Visa Information
for MLA Programmes

Visa Information
for MLA Programmes

Navigating the visa and immigration process to travel and study abroad can be difficult. Please use this page as a helpful resource to answer some of the most popular questions we receive regarding travel visa. For specific information pertaining to your visa questions, we recommend visiting the immigration websites below:

UK Visas & Immigration
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
US Department of State
Canada Immigration & Citizenship

Navigating the visa and immigration process to travel and study abroad can be difficult. Please use this page as a helpful resource to answer some of the most popular questions we receive regarding travel visa. For specific information pertaining to your visa questions, we recommend visiting the immigration websites below:

UK Visas & Immigration
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
US Department of State
Canada Immigration & Citizenship

For which visa should I apply for?

The names of the visas can vary by country to country. In general, you will only need a tourism or visitor’s visa to study at an MLA centre as our programs are consider short-term recreational English courses.

How can I get a visa invitation letter from MLA?

Electronic visa invitation letters are automatically generated for groups inside the MLA Agent Zone. Please contact your agent to obtain your letter prior to makes a visa appointment with the consulate. Letters will be issued under the trading name of the MLA company where the business is being conducted (e.g. Go Languages WorldWide Ltd. in the UK and Study World Corporation in the US). An original hard copy of the visa invitation letter(s) can be sent by currier for a small fee, contact us for additional details.

What is I am from the EEA or Switzerland; do I still need a visa?

Students who enroll in MLA programmes from the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland will not need a visa to learn English in the UK or Ireland; however, different rules apply to those students in the US and Canada.

What is the US Visa Waiver Program (VWP)?

The Visa Waiver Program, administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in consultation with the State Department, permits citizens of 38 countries to travel to the United States for business or tourism for stays of up to 90 days without a visa. To view the list of eligible countries click here. If you are traveling from a VWP eligible country, you will still be required to complete an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) application, see below.

What is the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)?

ESTA is an automated system that determines the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).

If I am enrolled in the MLA New York + Toronto MiniBreak program do I need a US and Canadian Visa?

Depending on your country of citizenship you may be required to possess a Canadian visa to enter Canada on the Toronto MiniBreak. To see what is required for travel to Canada please click here. If you are a passport holder of a European Economic Area (EEA) country, you will not need a visa or eTA for the Tornoto MiniBreak.

What if I already have a visa?

If you already have a valid UK visa, you might be able to take a language course with MLA. If your visa is not listed below or if you are not sure if your visa allows you to study in the UK, please feel free to ask us for more information.

  • You can study for any period of time on: Short-Term Study Visa, Student Visitor Visa, Tier 4 (General) Visa (must obtain written permission from a Tier 4 sponsor), Tier 1 Visa, Tier 2 Visa, Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) Visa, Diplomat Visa, Residence Visa.
  • You can study for up to 30 days on: Standard Visitor Visa, Tourist Visitor Visa, Business Visitor Visa, Academic Visitor Visa.

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