Viva Britannia (UK Student Visa experience)

Target Country: United Kingdom (UK) or Great Britain
Passport: Indian Passport
Visa Type: Student Visa
Processing Consulate/Embassy: British High Commission, New Delhi, India
Documents submitted:

  • GBP 100 fee (Bank draft of Indian Rupee equivalent) made out to “British High Commission” (UK High Commission was not acceptable)
  • Filled application form
  • Valid passport
  • Original Bank statements for the last 6 months
  • Original passbooks for Indian bank accounts
  • Original passbooks of parents (sponsors)
  • Financial statements (certified by chartered accountants) detailing stock holdings
  • Original letter from the University saying that I have gained admission and paid part of the fee
  • Original letter from bank confirming student loan
  • Passport Sized Picture (taken on the spot, when submitting application)
  • Email trail discussing and confirming admissions interview with an alumnus.
  • Email of Visa Appointment confirmation
  • IELTS Certificate
  • Graduation certificate and transcript from Undergraduate studies
  • Transcripts from Class X and Class XII examinations
  • Income Tax Returns (photocopies) for me and my sponsors

Relatively pain less. The application was made through VFS Global – a third party that acts as the front end to the visa offices of various consulates in India. They were very helpful and responsive. The only thing lacking was a complete list of instructions on what to bring. Once I reached, I was told that my passport sized photo was inadequate and that I needed a whole bunch of photocopies. But on the whole, it was a very smooth process.

Recommendation: Make sure you have originals AND photocopies of all documents (including passport).

Time frame: 6 working days
Number of embassy visits: 2 (well, 2 visits to the VFS office, not the embassy.)