More than 100 British Virgin Islanders are currently studying in the UK, with some pursuing postgraduate degrees. The London Office assists and advises them, coordinating open days and trips, professional development seminars and internships.
Holders of Virgin Islands BOTC (BVI) Passports who intend to study for more than 6 months in the UK are required to hold a Student Visa. It is strongly recommended that you apply for your Student Visa prior to your arrival in the UK, your educational institution will require confirmation of your immigration status prior to the commencement of your course.
Please select the link provided below for further information on Student Visas via the UK Government website: Applying for a Student Visa for the UK
Additionally, please consider these areas below prior to the application stage:
1. Applying from Outside the UK
You would usually be asked to attend an interview and leave biometrics at your nearest Visa Application Centre. You may likely get a response within 3 weeks, however your Visa Application centre may offer a quicker decision on your student visa for an additional fee.
2. Confirm your Visa type
Please select “Student” when applying from the menu as the website has included a wide variety of visa options on this page.
3. Check available Biometric Enrolment Locations
Your nearest location will be “Barbados” by default. Please type in this location as you will be required to travel to Barbados to leave biometric data and facial photograph.
Further information on VFS Global, which is the partner for UK Visas & Immigration in Barbados can be accessed via the link below:
** Please complete the application process prior to booking your visa appointment. The system will automatically take you to the booking page once you have completed and paid the application fee**
4. Application for a UK Student Visa
Once you have completed these questions, you will be automatically taken to the application page.
5. Holders of a British passport do not require a student visa