Your application must include:
- The completed application form. In every country apart from North Korea, you have to fill this in online.
- An acceptance letter confirming that you will be studying at an accredited institution if the purpose of your visit is to study (this does not apply to those visiting the UK for tourism or leisure who wish to attend a recreational course);
- The current application fee in local currency is £95 for a six month visitor visa. The fee for a long-term visitor visa is £361 for a two-year visa, £655 for a five-year visa and £822 for a ten-year visa;
- A valid travel document;
- Evidence that you have enough money to support yourself while you are in the UK. You need to show that you can pay for any applicable tuition fees, accommodation and living expenses. There are no specific requirements which state the amount of money you must show when you apply for a visitor visa. However you must show that you have enough money to cover your course fees plus accommodation and living expenses. Using the Student maintenance figures as a guide only, it would be reasonable to show that you have the equivalent of £1,023 per month, or £1,334 per month if studying in London, for the duration of your studies. If you will be staying with friends or family while in the UK, which will decrease your living costs, you can include evidence of this;
- All other supporting documents as applicable as outlined in the Home Office's website on supporting documents for visitor applications to the UK.
You must submit original documents. You will also need to provide a translation of any documents which are not already in English. Please refer to the Home Office's information on supporting documents for further details.
You must submit your completed immigration application to your nearest UK visa application centre. You do not need to apply in the country where you live.
Applying for entry clearance and Coronavirus (Covid-19)
If you are applying for entry clearance from a country in which travel to the UK is suspended, the decision on your application may be delayed. You will receive your visa only if your application is successful and also when the suspension of travel is lifted from your country of application.
If you need to travel to the UK urgently for compassionate reasons, you will need to apply for entry clearance in the normal way which will include submitting your biometrics at your chosen visa application centre. You will need to explain what the compelling or compassionate reasons for your visit are in your application and alert the visa application centre staff during your biometric submission.
If after your application, you do not hear anything further from the Home Office or your request is exceptionally urgent, you can email the Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre (CIH) to explain your situation. You should submit your email which must be in English, to the following email address - CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk
You must include the following in your email:
• use the heading ‘Coronavirus – Urgent Visit Travel Request ’ in your email
• provide your name, date of birth, visa application, GWF reference number
• provide details of your circumstances
For further details, please see the Coronavirus (Covid-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents webpage.