If you are coming for a full degree course or a course of study lasting six months or more you need a Tier 4 General visa.
Students coming to study for less than six months will also need a Tier 4 General visa if they want the right to work (such as if the course contains a work placement - paid or unpaid), or if they may wish to extend their studies in the UK.
The first place to look for information on applying for a Tier 4 General student visa is the UK Border Agency’s Tier 4 guidance.
The guidance is constantly updated and gives full details of the requirements of the Tier 4 General visa, including the requirements for which documents you need to use to apply.
It is essential to check your application is in accordance with the official guidance. You should ensure that any documents you use in the application are in accordance with the criteria detailed in it before making your application:
To successfully apply for a Tier 4 General visa, you must score 40 out of 40 points.
All documents you send with the application must be original versions (not copies). This includes your passport.
|Points||What you get points for||Evidence required|
|30||Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)||A CAS number issued by the University of Edinburgh|
|Other documents||If you are applying for a visa for a course for the first time: your CAS will be issued on the basis that the University used a previous qualification to assess that you are suitable to take the course.
This qualification will be noted on your CAS file.
You must include any such ORIGINAL degree certificate, qualification or transcript.
If you are applying for an extension of a student visa which was issued for the same course: your CAS will be issued on the basis that the University has used your progress and satisfactory attendance to assess your suitability to continue the course.
In such a case, you do not need to include additional documents for the 30 points, unless you need ATAS.
|ATAS certification||If your course requires ATAS clearance, you must provide a print out of this certificate.|
|10||Maintenance (funds) Requirement|| You will need to demonstrate your ability to fund your tuition fees for the academic year plus a set amount for your living costs. |
All documents you provide to demonstrate your maintenance funds must be ORIGINAL.
You might be required to attend an interview where an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO - person who assesses your visa application) will determine whether they believe you to be a ‘genuine student’. If you are invited to an interview, the ECO may ask you about the following:
If you are a "low risk" student you will not be invited to an interview.
More information about interviews and "low risk" students can be found on page 6 & 8 of our Tier 4 general application guide 2013-14.
If you meet the points requirements and send the required evidence, you should expect that your Tier 4 visa will be granted. However, it is very important to make sure that you get your application right first time.
If you do not send in all the original documents required, the UK Border Agency will not contact you to ask for missing documents. Incomplete or incorrect applications will be refused.
This International Office Immigration Guide, prepared by the International Student Advisors at the International Office gives full details about the Tier 4 General visa.
This article was published on Apr 22, 2013