Tier 4 Visa Guidance

Find out about the documents you need before applying for a Tier 4 visa, and which application process to use.

Applying for a tier 4 visa

Once you have your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS), you are now ready to submit your Tier 4 (General) visa application. Please follow these 6 simple steps to ensure your visa application goes smoothly.

Before applying, you will need to prepare all of the documents you will need to submit with your Tier 4 visa application. Please see a document checklist below to help you prepare.

  • Your confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) number
  • Original financial documents. If you are using funds in your parents/ legal guardians’ name, you will need your original birth certificate and permission letter. You need to show you have access to £1,265 per calendar month of your course to a maximum of 9 months (£11,385) plus any unpaid tuition fees for the academic year. If using a bank account these funds must have been held in your account for a consecutive period of 28 days before applying for your visa and must not be more than 31 days old.
  • Passport (current and previous)
  • Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate (if applicable)
  • Original academic certificate/ transcript (for each qualification listed on your CAS)
  • Proof of English language ability (if applicable – this will be stated on your CAS if required)
  • Letter of Expected Successful Completion (if necessary)

Once you have prepared all your required original documents, you can start your online Tier 4 visa application. You will need to apply using the following link. Please see our application guide to help you answer all questions in the application form here.

Once you have completed the application form you will be required to pay for the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS), so you can have access to the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. This is a mandatory payment. You will then be required to pay for the Tier 4 visa application and attend an appointment at the local visa application centre.

  • The Tier 4 visa application costs £348.
  • The Immigration Health surcharge costs £300 per year of your leave

Please note the date you pay for the visa application is the date your application is submitted. You need to ensure all your documents, including financial documents meet the requirements before you pay for the application.

As part of the Tier 4 visa application you may be requested to attend a credibility interview. This is an important part of the Tier 4 visa application process. Please see our Guide to Credibility Interviews for Tier 4 Students here.

Once you have completed the application, please email your university:

  • The confirmation email from UKVI that your visa application is received – this will include an application reference number (beginning with GWF) and details of your appointment.
  • Once you have attended the appointment.
  • The confirmation email/letter from UKVI once a decision has been made on your application.

This is so that the university can update your record and ensure you receive all the relevant information about your course before arriving in the UK. Even if your visa application is refused, please let us know as we may be able to help you submit an Administrative Review.

When your visa application has been granted you will receive:

  1. The visa decision letter
  2. 30 day entry vignette in your passport.

Please check to ensure your visa is correct, any errors please get them corrected at the visa application centre before you travel.

You will be expected to travel to the UK during the validity of your 30 day entry visa and before your course starts or at the very latest before the last date of enrolment.

Please ensure you bring your visa decision letter with you to the UK as you will need this to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) once you arrive. Your BRP is your full visa and will cover the entire duration of your course. You can only collect this once you arrive in the UK.

If you have any questions throughout the process, please contact the university admissions team for help and support. Be sure to keep them informed every step of the way. It is important for them to know as soon as you have applied for your Tier 4 visa, and as soon as you have received the outcome of your application. This is so that the university can prepare for your arrival.