Wide ranges of people visit the United Kingdom every year for different purposes as for sightseeing, studying, or even working. Despite that the nationals of many Western countries, in particular of the European countries, can enter the United Kingdom visa-free, the rest of world citizens are very likely to need a visa in order to be permitted to step in the United Kingdom.
The UK visa allows you to enter the country, whether it is through the sea, land or air. The possession of a visa means that you have fulfilled the requirements that a particular visa has.
This detailed article will help you understand the UK visa application process and procedures you need to go through in order to obtain a visa to the United Kingdom.
UK Visa Application Process
What is Tier 4 visa?
You can apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK if you’re 16 or over and you:
- have been offered a place on a course
- can speak, read, write and understand English via SELT test
- have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course - the amount will vary depending on your circumstances
- are from a country that’s not in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
- meet the other eligibility requirements (prefer the official website)
What’s evidence you need to provide?
When you apply for the visa you must provide:
- a current passport or other valid travel documentation
- proof that you can support yourself and pay for your course - this will vary depending on your circumstances
- proof of parental or other legal guardian consent if you’re under 18
- proof of your relationship with your parent or guardian if you’re under 18
- your tuberculosis test results if you’re from a country where you have to take the test
- You need a blank page in your passport for your visa.
- You may also need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances.
- You’ll need to have a tuberculosis (TB) test if you’re coming to the UK for more than 6 months and are resident in any of these listed countries. You’ll be given a chest x-ray to test for TB. If the result of the x-ray is not clear you may also be asked to give a sputum sample (phlegm coughed up from your lungs). If your test shows that you do not have TB, you’ll be given a certificate which is valid for 6 months from the date of your x-ray. Include this certificate with your UK visa application.
Applying & Making an appointment
You must apply online for a Tier 4 (General) student visa.
You’ll need to have your fingerprints and photograph taken at a visa application centre (to get a biometric residence permit - BRP) as part of your application.
You’ll have to collect your biometric residence permit (BRP) within 10 days of when you said you’d arrive in the UK (even if you actually arrive at a later date).
What you can bring into the UK with you?
You will find more detail information related Hand luggage, Cash, Goods, Food, Animal, Plant, etc by the below link
Official link: Hand luggage restrictions at UK airports - GOV.UK
Entering the UK at border control
At border control
Your passport or identity card will be checked. You must:
- have your passport or identity card ready - remove it from a holder or wallet if you use one
- remove your sunglasses if you’re wearing them
- move through passport control together if you’re in a family
Arriving by bus or coach
You have to leave the bus when you arrive at border control. You make sure:
- are ready to get off the bus when you arrive
- have your travel documents ready
After you arrive in the UK
If you applied from outside the UK
Collect your BRP once you’re in the UK. You must do this before the vignette sticker in your travel document expires or within 10 days of arriving in the UK, whichever is later. You must be over 18 to collect a BRP.
Check your decision letter. It will tell you to collect your BRP from either:
- a named Post Office branch
- your sponsor, if you chose this option when you applied