In order to study in the UK, you will need a Tier 4 (General) student visa.
UK visa applications work via a points-based system. In order to be eligible for a visa, you must score 40 points. The visa process is as follows:
You can apply for a visa up to three months before your course start date. Apply early to make sure there is enough time for your application to be processed.
In addition to the period of leave given to you to carry out your course of study, leave to remain will also be granted depending on your length of course. See section 5.66 in Tier 4 Sponsor Guidance document to find out more.
If you are a Tier 4 student, you are entitled to work during your pathway programme at the International Study Centre providing that your visa is granted on or after 1 August 2019.
The main purpose of the Tier 4 visa route is for students to come to the UK to study. Where a student is permitted to work, the intention is that this should be an opportunity to gain work experience in their field of study. In most cases we expect this to be taking a part-time role for an established business/organisation (for example, a customer service role at a retailer) or as part of a work placement provided it is an integral and assessed part of your course.
A Tier 4 visa allows you to work for a maximum of 10 hours per week during term-time for an undergraduate level study or 20 hours per week during term-time for a postgraduate level study. This is the maximum hours in any one week, including paid or unpaid work and for one or more organisation. This cannot be averaged over a longer period. A 'week' is defined by the Home Office as a period of 7 days beginning with a Monday.
If allowed to work, students cannot:
If you stop studying before completing your course, you will no longer be entitled to work and will be in breach of your conditions of leave if found working.
Applicants from certain countries may be required to attend a credibility interview.
A credibility interview (also known as a visa interview) is designed to establish that you are a genuine student, and not planning to use a student visa for holiday or work. The interview is nothing to worry about; you just need to show that you are serious about studying here, and that you have researched your chosen course and university.
You will be interviewed at your local Visa Application Centre, via a video link with a member of staff in the UK.
Make sure you have researched Kingston University and are able to explain why you chose to study here. Give detailed answers, and try to speak as naturally as possible.
Below are some examples of questions you may be asked during your interview:
If you do meet the criteria set out in UKVI’s immigration rules, your application will be refused. If you receive a visa refusal, you have 28 days to submit an Administrative Review to the UKVI. You will need to respond in writing to each of the points raised in the refusal.
Check visa processing times for your country.
Check if you may be invited for a credibility interview.