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.

Student route visa requirements and evidence

You must meet all the Student requirements and be able to provide evidence in the required format in order to make a successful application.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

You need a CAS to apply for a visa. The process to get a CAS is different depending on what type of student you are. Find out what you need to do to get your CAS.

Applying for a Student route visa

Find out how to make a Student visa application from your country of nationality of from the UK

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.

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.