If you are a non-EU/EEA/Swiss national, and you will come to the UK to study for more than six months, you will need to apply for a Tier 4 visa. You will also need to apply for a Tier 4 visa if you wish to do a work placement as part of your studies, or look for a part time job.
Before you can apply for your Tier 4 visa you will need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies is a 14 digit reference number which is issued to you by the University once you have accepted your unconditional offer. The University will provide details of you and your studies to UK Visas and Immigration through an online database. UKVI will then provide a reference number to identify this information. The reference number is your CAS.
You can request your CAS from Student Administration:
First you must check if you meet the strict criteria for the application.
The financial documents are one of the most important parts of the visa application. Submitting financial documents in an incorrect format is the main reason why Tier 4 visa applications are refused.
To meet the Tier 4 financial requirements, students must be able to prove that they have enough money to pay for:
You must also prove that you have at least £1,015 per month of your studies, up to a maximum of 9 months, for living costs.
There are three ways in which you can prove that you meet the requirements. Download our factsheets for full information:
You can download a checklist of the documents required for the Tier 4 visa below.
The Home Office considers some nationalities as 'low risk'. You only qualify as 'low risk' if you are making an application in your home country.
If you are a low risk national you do not need to send official original points-scoring evidence (financial and educational documents) with your visa application.
You will need to sign a declaration in the Tier 4 visa application form to state that you have the necessary evidence available to you. Even if you are a low risk national, we strongly recommend that you obtain points-scoring evidence. This is because the Home Office can request it as part of their decision process and they will refuse your application if you are unable to provide it within their specified timeframe.
You will still have to send your original passport, photographs and other relevant documents.
There are four steps to making a Tier 4 application: