Is there any soul who never gets nervous during a student visa interview? No, yet it is better if you are not obvious about your nervousness. Moreover, during the interview, the interviewing official is going to ask questions whose answers you already know. Besides, the people at the Embassy are always friendly and understanding; so just relax and go with the flow and ensure that you have all the required documents in hand including your visa application payment receipt and medical certificate.

The Interview

In some cases, applicants (students) may be asked to attend a visa interview in-person or attend a telephonic interview. When asked to attend an interview, an online appointment should be considered and students should be intimated about it.
According to the British High Commission’s service standards for processing of non-settlement applications, 90% applications are processed in 3 weeks, 98% are processed in 6 weeks and 100% are processed in 12 weeks of the application date. When you attend your appointment, you will:
  • Have to be present no earlier than 15 minutes before your visa interview and if late you will have to reschedule,
  • Submit your visa application and supporting documents,
  • Pay the application fee if you have not already paid and
  • Provide your biometric information.

Generally, it takes a maximum of 15 working days for your visa to the UK to be approved if you’ve applied for a non-settlement visa. It can take a bit longer if you’ve been denied or have overstayed your visa in the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or a Schengen country.

A six months’ stay in the UK is allowed if you’ve travelled on a general or family visit visa. Your visa can also be extended up to six months if your original stay time was shorter.

Wishing for a longer stay in the UK? 

If you’ve been wooed by the many charms of this place and wish for repeated visits or a longer stay, you’ll need to get in touch with the British High Commission. In case you’re granted permission for the same, you can stay in the UK for up to six months in each visit! Such visas are valid for 1, 2, 5 or 10 years.

Money required to procure a UK visa 

A general or family visit visa would need around 83 pounds while the long-term visa payment can be up to 737 pounds.

Visa application centres in India

Delhi: Upper Ground Floor, S-2 Level, International Trade Tower, Opposite Satyam Cinemas, Nehru Place, New Delhi – 110 019
Mumbai  South: Express Tower, Fourth Floor, Nariman Point, Mumbai – 400 021
Mumbai North: Trade Centre, ‘G’ Block, Ground Floor, next to Regus office, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (East), Mumbai – 400 051
Chennai: Fagun Towers, Second Floor, No 74, Ethiraj Salai, Egmore, Chennai- 600 008
Bangalore: Unit No. 302 & 303, Second Floor, Level 3, Prestige Atrium No 1, behind Palmgroove Military Canteen and opposite to Empire Hotel , Central Street, Shivaji Nagar, Bangalore – 560001
Kolkata: UK Visa Application Center, Fifth floor, RENE Tower, Plot No. AA-I, 1842, Rajdanga Main Road, Kasba, Kolkata – 700107

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