All nationals from non-EEA states who wish to come to the UK to study for longer than 6 months are required to obtain a visa (also called 'entry clearance') before coming to the UK.
To apply for your Tier 4 (student) entry clearance overseas, you will need to find your closest Visa Application Centre and check with them what their procedure for visa applications is.
To apply for your student visa in the UK, you must first make an appointment with our Visa & Immigration Support team for an assessment of your documents. You will then be given assistance with the online application.
Further information about the visa application process can be found on the Visas & Immigration webpages.
To qualify for a Tier 4 (student) visa you must be able to claim 40 points. The points are given as follows:
You may find the Points-based calculator useful on the Home Office webpages.
You will require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number to include on your visa application form. You can request a CAS number from the Admissions Unit through e:VIsion when you hold an unconditional offer and have paid your tuition fee deposit, from three months before the start of your course. The CAS number will be on a CAS statement, which will also include
Please note: this statement will be available for you to download from e:Vision and will be in addition to any conditional or unconditional offer letter already issued to you. You must check the information on the CAS statement carefully and inform us if there are any errors before you apply for your visa. You are responsible for checking the information on the CAS statement is correct.
You must provide a bank statement that covers 28 days that shows you have enough money to claim the 10 points for maintenance. The money must be in your bank account or your parents' bank account. It cannot be in any other relative or friend’s account.
The money must be in your bank account at the time you apply and you must have maintained the funds for a minimum of 28 days before the date of your visa application. The date of the final balance cannot be more than 31 days before the date of your visa application.
As well as your CAS statement and financial evidence you will need to provide
You may also need to show the Entry Clearance Officer that you intend to leave the UK when you have completed the course and that you don’t intend to work in the UK (except for part-time or vacation work). The Visa Application Centre may advise you of this requirement if they have concerns about your intentions.
Appointments for interviews
You will need to book and attend an appointment at the Visa Application Centre as part of the visa application process.
If you are applying from overseas, you will be interviewed during your appointment. The questions will cover the following areas –
You may also be asked additional questions if further detail is required.
If you are applying inside the UK, you may be invited to an interview as part of the visa application process. During this interview, you may be asked to discuss your current studies, any previous courses and your future plans.
For either interview, you must attend your appointment and the costs for doing so will be at your own expense. The Home Office will have the right to refuse your visa if you fail to attend the appointment without good reason and/or if they are not satisfied you have a genuine intention to study.
From 06 April 2015 you need to pay the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge (IHS) as part of the visa application process. This will allow you access to the National Health Service (NHS) when you are in the UK. You pay the surcharge through the Home Office website before submitting your visa application. When you have paid the surcharge you will be given a reference number that will need to be included on your visa application form. The surcharge is £150 per 12 months (plus £75 if your application includes part of a year that is 6 months or less) but the exact amount you have to pay depends on the total length of your visa, which will be longer than the total length of your course because the Home Office automatically grant you a short period of extra time at the start and end of your studies. This means that if your course duration is 12 months, your visa will be valid for 16 or 17 months (depending on when you apply) so you have to pay £225. You can use the Home Office calculator to check how much you will need to pay. If you have dependants they will also usually pay the same amount as you.
In May 2012 the Home Office introduced compulsory Tuberculosis (TB) screening for applicants from some countries. Check the list of countries to see if this will affect you.
It is compulsory for non-EU/EEA students of some Postgraduate Research courses to gain an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate before they make immigration applications to come to the UK as a student or stay longer in the UK as a student. You will be informed during the admissions process if you need to apply for an ATAS certificate. If you have any questions about this, you can also contact the Admissions Unit for further information on email@example.com or visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website
Information about visa processing times, returning your documents and replacing lost or stolen documents can be found on the Visas & Immigration webpages