International College Visa Information for September 2017

Step by Step Guidance through the visa application process for International College students - here you will find a time line of the process of applying for your visa for your degree course.

FAQ's - Here you will find the answers to the most commonly asked questions

Face to face information sessions - We offer face to face sessions where we can answer your visa queries and check your visa application documents.

Frequently asked questions

How much money do you need and does your financial evidence meet UKVI requirements?

 You will need £9135 plus outstanding tuition fees. The money has to be in your account for a consecutive 28 day period (it must not drop below the required amount during that time). It is not enough to show the closing balance alone, even if you have enough money in your account. The money has to be in your own name or in your parents/legal guardian's name - it is not acceptable to provide financial evidence in anyone else's name. If you are using your parent's or legal guardian's name, you must provide your birth certificate / legal document confirming legal guardianship and a letter from your parent(s)/legal guardian, confirming the relationship and confirming that they give permission for you to use their funds. The financial evidence must be provided in a format which meet UKVI requirements.

My visa is still valid - do I need to apply for a new visa before I register on my new course?

  • You will not be able to register unless you already have a visa for the University of Sheffield, or have evidence that you have submitted an application for a visa for the University.
  • You need proof of submitting your online visa application (copy of the Tier 4 visa application cover sheet)

What if I want to leave the UK after my exams?

You should apply for your visa before returning to the UK. You should not return to the UK on your old visa, even if it is still valid. You might be refused entry if you try and enter with a visa for a course that has already finished.

What happens if I cannot apply for my visa before the end of registration week?

You will have to register late. See "late registration" for more information. You will miss the first days of your course as you can only attend once you have registered.

Why is it so important to make a perfect application?

  • If your application has only one little mistake (e.g. the photographs are not acceptable) it might be rejected as invalid
  • If your application is rejected as invalid, the Home Office will return it to you and by that time your visa might have already expired and you will have to make an out-of-time application as an overstayer
  • If you are not providing the correct documents, your application might be refused.

What happens if my application is refused?

Please submit this webform as soon as possible.  If your application is refused and the refusal was correct and you have no grounds for an administrative review, you might become an overstayer and if this is the case, your registration will be revoked and you are not allowed to study until you can present a valid visa. This would be very costly for you as you would have to submit a premium application and pay £1047 per person to make sure you can get your visa in time to still be able to rejoin the course without having to defer. You will also miss important time on your course.

If your application is refused and you have grounds for an administrative review, you can submit this and you will be able to continue to study until a decision is reached.

What is the earliest time I can apply for my visa within the UK?

If you already have an unconditional offer and a CAS and there are less than 28 days between the end of your visa and the start of your new course, you can extend your visa in the UK as early as 3 months before the start date of your new course.

How can the University help me to apply for a visa (applications made in the UK)?

We are running group sessions both for advice and for assistance with the application form and checking of supporting documents. Details of the sessions are in the table below. E-mails will be sent to USIC students to provide information on what students will need to do to attend these sessions. Admission to the group visa extension sessions will be based on a "first come, first served" basis with a maximum of 40 students able to attend each of these sessions.

Session Date Time Location Who is this session for?
Drop in session -For asking general questions. You must read all of the information on the page, in the downloads section and the FAQs before attending the advice session*. 21st June 2017  14:30 USIC - Room 7.03 June cohort -  students making a visa application from outside the UK
Group Q&A - For asking general questions. You must read all of the information on the page, in the downloads section and the FAQs before attending the advice session*.
17th & 18th August 2017 14:00

Richard Roberts Building

Auditorium

August cohort, USIC making a visa application from outside the UK only

Group Q&A - For asking general questions. You must read all of the information on the page, in the downloads section and the FAQs before attending the advice session*.

23rd August 2017 14:00 Arts Tower Lecture Theatre 4 August cohort, USIC making a visa application from inside the UK only

Group Visa Extension Session

demonstration of the visa application form, chance to have supporting documents checked

5th,6th &7th September 2017 14:00 Arts Tower Lecture Theatre 1 August cohort USIC pass and proceed (P&P) students making a visa application from inside the UK only

Group Visa Extension Session

demonstration of the visa application form, chance to have supporting documents checked

15th September 2017 14:00 Arts Tower Lecture Theatre 1 August cohort USIC students who will need to take resit exams only

21st June Drop In Session For June Finishers & 17th/18th August Q&A for August Finishers Applying From Outside the UK-

Before you attend the drop-in session on 21st June or 17th & 18th August, we ask that you please do the following:

QR Code USIC June Finishers 2017 Handout

23rd August Group Q&A For August Finishers Applying From Inside the UK

Before you attend this session, we ask that you please do the following:

What if all the sessions are fully booked?

The form is relatively straight forward to use but if you have any questions on its completion, or your supporting documents please email us.

Online Bank statements – Important note

Ask your bank to send you a paper statement which covers the period of time you need to show.

Most students have online accounts and very few students receive personal bank statements in the post. Whilst you can send print outs from online statements to UKVI, these have to be stamped on each page. UKVI would consider a statement to be an online statement if it has the bank’s URL on the print out. Unfortunately many banks refuse to stamp online statements so you wouldn’t be able to send these. Therefore we strongly recommend that you check with your bank whether they will stamp an online or ad hoc statement and if they don’t, you should arrange for a personal bank statement to be sent to your home address. Please be aware that the bank will need several days notice for this, so you must ensure that you order your personal statement well in advance (check with the bank how long it will take to send a personal statement from the day you order it) in order to receive it in time for your visa application. Alternatively you can ask the bank to write a letter confirming the authenticity of the bank statement but most banks will probably refuse to do this.

So in short – check with the bank if they will stamp online or ad hoc statements. If they don’t, ask how long it will take them to send a personal bank statement (printed on letter headed paper, containing account number, name, date of statement and bank’s logo) to your home address. Then order the statement at the right time to ensure it will show the money for 28 days and that you will also receive it in time to submit it along with your visa application.


Contact us

Before contacting us, please read all the information on this website carefully and check if you can find the answer to your question on our FAQ's or the presentations in the download section on the right hand side. If your question is not answered anywhere on this website, please send us an email via this webform.