What are the costs of a UK student visa?

26 Feb 2024, 22 mins ago

In this blog, we will delve into the costs involved in applying for a UK student visa.

The current official application fee for a student visa is £490, for both in-country and entry clearance applications. Optional priority services to expedite application processing may also be offered in certain countries for a further fee of approximately £500.

In addition to the visa application fee, applicants are required to pay a healthcare surcharge. This surcharge grants access to the National Health Service (NHS) during your stay in the UK. As of February 2024, the health surcharge is £776 per year for students.

All amounts quoted above are subject to change, so it is essential to check the latest rates before applying.

Besides fees payable to the Home Office, you will also need to be able to demonstrate access to sufficient funds to cover the costs of your UK tuition fees, generally for at least the first year of your course, as well as the costs of your maintenance in the UK. The Home Office has a set formula for calculating maintenance, which will vary depending on whether you are studying in London or another location within the UK.

Given the significant costs and commitment involved in applying for a UK student visa, it is, therefore, paramount to ensure that your application is carefully prepared in order to mitigate the risk of a refusal. This is particularly important since not all Home Office fees are refundable in the event of an unsuccessful application.

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