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Visa Information in UK

New Point Based System

Recently Immigration to the UK underwent a complete process of reform, replacing most of the old system of UK visas and UK work permits. The new tier system has simplified the process of applying for a UK visa, restructuring more than 80 types of visa for UK immigration into a more straightforward, transparent system.

The new system consists of the following five categories:

  • Tier 1 visa - Migrants with desirable professional skills
  • Tier 2 visa - Skilled workers with an offer of employment
  • Tier 3 visa - Temporary, low skilled workers
  • Tier 4 visa - Students

The Tier 4 category is specifically designed for students coming to the UK to study. All students wanting to come to the UK are required to apply for entry clearance under Tier 4 before traveling, unless their course is less than six months long and they are applying for a Student Visitor Visa
30 points will be awarded for a valid ‘VISA LETTER’ issues by a “A” ranked University / Institute (registered in UK Border Agency Sponsor Register).

10 points will be awarded for meeting the financial requirements outlined by the UK Border Agency

To obtain a " Visa Letter "(30 points) students have to :

  • Accept the University / Institute Offer of Study and meet all conditions
  • Pay the University’s standard deposit or first semester fee as specified in the Offer letter

To meet Financial Requirements (10 points) students have to:
Show sufficient liquid funds available to meet the total tuition fees / living costs / travel costs and it should have been in student’s or his sponsor’s bank account for more than 28 days before they submit their application for Entry Clearance/visa. Shares , bonds, pension funds and similar savings will not be accepted. The money must be held in a nationalised bank or foreign sector bank in India or abroad. Education loans are accepted.

More details of these requirements including the specific types of financial documents which are acceptable can be found at

Students can contact our office for more details and our friendly counselors will help you with the process With effect from Monday 1 February 2010, all customers who wish to submit a Tier 4 student visa application must make an appointment before attending a visa application centre.

The new system consists of the following five categories:

  • To schedule an appointment, please email VFS between 08:00 and 15:00, Monday to Friday, using the dedicated email addresses below:
  • To apply for appointments in Kolkata please send an email to:
  • To apply for appointments in Mumbai (North and South), Pune and Ahmedabad please send an email
  • To apply for appointments in Chennai, Hyderabad, Cochin and Bangalore please send an email
  • Please note: You must make an appointment at the visa application centre nearest to where you live.
  • Please email only if your course begins on or before 15 March 2010 and you hold a valid visa letter.

When you request an appointment, please state which visa application centre you are requesting an appointment to attend, supply your full name, passport number, contact number, place of residence and confirm the visa category.

In addition: Please include the following information from your visa letter (but you do not need to attach a copy of the visa letter):

  • The start date of your course.
  • The date of your visa letter.
  • The student reference number.
  • The name of the education provider.

The appointment must be made in the name of the applicant who will attend the visa application centre to submit the application. It is not possible for appointment details to be changed once made or for another person to attend the visa application centre.

You must make one request for an appointment only (multiple requests are likely to result in you not receiving an appointment). VFS will aim to send you a response to your request as soon as possible.

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