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Guide to completing the Short-term Study Application Form– May 2017 This is a guide to completing the Short-term Study application form is for people who need to apply for a visa before they travel. You can check if you need to apply for a visa in Appendix 2 of the visitor visa rules. If your country does not appear on the “Visa National List” you can request permission to enter the UK as a Short-term Student when you arrive at the border. Please ensure you also read the “Short-term Student Visas” section here . The guide is intended to be used alongside official guidance.

1: Finding the application form 1. 2. 3. 4.

Go to Choose “Student Visas” Choose “Short-term Study visa” Choose option 4. “Apply” You will need to complete an online application form. Click on to access the form. Do not select the new visitor form as this does not give the Short-term Study option. If you are accessing the Visa4UK website for the first time, you will need to create an account with the UKVI. Click on

to register with the UKVI.

2. Creating an account on Visa4UK 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Complete your personal details; Provide the email address you use the most; Choose a password you will remember. Register your details. You will be sent an email to confirm your registration.

3. Choosing the correct application form 1. If you are completing your own application form choose


2. Read the information on the page then choose 3. On the next screen, some of your personal information will already be filled in from the details you gave when registering. 4. Provide the details of the passport you intend to use to travel to the UK. 5. The date of intended travel does not need to be exact, but you can only apply for a Short-term Study visa a maximum of three months before you are expected to attend LSE. 6. At the bottom of the page you will be asked to select which visa route you are applying for. If you are applying for a Short-term Study visa for the following programmes:  

Summer School Re-take students

 Executive Education Courses  Visiting Research Students

 

Executive Masters degrees Exchange students of less than six months

Written by the International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT) – May 2017

You should select the following options:

The option for an 11 month Short-term Study visa, can only be used for an English Language programme run by the LSE Language Centre. You cannot use this visa to study any of the programmes listed above. 7. If you are planning to study the full EAP foundation programme, you can choose the following option:

8. All applicants should choose the following options:

You will not be issued with a CAS number for a Short-term Student application. This is only for Tier 4 applications.

9. Choose

to generate the next application. When you see the “My applications”

screen choose

to complete the form.

4. Completing the form This section looks at frequently asked questions about the Short-term Study application form that our team receives.

Passport/Travel Document

You do not need to be resident in the country you are applying from for the Short-term Study visa, but you must be legally in your country of application. It is not possible to apply for the Short-term Study visa from within the UK.

If you are travelling alone (even if this is in a tour group) you should answer “No”. If you are travelling with family members or friends, you should choose “Yes” and include their details here.

- The Short-term Study rules state that you can stay for the six months or until the end of your programme, whichever is sooner. You should not plan to remain in the UK for a long time after your period of study has ended.

Personal Details and Travel History

A list of Commonwealth Countries and UK Overseas Territories can be found here.

This question is asking whether you have made any applications for visas whilst in the UK to extend your leave. For example, if you previously held a Tier 4 visa and applied to extend it in the UK, you would be required to answer “Yes” for this question. If you have only applied for visas outside of the UK, you can answer “No”.

If you have been denied entry to the UK when you have arrived at the border, you will need to choose “Yes” and explain why you were denied entry.

These questions are not asking whether you have left the UK because your visa is expiring or your visit has ended. They are asking whether you have been required to leave by the government of that country.

You will need to provide details of all of your travel in the last 10 years. If this exceeds the space given on the form include a separate sheet or include details in the additional information section of the form.

Employment and Income

You will know your personal circumstances best. If you do have any of the above, you should choose “Yes” and provide details. You can declare savings even if it is a small amount.

Again, this depends on your personal circumstances. Unlike for Tier 4, there is no set amount of living costs expected.

This will depend on your accommodation, tuition fees and your personal living costs. You will be able to explain these in the following questions. Essentially, the UKVI are looking to see that you have sufficient funds to cover your studies without working. Working is not permitted on the Short-term Student route. Even if you are being financially sponsored for your studies, you must say how much the trip costs. You can explain later that another person is paying for the trip. Evidence required for finances: Unlike with Tier 4 applications, there is no detailed guidance on the format of the financial evidence you need to include in your application. Here are some points to consider:  Any documents not in English must be officially translated and able to be verified;  Bank documents must be originals and verifiable;  If you are using a salary as evidence of funds, it must be verifiable. For example, the salary can be seen in a bank account, pay slips are original and recent, a letter from an employer confirming the information regarding salary.

Family and Friends

Include all of the details of the teaching you plan to attend whilst on this visa. For example, if you are a Summer School student, include the number of sessions you are attending and any other plans you may have e.g. tourism. If you are an Executive Masters student, include the dates of the teaching blocks you will attend on this visa and any other plans you may have. If you are a re-take student include details of your examinations and any other plans. You cannot work or undertake business on this visa route, so if you declare this is your intention whilst in the UK on a Short-term Study visa, your application is likely to be refused.

Study Details

You can only apply for your Short-term Study visa once you have official documentation confirming your period of study from LSE. If you are an Executive Masters student returning for teaching, you should obtain a new, original letter from your department confirming your expected return and teaching blocks. Your offer letter will no longer be valid because it is likely to be considered to be too old.

If you are a Summer School student, you can write “undergraduate level”.

If your accommodation has been provided by LSE as part of your offer and you are in LSE residence, you can answer “Yes”. You will then be asked the name of the Accommodation Officer. You can write “Residential Services Office”.

Give details of your future plans and any employment you may already have. The UKVI are looking to see that you have a reason to leave the UK at the end of your visit and that you do not plan to remain in the UK beyond the expiry date of your visa.

Additional Information You should use this section to provide any further details that you may need to explain about your application e.g. additional travel or unusual circumstances.

Supporting Documentation  Your supporting documentation should be original and verifiable. Students have received refusals because their supporting documentation has not given enough evidence of the information they have included in their application especially information relating to salary and the ability to support themselves;  Any documents not in English or Welsh must be officially translated;  You must submit your passport and photographs as part of the application;  You must show that you can meet the rules for each application you submit. If there have been any changes since your last application, you must ensure that your application reflects this change;  Further details on the supporting documentation required can be found at:

o o o  If you have any further questions, contact ISVAT using our online query form.

Short term Study Application Form Guide  

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