In order to study in the UK at Durham University International Study Centre, you will need a Tier 4 (General) student visa.
Your student visa application will work via a points-based system; if you score 40 points you will be granted a visa. In order to apply for your visa, you must first:
You can apply for a visa from three months before the start date of your course at the International Study Centre. Apply early to make sure there is enough time for your application to be processed.
If you have a Tier 4 (General) student visa, you can arrive in the UK up to one month before your course starts. You are allowed to stay in the UK for an extra four months after your course end date.
A credibility interview - also known as a visa interview - is carried out by an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) to establish that you are a genuine student. Not everyone will have one; it depends on which country you are applying from. If they believe you may be planning to use a student visa for holiday or work, they will refuse your visa application. The interview is nothing to worry about; you just need to show that you have done your research and are coming to the UK for the right reasons.
You will normally be interviewed at the visa application centre when you submit your visa application documents. This interview is via a secure video system and you will be interviewed by a UKVI member of staff who is in the UK.
Make sure you have researched the International Study Centre and your chosen course. Avoid yes and no answers, and try and go into more detail. The Entry Clearance Officer may be suspicious if they think you are repeating rehearsed answers.
What made this University stand out from the rest when you were deciding where to apply?
You need to demonstrate that you researched other options, and why you decided to apply for your chosen course at Durham University.
Given the large costs associated with studying abroad, students should have an understanding of how they will pay for their education.
Tell the interviewer why you hope studying at Durham University will help you finding a good job in the future.
If you do not meet the criteria set out in UKVI’s immigration rules, your application will be refused. If you receive a visa refusal, you have 28 days to submit an Administrative Review to the UKVI and challenge the decision made by the ECO. You will need to respond in writing to each of the points raised in the refusal.
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