Supporting documents needed to apply for a Student visa - outside of the UK
To apply for your Student visa you will need the following documents:
1. Your CAS number
You will receive your CAS number, by email, after you have met all the conditions of your offer, which will include:
- passing all your exams and sending the University copies of your qualifications or transcripts
- providing evidence of your English language ability
- paying an 'international deposit'
- confirming that you have the necessary funds to cover the costs of your course by singing a 'Financial Declaration'
- providing financial evidence (only required if you are from a non 'low-risk' country)
- meeting any other conditions of your offer
The earliest that you will receive your CAS is six months before the start of your course, even if you have met all the conditions of your offer.
2. The transcripts/qualification certificates listed in the CAS email
For your Student visa application you will need to prepare your transcripts/exam certificates showing that you have satisfied the entry requirements for your course at Aberystwyth University. These certificates/transcripts will be listed in the CAS email.
3. Financial evidence – evidence of funds to meet Home Office requirements
You need to show that you have a specific amount of money to cover your tuition fees and living costs in order to get a Student visa.
You can only use financial evidence that is acceptable to the Home Office.
If you do not prepare financial evidence that meets Home Office requirements, your Student visa application will be refused.
4. ATAS Certificate (if applicable)
If you are coming to Aberystwyth for a postgraduate research or a taught postgraduate course in certain science, engineering or technology subjects in the areas listed by the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS), you will need an ATAS certificate. The ATAS certificate is issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and gives you security clearance to study certain subject areas, where the knowledge gained may have application in the development of weapons of mass destruction.
If your course requires an ATAS clearance certificate, it will state this in your CAS email from Aberystwyth University. Check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for a list of courses, which are identified as ATAS applicable: http://www.fco.gov.uk/atas
5. Tuberculosis (TB) certificate (if applicable)
If you are a resident of a specified country that has been identified by the UKVI to have a high risk of TB and you are coming to the UK for more than 6 months, you must obtain a certificate confirming you are free from infectious TB, before applying for a visa.
The test includes having a chest X-ray at an accredited clinic or hospital that has been approved by the Home Office. To check whether you need to obtain a TB certificate go to https://www.gov.uk/tb-test-visa
If your country is not on the UKVI TB countries list but you are from the Indian Subcontinent, Africa or countries that have tuberculosis (TB), we recommend that you have an up-to-date chest X-ray certificate and medical report that is less than 3 months old. If you do not have this information you may have to have a chest X-ray and medical examination before you are allowed to pass through immigration at a UK airport.
6. Valid passport
We recommend that your passport is valid for the duration of your course. Please check that it has one blank page.
7. Consent letter if you are under 18 years old.
Students under the age of 18 will need to demonstrate that they have received consent from their parents/legal guardians to travel to the UK and study at Aberystwyth University. To meet this requirement the following documents will need to be submitted with your visa application:
- Consent letter from parent/legal guardian signed by both parents (Under 18s - parental consent letter template)
- Birth Certificate
8. Gap in your studies.
If there has been a gap in your studies from your last period of study and this visa application, we would advice you to prepare a supporting letter explaining why you had a break in formal education.
Important - Translations
If any of the documents you are submitting are not in English, you must also include a fully certified translation by a professional translator. This includes any references, qualifications, transcripts and bank statements or letters. This translation must include the following:
- confirmation by the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document
- the date of the translation
- the translator’s full name and signature
- the translator’s contact details
- the translator’s qualifications
For more details on how to find a translator see: http://www.iti.org.uk/