What is the 'Application Check' service?
- The Immigration Service team offer a free face-to-face advice service to all currently enrolled students and some unconditional offer holders.
- Our ISAs (International Student Advisers) are qualified and experienced and will advise on your options and check through your visa application + documentation.
- If there are any abnormalities with your application, ISAs can write supporting letters explaining them.
- We will also represent you throughout the application process with special access to the Home Office via this service.
- IF you would like to use this service you should book an appointment to see a trained International Student Adviser.
- Please note that during the peak months of August and September, we are unable to offer this service (except for unconditional offer-holders if NOT applying under the 'Tier 4 Pilot Scheme' and NOT a low risk national (subject to appointment availability), and currently enrolled students whose visa expires within the next 45 days or are eligible for the Doctorate Extension Scheme).
Before using the service, please do be aware that you will need to attend appointments in person and collect your new visa in person, so make sure that travelling to campus is not an issue for you, especially if you don't live nearby. In any case, we advise you to complete the required application form and gather your supporting documents before making an appointment to see an Adviser (see further guidance here) who will check through your application and supporting documents for you.
Once you receive your new visa, you will no longer need to hold the required amount in your account but remember, you still need to ensure that you have enough money to pay for course fees and living expenses throughout the duration of your studies.
Frequently Asked Question
If you submitted your visa application via the "Application Checking Service" , you will be given intsructions about the next steps and to attend your appointment at the UKVI service centre. Once you application has been decided, the UKVI will send you an email. You BRP will then be posted to the correspondence address and if you chose our office address then we will send you an email once we receive your new BRP. This is normally within 5 - 7 working days after you have recieved your decision by the UKVI (via email)
You will have to provide your Biometrics Information at the UKVI service centre. This will be at the same appointment which you will book (online) as a part of your TIER 4 application.
For Tier 4 (General) visa applications submitted within the UK, the UKVI published a Service Standard which states that they aim to deal with the majority of the straight forward cases within 8 weeks from the date of online submission. Please refer to the UKVI Service Standard for further details. In our experience, the UKVI is usually able to process a standard application within 8 weeks but there is no guarantee. For more details CLICK HERE
The Tier 4 Policy Guidance para. 199 states 'The money you show... for studying and living in the UK... must continue to be available to you after your application is made, except for any money you have to pay for course fees and living costs. For example, you should retain the full amount of money you have shown us in your bank account, minus the balance you have paid for your course fees.' We would therefore recommend that you retain the required amount of money in your bank account until you receive a decision on your visa application (this is especially important in the case of a visa refusal, as having suffucient funds would normally mean that you are in a position to make a new visa application straight away). If you do need to use the money towards living costs or tuition fees we advise that you keep receipts of these payments in case the UKVI request this evidence whilst considering your application.
If you have used our office address as your correspondence address, you new BRP card will be posted to our Reception. In this case, you do not need to worry about whether someone is at home to sign for the post. We will contact you when your BRP card has arrived so that you can collect it. Sometimes the UKVI sends the BRP card to your Home address. If this happens, please get in touch with us via our contact form so that we can check for you.
If you are required to register with the Police (check your BRP card if unsure), you should book an appointment to register your new visa (BRP card) with the Police within 7 days of when you receive it, or, if you already have a Police Registration Certificate, update it with the new visa. If your residential address has now changed, you should notify the UKVI your new address as well via their online form.
Occassionally due to caseworker error the details on your BRP card might not be correct, for example, sometimes the amount of leave granted might be incorrect. If we think a mistake has been made we will notify you by email (or, if you note an error after collecting your BRP card please get in touch with us ASAP). If the error is about an incorrect visa condition such as incorrect amount of leave (e.g., visa is granted a few months short), then you will have go through the Administrative Review process which costs £80 and if successful, you will receive a full refund. We can help you with this process so if you do identify any error on your BRP card, get in touch with us for further advice.