Student route visa application guide

Student route visa: Applying for entry clearance (visa) or permission to stay

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.

Meeting the requirements of the Student route 

  • You must not fall for refusal under the general grounds for refusal (criminal convictions and certain active civil penalties, you must not have an adverse immigration history and/or breached the conditions of your UK immigration permission, if applicable).

You must obtain a total of 70 points by meeting the following requirements:

  • You must have been issued with a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). As Ravensbourne has issued a valid CAS to you, you will obtain- 50 points.
  • Meeting the English language requirements-10 points.
  • Meeting the financial requirements-10 points. Before we assign you a CAS, you must provide us with evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover your first-year course fees (minus the £5,000 CAS deposit if you have not paid your course fees in full) and your living expenses in the UK for at least 9 months. The current ‘maintenance’ amount you are required to show is £12,006.
  • You must meet all validity requirements for the Student route.
  • You must be a genuine student and meet all other suitability requirements.

Read the Immigration Rules (Appendix ST) for more information on the Student route requirements.

Eligible ‘differentiation arrangements’ nationals

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.

Home Office Credibility Interviews for Student route visa applicants

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.

 

Applying for your Student route visa from outside of the UK

Applying for the Student route visa from inside the UK

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!