No. 28 - Child Student Visas - Documents & Proof
All documents & proof submitted to the UK Border Agency to support
applications for child students visas must be issued by an authorised official
of the issuing organisation and be:
- original; &
- on the official letter-headed paper or stationery of the organisation.
The mandated documents to support a visa application must be submitted at the same time as the application form. The UK Border Agency will not contact applicants if they do not send the correct documents & proof, and may refuse applications on this basis alone.
If one of your documents is not in English or Welsh, the original must be sent with a fully certified translation by a professional translator. This translation must include:
- the translator's qualifications;
- confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the
- the date;
- the translator's signature; &
- the translator's contact details.
Return of your documents
If you're applying from inside the United Kingdom, your documents will be returned to you by post to the address you provide on your application. If a representative makes an application on your behalf, your documents will be returned to them. Your documents will be returned using recorded delivery. If you want your documents to be returned by special delivery, you should provide a prepaid special delivery envelope. You can also arrange for your documents to be collected by courier at your own cost. If you would like to arrange a courier, put a courier request in writing by fax to 0114 207 5862.
If you're outside the United Kingdom, your documents will be returned in the same way you sent them. For example, if you took them to a visa issuing post, the visa issuing post will return them to you.
** Additional Information & Advice **
As discussed in a previous blog entry, however, the UK government recently introduced new rules for student visas - so instead of researching online, you may prefer to expedite things by speaking with a solicitor who specialises in immigration law.
You can be matched with a solicitor for free via solicitor matching services, which can also help you to understand the best course of action for your situation and whether you are ready to hire a solicitor.