Visas and immigration
Do I need a visa?
If you're not a national of the UK, EU or EEA, and don't already hold a UK visa, you may need a study visa.
You can check if you need a visa to study by visiting the Gov.uk website and filling in your details.
There are different study visa categories available, and the one for you will depend on your age, and the length, type and level of the course you want to study.
City and Islington College is able to sponsor students for Tier 4 General and Student Visitor Visas.
Tier 4 General Visas
In order to apply for a Tier 4 General Visa, you will need a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) number from us. A CAS can be issued when we are within three months of the course start date.
We will issue you a CAS when:
- You have received an offer to study on a course with us and have met any academic and English Language conditions attached to that offer
- You have paid your deposit to secure your place on your course
- You have provided us with copies of the financial evidence you will use to demonstrate you meet the UKVI maintenance requirements.
Visa application cost and processing times for Tier 4
Currently, the cost of a visa application from outside the UK is £328. You’ll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks. You can check visa processing times for your country on the Gov.uk website
If you already hold a UK visa and aren't sure if it's suitable to study in the UK, we can advise you.
Immigration Health Surcharge
As part of your immigration application, you will be asked to pay for an Immigration Health Surcharge. To find out whether you need to pay an immigration health surcharge, and how much this will be, please follow the instructions on the Gov.uk website's online surcharge calculator
Short Term Study Visas
Short term study visas allow students to study in the UK for periods of 6 months or less, or 11 months if you are aged 18 and over and studying an English language course.
Currently, the cost of a visa application from outside the UK is £89 for a 6 month visa and £170 for an 11 month visa. You can apply for your visa up to three months before your course start date.
For more information on short term study visas, please visit the Gov.uk official webpage
UK visas and immigration rules change frequently. It is important that you research carefully how to apply for the type of visa you will need and what you will need to include in your application*. The following are links to information to help you with this:
UKVI (United Kingdom Visas and Immigration)
This is the official webpage of the UK government visas and immigration services, and you will be able to find guidance on student visa applications as well as everything else you need to know about UK immigration rules.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) is the UK's national advisory body serving the interests of international students and those who work with them. They provide advice and guidance to international students on a variety of topics, such as immigration rules, visa applications and living and working in the UK.
This websites provides information for international students about studying in the UK, as well as courses, scholarships, student life in the UK and events in the UK and overseas.
You can also watch this short video by the UK Border Agency: Your guide to the new UK student visa
*We encourage you to consult the UKVI website for the most up-to-date information. An immigration advisor in your country or an education agent may also be able to help.