If you intend to enrol for more than six months in the UK, you may need to apply for a Student Visa to study – This includes rules for Student Dependants. As of 5 October 2020, a new student immigration route was introduced in the UK. This has replaced the Tier 4 (General) visa category and will apply to EU/EEA nationals who do not hold Pre-settled or Settled Status wishing to enter the UK from 1 January 2021 onwards.
EU Settlement Scheme
If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national who was resident in the UK by 31st December 2020 and have not yet applied under the EU Settlement Scheme, you are required to apply for residency or a student visa application to retain your rights to study in the UK.
If you are not in the UK and you are applying for a Student Visa to enter the UK, please ensure you do not travel to the UK before you have officially been granted your Student Visa. If you are permitted a Student Visa, this will be granted to you in digital format. If you are using your passport to enter the UK as a visitor by before your Student Visa has been granted, your Student Visa will not be valid, thereafter you will be required to leave the UK and validate the visa.
If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national and you have already obtained your EU Settled Status, you will be able to study in the UK without a visa. You will not be allowed to start the course until we can verify your right to study with Regent College. This may cause a delay in starting the course. Please ensure that you have all the relevant documents available so that you can start the course smoothly.
We recommend you regularly review the Home Office website information to keep up to date with changes to UK immigration law and guidance.
Applying outside the UK
If you are applying from outside the UK, you should always refer to the Home Office website where you will find information on where to apply, how to apply and the cost of the application. Please ensure that you only travel to the UK after you have been granted your student visa (this will be awarded in digital format). If you enter the UK as a visitor beforehand (by using your passport), your student visa will not be valid, and you will have to leave the UK and validate it.
Before you apply for your visa, you must ensure that you have all the required supporting documentation to avoid mistakes and delays. You can only apply for your visa up to six months before the start date of your chosen course. After submitting your application, you must not travel to the UK while your student visa application is pending. Once granted the Student Visa and your passport will be updated with an entry clearance vignette (sticker) permitting you to travel to the UK. You must ensure that you only enter the UK during the validity dates of this visa. After that your visa will be activated (stamped) upon entry to the UK.
If you travel to the UK before the visa issue date, your stay in the UK will be restricted to six months, you will not be registered to your chosen course, your visa will not be valid, and you will be expected to leave the UK and re-enter once granted your student visa. This will likely result in additional fee charges, which could lead to unnecessary inconvenience.
Please get in touch with the visa compliance team for further questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
When applying for a Student Visa from overseas, the Home Office may require you to attend a credibility interview, whereby you will be assessed; on your integrity, whether you are genuine in wishing to study in the UK and your fluency in English – to determine whether you meet the English language required standard.
In this case, the interview will be conducted in English. The credibility interview is an essential part of the visa application process. However, interviews are extended to students selected at random or based on some circumstances, such as Immigration inquiries or education history.
The interviews are usually held at your Biometrics appointment after you have submitted your documents, fingerprints, and photograph at the visa application centre. The interview will take place either by telephone, video call or in person, depending on the circumstances and should last between 5 – 15 minutes. The interviewer will then pass the results on to an Entry Clearance Officer at the Home Office, who will decide whether to conduct a second interview or the overall outcome of your visa application.
It is possible that some students may be required to attend a second credibility interview. In this case, if an invitation for a second interview is extended to you, it is just as important that you attend and take it just as seriously as your first interview.
The second credibility interview will likely be more in depth and longer in duration. The interview will again be conducted in English via telephone/ video call or face-to-face. At this interview you may be asked to further elaborate on your answers about your visa application, finances, or personal circumstances from your first credibility interview.
If you are invited to any credibility interview and fail to attend without an acceptable reason, your visa application will be refused. If you cannot attend for any other reason, please contact our UKVI Compliance Team by emailing email@example.com