Visitor Visa

If you are studying on a course at RCS that is less than six months long then you will need to apply for permission to enter (i.e. a visa) as a Standard visitor. Whether you apply in advance of travelling to the UK or at the UK port of entry will depend on whether you are a visa or non-visa national. For further information please read the Visitor Visa section on the UKCISA website

There are a number of restrictions under the Visitor route.  If you are coming to study a full-time course that lasts for six months or longer, or your course is less than six months in duration but you are required to do a work placement as part of your course, then you will need to request a CAS from the Conservatoire to enable you to apply for the a visa under the Student route.

The Visitor route is relevant for those people on distance learning courses who only want to come to the UK for a limited period at any given time, and for those who need to re-sit an exam or re-take a module. Please refer to the guide: Studying in the UK – Visitor and EVW Guidance

More information on the Visitor route is available at The Home Office and on the UKCISA website.

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