Do I require a visa to study at BCC?
If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country, you do not require a visa to study in the UK.
If you are a citizen of a ‘Visa Country’ (ie a ‘Visa National’), you will require a visa to study in the UK. To check details, you should refer to the UK Border Agency website and refer to Appendix 1 of the Immigration Rules at Persons Who Require A Visa For The United Kingdom. Citizens of countries detailed at Appendix 1 are termed ‘Visa Nationals’.
A ‘Non-Visa National’ is a citizen of any country that is NOT detailed by the UK Border Agency at Appendix 1 of the Immigration Rules at Persons Who Require A Visa For The United Kingdom. A Non-Visa National may not require a visa to visit the UK for a period of less than 6 months; however, your eligibility should be checked with your local British Embassy/British Consulate. A Non-Visa National visiting the UK for a period of 6 months or more will require a visa.
How do I apply for a visa?
You can download official visa application forms from the UKBA website as follows:
General Student Visa: Tier4 (General) Application Form.
Student Visitor Visa: Application form VAF1D – Student visitor.
Child Visitor Visa: Application form VAF1A – General visitor.
To apply for your visa you will need the following:
- Visa application form
- Confirmation letter from the college
- Visa fee
- Your biometric details, i.e. fingers scans and a full-face digital photo (the British Embassy/British Consulate will arrange this process).
- A recent passport-sized (45mm x 35mm) photograph in color on a white background, not framed, on normal photographic paper, full face without a hat or sunglasses.
- Proof from your bank that you have enough money to cover your tuition fees, accommodation and expenses while the UK.