Visa Information

NON-VISA NATIONALS – Standard Visitor Visa (6 months)

From 1 December 2020, anyone applying for a visa to study in the UK for less that six months will need a Standard Visitor visa.

Visitors will be able to take as many courses as they wish in six months and can study with different schools.

Students from the EU, EEA, Switzerland and other non-visa national countries (Japan, Brazil, South Korea etc.) do not require a visa to study for up to six months – they can travel without a visa and use the e-gates.

For Adults Non-Visa Nationals:

If your course is less than 6 months:  Standard Visitor Visa – VISA ON ENTRY – NO APPLICATION REQUIRED BEFORE ARRIVAL

If your course is less than 11 months you can apply for an Short Term Study (11 months) – APPLY FOR VISA BEFORE ARRIVAL

For Children (Under 16) Non-Visa Nationals:

If your course is less than 6 months:  Standard Visitor Visa – VISA ON ENTRY – NO APPLICATION REQUIRED BEFORE ARRIVAL

Further Information:

Brighton Language College does not sponsor STUDENT VISAS visa applications (IELTS 4.0 Required)

Brighton Language College is accredited by Accreditation UK / British Council and recognized by the UKVI for Short Term Study Visa applications only.

The UK Government recognizes Brighton Language College for the support of Standard Visitor Visa and Short Term Study (11 months) category applications.

How long to get your visa? Check here.

VISA NATIONALS – Standard Visitor Visa (1 week – 6 months)

For Visa National students who are studying English courses up to 6 months long.

Visa National Students are countries that must apply for a visa to enter the UK before leaving their country. Examples of Visa Nationals are Russia, Thailand, China, Egypt and Vietnam.

There is no minimum English level requirement.

BLC will send a visa support letter to confirm that you are a student.

This visa cannot be extended from within the UK. You must apply for a new visa from your home country.

You cannot work in the UK with the Standard Visitor Visa (6 months).

Non visa nationals (including EU) can get the Standard Visitor Visa (6 months) on entry to the UK, your passport is stamped for 6 months on entry or you can use the e-gates. Examples of non-visa nationals are Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Brazil and Argentina.

VISA NATIONALS & NON-VISA NATIONALS Short Term Study Visa (6-11 months)

For all students who are studying English courses 6-11 months long.

There is no minimum English level requirement for a Short Term Study Visa (11 months).

BLC will send a visa support letter to confirm that you are a student.

You cannot work in the UK with the Short Term Study Visa (11 months)

Conditions:
  • students must leave the UK within 30 days of the end of the course, or at the end of 11 months, whichever comes first
  • students must have prove they have enough money to be cover fees, living costs, accommodation and return journey
  • students will be restricted to studying on the course for which the visa was granted

Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) – English courses 6-11 months long.

The biometric residence permit (BRP) is an identity card and visa that is proof of the holder’s right to study in the UK. It can also be used as a form of identification (for example, if they wish to open a bank account in the UK). The holder is not required to carry their permit at all times, but they must show it at the border, together with their passport, when travelling outside of, and when returning to, the UK.

For Brighton Language College students this visa type will be issued when you plan on taking an extended course of longer than 6 months but not more than 11 months. When your leave is granted, you’ll be issued a 30 day visa in order to enter the UK and collect your BRP at a post office branch close to your place of study. This initial visa is valid for 30 days from the date you said you’d arrive in the UK.

Your visa decision letter will tell you:

You must bring your passport or travel document with your 30 day visa when you collect your BRP. You should also bring your decision letter.

If you will not be accompanied by a parent / legal guardian when collecting your BRP and you are under 18, you must contact the UK Visas and Immigration and register a “Responsible Adult” who can either accompany you to the Post Office branch, or who can collect the BRP on your behalf. Brighton Language College will help in this matter by contacting the UK Visas and Immigration and supplying a “Responsible Adult”.