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What are the student visa requirements in the UK for students from low-risk countries?

I’m American, and I’m trying to apply for a UK study visa. Generally, with the Tier 4 UK student visa requirements, you need to provide documents like bank statements and evidence of financial support. So, when I was applying, I read on the UK education visa website that as an American I am considered a low risk national and don’t have to provide all the student visa requirements. Should I fill in the points in the section where I’m asked how many points I claim for maintenance funds or should I simply write in the section notes that I am a low risk national?

Samantha Stevenson

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Melissa Norris on January 31, 2018

While applying for a Tier 4 Study Visa in the UK, it means you also intend to study a full-term degree course. Otherwise, if you are just going for a part-time course, there’s no need to apply for one. Since your eligibility is calculated using a points-based rules system, those 10 points you are wondering about are really important. Remember you need to score 40 points to be considered. For me, honestly, I gave each and everything they could have requested in my application. Luckily, my mother is an attorney, so she saw all the "legalese" in the application procedure, so it went pretty easily.

The UK chose to differentiate the requirements for UK student visas basing on the nationalities. Canada, USA, UAE and others are named generally low risk countries. The differential arrangements Tier 4 imply that for Tier 4 students from the specified countries, there is no prerequisite to give confirmation of funds, academic capabilities or academic progress to the Home Office with your educational visa application. Thus, I don't perceive any reason why they ought to deny you a chance when you have officially given verification that you are a US low risk national, particularly your residential area. Remember, you are only considered a low risk national if you apply from your home country.

You will, in any case, need to sign a declaration on your application saying that you meet the necessities set out in the Policy Guidance and that you hold the paper proof in the configuration required. In this case, even if you just indicate that you are an American, and therefore a low risk, just make sure all those documents are ready and that you can produce them at any time. This is the most important because the Home Office can ask for it as part of their selection procedure and they will decline your request if you can’t provide it within their specified period. Therefore, on the score sheet, just fill a 10, indicate your nationality and provide other documents as per the students visa requirements, and you are good to go.

You should also know that these are the only documents which you may not submit if you are a qualified low-risk national. Other papers like the Parent's consent, ATAS certificate, Financial Sponsor's approval to continue studies (in case you were formerly sponsored), and academic qualification, should be included in your application

Larry Warrena year ago

I also applied as a low-risk national. I submitted all documents including


1. International Passport
2. Passport photo
3. Unconditional offer from an authorized Tier 4 supplier
4. Evidence that you meet the English language prerequisite
5. 28 days bank statement.


I think, regardless of the possibility that you are a qualified national, it's constantly safe to simply present all the evidence required for a UK study visa. But since you have officially done it, as said above, ensure that you have them all prepared. They won’t deny you a chance; however, they may ask you for them. Inability to give the documents when asked for by the Home Office will bring about your application denial. If you don't mind, take note that in case you will present your application through the Immigration Service ('Check and Send' Scheme) they will expect you to give all documentary confirmation at the time you present your application.


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