Student Immigration Service

Student Route (previously Tier 4) visa

If you are a non-UK national and your main reason for coming to the UK is to study a full-time programme for more than six months, you will need to apply for a Student visa. You will also need to apply for a Student visa if you wish extend your stay to complete your studies, to do a work placement as part of your programme, or look for a part time job whilst you are studying.

New Student Route

On 05 October at 09.00 the Tier 4 route closed and was replaced by the Student route.  If you have already applied under the Tier 4 route you do not need to take any action.  

Student route visa requirements

When applying for a Student route visa, you’ll need a number of documents, including your passport and evidence of qualifications and finances.

Applying for a Student route visa

How to apply for a Student route visa from inside or outside the UK

Time limits on study and academic progression

If you have previously studied in the UK with a Student route (or Tier 4) visa, there are additional factors you need to consider before submitting your application.

Immigration Health Surcharge

The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) has been introduced to help fund the National Health Service (NHS), and will give migrants the same access to the NHS as UK citizens.