Top Ten Tips when applying for a Visa

Visas can seem scary, not only applying for them but understanding what to do once you have them and what you need to do to comply with your visa throughout your time in the UK.

The International Student Advisers have put together their top ten tips to support you with your visa!


When applying for your visa: 


  1. Make sure you have ALL the required funds in your bank account, every day for 28 days when making your visa application. Even going under the required amount for 1 day can result in a visa refusal.


  1. Make sure ALL the documents you submit with your visa application are original. The Home Office don’t accept photocopies!


  1. Any documents not in English must be officially translated!


  1. Always make sure you are well prepared. You can apply for your visa no earlier than 3 months before your course start date. Ask any questions you have and get documents ready as early as possible. You can contact the international student advisors at for advice.


If your visa is due to expire and you need to extend it make any enquiries AT LEAST 3 months before it is going to expire.


When you receive your visa: 


  1. Always check your visa carefully as soon as you receive it to make sure the details, conditions and expiry date are correct. If you notice any mistakes you should get them corrected as soon as possible. The International Office can advise on getting your visa corrected.


  1. Take copies of your passport and visa and store them somewhere safely electronically. Consider keeping a backup online, in a secure place such as Google Drive or Dropbox.


  1. Keep your visa safe. If you lose your visa or if it is stolen, you will need to pay to replace it. The International Office can assist you if your visa is lost or stolen.


Whilst you are studying in the UK: 


  1. Your visa and immigration status is your responsibility, so always make sure you keep up to date with Home Office rules and regulations. The International Office will update you in our student newsletter and you can also check the news on UKCISA.


  1. Remember that your friends are not immigration specialists! You may ask your friends from time to time for visa advice, but remember they are not qualified visa advisers. If you have any questions or concerns about your visa, please speak to the International Student Advisers.


  1. It is important to stay within the conditions of your visa. If your visa states you can work 20 hours per week during term time, you must stay within this limit. Even over working by 15 minutes can result in your visa being cancelled.


If you need any further help with your visa, please contact us at or check out the UKCISA website, particularly this great post on busting some money myths to do with Visas!