Answers to your questions about applying for your visa and travelling to the UK.
I don't need a visa to come to the UK as a tourist. Do I have to apply for a visa to study?
Nationals of certain countries do not need to apply for a visa for the UK if they will be coming to stay for less than 6 months. Instead, you will request entry to the UK as a Standard Visitor when you arrive.
There is a list of nationalities who DO require a visa at the link below. If your country is NOT on that list, you are a 'non-visa national'. Mostnon-visa nationals will need to meet with a Border Force official on their arrival to the UK and get a stamp in their passport.
Please ensure you read the full information here about applying for permission as a Standard Visitor.
Standard Visitor route
List of visa nationals(you will need to scroll down and click 'Appendix 2')
I need a Student visa. Can I apply for my visa when I get to the UK?
Normally, you must apply for your Student visa in your home country, or normal country of residence. The onlyexception to this is if you already hold a valid UK visa which allows you to extend or switch in the UK.You cannot apply for a Student visa in the UK if you have standard visitor orshort-termstudent status.
If you hold a valid UK visa, you can check whether you can make an application in the UK at the link below.
Can I apply from the UK?
Can I travel via the Republic of Ireland?
The UK and the Republic of Ireland are part of a Common Travel Area (CTA); the CTA streamlines arrival to the UK from the Republic of Ireland for most travellers because there is no immigration control between the two countries.
You need to get a visa beforetravelling to the UK if you are applying under the Student route or if you are a visa national applying under the standard visitor route.If you have obtained a visa from your home country, you can travel via the Republic of Ireland. Werecommend that you keep your boarding passes or travel itinerary in a safe place as you willneed to evidence your date of arrival in the UK.
If you are a non-visa national and enter the UK via the Republic of Ireland without having secured a visa,you will be givenpermission to be in the UK for sixmonths from you date of entry to the UK. You will be able to study but employment (paid or unpaid) will not be permitted.Werecommend that you keep your boarding passes or travel itinerary in a safe place as you will need to evidence your date of arrival un the UK.
Can I use the eGates?
UK airports are now operating E-gates for nationals of the European Economic Area, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Koreaand the United States.
If you are a national of one of the abovecountries,you can usee-Gates but werecommend that you keep your boarding passes or travel itinerary in a safe place as you will need to evidence your date of arrival in the UK.
Find out more about what you need to do when you arrive in the UK at the link below.
Arriving in the UK
What is a CAS?
A CAS(Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies)is a13-digitalpha-numeric reference number which you will need in order to apply for your Student visa.The reference number relates to a record about you and your programme of study which will help the UKVIdecideabout your visa application. The University will issue a CAS to you:
- Once you have accepted an unconditional offer from the University; AND
- Once you have requested a CAS through yourEUCLID portal; AND
- Not more than 6 months before the start date of your programme (or the date that you are required to be on-campus, whichever is the later*)
*If you are already in the UK and you need to make a visa application, please contact us not more than 3 months before the start of your programme
Find out more about your CAS and how to request it at the link below.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
Can I travel to the UK before the start date of my Student visa?
Normally you cannot travel to the UK before the start date of your visa, as youmustenter after the start date in order to ‘activate’ your Student visa status.
However, if you are a non-visa national (you do not need a visa to visit the UK for up to six months), you may be able to enter the UK as a standard visitor before the start of your Student visa. You will have to meet the criteria of the standard visitor route, and you will need to leave the UK and re-enter after the start of your Student visa in order to get the correct permission to study.
It will be the decision of the Immigration Officer at the airport whether to allow you to enter as a visitor before the start of your Student visa.
When will my Student visa start?
It will start on whichever is thelatestof the following times:
One month before the start of your programme of studies, or the date you are required to be on-campus(or one week, if your programme is less than 6 months long); OR
7 days before your intended date of travel to the UK (as stated on your visa application form); OR
The date on which your visa is granted (if it is granted less than one month before the start of your programme).
How long will my Student visa be granted for?
This will depend on the length of your programme of studies.Your Student visa will last for the length of your programme of studies, plus:
If your programme is less than six months, one week after the end date of your programme
If you are studying a pre-sessional programme, one month after the end date of your programme
If you are studying an undergraduate programme, or a postgraduate diploma or certificate,of between 6-12 months, 2 months after the end of your programme
If you are studying a programme of more than one year, 4 months after the end date of your programme
How long does it take to get my visa?
This will depend on where you make your application. If you are outside the UK, it normally takes around 3 weeksfrom when you attend your visa appointment. If you are inside the UK, it normally takes around 8 weeksfrom the date of your appointment.
Applying for a Student visa
Where is my CAS?
The University can issue a CAS up to 6 months before your required attendance date in Edinburgh*.
Once you have accepted an unconditional offer for your programme, you will need to request a CAS through your EUCLID portal:
- Log into your Applicant Hub through EUCLID – you will then be able to see your offer under ‘My Applications’
- Select ‘Open Application’
- Select the link which states ‘Please tell us if you require a CAS.’
- When your CAS is ready you will receive an email to your personal email address asking you to confirm the details.
- Follow the link in that email andlog in to your Euclid portal.
- Click on the ‘immigration details’ tab under the personal details, scroll down past yourpassport and visa and you’ll see your CAS information.
- Check all of the information carefully - if something is not right it could result in your visa application being refused. If everything is correct, click on the green button at the bottom of the immigration details page to send us your confirmation.If there are anyissuesyou can report them using the red button.
Once we receive your confirmation, you will receive your final CAS number withintwoworking days.
*If you are already in the UK, please contact us 3 months before your programme start date to discuss your circumstances as you cannot apply for your visa earlier than this.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
Does my passport need to be valid for the duration of my programme of study?
Unlike many other countries, the UK does not require that a passport is valid for any particular period of time after arrival in the UK, but it must be valid when you make your application and when you arrive in the UK.UKVI web information for people arriving in the UKdoes say that your passport must remain valid for the full length of your stay, but this has no basis in any law or guidance and we do not know of any student who has been refused entry to the UK on this basis. It would be very common for someone's passport to expire during a long stay in the UK.
My visa has been refused. What should I do?
Contact us as soon as possible. Email a copy of all the documents that you received from the UKVI, as well as a full copy of the application you submitted, and your supporting documents to us.
You will need a new CAS before you can make a newStudent visa application.
What is a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)?
A Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) is an ID card which contains the details of your immigration permission. It is your ‘visa’ and you will need itto travel outsideand re-enterthe UK, to show your right to study, and your right to work. It is credit card-sized, and you will need to collect it either from the University or from aPost Office, depending which option you chose in your visa application.
Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
My visa is only valid for 30/90 days. Is this correct?
If you have applied for your Student visa outside theUK,you will get a sticker in your passport called a ‘vignette’. This is a document that gives you permission to travel to the UK. It is only valid for 30 days (90 days in some cases), so you must travel within those dates, or you will need to apply for a replacement.
Once you arrive in the UK, youwill collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), which contains the full details of your immigration permission.
Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
I am a dual EU/third country national. Do I need to apply for a visa?
If you hold an EU/EEA/Swiss passport or national ID card (i.e. you are a citizen), and you moved tothe UK before 31 December 2020, you may have already applied for the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). If you have been granted settled or pre-settled status under the EUSS then you do not need a separate visa to study in the UK.
If you first arrived in the UK after this date, you must insteadapply forimmigration permission under the Student route if your main purpose for coming to the UK is to study.
EU Settlement Scheme
I am a dual EU/third country national. Do I need to get health insurance?
All students who are registered full time and residing in Scotland for more than 3 months have full access to the NHS.
If youhave been granted settled or pre-settled status under the EU SettlementScheme, you will have access to the NHS under this scheme.
If you need toapply for avisa,you will be required to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge. This will give you full access to the NHS.
This does NOT constitute health insurance. It will only provide access to the UK National Health Service and does not cover healthcare in any other country.
Immigration Health Surcharge
Information for EU/EEA and Swiss students
Do I need an IELTS for UKVI certificate?
Normally, if your programme is below degree level, you will need an IELTS for UKVI certificate at CEFR level B1 (at least 4.0 IELTS) in order to apply for your visa. However,due to the Covid-19 pandemic,certainconcessions have been made for students who will be starting their programmes over the next few months.
If your programme is degree level or above, you do not need to have an IELTS for UKVI certificate. The University will make its own assessment of your English language and you do not need to provide any further evidence for your visa application.
You should check your offer letter for details of what the University has used to assess your English language.
English language requirements
Can I translate my documents myself, or get a friend to do it for me?
Any documents that you will submit with your Studentvisa application which are not in English must be officially translated by a professional translator. You cannot translate the documents yourself.
You can find the full requirements at the link below.
What is the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)?
The IHS is aone-offpayment you make with your visa application which gives you access to the National Health Service (NHS), which is the UK’s healthcare system. You will not need to pay any extra for hospital treatment, medication, or visits to the doctor.
The IHS isnothealth insurance. It allows you to access theNHS butdoes not cover you in your home country or if you are travelling outside the UK.
Immigration Health Surcharge
Can I bring my family to the UK?
Tier 4/Student visa holderswho are
studying a postgraduate programme that is 9 months or longer; OR
fully sponsored by their government and studying a programme at any level which is longer than 6 months,
canbringtheir spouse/civil partner/unmarried partner*,and their childrento the UK as their dependants.
(*you must be able to evidence that you have been living together for at least 2 years)
You cannot bring other family members, such as your parents or siblings, as dependants.
There are other, limited, circumstances in which you can bring your children to the UK if you do not meet the above criteria. Please contact us for specific advice onthis.
Short-term students cannot bring their family members to the UK as dependants, but they may be able to visit you using a standard visit visa.
Bringing your family
Can I study part-time using a Tier 4 / Student visa?
The University of Edinburgh does not sponsor students to study part-time using a Tier 4 / Studentvisa.
If you would like to discuss your options further, please contact us.
I have an offer for a Distance-Learning programme; can I get a Student visa?
No. Distance learning programmes do not qualify for the Student visa route. If you need to visit the UK for a short time for study reasons, you may be able to come as a standard visitor.
Standard visitor information
Before you apply for your visa? ›
We recommend highly that applicants start the application process about 3 months in advance of their intended date of travel since appointments are usually full 2-3 months in advance. Also, visa applications are now subject to a greater degree of scrutiny than in the past.What are the 4 main steps to getting a visa? ›
Four Steps to Help You Apply for a Visa
- Pay your visa fee,
- Obtain acceptable photographs,
- Complete your online DS-160 visa application,
- Get a list of all required documents you must bring, and.
- Schedule your visa interview appointment.
- Identify visa type. Choose the right visa for your trip. ...
- Begin your application. Get started with your visa application. ...
- Book an appointment. Choose a Visa Application Centre and make an appointment. ...
- Pay your fees. ...
- Visit a Visa Application Centre. ...
- Track your application. ...
- Collect your passport.
We recommend highly that applicants start the application process about 3 months in advance of their intended date of travel since appointments are usually full 2-3 months in advance. Also, visa applications are now subject to a greater degree of scrutiny than in the past.How long does it take to get a visa? ›
It takes from 3 to 5 weeks for a US visa application to get processed. After the processing, the applicant can get a positive reply on their application, and the consulate will deliver the document. The delivery of the visa can take up to two other workdays.What not to do when applying for a visa? ›
- Submitting the wrong form.
- Not having the right evidence or information.
- Sending the wrong photo size.
- Submitting low-quality scans or photos of evidence.
- Sending your visa application too late.
- How Mauve can help with corporate visa and immigration services.
Visa Types and Application Fee Amounts
The application fee for the most common nonimmigrant visa types is US$160. This includes tourist, business, student, and exchange visas. Most petition-based visas, such as work and religious visas, are US$190.
These increases were published in the Federal Register on March 28, 2023 and will be effective on May 30, 2023. The fee for visitor visas for business or tourism (B1/B2s and BCCs), and other non-petition based NIVs such as student and exchange visitor visas, will increase from $160 to $185.What are visa requirements? ›
Requirements typically include filling out the visa application form, providing your passport for stamping if required, a photograph, and additional documents such as your flight itinerary, hotel booking or letter of invitation. Many countries also have inadmissibility guidelines when it comes to issuing visas.How to apply for a visa in usa? ›
- Pay the visa application fee.
- Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form.
- Schedule your appointment on this web page. You will need three pieces of information in order to schedule your appointment: ...
- Visit the U.S. Embassy/Consulate on the date and time of your visa interview.
Is it hard to get approved for a visa? ›
It's fair to say that the U.S. visa application process is complex and requires specific information. If the applicant does not meet all requirements for the visa they are applying for, or if they failed to provide the consular with all the required information, it can lead to a visa denial.What is the process of getting a US visa? ›
- Submit a Petition.
- NVC Processing.
- Pay Fees.
- Affidavit of Support.
- Financial Documents.
- Online Application.
- Civil Documents.
- Scan Documents.
You can check the status of your visa application on ceac.state.gov. If your visa has been denied, you may find useful information on Ineligibilities and Waivers on usvisas.state.gov.How long does US visa interview take? ›
You can expect to be at the Embassy or Consulate for approximately two to three hours. The interview with a consular officer is the last step in a two-step process and typically lasts just a few minutes. Prior to the interview staff will collect, data-enter and review your application.How soon do you get US visa after interview? ›
If you are found eligible to receive a visa on the day of the interview you should allow approximately 10-15 working days for your application to be processed. Your documents will be returned to you in a large envelope. DO NOT OPEN THE ENVELOPE, if you do so, you will invalidate the visa.How fast can a visa be approved? ›
If a visa application is approved during a visa interview, the average processing time is 7-10 working days. At least a further 2-3 workdays should be allowed for delivery. If you are eligible for the 'Interview Waiver Program' and submit your application by courier without attending an interview.What is the fastest way to get a visa? ›
The U.S. embassy or consulate may speed up your application process in certain emergency situations. You may be able to schedule an interview more quickly than usual if you're in an emergency situation. Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate in your country if you have an emergency.Why do visas get denied? ›
An applicant's current and/or past actions, such as drug or criminal activities, as examples, may make the applicant ineligible for a visa. If denied a visa, in most cases the applicant is notified of the section of law which applies.How can I avoid US visa rejection? ›
Your passport must be valid for more than 6 months from the date of travel. Submitting invalid or damaged passports are often a common reason for US visa rejection. Also, ensure your passport has minimum two blank pages.Can I wear jeans for US visa interview? ›
You may also wear wide-legged dress pants or cropped hem pants as they also go well with any type of top, while looking official and formal. Avoid jeans and leggings as these are often too informal for US visa attire.
Is it hard to get a visa for the US? ›
Getting a US visa is simple for Indians, and the process is absolutely hassle-free.How much is a 10 year visa to USA? ›
HOW MUCH DOES A U.S. MULTIPLE ENTRY VISA R B1/B2 COST? iVisa offers you a Standard processing time that includes the USD $160.00 MRV fee and we provide you with an iVisa Expert to help you through the whole process to achieve success!How much is it to sponsor a visa? ›
The most common fees for nonimmigrant work visa sponsorship are: Petition fee: $460. Application fee: $190. American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act charges: $750 to $1,500.How long does a US visa last? ›
ESTA and visa expiration dates
A visa, on the other hand, is valid for 10 years. While the visa remains valid even if your passport expires during this 10-year period, showing both old and new passports at the immigration would be required on your entry to the U.S.
The US Tourist Visa (B-1/B-2) is a non-immigrant US Visa. Its validity period ranges from 1 month to 10 years and allows single, double or multiples entries to the US. The period of stay which is a maximum of 6 months is recorded by the Customs and Border Protection officer.How much bank balance is required for US tourist visa? ›
Although there isn't a predetermined minimum balance needed, an F-1 visa requires a minimum balance of 10,000 USD.What questions are asked in US visa interview? ›
- What is the purpose of your visit to the US? ...
- Have you been to the US before? ...
- Do you have relatives or friends currently in the US? ...
- Details on your friends / relatives in the US. ...
- Where will you be residing in the United States?
|Type #1:||Tourist visa (pleasure travel visas)|
|Type #2:||Immigration and naturalization visas (including by marriage)|
|Type #3:||Student visas (for studying abroad)|
|Type #4:||Business or work visas (for working, which include both non-immigrant and immigrant types)|
What Is The Easiest Way To Immigrate To The US? The easiest way to immigrate to the US is by obtaining a Green Card through the Green Card Lottery. To do this, go to the following link to the Diversity Electronic Visa Program. There are other possible routes to immigrate to the United States.Where do Americans need visas? ›
Americans can travel to most European, Caribbean, and Central and South American countries without a visa, along with many other popular tourism destinations. Countries that U.S. passport holders need visas to enter include Russia, India, China, Vietnam, Turkey, and more, and others require e-visas to visit.
What do I need to bring to my US visa appointment? ›
Passport – For each applicant, an unexpired passport valid for six months beyond the intended date of entry into the United States. Photographs – two identical color photograph(s) for each applicant, which must meet the general Photograph Requirements. DS-260 Confirmation Page.Do I need a visa if I have a passport? ›
U.S. passport owners have the privilege of being able to visit various countries—among them Canada, Mexico, France, Italy, Belize, and Iceland—without needing a visa. However, a number of international destinations do require that travelers with U.S. passports purchase tourist visas before entering the country.Which visa approval is fastest in USA? ›
The US student visa (F-1 visa) is one of the fastest visas to process. In fact, the study permit is often processed directly before your embassy interview.What is easiest visa to get? ›
A citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must, in most cases, first obtain a visa to do so. This can be either a nonimmigrant visa for a temporary stay or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. For many, a "B" visitor visa is the easiest and most appropriate one to get.What not to say in a visa interview? ›
Don'ts During the Visa Interview Process
'Like, Umm, I guess' – Try to avoid using conversation fillers such as 'Like', 'Ummmm', or 'I guess' in a sentence when you are responding to a question. Pay close attention to the questions asked and respond with just the answer. Keep in short and simple.
Once you have received your immigrant visa, you must enter the United States within the visa validity period to obtain an alien registration receipt or “green” card (Form I-151 or I-551) that will allow you to live and work in the United States. You will receive your passport from the courier service.How can I increase my chances of getting a visa? ›
You can increase your chances of travel visa approval by providing a comprehensive overview of your finances on your application. This could include bank statements, pay stubs showing a steady income, or proof of assets.What are the signs that your visa is approved? ›
If your visa is approved, you will be informed how and when your passport and visa will be returned to you. Your immigrant visa will be placed on a page in your passport. Please review the printed information right away to make sure there are no errors.How do I know if my visa is rejected? ›
Upon visa refusal, you will get a letter from the consulate stating the reason for refusal. This will help you reapply after a specific period of time by rectifying the mistake. Also, some of the consulate websites provide the visa status with the reason for rejection, if any.Is it difficult to pass U.S. visa interview? ›
Clearing a visa interview is not difficult; however, if you didn't perform well, then you might have to face rejection, even if you have an excellent academic record.
How do I prepare for my U.S. visa interview? ›
- Ties to Home Country. ...
- English. ...
- Speak for Yourself. ...
- Know the Program and How it Fits Your Career Plans. ...
- Be Concise. ...
- Supplemental Documentation. ...
- Not All Countries Are Equal. ...
You may be eligible to apply for a U.S. visa without an interview if you have had a prior visa. Please see below.What happens on U.S. visa interview day? ›
During the interview, a consular officer will ask you questions about your intended travel to the U.S., your life in your home country, and your immigration background. The consular officer may also corroborate information you've included in your application and review any supporting documents you've brought with you.What to do after scheduling U.S. visa appointment? ›
- Step 1: Complete the DS-160 form online! ...
- Step 2 - Find the embassy nearest to you! ...
- Step 3 - Pay the non-refundable application fee. ...
- Step 4 - Schedule your visa appointment! ...
- Step 5 - Attend Your Visa Interview. ...
- Step 6 - Pick up your passport with visa.
- Accomplish the requirements. ...
- Mind the details. ...
- Only submit authentic documents. ...
- Provide as much evidence as you can. ...
- Show that you are 'well-traveled'.
Your passport or travel document must have at least 2 empty visa pages. Your passport or travel document cannot have been issued more than 10 years ago. 2.5 Copies of the passport of the parents. If not applicable, birth certificate of the applicant and copies of the ID cards of the parents.What to do while waiting for visa? ›
- Read up on your host country. Try to learn as much as you can before you go. ...
- Read up on the language. ...
- Explore your home town. ...
- Finally do that one thing you have been meaning to do for months. ...
- Interior decorating. ...
- Plan trips for when you are abroad. ...
- Volunteer! ...
- Learn how to cook.
An applicant's current and/or past actions, such as drug or criminal activities, as examples, may make the applicant ineligible for a visa. If denied a visa, in most cases the applicant is notified of the section of law which applies.Which visa is the fastest to get? ›
The US student visa (F-1 visa) is one of the fastest visas to process. In fact, the study permit is often processed directly before your embassy interview.Which US visa is easy to get? ›
For many, a "B" visitor visa is the easiest and most appropriate one to get. (See 8 U.S. Code § 1101.) The B visa a nonimmigrant visa for persons desiring to enter the United States temporarily for business (B-1) or for pleasure or medical treatment (B-2).
How can I avoid visa rejection? ›
Each country has rules when it comes to their visa application. Each applicant will need to adhere to these rules when applying. You must check the rules on the embassy website of the country you plan to travel to. You should avoid submitting fake documents, leading to visa rejection and other penalties.What visa officers look for? ›
The visa officers will ask F1 visa questions about your study plans, university choice, academic qualification, financial status and career plans. Kindly note that authorities want to understand if you are genuinely interested in studying overseas.What questions do they ask for visa? ›
- What is the reason for your travel to the United States? ...
- What is the duration of your stay in the United States? ...
- Where will you be staying? ...
- Where do you stay in India? ...
- Who is going to cover your expenses during the travel?
Original passport with at least six months of remaining validity and with blank visa pages, a photocopy of the passport's data page and the photo page if it is separate.What to answer during visa interview? ›
It is very important to answer honestly. Tell about the reasons you have visited the US before, i.e. tourism, training, medical reasons, etc. Even if you have stayed beyond your visa validity, been deported or detained during your previous stay in the US, you must tell.Can you leave U.S. while waiting for visa? ›
If You Need to Travel
Generally, if you have a pending Form I-485 and you leave the United States without an advance parole document, you will have abandoned your application. For further information, see our Travel Documents page.
You must arrive in and apply for admission to the United States no later than the visa expiration date printed on your visa. An immigrant visa is usually valid for up to six months from the date of issuance unless your medical examination expires sooner, which may make your visa valid for less than six months.Do you get your visa immediately after interview? ›
Overview. After your visa interview, you will be told if your visa application is approved, denied, or requires administrative processing. If your visa is approved, you can collect the visa and passport the following business day from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. only.