Student visa application document checklist
When you apply for your Student Route visa, you will need these documents ready
The CAS is a 14-digit reference number which is issued to you by the University once you have accepted your unconditional offer. The University provides your details to UK Visas and Immigration through an online database. They then provide the CAS to identify this information.
Your passport must contain at least one full page that is blank on both sides.
Unlike many other countries, the UK does not require that a passport is valid for any particular period of time after arrival in the UK, but it must be valid when you make your application and when you arrive in the UK.
However, if your passport will expire very shortly after you arrive in the UK, it is advisable to renew it before you apply for your Student visa, if there is time to do so. If your passport will expire at any other point during your time in the UK, you should check with the passport issuing authority in your home country if you will be able to replace it in the UK. This is possible for most nationalities, but not all.
If you are applying from the UK and you have been issued with a Biometric Residence Permit for your most recent leave, you must submit this with your application.
Your CAS will tell you the evidence of the academic qualification that the University used to assess your suitability for your programme. As the University of Edinburgh is a Higher Education Provider with a track record of compliance, you will not need to include your qualification with your visa application if you are applying for a programme of study at degree level or above. You should nevertheless ensure to have it readily available.
If you are a national of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Singapore or USA, you are exempt from having to apply. For all other nationalities, certain science and technology courses will require ATAS clearance from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office to study the course. Your offer letter and your CAS will tell you if you need an ATAS certificate. The ATAS application takes around four to six weeks. Make your application around one month before you intend to apply for your visa.
If you are already in the UK and you were required to register with the police when you arrived, you must submit your police registration certificate with your application. After registration, it is important that you inform the police if you change your address, change your programme, obtain a new visa or are issued with a new passport. You should make sure your certificate is up to date when you make your visa application.
If you are coming to study a degree level programme at the University of Edinburgh, the University will assess your English language ability and you will not need to send any evidence of your qualifications with your visa application. If your programme is below degree level, you will need to obtain an IELTS for UKVI test certificate.
All documents that are not in English should be officially translated and contain the following:
- confirmation that it is an accurate translation of the document
- the date of translation
- the full name and signature of the translator or an official from the translation company
- the translator or translation company’s contact details
If you have been financially sponsored by your home government or an international organisation in the last 12 months, you will need to submit a letter of consent from them. Your sponsor will need to give you their unconditional consent to make a visa application and to remain in the UK.
If you submit an application as a Student when you are 16 or 17 years old, you must include a letter from your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to show that they support your application. This letter must confirm all of the following:
- their relationship to you
- that they consent to your application as a Student
- that they consent to your living arrangements in the UK
- if you are applying for entry clearance, that they consent to your independent travel to the UK
If one parent (or legal guardian) has legal custody or sole responsibility for you, the letter must confirm this and be signed by that parent (or legal guardian). If not, then both parents (or legal guardians) must give their consent and the letter must be signed by both parents (or legal guardians).