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Visas and immigration
If you're coming to study in the UK and you don’t hold a British passport, it's likely that you'll need to apply for a student visa. We must ensure that all students enrolled at AUB are entitled to study in the UK, therefore it's very important that you find out whether you'll need a visa and make sure you apply for the correct kind of student visa before you travel to the UK, or you won’t be able to begin your course.
There are two categories of visas suitable for students in the UK, Student Route and Visitor Route.
Applying for a student visa
Here you can find a step-by-step summary of what you must do and prepare to apply for a student visa for your studies at AUB.
Arts University Bournemouth has Student Route Sponsor Status (Licence Number 2EAF7PTH3) on the Home Office-approved register of sponsors. If you wish to see us on the register of sponsors, we're listed as Arts University Bournemouth.
Requesting your CAS
For more information on eligibility for a student visa, and guidance on SELTs and requesting a CAS.
Making your application
For guidance on applying for a Student Route visa, including proofs of ID, financial evidence, academic qualifications and TB screening.
Completing your application
For further guidance on IHS, 'Low Risk' students, Credibility interviews, and Dependants for Student Route applicants.
Other types of Visas
If your course is less than six months in duration, you may be entitled to study on a standard Visitor Visa.
If you want to find out about the kind of work you can do in the UK, during and after your studies, we also have information on part-time work and placements and working after your study.
Current Tier 4 or Student Route visa students who would like to travel to Europe should read our information on the Schengen Visa Scheme and how we can help you apply for your Schengen visa.
Short-term study on a Visitor Visa
Here we explain who can apply for a Visitor Visa and how to apply
Part-time work and placements
Here we explain your working options as an International student during your study
If you would like to travel to Europe during your time at AUB, you may need a Schengen Visa
EU Settlement Scheme
The United Kingdom (UK) has left the European Union (EU). The EU settlement scheme details the rights EU, EEA and Swiss nationals have to stay in the UK after the 31 December 2020, which marks the end of the transitional period.
UKCISA has published a useful guide, giving more information on the settlement scheme. You can also read the Government’s guide to the scheme for further information.
Working after your studies
When you graduate, you may wish to remain in the UK to work and develop your professional practice. This page will give you an overview of the most relevant visa categories for after-study work.
If you need a visa to study in the UK, you'll also need a visa to work here. The Graduate Route, Skilled Worker and Temporary Work visas are all suitable routes for recent or soon-to-be graduates. We recommend that you look at the information below to see whether one of these categories may be suitable for your aspirations before contacting the Compliance Officer if you wish to discuss your options further.
The International Student Guide to working in the UK after you graduate, produced in partnership with Study UK, is a valuable resource for international students.
The Graduate Route visa gives students an opportunity to stay in the UK to work and develop their careers for up to two years after they graduate. Full details on the application process are available on the government's website.
Eligibility and how the Graduate Route Visa works
- The Graduate route is an unsponsored route, meaning you don't need a job offer to apply for the route. You'll be able to work flexibly, switch jobs and develop your career in the UK as required.
- The Graduate Route is available to international students who have a valid student visa at the time of application and who've successfully completed a degree at undergraduate level or above at a Higher Education Provider with a track record of compliance.
- You'll need to have completed the entirety of your course in the UK as a student.
- The Graduate Route will require a new visa application, which'll only be possible from inside the UK. It'll include the payment of a visa fee of £822 and the Immigration Health Surcharge at the full rate of £624 per year (both fees are subject to change) and the full amount needs to be paid when applying.
- For most applicants, the process will be entirely digital, and if your application is successful, you'll be issued with an e-Visa.
- You'll start your application at gov.uk, where you'll create a UK Visas and Immigration account and use the ‘UK Immigration ID Check’ app to verify your identity. To do this, you'll need either your Biometric Residence Card or Permit (BRC/P), or passport, depending on whether you have a physical or digital visa.
- You'll also need to know the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) you used for your most recent student visa application in order to apply for the Graduate Route.
- You can only apply after your sponsor (AUB) has reported you to UKVI as having completed your course. We'll email you to confirm when we've reported your successful completion to UKVI. We recommend that you read both the overview of the visa and the Graduate section of the Immigration Rules before applying for your visa.
Skilled Worker is a visa route for people who've been offered a skilled job in the UK. In order to apply under the Skilled worker visa category, you must meet all the following minimum requirements:
- Your employer (who has offered you a job) must've been approved by the Home Office and must provide you with a ‘certificate of sponsorship’.
- Your job must be on a list of eligible occupations and the salary must normally be the highest of three options: £25,600 per year; £10.10 per hour; or the going rate for the type of job you'll be doing (amounts subject to change).
You can find out more about the Skilled Worker minimum requirements, what you need to apply, fees and the application process on the Home Office website; we also recommend that you read the Skilled Worker section of the Immigration Rules in full before submitting any application. In addition, UKCISA have published a comprehensive and helpful guide to working after your studies.
We're only able to provide students with basic advice on this visa category. However, your employer should be able to confirm what's required to apply. If you'd like more specialist advice, we recommend you discuss your application with an authorised Immigration Adviser before submission.
The Temporary Work visa is aimed at young people, giving them a chance to live and work in the UK for a limited time. You can apply for a Temporary Work visa if you have an offer for a full-time internship that meets UKVI’s requirements. The internship must be paid in line with the UK’s minimum wage legislation. For more information about the visa, refer to the government's guidance.
You need a certificate of sponsorship before you submit your visa application. Under the Tier 5 (Temporary Worker -Government Authorised Exchange), this can be issued by a government-approved sponsor. Relevant schemes include AIESEC (Access Tier 5 scheme), GTI (Tier 5 Intern Program) and BUNAC (Intern in Britain); refer to the full list of sponsors for more information.
We're unable to offer any guidance on this visa category. We strongly recommend that you do your own research and contact an authorised Immigration Adviser or one of the approved sponsors linked above for further information.
The Innovator Founder visa has replaced the Start-Up and Innovator visas and is for individuals who want to start and run an innovative business in the UK. In order to apply for this visa, you must be endorsed by an approved body; please refer to the full list.
You can read about the eligibility requirements for the Innovator Founder visa on the Home Office website; we also recommend that you read Appendix Innovator Founder to the Immigration Rules in full before formally contacting an endorsing body.
We're unable to offer any guidance on this visa category. We strongly recommend that you do your own research and contact an authorised Immigration Adviser or one of the approved endorsing bodies linked above for further information.