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Students outside the UK

Last updated: 20 February 2021

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If you were resident in the UK prior to 11pm on 31st December 2020 you will be eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme in the UK which will protect your status in the UK for up to 5 years. You have until the 30 June 2021 to apply. Please see our information for Students in the UK with no status for more information and how to apply.  

If you were not resident in the UK by 11pm on 31st December 2020, have not yet arrived in the UK, and are studying a programme at King’s which is longer than 6 months, you will be required to apply for a Student Visa in advance of travelling to the UK. 

For more information on how to apply for this visa, please see our Student Visa webpages.

Please note that it can take up to approximately 4 weeks to prepare for the Student visa and then a further 3 weeks to process the Student Visa application. 

EU Settlement Scheme vs Student Visa route

If you are not sure which immigration route would be best for you, we have compiled some basic comparison information to help you make your decision:

 

EU Settlement Scheme “Pre-settled Status” 

Student Visa 

Cost of application 

Free 

£348 

Financial documents required to apply 

None (you will only need to provide evidence you are living in the UK prior to the deadline of 31st December 2020) 

Enough funds held in your bank account every day for 28 days prior to applying for your visa to cover your first year’s tuition fees +  £12006  living costs for applications made from 1st December 2020.

Length of visa 

If you are granted Pre-settled status this will be valid for 5 years. 

The full length of your programme at King’s with an additional 2/4 months wrap up period (depending on the length of your programme) 

Study restrictions in the UK 

None 

Study only at the institution and on the programme for which your visa was granted 

Work restrictions in the UK 

None 

Work restricted to a maximum of 10/20 hours per week (depending on the level of your programme) during term time.  Restrictions on the type of work you can do including no self-employment.  See https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Working/Student-work#layer-6647 for more information.  

Access to Healthcare 

Please visit Gov.UK for more infomation.

You will pay an Immigration Health Surcharge with your visa application (£470 per year of study).  This payment ensures you have access to NHS treatment in the UK.  

 

Student Visa for Courses Started Remotely in September 2020

If you started your course in September but have been studying remotely outside of the UK and did not arrive in the UK by 31 December 2020, then you will need to apply for a visa under the new Student visa route.

To be able to apply for the visa you will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies number (CAS). A CAS provides you with a unique number and holds information on your course. A CAS is a virtual document which is assigned by King’s and informs the UKVI of your official offer of a place on a course of study and therefore eligibility to apply for a Student Visa.

As an enrolled student, you will need to request a CAS by completing the on-line form on Student Services Online as follows: 

 

1.   Open Student Services Online 

2.   Visit the CAS request form. You will be prompted to sign in. 

3.   Complete the additional fields on the form. 

4.   Click Submit. 

5.   Student Services will then process your request and contact you if they have any clarification questions.                             

Before you apply for your visa, you will also need to meet the following Student Visa immigration regulations:

  • Enough funds to cover first year tuition fees + living costs or £1334 per month of study (up to a maximum of 9 months) held in your bank account for at least 28 days before applying​
  • Evidence of English Language (UKVI SELT for below degree level study) ​

Additional Costs:

  • Visa application fee (£348) ​
  • Immigration Health Surcharge (£470 per year of leave)

You will need to wait until your visa is granted before you can travel to the UK. You will not be able to continue with your course in the UK without evidencing that you have the correct immigration permission.

Student Visa for Courses Starting in January 2021

If you did not arrive by the UK 31 December 2020, you will need to apply for a visa under the new Student visa route.  To be able to apply for the visa you will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies number (CAS). This is a unique number which holds specific information regarding your offer to study at King’s. A CAS is a virtual document which is assigned by King’s and informs the UKVI of your official offer of a place on a course of study and therefore, eligibility to apply for a Student Visa.

As a new student you will need to request a CAS from admissions through your King’s Apply account.

Before you apply for your visa, you will also need to meet the following Student Visa immigration regulations:

  • Enough funds to cover first year tuition fees + living costs or £1334 per month of study (up to a maximum of 9 months) held in your bank account for at least 28 days before applying​
  • Evidence of English Language (UKVI SELT for below degree level study)

 

Additional Costs:

  • Visa application fee (£348) ​
  • Immigration Health Surcharge (£470 per year of leave)

You will need to wait until your visa is granted before you can travel to the UK. You will not be able to enrol on your course in the UK without evidencing that you have the correct immigration permission.  

Healthcare

As part of your Student Visa application, you will be required to pay for the Immigration Health Surcharge (£470 per year of leave). This payment will ensure you have access to medical treatment provided by the NHS. 

For more information on this, please read the Gov.UK website

Travel

By holding a valid Student Visa, you will be able to travel in and out during the validity of your leave. As an EU/EEA/Swiss national, you will be able to continue to use the e-gates to go through border control, as you do now.

Before your visa expires, you will either need to leave the UK or apply for further permission to be in the UK. If you stay in the UK after your visa has expired, you will become an overstayer, which is an illegal status.

When entering the UK, you will need to present either a valid passport or a national identity card. Current government guidelines on entering the UK state that the documents you will need to enter the UK will not change until at least 2021.

 

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