How to Apply to get a Tier 4 Student Visa
When it comes to applying for your Tier 4 student visa, there is a lot to get your head around. At G8Way Membership Benefits, we want to help make the process as easy as possible. We’ve got the information you need on how to apply for your Tier 4 visa.
Obtain a CAS
Before you can apply for your Tier 4 student visa, you will need to request and obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). This is issued by your chosen university once you have met the conditions of your offer. Your CAS is sent to you via email, and you will need it to support your visa application.
Get your timings right
It’s important to note that you can only apply for your student visa three months before the start date of your course. For example, if your course is due to start in September, you should receive your CAS in June and you will then be able to submit your application.
Complete your online application
In order to get your Tier 4 student visa, you will first need to complete an online application. Students from all countries (except North Korea) can apply by visiting the UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) website.
During the online application process, you will be asked to provide your personal information, such as your passport details, the address of where you will be staying during your studies, your planned arrival date into the UK and how long you intend to stay in the country. You will also need to provide as much information as possible in relation to your previous travel history, including other visas you’ve held and if you’ve ever been refused entry into the UK.
You will also be asked if you intend to travel with anyone. You can bring your partner and children with you to the UK as long as you meet the relevant criteria. For more help and advice, you can visit the UK Home Office website.
Pay for your visa application
During your online application, you will be required to make payment for your visa. If you are applying from outside of the UK, this will cost you £355 plus the Immigration Health Service charge which is £150 for every year you plan to study. This surcharge will gain you access to the National Health Service in the UK and it must be paid in full upfront as part of your application.
If you are already in the UK, you will have three options. You can apply for the standard service which costs £457 and takes eight weeks, the priority service which costs £916 and takes 10 days or the premium ‘same-day’ service which costs £1,047.
Gather your supporting documents
As part of your application, you will be asked to submit supporting documents. For example, you must be able to provide proof that you have sufficient funds saved to cover your tuition fees and your monthly living costs.
You will also need to take a tuberculosis (TB) test at a clinic approved by the Home Office and be able to provide evidence of this. If you test negative for TB, you will be issued a certificate which must be submitted as part of your application.
For more information about the documents you’ll be expected to submit, we recommend you visit the UK Home Office website.
Visit a visa application centre
Once you have completed your online application, you will need to visit a visa application centre. Here, you will provide biometric information, including your fingerprint readings and a photograph of yourself. You will also need to submit the relevant supporting documents and you may also be interviewed.
You can find your nearest visa application centre by visiting the UK Home Office website.
Wait for your application to be processed
To help you get an idea of how long it’ll take for your application to be processed, the Home Office provides estimated timeframes. You can find these online. It’s important to note that it may take longer for your application to be processed if you submit it between July and September.
Disclaimer: We hope that our guide has provided you with some useful information on how to apply for a student visa. However, it’s important to note that we are not a professional visa service provider. For further help and advice on how to get a student visa, we suggest you contact your university or college directly. You can also visit the UK Home Office website.