Your approved education provider must issue you a visa letter or confirmation of acceptance for studies for you to be able to apply as a student. The visa letter or confirmation of acceptance for studies is confirmation of your unconditional offer of a place on a course of study. You must have a visa letter or confirmation of acceptance for studies when you apply, or your application will be refused.
As of 5 October 2009, approved education providers are able to start using our IT system (sponsor management system) to start issuing confirmation of acceptance for studies, which is an electronic number, to allow you to apply for a student visa.
From February 2010 the UK Border Agency will only accept a confirmation of acceptance for studies and will no longer accept a visa letter.
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- What is the visa letter?
Your approved education provider will give you a visa letter. which is an official and unconditional offer of a place on a course of study.
- Confirmation of acceptance for studies
Approved education providers will start issuing confirmation of acceptance for studies which will replace visa letters once the sponsorship management system is implemented. This will be an electronic reference number and will contain all the same information that is currently in the visa letter, to issue the confirmation of acceptance for studies.
Arrangements for International Baccalaureate Students with awards issued on 5 July 2009, who are applying on or before 30 October 2009
The UK Border Agency has been notified that the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) will not be producing documents showing the official confirmation of results to these students until the end of August 2009. The updated guidance explains the application process and documents that such International Baccalaureate students making their application on or before 30 October 2009 should produce.