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UK Visa Applications

Preparing for your Student Visa Application

By Tais McPherson and Jay Willis of SI-UK

Choosing to study in the UK is an exciting decision to make for a young person, but it can be stressful when needing to consider what to study, where to study and where to live. It is the final step which can seem the most daunting though; applying for a study visa.

Applying for a visa is normally the last hurdle in the admissions process; however it is essential that students start preparing for it immediately, saving lots of stress later down the line. The UK welcomes thousands of American students to study here every year and SI-UK is happy to fully support and help those from across the pond apply to and secure a student visa.

What do I need?

Before preparing your application, you will need a number of different documents (all original copies!) to prove who you say you are. These include:

• Your current passport and any previous passports that you have, that contain a UK visa
• Two†passport photos which meet the†requirements†of the Home Office
• Financial documents which prove you have the required funds available to you
• If you are being officially financially sponsored you will need†a letter from your sponsor confirming the sponsorship arrangements
• Evidence of previous qualifications

The good news is that the USA is considered to be a low-risk country by the Home Office, which means that you might not even need to send in all of the above to obtain your visa. Be sure to have them ready though, just in case.

How do I apply?

All visa application forms are now available on the Home Office online portal and your SI-UK consultant will advise you on which one to complete and what documents to send by post following payment. Make sure you back up all of original documents and keep them with you while travelling.

How SI-UK can help

SI-UK provides free advice and support for international students who wish to apply to UK universities. Last year we placed over 2,000 students from 90 different countries into UK universities, with 98% of those applying through our services receiving an offer of their choice.

Our visa team will guide you through the visa application process and help you to obtain your Tier 4 visa to study in the UK. You will be advised by experienced consultants who are registered with the Home Office and have extensive knowledge of the latest immigration legislation, rules and regulations.

SI-UK University Fair London 2017

SI-UK are hosting the SI-UK University Fair 2017, the largest university fair in the UK. The SI-UK University Fair is the largest UK fair designed only for international students gaining access to UK universities with 100 universities available to meet in one location, alongside SI-UK's†expert team of consultants and university specialists who can help you make the right choices on the day.

University representatives will be available†to discuss campus life, course†options†and†activities away from your studies.†Students will also have the chance to receive on the spot offers, learn about funding and scholarships and take part in seminars on Oxbridge, IELTS preparation and Tier 4 visa applications.

Best of all, the event is free to those who register on our website. Donít miss out!

• Date: Saturday 25th February, 2017

• Time: 12:00 Ė 17:00

• Location: Lancaster London Hotel

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