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Student Visa Requirements

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To successfully apply for a Student visa, you may need to provide evidence with your application to show how you met the conditions of your offer and that you can meet any financial requirements. 

IN THIS SECTION:

Differentiation arrangements for ‘low risk’ nationals 

You don’t need to provide evidence to show how you met the conditions of your offer (English language or entry qualifications), or that you meet the financial requirements if: 

  • You hold a passport that shows you are registered as a British National (Overseas); or which was issued by the competent authorities of Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR or Taiwan (which includes the number of the identification card issued by the competent authority in Taiwan); or 
  • You hold a passport from any of the following countries: Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, The Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritius, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United States of America.  

(Taken from the Student Immigration Rules)

Please note: Even if evidence is not required, you must still meet all requirements, including having the required amount of money in your account. You could be asked for evidence of this later. 

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) 

You’ll be asked to enter your unique CAS reference number during your application but you don’t need to provide the CAS as a supporting document 

Use the information on the CAS statement to answer questions in the application. Course title, start and end dates should be given exactly as stated on your CAS. 

Find out more about CAS

English language 

Your CAS will state the English Language evidence you used to obtain your offer from Durham. 

If you’re from one of the countries listed under the differentiation arrangements (above) you’re not required to provide evidence of your English language ability when you apply although you could be asked to provide it later. 

In addition, you’re not required to provide evidence of your English Language ability if: 

  • you’re a national of a majority English speaking country; or 
  • you’ve recently completed a qualification at least equivalent to a UK Bachelor's Degree taught in a majority English speaking country; or 
  • you've proved your level of English in a previous visa application; or 
  • you used a UKVI approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) when you applied to Durham; or 
  • you used other evidence of English when you applied to Durham (this will be stated on your CAS, but you’re not required to provide it) 

Whatever evidence of English language the University accepts will be acceptable for your Student visa application.  

Student Visa : Knowledge of English

Qualifications used to obtain offer 

Your CAS will list the qualification you used to obtain your offer from Durham. 

Durham University is a ‘Higher Education Provider with a track record of compliance’ and because of this, you’re not required to provide evidence of qualifications with your visa application 

Student Visa : Documents you'll need to apply 

Translations of documents not in English 

If any of your documents are not in English, they must be translated and fully certified by a professional translator or translation company that can be verified by the Home Office. 

Translations must include all of the following: 

  • confirmation that it is an accurate translation of the document 
  • the date of translation 
  • the full name and signature of the translator or an official from the translation company 
  • the translator or translation company’s contact details 

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance (if required) 

Your offer and your CAS will tell you if you need to have permission from the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS), though it usually applies to postgraduate students studying certain Science, Engineering or Technology subjects. 

ATAS applications require a CAH code which can be found on your offer letter. 

Apply online as soon as possible and allow at least 6 weeks for them to email your certificate to you. 

Once received, you should provide the certificate with any other supporting evidence required. 

Please note: ATAS have advised that you may have trouble receiving your certificate if you use a 126.com, 163.com or qq.com email address. We advise that you use a different email address when you apply. 

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) 

Police registration (if required/applications in UK only) 

If you’re applying in the UK and your current visa requires you to register with the Police, you should already have a Police Registration Certificate and you must provide this with any other mandatory supporting documents. 

Your certificate must be up to date and show the address where you are living before you apply for your visa. 

If you apply for a visa outside the UK, you’re not required to provide a Police Registration Certificate, even if you have held one previously.  

Medical screening for Tuberculosis (TB) (if required/applications outside UK only) 

If you’re applying from one of the countries listed as having a high incidence of TB, you may be required to provide a valid medical certificate as part of your visa application. 

Your application will be refused if you are required to have a test, but you refuse or fail the test. 

If you have recently studied in the UK and returned home to apply for a new visa, you’re not required to provide a new medical certificate if you will return to the UK within 6 months. 

Tuberculosis tests for visa applicants 

When you arrive Tuberculosis (TB) screening

Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) 

If you apply for a Student visa that will be more than six months long, you’ll be required to pay an Immigration Healthcare Surcharge (IHS) of £470 for every year of your permission to stay in the UK (pro rata). The IHS is paid online during your visa application. 

Paying the IHS is compulsory and entitles you to use the UK National Health Service (NHS) without additional charge (on the same basis as anyone ordinarily resident in the UK) although some services may still require payment. 

Paying for the same period twice  

If you apply in the UK and for some reason have pay the IHS for the same period twice, you should be refunded automatically. 

However, refunds will not be issued if you apply for a new visa outside the UK (permission to enter) and you:   

  • Don’t use your visa to travel to the UK 
  • Defer your offer  
  • Suspend or withdraw from your programme after enrolment  

If you still feel you’re entitled to a refund for any other reason and this doesn’t happen automatically, please contact the Student Immigration Service with details of the payments made and we’ll follow it up for you. 

 Pay for UK healthcare as part of your immigration application 

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