You must first meet the following criteria to apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from the College of Optometrists:
- Gain a 2:2 in optometry degree from one of the recognised universities
- Have secured a pre-registration placement with a UK employer.
Once a CoS is issued the application for the visa must then be submitted to the UKVI. An important part of the application to the UKVI is to show you have the necessary funds to support yourself during the pre-registration period. More detail on maintenance funds required can be found on the UKVI website
. Please note that by acting as your sponsor, the College is not certifying your maintenance (the funds required to support yourself) for any time you are in the UK.