Passport & Visa Services
RUYANG can help you to prepare your VISA application. We are very experienced at this and have never yet had a VISA refused for an International student.
We can also help you renew expired passports or assist you in obtaining a passport if you don’t already have one.
If you are from one of the EC (European Community) countries you do not need a VISA to enter the United Kingdom, but you should have a valid passport or Identity Card of your country. If you are not from an EC country you will need a valid passport and you may need a VISA to enter the United Kingdom. Please check with your local British Embassy or Consulate. If you require a VISA, RUYANG will supply all necessary documents required to, obtain the appropriate VISA. When the VISA is issued you should check that it is marked ‘D: STUDENT’. This is important, as with such a VISA you will be able to extend it in the UK/Ireland should it expire before you have completed your studies. A VISA enables you only to enter the country. If you are issued with a 6-month British VISA this means that you may enter the UK at any time during these 6 months. Permission to remain in the United Kingdom is given to you by the Immigration Officer at Passport Control at the port of entry.
Before your arrival in the United Kingdom, RUYANG will provide you with a letter from your school that states:
- The purpose of your visit.
- The school you will attend, with its full address.
- The number of years or terms you intend to study in the UK/Ireland.
- Confirmation of payment of fees.
- Legal guardianship arrangements.
This letter must be produced at the port of entry, along with other documents that you may require, such as:
- Invitation from the school.
- Bank statement or a copy of payment of fees.
- Landing card that you must fill out on the plane or before reaching Passport Control at the port of entry.
The extension of a child’s VISA can take up to 12 weeks (as per the Home Office guidelines). Thus, RUYANG cannot guarantee to obtain a VISA extension at short notice, due to urgent requirements by the parents. If RUYANG is unable to obtain an extension, parents must apply to the British Embassy in their country for a new VISA. The British Home Office will not accept applications for the extension of a VISA more than 6 weeks before the “leave to enter/remain” is due to expire.
Children who leave the United Kingdom to return to their country more than 6 weeks before the expiry of the “leave to enter/remain”, and who are planning to come back to the United Kingdom after their “leave to enter/remain” has expired, will need to apply for a new VISA in their home country.
Assisting in the application for an extension of visas
RUYANG furnishes formal invitation letters and other VISA support documents required by the British Embassy for children and their parents to obtain VISA’s to the United Kingdom. Should a child’s VISA expire during his/her stay, RUYANG arranges the extension, ensuring that all supporting documents required by the Home office (bank statements, confirmation letters from schools) are provided. If the Home Office requires personal attendance by the child, we will arrange the transport and will personally attend and supervision of the child during this visit.
If for any reason the Home Office does not extend the VISA, parents must apply to the British Embassy for a new VISA for their child. In this case, we will provide all necessary VISA support documents as detailed above.
From time to time a child may need to visit another foreign country whilst based in the UK – for example, to participate in a school trip or to spend holidays with parents, or friends from school living overseas. In such cases we will arrange for any VISA’s required, ensuring that all supporting documents required by the embassy of the country to be visited are provided – bank statements, confirmation of hotel bookings, itineraries and tickets. If the embassy requires personal attendance by the child, we will arrange the transport and supervision of the child during this visit. Any costs incurred by us (e.g. transport of the child to the Home Office/embassy) must be covered by the parents and will appear on the invoice.