As the end of the academic year in South Africa is approaching, the queries on how to qualify for a UK Student visa increase.
Qualifications from British educational institutions are held in high esteem and are highly sought after. As it is relatively easy for young South Africans wanting to study in the UK to adapt culturally and linguistically, it is thus not surprising that there is a large number of South African students in the UK.
The process of applying for a UK Student Visa
South Africans older than 16 can apply for the Tier 4 Student Visa, to study in the UK.
Before, the actual visa application, the student first have to get a place on a study course at a Tier 4 licensed education provider.
This offer for a place of study is in the form of the Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). The CAS is basically an electronic document and a unique reference number from the licensed education provider.
After obtaining the CAS, the student can proceed with the actual UK Student Visa application.
How to qualify for the UK Student Visa
To qualify for a UK Student Visa, you will have to fulfil a number of criteria.
You will have to have sufficient funds to pay for the course of study and to support yourself. The specific amount required will depend on the type of course, as well as the location of the educational institution.
To qualify for the UK student visa, you will also have to fulfil an English language requirement. To the surprise of many South Africans, South Africa is not on the Home Office list of English speaking countries. The level of English required will depend on the degree level of the studies and can be fulfilled in a number of ways.
Working while on a UK Student Visa
The Home Office clearly states that a student receives a UK student visa to study in the UK. Working on a UK student visa is only to supplement the income of the student.
The number of hours you can work will depend on the type of course, and type of sponsor etc.
If you study at degree level or higher, you can normally work for 20 hours per week during term and full time during vacations. If you study a course below degree level, you can normally only work 10 hours per week during term time, and full time during vacations.
There are many advantages and opportunities for South Africans fortunate enough to secure a UK Student Visa.