Visa application (Part II): Documents

Welcome to Part Two of the “Visa Application” series where we break down everything you need to know about UK visa application. We hope you have picked up a tip or two from our previous post.documents.Surely you can tell by now what the second part will entail, yes, gathering all the necessary documents for your application can take time but with this checklist, we can make the job so much easier for you.


ONE First things first, you will need to bring a printed and signed copy of your application form, which we will explain further in the next blog post on what it is and where you can find it.


TWO If you were paying attention in the previous post, you would remember that we mentioned one of the most important things you absolutely need to have is your CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) from your university of choice. It will state your personal details, course, qualifications and confirmation of your English language proficiency. Your sponsor (place of study) will give you a unique CAS reference number which you will need to make your application.


THREE Other documents you need to prepare may include bank statements, to show that you have held enough funding in your own bank account for a period of 28 days prior to paying your student visa fee online. The necessary amount should be able to cover both the course fees as well as your maintenance in the UK for up to nine months.


FOUR You may also be asked to show evidence of qualifications (including IELST results to meet the English language requirements).

Bonus: For Malaysian passport holders, you may not need to provide educational certificates or financial supporting documents upon your initial application but beware that you may still be asked for them later and you MUST be able to give any requested documents to back your application should this happen.


FIVE If you are from one of the countries listed here, you will need a Tuberculosis (TB) certificate.


SIX Please note that you will need to also submit a passport size photo as well as your valid passport – no photocopies allowed!


That is everything on the official list but it is a good idea to volunteer extra supporting documents. If you feel there’s anything important that will enhance your case, by all means bring them along. Always keep in mind that it is better to give more than less when it comes to applying for a visa.

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