EU Student Visa: What you need to know

We understand that for a lot of European citizens, free travel has been a luxury that many have grown accustomed to, so how to apply for a Student visa may be unclear and you may have some questions. In this blog we will share information about the Student visa application process for EU/EEA and Swiss nationals.

On the 31st December 2020, the UK officially left the European Union. Any EU, EEA or Swiss citizens in the UK prior to the 1st January 2021 were able to apply free of charge to the EU Settlement scheme before 30th June 2021. However, for those new students looking to come to the UK and join Bayes Business School to study after this date, a student visa will be required.

The UK is globally renowned for its higher education and there is no limit on the number of international students who can come to study in the UK.  At Bayes, we pride ourselves on our global community bringing together students, staff and alumni from around the world for a truly international experience and we continue to warmly welcome and invite students from the EU to join us.

Did you know…?

…The application can be done fully online from your phone

Applying for a Student visa as an EU national couldn’t be easier. The new digital platform has created a smooth online process where applicants can complete the full application, including identity verification, using their smartphone on the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app which is free to download.

To do this you will need a bio-metric passport to complete the visa application process via the app, otherwise you will need to visit a Visa Application Centre in your home country.

If approved, applicants will receive a written notification by email confirming their immigration permission. You will then be able to use the online ‘View and Prove’ service to generate a code to allow  universities to access  information about your visa status. This simple and secure service gives you your digital immigration status rather than a bio-metric residence  card.

…Our fees haven’t changed

For our master's courses, we charge the same for UK, EU, and International students so whilst some university courses now can’t offer home fees to EU students, our course fees have not changed.

…You can work during and after your master’s

Using the EU student visa students will be able to work 20 hours during term time and then work full-time outside of term time during the holidays, allowing you to gain additional experience and income.

In addition to this, the introduction of the Graduate Route visa means you can stay for up to 2 years after graduation. This allows you to find and take any work  within the UK if you wish. Being based between the Square Mile and Tech City, Bayes is surrounded by the best in global business and there are plenty of employment opportunities for you to explore!

The timeline

You will usually be able to apply for the student visa to study at Bayes up to three months before your course begins.

Before applying you will need a reference number from your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) which will be sent to you only when your offer for your master’s at Bayes is upgraded to unconditional.

Once Bayes MSc admissions team receive your course application and all relevant supporting documents, we aim to have a decision to you within six weeks. Whilst our master’s programme has no fixed application deadline, our courses close once full and we recommend applying by the beginning of July at the very latest to allow time for your visa application. Ideally, apply by the end of April to ensure plenty of time. More information about the master's application process can be found here.

For a successful MSc application to receive the unconditional status required, our admissions team need to have all award documents verified via one of the methods which will be listed in your offer letter.

For further information on the student visa for EU citizens you can visit Visas and immigration advice * City, University of London and UKCISA or email our Visa advice team at