You must provide the documents listed below with your application.
You can provide either the originals or copies of the documents, but you must provide the original version of your passport. If you provide a document that is not in English, you must also provide a fully certified translation of the document, which has been translated by a professional translator. The documents you need to obtain and provide with your application depend on whether you are exempt from the 'financial requirement' as described in section 5.
All students have to provide the following documents with their application:
1. Your current passport
2. Your UK Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) (if you have one)
3. An ATAS clearance certificate (if you are required to have one)
4. If you are aged under 18 at the date of application: a letter of consent from your parents confirming their relationship to you and their consent to your travel to and living arrangements in the UK. You must also provide your birth certificate
5. If you are financially sponsored by your government, or an international sponsor agency, or you have been in the previous 12 months: a letter from your sponsor confirming that they unconditionally consent to you making the Student application to remain in the UK.
Students who are NOT exempt from the ‘finance requirement’ (because you will not have lived in the UK for 12 months before the date of the application) will also have to provide:
1. Proof that you have sufficient money for the finance requirement in the form of either *:
- Your bank statements; or
- Your parent's bank statements; or
- Your partner's bank statements (if they are applying at the same time as you or they already have immigration permission); or
- An official loan letter from your government or academic loan scheme; or
- An official letter of financial sponsorship from your government, or an international sponsor agency, confirming its financial support of your studies.
Please note that the content and format of the financial documents you provide with your application must meet the exact requirements as set out by the Home Office in its Student Policy Guidance. Failure to do so may mean that your application could be refused.
2. Your birth certificate(if you are using your parent’s bank statement) *
3. A letter of consent from your parents to you using their money in the UK for your education (if you are using your parent’s bank statement) *
Different Documentary Requirements (Low-Risk Nationals)
The differentiation arrangements mean that if you are not exempt from the financial requirement and you are a national of one of the countries listed below, you should collect all of the required documents, but you do not have to provide the financial documents with your Student visa application i.e. you do not have to provide the documents marked in the list with an asterisk *.
However, you must still meet the requirements of the immigration rules for the application i.e. have sufficient money for the required time and collect all of the documents as the Home Office can request that you provide the documents at a later stage before it will decide your application.
All countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) (EU members plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway; Switzerland; Australia; Bahrain; Barbados; Brazil; British National (Overseas); Botswana; Brunei; Cambodia; Canada; Chile; China; Dominican Republic; Indonesia; Japan; Hong Kong; Kazakhstan; Kuwait; Macau SAR; Malaysia; Mauritius; Mexico; New Zealand; Oman; Peru; Qatar; Serbia; Singapore; South Korea; Taiwan; Thailand; Tunisia; United Arab Emirates; United States of America (USA).
If you are not sure whether you need to provide a document with your application, or whether a document you have contains the correct information and is in the required format, please contact us using the online visa enquiry form.