Postgraduate courses starting January 2021
You are required to apply for a Student route visa in order to come to the UK to study at Ravensbourne. If you are already in the UK you will need to apply to extend your current Tier 4/student route visa or switch into the Student route before you can begin your studies at Ravensbourne
Below please find some general information on the Student route visa application process. Please note that the information provided is intended to serve as a guide only. You should therefore refer to the UKVI’s Student route Policy Guidance for detailed information on the requirements you must meet in order to be eligible for a Student Route visa.
You must obtain a total of 70 points by meeting the following requirements:
Read the Immigration Rules (Appendix ST) for more information on the Student route requirements.
Nationals of certain countries are not required to submit their financial or educational documentation with their Student route visa application because they qualify for ‘differentiation arrangements’. To be eligible you must be applying for UK entry clearance in the country or territory where you live or applying for permission to stay from inside the UK.
Note: UKVI has the discretion to ask for your documents at any stage of the application process. If you are unable to provide documentation when requested, your application could be rejected as invalid or refused. We strongly advise that you read the details of the financial and educational documents detailed in your CAS letter and collect all supporting documents as if you were required to submit them at the same time as your visa application. Check if you are eligible for ‘differentiation arrangements’ by viewing the current list in Appendix ST.
You may be asked to attend an interview as part of your application for entry clearance or permission to remain. You can find more information on preparing for a Home Office credibility interview in our application guides.
If you are required to attend a UKVI interview please contact Ravensbourne as soon as you have been informed of the date. Please also feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
For more information on the Student route visa application process and your responsibilities as a student, please refer to our Visa and Immigration page and the UKVI Student route Guidance. Please contact the Admissions team if you have any questions.
You can apply up to six months before your course starts.
You must submit your entry clearance/visa application to a Visa Application Centre (VAC) or British Diplomatic Post in your country of origin or lawful residence. Below, please find the documentation you will need to provide for your visa application and the procedure involved.
Please refer to our Student route- Entry Clearance (Visa Application) Guide for further guidance and information on making an application.
Please refer to the ‘document checklist’ which should be generated at the end of your online visa application for information about the ‘mandatory’ and ‘other’ supporting documents you will need to submit to UKVI as part of your visa application. Please ensure that you upload or take the relevant documents for scanning to the VAC to avoid your application being rejected as invalid.
If possible, please submit the same bank statement(s)/financial document you provided to Ravensbourne for your CAS. If you submit a different document which has not been assessed by Ravensbourne and there is insufficient money in your/your parent’s bank account, your application could be refused. Please contact Ravensbourne if you need to submit a different financial document from the one assessed by us.
If you are using your parent(s)’ bank statement you must also provide original evidence of your relationship (eg original birth certificate) and a letter from them confirming that they will finance your studies in the UK.
If you are being financially sponsored by a government or an international scholarship agency you must submit an official letter (original/copy) from them confirming the details of your sponsorship. Please refer to the UKVI Student route policy guidance and Ravensbourne’s Visas and Immigration website for more information.
If any of your documents are not in English, you must submit the original and a fully certified translation by a professional translator or translation company. This includes your financial documents.
Once your entry clearance(visa application) is approved you should receive your passport with a 90 days ‘short term’ visa/vignette from UKVI within a few days. Please provide us with a copy of visa/vignette and the decision letter from UKVI by uploading them to your student account or emailing them to your admissions officer.
If your visa application is rejected as invalid or refused. Please inform us within 48 hours. Please provide us with a copy of the decision email/letter.
Please refer to the Visas and Immigration page on our website for guidance on what to do if your application is refused.
To ensure that you have everything you need to get through the UK border as efficiently as possible, please sure that you carry the following in your hand luggage for easy access:
Please inform us once you have confirmed your date of travel to the UK.
On arrival, you should present your 90 days visa vignette in your passport to the Immigration Officer, unless you are eligible to use the ePassport gates. The Immigration Officer should then stamp your passport with the date of entry.
If you are eligible to use the ePassport gates you are able to scan your passport and will not receive an entry stamp. You should keep evidence of your date of arrival in the UK (boarding pass, flight ticket) and provide this to Ravensbourne. Please inform us once you have confirmed your date of travel to the UK
If you are unable to travel to the UK before the expiry of your 90 days visa vignette you will need to apply for a vignette transfer and pay the relevant fee before travelling to the UK. Currently, the fee is £189 and may take several weeks to be processed.
We look forward to meeting you soon, all the best and safe journey!
You may be able to extend your Tier 4/Student route visa or switch in the Student route from inside the UK (Permission to Stay) if you meet the relevant criteria.
Below please find some general information on making a Student route application from inside the UK. Please note that the information provided is intended to serve as a guide only. You should therefore refer to the UKVI’s Student Route Policy Guidance for detailed information on the requirements you must meet in order to extend your current Tier 4/Student route visa/immigration permission or switch into the Student route.
Please refer to our Student route-extend or switch Application Guide for further guidance and information on making an application.
We look forward to seeing you soon at Ravensbourne, all the best!
In addition to the main eligibility requirement (see above), you may switch into the Student route if:
In addition to the main eligibility requirement (see above), you may extend your current Tier 4/Student route immigration permission if:
Note: If in the 12 months before the date of your application, you completed a course of studies in the UK for which you were awarded a scholarship or sponsorship by a Government or international sponsorship agency covering both fees and living costs, you must provide written consent in relation to the application from that Government or agency.
You may be able to apply to extend your immigration permission even if your leave has expired under the COVID 19 concessions. Read the COVID 19 guidance from UKVI to see whether they apply to your circumstances.
Please refer to the UKVI Student route policy guidance and Ravensbourne’s Visas and Immigration page for more information.
Once your permission to stay application is approved you should be informed of the decision within the standard processing time for the method of submission used. Please provide us with a copy of your BRP and UKVI decision letter by uploading them to your student account or emailing them to your admissions officer to enable us to confirm that you have been granted the correct leave.
If your application to extend your leave or switch into the student route is rejected as invalid or refused you may be eligible for an administrative review. Alternatively, you could leave the UK and apply for new visa/entry clearance from overseas. Please inform us within 48 hours of being notified of the refusal.
Please also provide us with a copy of the refusal letter from UKVI.
You will be sent details about Ravensbourne’s online and in-person enrolment, course induction programme, the date for the International Orientation programme and other welcome activities at Ravensbourne closer to the relevant time. Please refer to our International Students section for more information
Register with the UK Police, if required to do so. Students are normally required to register within 7 days of the receipt of their new BRP. However, during COVID-19 restrictions, UK Police registration activities may be suspended. Visit the OVRO website for more information.
There are penalties for failing to register with the UK Police if required to do so.
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