Visas and immigration

Student Study Visas for
Applications from overseas Students


If you are not a UK national and want to study a full-time course of more than 6 months' duration at KLC, then you will need to apply for a Student Visa route which is a points-based immigration system. The Visa application process can be complicated, so please read the following information carefully and please do not hesitate to contact KLC should you need any advice.

Please note: If you or your family are from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, and have started living in the UK before 01 Jan 2021, you may be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. The deadline for this application is 30 Jun 2021.

Irish citizens do not need to apply for a visa or to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Points based immigration system

What is the Points Based System (PBS)?

The Points Based System is part of the UK immigration system which consists of five tiers of visas which allow non-UK nationals to work or study in the UK.

Overseas applicants who need to apply for a visa to study in the UK should be aware that visa applications can take a while to process and should, therefore, allow a minimum of 15 working days prior to the start of the course to apply for a visa. Should your visa not have been formally approved within 5 working days of the start of your course, KLC reserves the right to reallocate your place - you will then be given an option to transfer to the next start date. However, please note that you will need to re-apply for a visa should you wish to transfer to the next start date.

How to apply:

    Students must obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) reference number from KLC before making their Student Visa application. The CAS is an electronic number that applicants need to quote on their visa application. This number is unique to each applicant and institution. It is important that you read and understand the Home Office's Student Visa policy guidance before you apply.

    To view the policy guidance please click here -

    To secure a CAS, students will need to submit the following documents to KLC as part of their registration: 
    1. Copies of any Education Certificates or Qualifications that have formed the basis of your offer of a place on the KLC course.
    2. A copy of passport's bio-data page.
    3. A copy of an English Language Test result from one of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) approved English Language test.  Please note: Only centres approved for SELT purposes will fully meet the UKVI specific requirements for UK immigration purposes. Please click on the link below to view the list of approved tests and providers.
    English Language Test Exemption

    You do not need to prove your knowledge of English if you have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in one of the following countries, or are from one of the following countries: 

    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Australia
    • The Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Belize
    • Dominica
    • Grenada
    • Guyana
    • Ireland
    • Jamaica
    • Malta
    • New Zealand
    • St Kitts and Nevis
    • St Lucia
    • St Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • United Kingdom
    • United States of America
    1. Proof of funds sufficient to meet the UKVI maintenance allowance (equivalent to £1,334.00/month for a period of 9 months).

    If being sponsored by Parents: You will need to submit a copy of your parents' bank statement, a letter confirming their financial support and a copy of your birth certificate.

    If being sponsored by a Guardian: You will need to submit a court document naming your legal guardian, a copy of your Guardian's bank statement and a letter confirming his/her financial support.

    If being sponsored by an official financial sponsor: You will need to submit an official letter from the institution confirming that they will cover ALL your fees and living costs.

    IMPORTANT: Under the Immigration Rule, the proof of evidence you produce from the bank or building society or financial institution must show that you have the right amount of funding in your account for 28 consecutive days. The end date of the 28-day period must be within 31 days of the date you apply for your visa. If you do not meet the 28-day requirement your Visa application will be rejected.

    1. TUBERCULOSIS SCREENING TEST: You will need to have a tuberculosis test if you are coming to the UK for more than 6 months and are resident in any of the countries listed on the UKVI Student Route Visa website. Please note that you must be tested at a clinic that has been approved by the Home Office.

      To see the list of countries and approved clinics, please click on the link below.

    Please note that you must be tested at a clinic that has been approved by the Home Office. Please visit the link below to see the list of Home Office approved clinics. 

    Once the above requirements have been met, the CAS number will be posted/e-mailed to the student along with a CAS confirmation letter listing the information that we sent to the UKVI. The CAS number will be linked to a specific KLC course and students will be unable to switch to another course or another learning provider unless they obtain a new visa.


    Applicants coming to the UK to study for a period of more than 6 months or longer are required to pay the healthcare surcharge. Those who pay the surcharge will be able to access the National Health Service (NHS) in the same way as a permanent UK resident. 

    The payment is made at the same time as the immigration application is made. It is very important that you ensure you have paid the Immigration Health Surcharge before you submit or send your immigration application. 

    Some exemptions to this rule will apply - click the below link for more details.

    Important tips and reminders:

    1. Check your visa requirements. Make sure that you have the latest advice by visiting the UKVI website:
    1. Check the restrictions/conditions of your visa. Make sure that you have read and understood the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) Policy Guidance before making your application. 

      Visit the website below to download the latest UK Visas & Immigration Policy Guidance.

      PLEASE NOTE the following general conditions that will be attached to your stay in the UK. 

      1. Students sponsored by KLC have permission to work depending on the level of their study. Students following our BA (Hons) are permitted to work 20 hours per week during term-time and full-time during term break. Additionally, students on our Diploma HE and Foundation Degree may work up to 10 hours per week during term-time and full-time during term break.
      2. Not claim any state benefits (known as public funds) that you are not entitled to;
      3. Register with the police (if needed).
      4. A Student Route visa is specifically designed for study in the UK and will not lead to permanent residency.
    1. Processing times vary from country to country. Some will process applications in 5 working days, others may take a few weeks. You can find out the most recent visa application processing times for the country from which you are applying by using the "guide to visa processing times" from the UKVI website:
    1. Follow the instructions on the Student Route visa website on how and when to apply for your visa. Make sure that you submit the complete documents according to the procedure in your country of application.

    Under the PBS the School will be expected by the UK Visas and Immigration to report any incident where a student fails to arrive for the start of the course, or defers or suspends their studies, as well as students who fail to attend their course for significant periods of time.


    For more information about the new Points Based System, please visit the following website: 

    To get student advice about the PBS, please visit the following website:

    Short courses

    Please note: Overseas students who wish to undertake a short course of up to six months (eg Full Time 11 Week Certificate Residential Interior Design) will have to apply under the Standard Visitor Visa route. Please be advised that students who travel to the UK under the Standard Visitor Visa route will not be allowed to do any work or work placement (even if it is part of a course, or is unpaid). For more information about the Standard Visitor Visa, please click on the link below:

    The Visa information we have provided is correct at the time of publication, however, this is subject to any changes issued by the UK Visas and Immigration, so please always refer to the website for the latest news and information regarding Visa Requirements.

    Please contact KLC's Admissions Department on 020 7376 3377 or via email should you need any advice on your KLC course application.

    International Student Two-Year Work Entitlement

    In September 2019, the UK Government announced a new two-year post-study work visa, expanding opportunities for talented international students to build successful careers in the UK from 2020-21 onwards. This means qualifying international students completing a BA (Hons) Degree can stay and work in the UK for 2 years and then possibly apply for a skilled work visa. Visit the Gov UK website link below for more details: