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VISA DIRECT organised an urgent extension to my UK Ancestry Visa when I was applying for a bank loan. They did so promptly with little fuss and I was happy with their service.Miss K Davies
Studying in the UK

If you are intending to study in the United Kingdom (UK) you will be required to apply for ‘entry clearance’ under this category. Since September 2007, all students are required to enter the UK with ‘entry clearance’ as a student, except those who are attempting a course of study for less than six months, who then may qualify to apply under the student visitor category. To become a student in the UK, you will be required to have been accepted onto a course of study (minimum 15 hours of study per week) provided by an institution registered with the UKBA as a registered sponsor.

Visa Direct has dealt with many student visa applications in the past, and have dealt with many education establishments. Therefore, because of our strengths in this area, we offer students a complete and stress free service, ensuring that there is limited stress and distraction affecting important studies. For those seeking ‘entry clearance’ into the UK, our services will ensure that an organised and comprehensive application will be submitted to the relevant British diplomatic post.

The requirements to be met by a person seeking leave to enter the UK as a student are that he:

  • Has been accepted for a course of study, or a period of research, which is to be provided by or undertaken at an organisation which is registered with the UKBA as a licensed sponsor and is at either;
    • a publicly funded institution of further or higher education which maintains satisfactory records of enrolment and attendance of students and supplies these to the Border and Immigration Agency when requested; or
    • an independent fee paying school outside the maintained sector which maintains satisfactory records of enrolment and attendance of students and supplies these to the Border and Immigration Agency when requested; and
  • Is able and intends to follow either:
    • a recognised full-time degree course or postgraduate studies at a publicly funded institution of further or higher education; or
    • a period of study and/or research in excess of 6 months at a publicly funded institution of higher education where this forms part of an overseas degree course; or
    • a weekday full-time course involving attendance at a single institution for a minimum of 15 hours organised daytime study per week of a single subject, or directly related subjects; or
    • a full-time course of study at an independent fee paying school; and
  • If under the age of 16 years is enrolled at an independent fee paying school on a full time course of studies which meets the requirements of the Education Act 1944; and
  • If he has been accepted to study externally for a degree at a private education institution, he is also registered as an external student with the UK degree awarding body; and
  • He holds a valid Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance certificate from the Counter-Proliferation Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which relates to the course, or area of research, he intends to undertake and the institution at which he wishes to undertake it; if he intends to undertake either,
  • Intends to leave the United Kingdom at the end of his studies; and
  • Does not intend to engage in business or to take employment, except part-time or vacation work undertaken with the consent of the Secretary of State; and
  • Is able to meet the costs of his course and accommodation and the maintenance of himself and any dependants without taking employment or engaging in business or having recourse to public funds; and
  • Holds a valid United Kingdom entry clearance for entry in this capacity.
 

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