New student visa guidance will be released by the Home Office on 5th October 2020, and some requirements will be changing. Please bear with us while we update these webpages during that week. 

Documents you must provide

You will need the following documents for your Student visa application. Please be aware that some of them e.g ATAS and financial evidence will take time to prepare so you will need to start preparing documents early.

  1. Current passport. If applying outside the UK, the passport should be valid for the whole duration of your stay in the UK
  2. Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card (if you have one).
  3. If applying inside the UK, Police registration certificate (if applicable) 
  4. You may need to provide financial evidence to support your application. If applicable see our additional information for sponsored students‌. If you are eligible to apply under the differential evidence arrangement, you should prepare financial evidence so that you have it ready if you are asked to provide it. This is unless you have been living in the UK with permission (of any visa type) for 12 months or more on the date you apply for the visa and are making your visa application in the UK: in these cases applicants are expemt from needing to demonstrate evidence of finances
  5. Depending on your course of study and nationality, you may need to provide evidence of your qualifications listed in the 'evidence provided' box of your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) email. These are likely to be academic certificates/transcripts. Students studying degree-level courses at the University of Bristol are exepmpt from needing to provide evidence of qualifications. If you will be studying a foundation or a pre-sessional course and are eligible to apply under the differential evidence arrangement, you should still prepare evidence of your qualifications so that you have it ready if you are asked to provide it. Foundation and pre-sessional course applicants who are not eligible for the differential evidence arrangement must submit evidence of qualifications with their applications
  6. Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate (if you require one - your offer letter will contain details for making an ATAS application).
  7. Tuberculosis test results (if you are from a country where you have to take the test and you are applying outside the UK). Some exceptions apply - please see this page 
  8. When making an inside-the-UK visa application to start a new course, you will need to submit proof that you have successfully completed the course for which your current visa was granted; this can be a certificate, a transcript or an award letter. If you are eligible to apply under the differential evidence arrangement, we could confirm successful completion of your current course on your CAS instead of you submitting a document 

Translations

You must submit a fully certified translation for each document you provide that is not in English. We suggest you get a translation in your home country before you come to the UK as it will be cheaper.

The translation must meet the UKVI translation requirements, which are slightly different for visa applications from inside and outside the UK. 

If you are applying in the UK, the document must be accompanied by a fully certified translation by a professional translator/translation company and the translation must include all of the following:

  • confirmation that it is an accurate translation of the document
  • the date of the translation
  • details of the translator/translation company’s credentials
  • the translator/translation company’s contact details
  • signature of the translator or of an authorised official of the translation company

If you are applying outside the UK, the document must be accompanied by a full translation that can be independently verified by the Home Office and it must contain the following:

  • confirmation from the translator/translation company that it is an accurate translation of the document
  • the date of the translation
  • full name and signature of the translator/an authorised official of the translation company
  • the translator/translation company’s contact details

If the translation does not meet the UKVI translation requirements, it will not be accepted by the UKVI for your visa application.

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