You must have sufficient funding for tuition fees, personal maintenance and the maintenance of any dependants who come with you or who will join you later.
The documents you use must be EXACTLY what UKBA demands. There is no flexibility in this.
a. The UK Government says you must have these sums:
i. For courses of 9 months or less:
- £800 per month
- full tuition fee
ii. For courses of more than 9 months:
- £7,200 to cover living costs
- first year’s tuition fee
iii. If you are bringing dependants – as (a) above plus £450 per month for each dependant (e.g. spouse, child) up to a maximum of 9 months.
iv. If you do not have these funds or proof of an internationally recognised sponsor you will not get a visa.
b. If funds are in your name you must show:
- Bank or savings statements or a letter from a financial institution.
- that you have had these funds for at least 28 days. The last transaction on any bank documents will be counted as the end of the 28 day period. This date must not be more than one month before
the date of your visa application.
- Money must be held in a financial institution that is considered to be acceptable by the UK Border Agency. The UK Border Agency publishes lists of financial institutions that will not be accepted in visa applications. This list can be updated at any time so check it regularly:
c. If you have an official financial sponsor
- If you have full or part financial sponsorship from one of the following:
- Your home government
- The British government
- The British Council
- An international organisation, international company or university
- From 4 July 2011, the UK government will not accept documentation from certain financial institutions. The list of these institutions can be found at the www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/studying/financial-institutions.pdf
ii. You must provide a letter from the sponsor showing:
- Your name
- The name and contact details of the financial sponsor
- The date of the letter
- The length of time that you and any dependants will be financially sponsored
- The amount of money that you and any dependants have received from the sponsor OR a sentence that outlines that the financial sponsor will cover all tuition fees for you and living costs for you and any dependants.
iii. All letters must be on your sponsor´s official stationery or letter-headed paper and have the sponsor´s official stamp on it.
iv. If you are only part financially sponsored, you will need to show that you have the remaining funds yourself (see below).
v. Parents are not accepted as official "sponsors". Parents can still provide your necessary funds. You will be considered as "Self Funded" or "Part Funded".
d. Using funds from your parents
If you do not have the money yet but your parents will support you financially whilst you are a student, you can use their bank statements as evidence of funding. If your parents transfer the funds to your account in good time (see 2b above), you do not need to provide other documentation listed here. You must submit all of the following with your student visa application:
- A bank statement in your parents’ name
- Your birth certificate showing the names of your parent(s) OR a certificate of adoption showing your name and your parent(s) name OR a court document stating your name and the name of your legal guardian (s)
- A letter from your parent (s) or legal guardian confirming their relationship to you and that your parent(s) or legal guardian give their consent to you using these funds for the purpose of studying in the UK
- If you accept an offer for a taught postgraduate programme (Masters), you must pay a tuition fee deposit before we will contact you about a CAS number.
- If you pay some or all of your tuition or University accommodation fees before your visa application, we will update your CAS record to show this. This will show the Entry Clearance Officer how much you have paid towards your tuition and/or University accommodation fees.
- A maximum of £1,000 can be deducted from maintenance requirements if you pay for University accommodation before you apply for your visa.
- Nationals from certain countries will not normally need to present their financial documents and qualifications as part of their visa application. However, these documents can be requested by immigration officials and we recommend that you have these documents prepared. For more information visit
- All visa applicants must sign a declaration confirming that funds are available and will continue to be available when in the UK.
All your supporting documents including bank documents, qualification transcripts and certificates must be translated into English by an official translator or translation organisation. Sworn affidavits, government
translators etc. will not be accepted. The translation must include:
- The translator’s credentials
- Confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document
- The date of the translation
- The translator’s name and signature
- The translator’s contact details
If you have paid some or all of your tuition or University accommodation fees in advance of your visa application your CAS record will be updated and the Entry Clearance Officer will know how much you have paid towards your tuition and/or University accommodation fees. From 4 July 2011, nationals from certain countries will not need to routinely present their financial documents and qualifications as part of their visa application if applying in their country of nationality or in the UK. However, these documents can be requested by immigration officials and must be provided within a special timescale. Even if you are eligible for this concession, it is very important that you still prepare your documents in case you need to present them at a latest date.
List of countries will not need to routinely present their financial documents and qualifications as part of their visa application if applying in their country of nationality or in the UK:
British National Overseas
Taiwan (including those who hold a passport issued by Taiwan that includes the number of the identification card issued by the competent authority in Taiwan).
Trinidad and Tobago
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