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Get Invovled in Space Science: Living and Learning in the UK

Friday , Posted by AME at 11:58 PM

Stars in their Eyes: 
Space Science one of the most fascinating and exiting subjects of the 21st century - have a pretty good working life.
Why come to the UK to study Space Science?
Studying in the UK is very different from studying in India, according for a start, there is a lot more focus on independent learning. Lot of projects work, and being able to write well is a definite advantage and London is very student-friendly with discounts all over the place. And if you get a part-time job, which is easy to do, it makes things much more manageable.

Different Types of Visa Applications:
There are different types of visa, such as student (or child) visitor visas, or Tier 4 visas for international students for more than six months. You can check if you need one, which type you need, and how the latest requirement affect on the UK Border Agency's visa pages www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/doineedvisa. Here's an Overview of some of the most important developments.

Getting Permission to come to the UK
STEP1: Work out if you need a visa
Students from the European Economic Area, Switzerland and certain other countries do not need visas to study in the UK.
STEP2: Find out which visa you need
You will need a Tier 4 student visa unless you are: under 17; coming to the UK for a course that lasts less than six months; or coming for an English language course that last less than 11 months.
STEP3: Check that you are eligible
To quality for a Tier 4 (General) visa, you must have a confirmation of acceptance for studies for an approved course at a licensed institution, enough money for your fees and living costs, and valid supporting documents.

Applying for your visa
STEP4: Provide your Biometric data
You will have to provide a 10-digit finger scan and a digital photograph
STEP5: Complete your application forms
This will be the VAF9-PBS Migrant form and either Appendix B or 9 (for child students)
STEP6: Submit your application
Depending on which country you come from, you may need to submit your application in person at a visa application center or online
STEP7: Pay your application
The online application fee is currently 225. Check the UKBA website for updates
STEP8: Get your visa
It may take several weeks for your visa to come through
STEP9: Check it carefully
Make sure that the information is correct and tel your visa application centre if there are any errors
STEP10: Travel to the UK
Make sure you come on or after your visa's valid from date

Living in the UK
STEP11: Attend your courses
Your institution will let the UK Border Agency know if you don't seem to be sticking to the ters of your visa
STEP12: Know your limits
Depending on your country and course, you may be allowed to travel to the other European countries and do a certain amount of paid work during your studies - Its, important to stick to these rules.

Advice from International Student Jingsi Li
1. Make sure you have the right amount of money in your bank account
2. Make sure your institution sends you a confirmation of acceptance for studies.
3. Get a lot of people to check the English version of your document, even if they have been translated professionally. The quality of language could affect your chances of getting a visa

What next?
You can get help and guidance from organisations such as the UK Council for International Student Affairs and your local British Council office and check the UK Border Agency website if you are unsure.
Always check the UKBA website www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk for the latest visa updates before you apply

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