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Student Visa Requirements

Student visa checklist for the UK

How to get UK Student Visa? Let’s see here!

The visa you need will depend on your age and the type of study you want to do. An overview of study visa types and application requirements is included below, but for more information you should visit the Gov.UK website.



Apply When

Arrive in UK

Tier 4 Student Visa

Age above 16 and hold offer from UK institute

Apply Prior three months before course start date

  • Student can travel up to 1 week before If intend course duration in less than 6 months


  • Student can travel 1 month before If intend course duration is more than 6 months

Tier 4 Student Visa (CHILD)

Age below 16 and hold offer from UK educational institute

Apply Prior three months before course start date

  • Student can travel up to 1 week before If intend course duration in less than 6 months


  • Student can travel 1 month before If intend course duration is more than 6 months

Short Term Study Visa

Student holding offer letter for short term courses from UK Institute

Apply Prior three months before course start date

 Depends on nominated travel dates, advisably 1 week before course start date





Whenever a student from Pakistan wishes to study in the UK, he is a non-European and must apply for a UK student visa. The types of visas vary, each with its limitations and restrictions. Student visas are also based on such requirements of Pakistani students as the age, the type of course they are pursuing, the length of the course, and the university they attend.

UK Study Visa Requirements for Pakistani Students

For a student visa in the UK, you need to be at least under 18 and satisfy the following requirements:

  • Received an offer of a place on a course from a licensed sponsor
  • Ensure you have enough income to cover your living expenses and tuition - this amount will depend on your circumstances
  • Knows how to speak, read, and write English
  • If you're 16 or 17, you'll need the consent of your parents or guardian when you apply.
  • Moreover, you must submit a copy of your birth certificate (or another legally-valid document) showing your parents' names.

Types of Student Visa

Tier 4 (general): For students who are 16 or over and have been offered a place on a course at a UK institution. Tier 4 (Child) Visa: Students between the ages of 4 and 17 who intend to enrol in an independent tuition-paying school can apply for this student visa. Short-Term Study Visa: Studying in the UK for a short period requires a Short-term study visa. You can enter the UK for a maximum of 6 months to do a short course, 11 months to study English, or six months to conduct research as part of your overseas study if you're 18 years old or older.

How to Apply for A UK Study Visa

Students from Pakistan need to make the following preparations to be able to study in the UK:

The visa application platform in Pakistan allows you to book an appointment with a visa application centre and apply for a visa online.

While applying for a visa, Pakistani students may have to provide biometric data. For security purposes, countries use your biometrics as an extra means of identification (like your fingerprints and photos). The application process also involves attending a visa interview.

A Tier 4 (General) student visa will be needed for Pakistani students to study in the United Kingdom. This visa is designed specifically for students just like you who are eager for international education in the UK.

The validity of this visa is up to the course duration plus an additional month. Therefore, you may stay as long as necessary to complete your degree program.

To remain in the country during your entire degree program, you will need to renew your visa each year. After completing your degree, you will need to apply for a different visa or a visa renewal with the immigration office to stay in the United Kingdom.

Documents Required to Apply

You will need to provide the following information when applying for your student visa:

  • Passports and other travel documents are in good standing.
  • An offer of enrollment (CAS) from your course provider.
  • 4.5 IELTS (each module must be 4.0)
  • Proof of your ability to support yourself and pay for your course - your circumstances will determine how much money you need.
  • The ATAS certification is required for specific courses and nationalities.
  • If you are under 18, proof of consent from your parents or legal guardians is required.
  • Proof that you're under 18 and living with a parent or guardian.
  • Results of your tuberculosis test.
  • A written agreement from your financial sponsor if you've been sponsored for your living and/or course expenses for the last 12 months.

UK Student Visa Fee

There is a fee of 348 GBP to apply for a British student visa under Tier 4 (General). You can pay this fee in several ways, depending on your situation. You can either pay via a bank transfer or pay on location at a visa application centre in Pakistan.

The British visa does not require Pakistani students to have medical insurance. However, an extra fee of 55 GBP will be charged if you apply through a user-pay centre.

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