Frances King School of English is authorised by the UK Visa and Immigration Service (UKVI) through our accreditation with Accreditation UK to support students to apply for study visas.
This information is for guidance only. Requirements change regularly. Please contact your local embassy or consult the UKVI website to verify this information.
All visa nationals, and non-visa nationals seeking pre-clearance, will have to apply to the British Embassy in their country. To apply for a Short-term Student Visa you will need:
The web site https://www.gov.uk/study-visit-visa/documents-you-must-provide shows details of what students might be expected to show, including that you:
Issued to students aged 15 or under coming to the UK for up to 6 months.A standard Visitor Visa costs £95.
Frances King does not sponsor students for Tier 4 visas. If you hold a valid Tier 4 visa issued by a UK university, then you are allowed to book a course of English language study at our school for up to 4 weeks before your main university course starts, if your visa is valid for more than 6 months, and for 1 week if your visa is valid for 6 months or less. You can also study at our school during your main course as long as it doesn’t interfere with your main sponsored course.
The applicant must show that suitable arrangements have been made for their travel to and arrival and care in the UK.
Students must not intend to add additional study after their arrival in the UK that will last in excess of the 30 day period at the end of the original period of entry requested. Students may not extend a current course, or enrol on a new course where the course would be longer than 30 days (4 weeks).Students wishing to extend/ take a longer course will have to obtain a new visa even if they have the time available on their current visa.
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Venezuela has always been a visa national country but there was an exemption for holders of biometric passports. The government has now reviewed this exemption and holders of both types of Venezuelan passports now have to apply for a visa for stays of under 6 months.
Passport holders of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates can visit the UK for up to 6 months with an Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) which must be applied for at least 48 hours prior to travel.
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This information is for nationals of Japan, South Korea and other non-visa nationals who are planning to travel to the UK via the Republic of Ireland and enter the UK as a short-term student. As a non-visa national, you can normally travel to the UK and apply when you arrive for immigration permission to enter as a short-term student (or other type of visitor) for up to six months. Non-visa national students coming to the UK for a short course often choose to do this rather than applying for entry clearance before travelling.
However, if you arrive in the UK from elsewhere in the CTA (this includes the Republic of Ireland), you will not have the opportunity to do this because there is no immigration control at your UK arrival point. You should therefore apply for UK entry clearance (a visa) in your home country before travelling to the Republic of Ireland.
If, despite the above advice, you do enter the UK from the Republic of Ireland with no specific UK immigration permission, and you are a non-visa national, you will in most cases automatically have permission to be in the UK only for three months, not for six months. This is reduced to seven days if you entered the Republic of Ireland from the UK at a time when you still had permission to be in the UK and that permission has since expired.
The three months’ permission allows you to study, but it may not be enough time to complete your short course, but you cannot extend your stay in the UK as a short-term student or Tier 4 student. If you need to be in the UK for more than the three months, you will need to leave the UK within the three-month period, then re-enter asking for immigration permission to enter as a short-term student, for a maximum visit of six months.
Note also that any immigration permission you are given on arrival in the Republic of Ireland is for the Republic of Ireland, not for the UK.
Japanese and Korean students who have enrolled on courses in the UK, but did not apply for a study visa before travelling, cannot use e-gates on arrival. You should make sure you see an immigration officer to get the correct stamp in your passport which will allow you to study. Students without a visa in their passport may not be able to take their course if they use the e-gates.