If you are coming to Cambridge to attend an interview, and you normally require a visa to enter the UK, then we understand that you should apply as a General Visitor (if you are over the age of 18) or Child Visitor (if you are under 18 years old).
Your nationality determines whether you need to make a visa application before you leave for the UK or whether you can apply for the visa from the UK Border Control on arrival at the port of entry in the UK. The Home Office web pages provide information on the requirements, the process and the costs.
To support your application you might wish to present a copy of a letter inviting you to interview. For example, if you are attending an interview at a Cambridge College to undertake undergraduate study, that College would provide the letter. That letter should confirm the details of the interview (e.g. dates) and any other arrangements (e.g. accommodation). However, the institution inviting you to interview will not usually provide any letter of support for any accompanying adult because that institution is not inviting any accompanying adult.
If you are under 18 years and travelling to the UK without an adult, then you also require:
- Consent from your parent/guardian for you to travel to the UK; and
- Evidence that suitable living arrangements have been made for the stay in the UK; and
- Contact details of your parent/guardian in your home country.
If you are under 18 years, and travelling with an adult, you must identify this adult when applying for your visa. The adult must be over the age of 18. The adult's name will appear on the visa. If you subsequently arrive in the UK without that adult, you will be refused entry. You can identify up to two adults, as long as your parent or guardian has given their consent (permission). Your visa is only valid if you travel with at least one of the adults identified on their visa.