No. 48 – Adult Student Visas – Visa Letter: Part 1
An approved education provider must issue a visa
letter or confirmation of acceptance of studies before a student
can apply for a visa. The visa letter or confirmation of acceptance of studies
is confirmation of the student’s unconditional offer of a place on a course of
study. If the student does not submit a visa letter confirmation of acceptance
of studies when they apply, their application will be refused.
Note: as of 5 October 2009, approved education providers can use the UK Border
Agency electronic sponsor management system to issue confirmation of acceptance
for studies, which is an electronic reference number and contains all of the
same information as a visa letter, to allow students to apply for a visa. From
February 2010, the UK Border Agency will only accept a confirmation of
acceptance for studies and will no longer accept a visa letter.
The visa letter from an approved education provider must be:
- on their letter-headed paper;
- signed and dated by an authorised official (original or electronic
signature). An electronic signature can be a digital signature or a scanned
** Additional Information & Advice **
Depending on your circumstances, however, you may prefer to speak with a solicitor who specialises in immigration
law. You can be matched with a
solicitor for free via solicitor matching services, which can also help you
to understand the best course of action for your situation and whether you are
ready to hire a solicitor.
- Immigration 101: Adult Student Visas – Visa Letter: Part 2
- Immigration 101: Adult Student Visas – Visa Letter: Part 3
- Immigration 101: Adult Student Visas – Visa Letter: Part 4
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