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Filing, processing a visa to England. Categories: educational, student (TIER 4), tourism

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Specific details

Documents for visa (including a UK student visa) should be applied to the visa application center. At the first stage the documents are submitted, and after a few minutes of waiting, your fingerprints (biometric information) are taken, thus, the applicant's personal presence is necessary. Only children under 5 years old do not pass the biometrics, but their personal presence is also necessary. Children from 5 to 15 years old must undergo this procedure, accompanied by an adult.

Terms of consideration

For those applicants who are eligible for an urgent visa, processing procedure is possible for 3 working days. For other applicants, the standard processing procedure is up to 15 working days (for short-term types of visas and 28 working days (for long-term visa types, including the student visa for England TIER4). The period can be increased if additional checks are necessary.

(Сhild) student customer visa

To attend the language courses, which can be taken for up to 6 months, you will need (child) student visitor visa. To request such a visa you wiil need following documents:

1. A foreign passport with the signature of the owner and a photocopy of the national passport.

A foreign passport must contain at least one blank page from two sides and be valid for at least 3 months after the trip. If the applicant has 2 valid passports, then they both should be provided.

2. Consular fee is about 140 US dollars.

3. If you have an old passport, you should provide it with photocopies of all pages.

4. A residence permit, a visa or a green card.

5. Color photographs in the amount of 2 pieces, which should be:

- made only on a light background, so that the face contrasted with it and was clearly discernible;

- good quality and made no more than 6 months before the submission of documents for registration;

- originals without processing on photoshop;

- vertical dimension 35 mm and 45 mm horizontally, without corners, oval or frames;

- preferably printed on glossy photo paper;

-The photo should not have sunglasses, helmets, hats, and the face should be clearly visible.

6. A letter from the educational institution in which the applicant will be trained.

It is called Visa Letter and confirms that the applicant will be studying at this school.

7. Copies of all documents that can confirm the knowledge of the applicant.

Usually, the educational institution accepts for studies on the basis of certain qualifications, knowledge or passing tests, therefore copies of similar documents must be provided to the visa center, for example: a portfolio of artwork, certificates of English, IELTS or TOEFL.

8. Copy of the diploma, degree or certificate from the current school, as well as a photocopy of the assessments for all studied subjects.

9. If the applicant is currently studying, then information about the family, the residence, the reservation of the ticket and the apartment is needed.

10. Statement from a personal bank account or from the account of one of the parents.

It must necessarily indicate the availability of current funds and the movement of funds on the card for the last 3 months. Such an extract should not be issued later than one month before the documents are submitted to the visa center. The recommended balance on the bank card is calculated by this formula: the amount for round-trip tickets + the amount of tuition, if it is not yet paid + the amount equal to 40 pounds per day, multiplied by the number of days spent in the UK. Also, a prerequisite is the availability of requisites and the bank's seal and the original document.

11. Information from the employer's place of work or from the place of work of his parents.

On the letterhead of the organization should be indicated the position, duration of work and the level of salary. Also there must be the outgoing phone number and the seal on the form. The recommended salary of parents should not be lower than 1400 US dollars, unemployed students who are under 18 years of age need to submit a certificate of the sponsor. In the certificate from the place of employment, it must be indicated that for the time of departure and study in the UK the applicant retains his job and position.

12. Legal entities and private entrepreneurs will need:

- Certificate of business registration, which indicates the name of its owner;

- various documents that may indicate the number and volume of transactions conducted;

- tax file for a period of at least 1 year.

13. Retired people may need:

- an extract from a bank account with an amount not less than 1400 dollars;

- a copy of the pension certificate;

- a sponsorship letter from the funding party, if available, indicating the degree of kinship and the reason for the sponsorship. Also a photocopy of the document, in which the relationship is indicated, the sponsor's certificate from the place of his/her work, printed on the company letterhead with a seal. The certificate should include the address of the place of work, position, salary and the work phone number. There also must be an extract from the sponsor's bank account, which reflects all transactions for the last 3 months. It is necessary to attach a copy of the sponsor's passport.

14. Copy and original of the certificate of marital status.

If the applicant is divorced, widowed or married, a certificate of marriage, divorce or death of the spouse must be provided.

15. For those students who are under 18 years of age and who require a British study visa, a birth certificate (original, copy) or adoption / adoption document must presented. It must contain the full name of the parent who provides the account extract and provides funding for the entire stay in the UK.

16. If an applicant receiving a visa for study in the UK is sponsored by someone, then he/she must submit a sponsorship letter and a passport copy from this person.

17. The departure of a minor student applying for a visa to study in the UK requires parental or guardians consent (original and copy), notarized and translated into English.

Variants of the document:

- If traveling unaccompanied, then a notarized consent must be present from both parents or all guardians;

- if the applicant is accompanied by one of the parents or guardians, then the notarized consent must be from the second person;

- if the consent constitutes the guardian, then it is necessary to provide a certificate that the guardian is legal;

- the trustee who accompanies the student needs the notarial consent of both parents or guardians.

18. If there were any offenses or convictions, then an official document on their availability and sentencing is needed.

19. If the applicant has a land plot, real estate or securities, it is necessary to provide copies of property certificates or a copy of the technical passport if the car is owned.

20. The applicant's formal consent to process personal data is a prerequisite for obtaining any visa (even a long-term student visa for England TIER4).

If the applicant is not yet 18 years of age, then this document is completed by one of the parents.

21. The specialists of our company prepare the application form and the reservation. (often 2 copies are requested)

Tier 4 child / general student visa

For the academic courses, which last from 6 months or more, you will need Tier 4 child / general student visa. To request such a visa you will need the following documents:

1. Consular fee (its amount may vary) - 515 USD. IHS fee is 150 GBP for each school year of the student.

IHS is a new requirement of the British border service that obliges non-EU citizens to pay for medical care so that they can have access to the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK.

2. Original foreign passport with the signature of the owner and a copy of the national passport.

The foreign passport must contain one blank page and be valid for the entire duration of the trip.

3. If there is a previous passport, then copies of all of its pages are also needed.

4. Green card, visa or temporary residence permit.

5.Colour photos in quantity of 2 pieces, which are:

  • are made no longer than 6 months before the application is filed;
  • clear and made on a light background, so that the facial features were well distinguishable and well contrasted with the background;
  • only the originals, without modification in Photoshop;
  • size 35 mm horizontally and 45 mm vertically, without corners, oval and frame;
  • without sunglasses, helmets and hats, the face should be seen clearly;
  • preferably printed on glossy photo paper.

6. An invitation from the UK educational institution (CAS).

It must specify an unconditional offer with a name of the future student, his/her citizenship, the passport number and the UKBA Sponsorship License. Also at the invitation should be registered the address of the educational institution, the cost of living and training, the amount of payments received, the date of the course, contact information. Without this document, a TIER 4 student visa to England is not issued.

7.All photocopies of documents that can confirm the applicant's knowledge, for example certificates of qualifications, necessary knowledge or tests.

8. Certificate, diploma or other document confirming the education, including an application with grades, if the student is currently studying (original + copy).

9. Data on the reservation of an apartment, hotel, residence or family - a student who prepares a UK study visa must have a place where he will live during the entire period of study.

10. Personal bank account or parent's account statement.

It should indicate the availability of funds, their movement for 30 days (it is recommended to provide traffic for 3 months). From the moment you submit your documents to the visa center, your statement should not be older than 1 month, and the minimum balance on the account must be equal to the sum of round-trip tickets, the amount for the first year of study, the amount equal to 1265 pounds for London and 1015 pounds for all other cities in the UK , Multiplied by the number of months of stay in the country. From this amount, you can calculate all payments that have already been made, supported by the relevant documents.

The funds must be at current balance for at least 28 days before the request for a statement. There must be bank details, seals and signatures of officials on the bank extract, otherwise the document will not be accepted.

11. The letter of employment confirmation of applicant;s parents (in case of tier 4 child visa - it is not necessary, but it is advisable to provide this certificate)

It should indicate the position, period of work, and the amount of the monthly salary. The certificate should be printed on the company letterhead with the correct phone number and stamped. The recommended personal or salary of parents must be at least 2350 US dollars. It is necessary to attach a copy of the sponsor's passport.

12. For businessmen and individual entrepreneurs who require a visa for study in the UK, the following documents may be required:

- the certificate of registration of the company, on which the name of the owner is indicated;

- various documentation confirming the value of transactions and their volume;

- tax file and company accounts for a period of at least one year.

13. For retired people, you may need:

- pension certificate and its photocopy;

- an extract from the bank account with a minimum amount of 150 000 thousand;

- a sponsorship letter from the funding party, if available, indicating the degree of kinship and the reason for the sponsorship. Also a photocopy of the document, in which the relationship is indicated, the sponsor's letter of employment confirmation, printed on the company letterhead with a seal. The certificate should include the address of the place of work, position, salary and the work phone number. There also must be an extract from the sponsor's bank account, which reflects all transactions for the last 3 months. It is necessary to attach a copy of the sponsor's passport.

14. Copy and original of the certificate of marital status.

If the applicant is divorced, widowed or married, a certificate of marriage, divorce or death of the spouse must be provided.

15. For those students who are under age and who require a British study visa, a birth certificate (original, copy) or adoption/adoption document must be presented. It must contain the full name of the parent who provides the account extract and provides funding for the entire stay in the UK.

16. If an applicant receiving a visa for study in the UK is sponsored by someone, then he/she must submit a sponsorship letter and a passport copy from this person.

17. The departure of a minor student applying for a visa to study in the UK requires parental or guardians consent (original and copy), notarized and translated into English.

Variants of the document:

- If traveling unaccompanied, then a notarized consent must be present from both parents or all guardians;

- if the applicant is accompanied by one of the parents or guardians, then the notarized consent must be from the second person;

- if the consent constitutes the guardian, then it is necessary to provide a certificate that the guardian is legal;

- the trustee who accompanies the student needs the notarial consent of both parents or guardians.

18. If there were any offenses or convictions, then an official document on their availability and sentencing is needed.

20. Certificate of registration of any property (copy), which is registered on the applicant: land, real estate, securities. If the car is owned, then a copy of its technical passport is required.

21. The applicant's formal consent to process personal data is a prerequisite for obtaining any visa (even a long-term student visa for England TIER4).

If the applicant is not yet 18 years old, then this document is completed by one of the parents.

22. Сhildren from 11 years old need a tuberculosis test certificate.

Clidren's visits to the clinic must be accompanied by parents or guardians, who must have along the amount to pay the fee (150 USD) and an identity document. If there are certificates to previous lung tests or tests on tuberculosis, they are also provided.

If the student is not yet 11 years old, parents or guardians must fill out a questionnaire on the state of his health only in an accredited clinic, after which, based on the data in the questionnaire, the doctor decides on the expediency of tuberculosis testing. If, according to the doctor, there is no need for verification, the child will be given a certificate, in which it will be said that the applicant did not have to undergo a check. Such a document is issued at a fee according to the established taxis, and it is attached to the main package of documents.

In the case of a negative test result, a certificate is issued no later than 4 hours after the examination. For this, one of the parents needs to arrive from 13:00 to 16:00 at the selected clinic 2 days before the examination and register. You need to have along 2 of child's photo size 3x4, the data of the educational institution in which he will study, and the passport of the child. Adult applicants are not required to sign in advance. The test cocts about 115 USD.

23. A printed application form with a reservation in the visa center is required, which is prepared by the specialists of our company (2 copies)


Important! If the foster family in which the student resides, does not cooperate with the educational institution and does not belong to it, then documents are needed. Now on the site it is called not an appendix, but an additional part of the Tier 4. It is accompanied by:

- a guarantee voucher of one of the members of the foster family (an original, written undertaking from the intended carer);

- an official letter from one of the parents or legal guardian about the consent that the student will live in this family (an original, letter from your parent or legal guardian); Necessarily translated into English;

- a copy of the letter of notification to the local authority that the child will be under the care of a private foster carer;

- an original document from the local authority confirming the notification of the arrangement;

- confirmation that the intended carer is legally resides in the United Kingdom, for example: a copy of the certificate of naturalization as citizens of Britain, certified by a notary, or a copy of the British Passport issued in the EU and notarized;

- confirmation that the foster family has funds in the bank account amounting to 1500GBP x 9 months of the calendar year, in addition to the money for living and teaching the student.

When applying for a Tier 4 (student) visa from May 10, 2013, all applicants were required to simultaneously pass a biometric interview and apply for an interview, which should reveal the real purpose of the trip to the UK.

Based on the results of this interview, the visa officer will receive a report on the basis of which he will make a decision, considering the documents and the application. At the request of the officer, the applicant can be called again for a second interview.

General visitor visa (tourist)

A tourist visa is a general visitor visa, which is issued for 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, 5 years or 10 years and requires the following documents:

1. Consular fees, (can vary), - from $ 142 (6 months), $ 513 (1 or 2 years), $ 930 (5 years), $ 1260 (10 years).

2. Passport with the signature of the applicant, which must be valid for the duration of the trip and contain a blank page on both sides, as well as a copy of the national passport. 2 pieces.

3. If available, the previous foreign passport with photocopies of all its pages.

4. Green card, visa and permission for temporary residence.

5. Color photos in the amount of 2 pieces, which should be:

- clear and made no more than six months before the filing of documents;

- on a light background, so that the facial features with it contrasted and were distinguishable;

- originals without any processing;

- 35 mm in size horizontally and 45 mm vertically, without oval, frames and corners;

- without sunglasses, helmets and hats, the face should be seen clearly;

- preferably printed on glossy photo paper.

6. Copy of the certificate, diploma or other document confirming the education, as well as a copy of the appendix with grades, if the student is currently studying.

7. Data on the reservation of an apartment, air ticket, hotel, residence or family, for example a prepaid deposit.

8. Personal statement of the bank account or of the parent's account, in which the availability of funds must be indicated, their movement for 3 months.

The statement should not be older than 30 days at the time of application. The recommended balance of the bank account should be equal to the number of days spent in the UK, multiplied by 40 pounds per day, as well as the sum of round trip air fares. The statement must have mandatory bank details, seals and signatures of officials on , otherwise the statement will not be accepted.

9. Certificate of employment or his/her parent's certificate.

It should indicate the position, duration and amount of salary. The certificate should be printed on the company letterhead with the correct phone number and stamped. The recommended personal or salary of parents must be at least 90 000 rubles. Non-working or underage students can submit a similar certificate from the sponsor. Also in the certificate it is indicated that for the emploee is retained for the whole of entry period. It is necessary to attach a copy of the sponsor's passport.

10. For businessmen and individual entrepreneurs, the following documents may be required:

- the certificate of registration of the company, on which the name of the owner is indicated;

- various documentation confirming the value of transactions and their volume;

- tax file and company accounts stetements for a period of at least one year.

11. Students need a certificate from their place of study.

12. For pensioners, you may need:

- pension certificate and its photocopy;

- an extract from the bank account with a minimum amount of 1400 US dollars;

- It is desirable to have a sponsorship letter from the person who will finance, indicating the degree of kinship and the reasons for sponsorship. Also need a copy of the document that confirms the relationship, and a certificate of employment of the funding person on the letterhead of company with a stamp, address and work phone. Also on the reference the position is indicated, the salary is not less than 1400 US dollars. The sponsor will need an extract from the bank account, which reflects the movement of funds for the last 3 months.

13. Certificate of the applicant's marital status (original, copy).

If the applicant is married, divorced or a widower, you must present the appropriate certificate of divorce, civil marriage or death of the spouse.

14. Those students who are under the age are required to present a birth certificate (original, copy) or adoption / adoption document.

It must contain the full name of the parent who provides the account statement and provides funding for the entire stay in the UK.

15. If the applicant is sponsored by someone, then he must submit a sponsorship letter from that person.

16. The departure of a minor student requires consent from the parents or guardians (original and copy), notarized and translated into English.

Variants of the document:

- If traveling is unaccompanied, then a notarized consent must be present from both parents or all guardians;

- if the applicant is accompanied by one of the parents or guardians, then the notarized consent must be from the second person;

- if the consent constitutes the guardian, then it is necessary to provide a certificate that the guardian is legal;

- the trustee who accompanies the student needs the notarial consent of both parents or guardians.

17. If there were any wrongdoings or convictions, then an official document on their availability and sentencing is needed.

18. The applicant's formal consent to the processing of all personal data that our consultants can do.

If the applicant is not yet 18 years, then this document is completed by one of the parents.

19. If the applicant has a land plot, real estate or securities, it is necessary to provide copies of property certificates or a copy of the technical passport if the car is owned.

20. The specialists of our company prepare the application form and the reservation.

Additional services of visa centers

Attention! On the need to provide additional services, please inform the company manager. Additional services and their cost may vary depending on the location of the UK visa center.

Additional services may include:

  • SMS Notification
  • Submission through the premium zone
  • Delivery of documents to your address
  • Submission of documents at the premium time
  • Printing Documents
  • Group reservations (from 5 to 25 people) for a joint trip
  • Priority examination of documents: up to 5 working days (tourist visa up to 6 months, study visas)
  • Submission of documents without a passport (tourist categories of visas for 2/5/10 years)

Translations of documents

Important! All documents must be translated into English. The translation must have accurate data on the name, contact information of the interpreter and his clear signature, as well as the date of the translation.

If you receive an invitation to study from any institution in the UK ( secondary education in Britain, higher education, academic degree or advanced training), we send it to the applicant's address.

Extension of a visa

If a visa (including a British study visa) is issued for a period of less than 6 months (for example, for a short study in the UK ), then it does not have the right to renew it - you need to get a new one. If the permit is issued for more than 6 months, for example, a student visa to England TIER 4, then it has the right to extend. Such a long-term category gives the right to work without formal authorization, but in your free time and on the weekends not more than 20 working hours during the study, and no more than 40 hours during the holidays.

Refusal of submission or withdrawal of documents

In case of refusal or withdrawal of documents, the consular fee is collected from all applicants, regardless of age, and is not returned. If it turns out that fake documents have been provided, the applicant will be refused a visa for study in the UK, and a 10-year ban on the filing of a new application is possible. In this regard, if the applicant does not have enough documents, we recommend writing an official letter to the visa center explaining the situation in advance.

Cases with failures

There are several reasons why an applicant can be refused a British study visa or another type of visa, namely:

  • if the entry into the country or the period of stay in the country under an earlier issued visa was violated;
  • the indication in the questionnaire of false data;
  • if the canceled passport was not granted, where British visas or refusal of them are;
  • if the applicant has insufficient financial guarantees;
  • provision of forged documents: the phone number from the place of work must be active, and on it you can get a confirmation of the employment;
  • If there are no documents confirming the tourist purposes: in this case there will be a suspicion of the intention to stay in the country for permanent residence.

If necessary, you can apply for an urgent visa in 3-4 working days. The cost of this service is 120 GBP, which can be paid on the website of the VC. But in order to receive such a service, there are such requirements to the applicant as the "visit" category with a period of 6 to 12 months and the availability of previous trips to the UK for the last 5 years (this requirement has not been in effect since 2014). On the site of the visa center is required, otherwise there may be delays in the examination of the application.

Attention! For the urgent category, the number of applications is 20% of the total number of slots per day, so if, by the time of applying for an urgent service, the limit has already been reached, then the applicant will be able to file an application for a normal procedure without refunding the money paid for urgency.

There is also a courier delivery service, which costs 10 GBP, and the submission of documents without a passport, which costs 40 GBP (for categories from 2 years). After a positive decision is taken, it is necessary to submit a passport and get a stamp in the visa center, and this procedure will take no more than 7 working days.

In order to obtain the documents, you need a civil passport and a receipt that was issued to the applicant by the employee of the center when the documents are handed over. A passport with a stamp can be returned in several ways, namely:

  • A courier who has a power of attorney and a receipt for the delivery of documents; He must present an identity card (copy and original) and a copy of the applicant's passport;
  • Express mail, the approximate shipping cost is £ 9.95.

In case of loss of the receipt, the passport can be obtained only in person, by presenting a civil passport.

A slight difference in the visa in writing the name and surname is acceptable. If some letters do not coincide, then this is intolerable, and you can safely go to get an education in Britain. But if the applicant, after obtaining an entry permit, found another name, he needs to urgently contact the VC to eliminate the error, which can last 2 working days.

Visa centers can change the conditions for filing both visa and cover letters, so before submitting it is necessary to clarify all the nuances of the procedure with the visa center or the consultants of SMAPSE.

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