Pakistani students, holding a Pakistani passport, have to apply for a visa/entry certificate provided you have an unconditional offer of a place at a university, college or school and adequate funds to support yourself.

Therefore, although the all the rules & regulations are obvious, and strict, so you must ensure that all your paperwork is in proper order.

The British High Commission Islamabad is accepting all student applications. These applications must be submitted through the nearest Gerry’s / FedEx office or through the British Council’s student select scheme, and must be accompanied by full supporting documentary evidence. Universities and colleges are advised not to fax the High Commission with letters of support.


The perpose of Student Select scheme to help facilitate students, seeking information to study in United Kingdom for their higher education. As a part of this scheme the British Council quality reviews visa applications and assists the students in preparing them to the standards demanded by the British High Commission. The British High Commission in turn has offered to review these applications on a “Fast Track” service. As a result these applications have an edge, the necessity of an interview is minimised and visas are issued with relative ease.

Please note that the Student Select Scheme is exclusive to British Council.

If you choose to apply through your nearest British Council office, please attempt to submit your visa application at least six weeks prior to the start of your course.

Please note that British Council administration fees are in addition to the student Visa fee charged by the British High Commission.


If you meet institute’s requirement, you will be provided application forms and arrange offer letter (admission), which is required prior to lodgment of Visa application.
Pay the tuition fee for one semester or as advised by the High Commission and your Overseas Student Health Cover insurance premium. The institution will then forward CONFIRMATION OF ENROLMENT (COE) that your payment has been received and that you are enrolled.
After two weeks your passport will be received from the UK High Commission upon clearance of various checks. AusPak will assist you in accommodation and airport pick through the respective institute.

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All the applicats must submit their applications to British Council at least six weeks before the last date of registration at the College/University.



Students required the following orignal and photo copies for their visa application pack to send to the British Council with the following documents:


Unconditional offer letter from a UK institution
Photocopy of offer letter
Sponsor’s bank statements for the last six months(A bank certificate is acceptable only in case of fixed deposit accounts)
Visa form (VAF 1) (available from It must be printed back to back.
Photocopy of visa form
Student Select Form. It must be printed back to back.
Photocopy of Student Select Form
Three (3) recent passport-size colour photographs in white background. Please do not staple the pictures

Passport (with more then six months validity) (photocopy of first two pages)
National Identity Card
Evidence of English Language competency (IELTS(minimum score 6.0) /TOEFL scores are valid for two years only/O-Level English Grade ‘C’ minimum/A-Level English Grade ‘C’ minimum)
Academic documents and transcripts
Scholarship letter – if applicable
Sponsor’s letter in the form of affidavit properly signed by the solicitor – if applicable
Sponsor’s tax documents, including assessment forms for the last three years – if possible
Evidence of personal/sponsor’s business / land / employment / income
Family registration form ‘B’ – if applicable
Sponsor can be a company / parents / close relative etc. Proof of relationship must be establised in case of sponsor other than parents.

Once you have ALL the documents on the checklist ready you may deposit the non-refundable assessment fee of Rs.3000 in to British Council’s bank account at the Standard Chartered Bank. At the bank you will be handed over a slip to fill out. Please tick the box marked “Others” and write SSS.

You must deposit the British Council fee in the Standard Chartered Branch where you intend to submit your visa application:

Please note that you only use the British Council specific deposit slips available at all branches. Payments are not acceptable on ordinary SCB deposit slips.

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