United Kingdom Visa Guidelines

The Padnos International Center (PIC) provides the general information below as a service to GVSU students. We strive to maintain accurate information regarding visa procedures, however, changes to policies and procedures may occur frequently without our knowledge. Students are responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa for their program and must consult the consulate for the most up to date information on application procedures.

Please look over the visa information carefully and do not delay, as visa procedures are time sensitive.


Do I need a visa?

Students studying in the United Kingdom for less than 6 months will be allowed to enter the UK on the “Student Visitor Route,” without prior entry clearance. Students who are studying abroad in the UK for more than 6 months or who plan to undertake a part-time job, will be required to apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa.

Student Visitor (1 semester or less) – You do not need to apply for a visa prior to entry to the UK but you do need to collect the required documents to present to customs and immigration when entering the UK. NOTE: Do not travel through the Republic of Ireland when traveling to the UK because this will invalidate your opportunity to receive a student visitor visa upon arrival.

Processing Time and Visa Appointment

15-30 days. Applicants are not required to appear at the British Consulate.

Application Instructions

General UK Immigration website https://www.gov.uk/visas-immigration

Tier 4 Student Visa Information https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa  

Estimated Cost

Tier 4 Student $486 (refer to the website of the consulate for current visa fee information).

Nearest Consulate or Embassy

British Consulate General Chicago
625 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 2200

Chicago IL 60611

Contact Information

Phone: +1 312 970 3800

Additional Information

All applicants for a Tier 4 visa will be required to obtain biometric information at a USCIS office. The nearest USCIS office is in Kentwood, MI.