa. To schedule an appointment, click here. Please note these are short basic information advice sessions and we cannot help you complete a student visa application during one of these appointments.