EU, EEA and Swiss Students

EU, EEA and Swiss students coming to live in the UK on or after 1 January 2021 will need to apply for and secure a Student visa before arrival. EU, EEA and Swiss nationals already residing in the UK by 31 December 2020 should not need to do this but will need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme by the relevant deadline in order to regularise their status. Please see our Brexit, EU, EEA and Swiss Students webpage for further information. 

Apply for a Student visa from inside the UK

Not everybody who holds a UK visa is automatically eligible apply for a Student visa within the UK. Student Visa Services can help you assess whether you are eligible to apply here or you will need to leave the UK to make your application. Please contact us for advice in good time.

If you already hold Tier 4 or Student leave, to apply in the UK you will need to meet the Academic Progression requirements. 

If you switching to the Student route from a different immigration category on or after 9am on 5 October 2020, you should be eligible to apply in the UK provided you are not here on immigration bail, and you currently have any type of immigration permission except:

  • visitor
  • short-term student
  • parent of a child student
  • seasonal worker
  • domestic worker in a private household
  • permission outside the Immigration Rules​

For information on how to apply for a Student visa outside the UK please visit this webpage

How to apply for your Student visa

It is important you have all the necessary documents and information available before you start, to make a successful application.

  1. Get your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number
    • If are a new student coming to Bristol from a different UK educational institution, a relevant admissions team will issue your CAS once you have met all the conditions of your offer. Please note that if you submit your visa application more than 3 months before the course start date it will be refused
    • If you are a current Bristol student and can extend your visa in the UK, you can email us to request a CAS eligibility form
  2. Get the documents you must prepare. When you make a new visa application you will need to meet the financial requirements again, 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 this case, there is no requirement to show finances. However, if you cannot meet this 12-month residence requirement, you will require either proof of official financial sponsorship or private funds in a bank account for a 28 day period for one year’s tuition fees plus maintenance (living expenses). You can read more about financial requirements here
  3. Find out out if you qualify to apply under the differentiatial evidence requirement and how this may affect the list of documents you may need to submit with your application
  4. If you have any dependants (partner or/and children) applying with you, please visit our Depedants webpage. For your partner to apply for a visa extension with you, you will need proof of your partner residing at the same address, such as a council tax or utility bill, bank statement in their name, or other official letters addressed either to you jointly or to them at your address. 
  5. Once you have received your CAS, start the UKVI online application form. If you would like a Student Visa Adviser to check your application before you submit it, is very important that you do not complete the declaration and pay for your application or Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) as this would lock your answers
  6. To have an Adviser check your application form you can email a PDF of your partially completed application form (before signing the declaration and making payments) to You can also email us copies of relevant supporting documents for review 
  7. You can find out about the current application costs on this government webpage

UKVI Student Visa Policy Guidance

Read the UKVI Tier 4 Policy Guidance here

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