Students from many countries outside the European Union require a visa to study in the UK. We do everything we can to help with the visa application process.
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Students from outside the European Economic Area coming for more than six months need to apply for a Child Student Visa under Tier 4 of the Points-Based System.
From 22 February 2010 we will no longer issue visa support letters for Child Student Visas. The Points-Based System of the UK Border Agency will replace them with the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). This exists only as a number on the UKBA website.
We will obtain it for you and send the CAS reference number to you. You must quote it on the visa application, on Appendix 9. You will also need a full passport valid for at least six months from the proposed date of entry into the UK. The Entry Clearance Officer at the Embassy concerned will also need to see evidence that the parents’ income is sufficient to support the student's studies.
You may find helpful information on the homepage of the UK Border Agency Visa Services www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en.
The Entry Clearance Officer will need to see:
- A full passport valid for at least six months from the proposed date of entry into the United Kingdom.
- A CAS, the electronic Certificate of Acceptance for Studies. It is a unique number, generated online. We will send it to you when we have received the signed Acceptance form and the deposit, and when the student has completed the admission tasks to our satisfaction.
- Documentary evidence of the parents' ability to support the student financially during his or her studies in the United Kingdom.
The application process and the granting of a visa often takes considerable time. Application should be made, in person, at the British Embassy in the home country at least eight weeks before departure.
Evidence of financial ability to support the student
The Entry Clearance Officer at the Embassy concerned will need to satisfy him or herself that the parent's income is sufficient to support the student's studies long term. It is highly recommended therefore that as well as bank statements showing deposits at present, parents should also submit evidence of regular income into such accounts. Typically this would include salary slips or bank statements going back at least six months showing regular deposits.
Where both parents are working it is advisable to submit details for both.
Payment of fees in advance
In some cases payment of fees in advance may help a visa application. Parents wishing to pay fees for one or more terms in advance should contact the Director for further details. If fees are paid in advance, then parents should wait for our letter stating that fees have been received, along with a receipted invoice for presentation at the British Embassy, before they apply for the visa.
If a student is coming for a three- or six-week summer course, or for one term of Academic Preparation before returning to the home country, then he or she may need a Child Visitor Visa. We write the visa support letter when the registration is confirmed and the deposit received.
Detailed advice and information are available on the UK Borders Agency website.
You can find the two application forms needed for a Child Student Visa application on
BSSC intervention in the visa application process
BSSC will gladly provide advice to parents on visa applications by telephone, fax and email, and will willingly submit information requested. However, we are unable to intervene or make further representations to the visa issuing authorities on behalf of students.
For further details or advice please contact:
The Director, Bedford School Study Centre.
Telephone +44 1234 362300
Fax: +44 1234 362305
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