International Study Centre
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You will have the opportunity to start your career in the UK with a two-year post-study work visa for international students graduating from UK universities. Find out more about the Graduate Immigration Route.
You will need a Student visa (formerly known as a Tier 4 visa) to study at the Lancaster University International Study Centre.
The UK has introduced a new Student visa route which is to form part of the new Points-Based immigration system. This new route has replaced the current Tier 4 route.
EEA nationals outside the UK will now apply under this route after 5th October 2020, for entry to the UK from 1st January 2021. For all other nationals, this new route took effect from 9am on 5th October 2020. You can see an overview of the changes here.
There are three main requirements for those who want to study in the UK:
You should make sure you apply early, to leave enough time for your application to be processed. The earliest you can apply is six months before your course begins.
If you are applying for a visa within the UK, the earliest you can apply is three months before your course begins.
If you are a European Economic Area (EEA) national, you will need to apply for a Student visa prior to entering the UK in January 2021.
In addition to the period of leave given to you to carry out your course of study, permission to stay will also be granted depending on your length of course.
In order to apply for your visa, you must:
If you applied to study with us directly through our online application form; your Student Enrolment Advisor is available to help with all visa-related enquiries, such as help booking your visa interview and IELTS exam. Our team speak more than a dozen languages so you can feel comfortable and supported throughout this time. Your Student Enrolment Advisor can also offer you a free in-country visa agent service to handle your visa application, if you require it.
If you hold a Student visa to study at the International Study Centre you are entitled to work during your pathway programme. For more information on working during your studies, visit UKCISA.
The new Student visa route is replacing the Tier 4 route. The purpose of the Student visa is for students to come to the UK to study. If you wish to work, it must be to gain work experience in your field of study. This could be taking a part-time role within an established business or organisation, such as a customer service position or as part of a work placement.
If you stop studying without completing your course, you will no longer be entitled to work and will be in breach of the conditions of the visa if you do work.
You need to show that you are planning for the future, and that you are serious about getting a degree from a UK university.
If you work and hold a Student visa, you must not:
You may be required to attend a credibility interview to ensure that you comply with the UK’s immigration rules. The purpose is for an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) to establish that you are a genuine student. You need to show you are serious, and that you have good knowledge of your chosen university and course. If you have done your research, the interview is nothing to worry about. The process is just designed to filter out people who are planning to use a student visa to work or holiday in the UK.
Whether or not you will be invited for a credibility interview depends on which country you are applying from. However, the UKVI reserve the right to interview students from any country if they think it is necessary to do so.
Credibility interviews normally take place in your local Visa Application Centre, via a video link. You will be interviewed by an ECO based in the UK.
Make sure you have done some detailed research on the Lancaster University International Study Centre, as well as accommodation options, costs, and the local area. Also familiarise yourself with the content of your chosen course.
Below are some examples of questions you may be asked. Think carefully before answering, because interviewers expect you to take the process seriously. Be honest, and avoid yes and no answers. Talk as naturally as possible; you do not want to look like you are repeating pre-prepared answers.
Make clear that your main purpose for being in the UK is to study, and that any employment or work placement would be to gain practical work experience in your field of study. Show that you understand that you won’t be relying on any earnings to fund your education or living costs. You should show that you understand the number of hours you are permitted to work during your studies, both in term time and holiday periods.
If you do meet the criteria set out in UKVI’s immigration rules, your application will be refused. If you receive a visa refusal, you have 28 days to submit an Administrative Review to the UKVI and contest the decision made by the ECO. This requires you to respond in writing to each of the points raised in the refusal and you must submit your Administrative Review from outside the UK.
If you are applying from the UK and your visa is refused, you must apply for an administrative review within 14 days of getting the decision.