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International students are required to submit certain documents to apply for student visa outside the UK. The requirements vary as per the nationality of the student and where the student is submitting the application. It is crucial to know for sure what documents must be provided to make the application valid and successful because these are the only documents that the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) will consider to reach a decision.
This article is written to provide guidance on required supporting documents that students having Bangladeshi nationality must provide when applying from Bangladesh under student category – this category is for international students coming to the UK for post-16 education. To qualify as a student you must be at least 16 years old.
Please note that to initiate the process, you must complete an online application form and to complete the application process, you must book and attend an appointment at the Visa Application Centre in Dhaka or Sylhet for biometric fingerprints. You can book the appointment online through Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) website after you complete and submit your visa application online. You will receive a booking confirmation email for the appointment – take a printout of this when you go to the Visa Application Centre (VAC).
You can upload your documents online on VFS website and the process is very simple if you have the required documents clearly and correctly scanned on your computer/laptop. If this is not possible, you can take the hard copies to the VFS centre on the day of your appointment, they will do this for you with set fees.
Documents you must provide:
You may need to submit additional documents depending on your circumstances including:
Guidance notes – Bank statement
You will need to submit personal bank statements (not business or company bank statement) covering a consecutive 28 day period ending no more than 31 days before the date of your application. You can use bank statements either from your current account and/ or from savings account.
Your personal bank statements must show:
If you wish to submit electronic bank statements these must contain all of the details listed above. In addition, you will need to provide a supporting letter from your bank on company headed paper, confirming the authenticity of the statements provided;
Alternatively an electronic bank statement bearing the official stamp of the bank in question will be accepted. This stamp must appear on every page of the statement;
If you want to use a joint account as proof of your money, you must be named on the account along with one or more other person;
In the absence of bank statements, you can use a letter from your bank confirming funds have been held for a consecutive 28 day period ending no more than 31 days before the date of your application. The letter must be on bank’s original letterhead and it must show:
Please note that Home Office accept financial statements from the following bank in Bangladesh:
Additionally, Home Office will also accept financial statements from the following banks in Bangladesh until further notice:
The above list is taken from gov.uk at the time this article is written. You should always check for any changes and maintain account in a listed bank only.
Guidance notes – Official Financial Sponsorship or Government Sponsor:
Guidance notes – Loan letter:
Guidance notes - IELTS test report:
Guidance notes – document translation:
Guidance notes – Tier 4 (General) students under the age of 18:
Guidance notes – ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) certificate:
Check this link to find out which academic subjects that need a certificate from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office:
Disclaimer: This article has been written to provide guidelines only to prepare Bangladeshi students throughout the admission and visa application process – there has been no attempt or intention to provide any Immigration Advice. If you require immigration advice, you must seek this from an OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner) regulated adviser or company. To find an immigration adviser, please check here at gov.uk.
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