Visa Information

You will need a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study at the University of Lincoln International Study Centre.

How Do I Apply for a UK Student Visa?

Student visa applications work on a points-based system; if you score 40 points you will be granted a visa. To apply for your visa, you must first:

  • Apply for your chosen course at the University of Lincoln International Study Centre.
  • Receive an offer of a place on the course. This is worth 30 points.
  • Send your paperwork to be checked by staff at the International Study Centre. They will request a tuberculosis certificate, IELTS scores, bank statements and academic grades.
  • Pay your CAS fee and deposit to the International Study Centre.
  • Receive a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). This is worth an extra 10 points.
  • Apply for your visa. You need to show that you have enough money to pay for your studies, accommodation and other expenses while in the UK.
  • You may also be required to attend a credibility interview.
  • You will be contacted to tell you whether or not your visa application has been successful.

When Should I Apply for a Student Visa? 

You can apply for a visa up to three months before the start date of your course at the International Study Centre. Apply early to make sure there is enough time for your application to be processed.

Visa Credibility Interviews

What is a Credibility Interview?

A credibility interview is carried out by an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) to establish that you are a genuine student. If they believe you may be planning to use a student visa for holiday or work, they will refuse your visa application. The interview is nothing to worry about; you just need to show that you have done your research and are coming to the UK for the right reasons.

Will I Have a Credibility Interview?

Not everyone will be asked to have a credibility interview. It depends on which country you are applying from.

Where Will my Credibility Interview Take Place?

You will normally be interviewed via a secure video system, by a UKVI member of staff who is in a visa application centre in the UK.

How Should I Prepare for my Credibility Interview?

Make sure you have researched the University of Lincoln, and your chosen course, thoroughly.

What Questions Will I be Asked in a Credibility Interview?

Below are some examples of questions you may be asked. Think carefully before answering, be honest, and avoid yes and no answers as much as possible.

Why Did You Choose the University of Lincoln?

The interviewer will want to see that you have researched the University and its local area, and that you have clear reasons for choosing it.

Why Did You Choose Your course?

You need to show that you are genuinely interested in your chosen subject.

How do Your Studies Fit Into Your Career plans?

The interviewer will want to establish that you are going to university for the right reason. Explain how you hope the skills and knowledge you gain there will help you in the future.

What if my Visa is Refused? 

If you do not meet the criteria set out in UKVI’s immigration rules, your application will be refused. If you receive a visa refusal, you have 28 days to submit an Administrative Review to the UKVI and challenge the decision made by the ECO.