Where to get second citizenship for visiting the UK
No passport by investment provides the right to study at British schools and universities without visas. However, citizenship of some countries allows spending up to 180 days in the UK, which is enough to choose a university or visit the child.
The listed countries are members of the Commonwealth of Nations, which includes the UK and former British colonies, protectorates and dominions. Thanks to the Commonwealth membership, Maltese, Vanuatu and Caribbean citizens can get some benefits in the UK, like entering the country visa-free and scholarships for talented students.
Kiran wanted to obtain second citizenship for himself and his family to travel visa-free and provide children with European education. We offered him Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by contributing to the University of the West Indies Fund as the least expensive investment option for a big family among Caribbean programs.
Kiran’s daughter will graduate from school in 2024 and be able to study at the University of the West Indies for free for a year. Diplomas of this university are accepted in all Commonwealth countries, including the UK.
Kiran and his wife also decided to send their sons to British private schools with a technical focus. In future, they will be able to benefit from preferential terms when enrolling in British universities.
Visas required to study in the UK
A UK student visa isn’t required for participating in educational programs that take up to six months, for example, for language courses. But a visa is needed to enrol in a school or university.
The visa type depends on the student’s age and course duration:
- A Short-Term Study Visa is for courses that take 6 to 11 months without an opportunity to change the course or study at a public school.
- A Student Visa is for applicants over 16 willing to study at a school or university. In this case, a student visa is usually valid for 2 years if the course doesn’t lead to a degree and for 5 years to study at a university with getting a diploma after graduation.
- A Child Student Visa allows children aged 4 to 17 to study at private schools. The visa validity period depends on the applicant’s age and course duration. The maximum is 6 years and 4 months.
The UK student visa application usually requires proof of admission to a course, school or university, health insurance and enough money for a child to live in the country during their studies. Depending on the visa type, it can be received either outside the UK or after arrival.
Second citizenship helps investors’ children take short-term courses in the UK without visas, while parents can freely and often visit them. If the main task is to get a British education, a Caribbean passport might be the most beneficial choice.
Frequently asked questions
An applicant for a UK student visa must provide the following:
- proof of admission to a course that requires obtaining a student visa or to a school or university in the UK;
- health insurance with full coverage;
- confirmation of income enough to live in the UK for the study period.
- a Short-Term Study Visa is issued for the study period only, which must take 6 to 11 months;
- a Student Visa is valid for 2 years if the course doesn’t provide a degree and 5 years for studying for a diploma;
- a Child Student Visa depends on the applicant’s age and the course duration; its maximum validity period is 6 years and 4 months.
The UK is one of the most popular destinations for studies, so getting a student visa might be challenging and time-consuming due to queues and paperwork. Besides, one can get rejected for various reasons, including an incomplete package of provided documents, poor academic performance or lack of funds to study and live in the UK.
The UK student visa fee depends on where you apply:
- £363 if applying outside the UK;
- £490 if extending or switching to the student visa while in the UK.