Eligibility Criteria UK

UK Visa Requirements for Indian Citizens 2024

The United Kingdom is the world's biggest financial center which has the 5th largest economy. The United Kingdom is one of the world's most advanced and powerful governments. It is at the top of the list in terms of human development, higher per capita income, a robust economy, industries, military capability, and so on, which is why the UK has stood as the top choice to settle abroad.

Out of many ways to settle in the UK, there are some of the most popular paths for Indian citizens to migrate to the UK. And each tier has individual eligibility criteria, which the applicants need to check thoroughly.

Eligibility Requirements to Migrate to the UK

For the majority of the visa types indicated above, you must meet the requirements listed below:

[Read More: Read New Visa Rules For UK Immigration Process]

Age Limit

To apply for a student visa, you must be at least 16 years old, and to apply for a work visa, you must be at least 18 years old.

Minimum Score

To apply for a work visa, you must have a score of more than 95 points on the points system that applies to both the Tier 1 and Tier 2 visa schemes. Furthermore, before applying for a student visa in the United Kingdom, students must enroll in a UK Border Agency (UKBA) recognized institution.

Language Proficiency

The English Language Proficiency Test is required of you. It can be either IELTS or TOEFL tests. The minimum score required depends on the visa category.


You must be a citizen of a nation that is not a member of the European Economic Area (EEA).

Documents Required

You should have all of the necessary documentation, such as work experience certifications, to enroll in a college or apply for certain employees in the United Kingdom.

Funds Required

For the first year of your stay in the UK on a student or work visa, you should have enough money to support yourself.

Other Documents

You must also provide character and health certificates to further demonstrate your eligibility for the appropriate visa.

Eligibility to get UK ILR –

Here are the eligibility requirements to get ILR

  • For Candidates on a Work Visa
    • Candidates can apply for ILR if they have a work visa. And they must stay in 5 years
    • Candidates with Tier 1 visas must live 2-3 years in the UK to get ILR.
    • Candidates with Innovator or Global Talent Visa must stay 3 years in the UK to get ILR.

    [Read More: Types of UK Dependant Visas?]

  • Family in the UK

    If you have a partner, parent, child, or another relative who is a British citizen or has indefinite right to remain in the UK, you may be eligible to apply.

    • If you've been a resident of the United Kingdom for ten years,
    • If you are a commonwealth citizen

Top FAQs Asked by Students Travelling to UK

A minimum of 5.0 score in IELTS is required for a UK visa and is accepted by UKVI.

For Indian citizens, it is mandatory to have a job to get the UK to work visa. And for tourist visas, you can stay up to 6 months but cannot work.

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