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Visa Guidance

DISCLAIMER

Our team at Speak Up London is not legally responsible and permitted to offer any legal advice regarding visas.
All the information below has been taken from the official UK government website: https://gov.uk

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

About VISAS

Are you thinking about studying with us in London and would like to find out more about the visa application? We are here to help you.

Most international students need a visa to study in the UK.
If you are from an EU, EEA or non-visa national country, and would like to study for less than 6 months, you do not need a visa.

If you are not from any of these countries or would like to study for longer than 6 months, you will have to apply for a visa.

Click here to check if you have to apply for a VISA.

MAKE SURE YOU ARE READY

To APPLY FOR YOUR VISA

Preparing all the documents to apply for a VISA can be complicated.
Do our 5 min Quiz to make sure you are completely ready to apply!

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Frequently Asked
Questions

GENERAL QUESTIONS

You can apply for a:

  • Short-term study visa
  • Standard visitor visa

You have to be over 16 years old to apply.  

The difference between the two visas is the duration. 

If you want to study for 6 to 11 months, you need to apply for the Short-term study visa.

If you want to study for 6 months or less, you have to apply for the Standard visitor visa

You need to be at least 16 years old to apply for either of these two visas. 

No, you cannot extend your visa when you are in the UK. 

If you are here on a short-term study visa or standard visitor visa, you cannot work

Check this website to find out more about the waiting time after you have applied for a visa: Click here

VISA REFUSAL

There are different reasons why your visa can get refused. The most frequent reasons are:

  1.  You forgot to send a document
  2. You do not have sufficient finances
  3. You do not need to study English

There are other reasons but these are the most common.

If your visa gets refused because you forgot to send one or more documents, you have the possibility to postpone your course for a maximum of 6 months. 

If your visa gets refused for other reasons, you can apply for a refund. To do it, please follow this link: https://www.speakuplondon.com/refund

Please note that in any case, a copy of the refusal letter will be requested and that we reserve the right to check the validity of the documentations provided through legal channels. 

Requests for refunds can take up to 90 days.

If your visa gets refused, you can ask for a refund. 

In that case, you can follow this link: https://www.speakuplondon.com/refund

Refunds can take up to 90 days

SHORT-TERM STUDY VISA & STANDARD VISITOR VISA

If you want to apply for a short-term study visa or standard visitor visa, you have to:

  • be 16 years old or over;

  • be outside the UK;
  • have a valid passport;
  • be looking to study in an accredited English School;

  • have a letter from your English Language School in the UK to prove that you have been accepted; 

  • have paid for your English course; 

  • pay for any application fee or Immigration Health charge;
  • pay for your accommodation; 
  • pay for your travel to and from the UK;
  • leave the UK within 30 days after the end of your course (and not  stay longer than 11 months); 

  • have a valid tuberculosis certificate. (Find how to obtain a tb certificate here)

If you are 16 or 17, you have to:

  • be 16 years old or over;

  • be outside the UK;
  • have a valid passport;
  • be looking to study in an accredited English School;

  • have a letter from your English Language School in the UK to prove that you have been accepted; 

  • have paid for your English course; 

  • pay for any application fee or Immigration Health charge;
  • pay for your accommodation; 
  • pay for your travel to and from the UK;
  • leave the UK within 30 days after the end of your course (and not  stay longer than 11 months); 

  • have a valid tuberculosis certificate. (Find how to obtain a tb certificate here);
  • have the permission of your parents (or legal guardian) for the arrangement of your travel and care in the UK

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