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How to make a Tier 4 visa application from outside of the UK

The University of Warwick has a network of overseas offices, representatives and agents, many of them provide visa support from your home country.

Application overview:

Where is the application form?
Please refer to: https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa/apply

Where can I get help with completing the form?
Please refer to our sample form with step-by-step guidance.

What visa application service is available from my country?
Check https://www.gov.uk/find-a-visa-application-centre . The UKVI's service target for processing a visa application is 15 working days for a standard application, 5 working days for a priority service, and 1 working day for a super priority service (from the date of appointment to the date of decision).

How much is the visa application fees?
£348 per person for standard service (check how much this converts to your local currency here: https://visa-fees.homeoffice.gov.uk/)

How much is the Immigration Health Surcharge?
£300 per person per year (based on visa length)

When can I apply online?
Once you have received your CAS and gathered all the required documents in support of your application, you can submit your online Tier 4 visa application (this is the date you submit the online application and make payment for the visa application fees, NOT the date of appointment). You can apply up to 3 months before your course is due to start (for example, if the course start date in your CAS is 30 September 2019, you CANNOT submit your online Tier 4 application anytime before 01 July 2019). Submitting earlier than 3 months will result in your application to be rejected.

Where can I apply?
You would normally apply from your country of nationality, however, it is also possible to apply from the country where you are living (for example, if you hold a valid residence permit for that country- check with the visa application centre if unsure).

How is my application processed?
The UKVI has on-shored most of the Tier 4 applications which means that once you attend your appointment and give your biometric data (photo and fingerprint), it is likely that a caseworker based in the UK will make a decision on your visa application. Your passport will usually remain in the local visa application centre. Once a decision is made, the visa vignette will be printed and dispatched to your local visa application centre to put on your passport. In some cases, students might be invited to an interview to ascertain that they are genuinely coming to the UK to study.

Delayed application?
You must ensure that you have sufficient time to secure your visa and travel to the UK in time for the start of your course. If the UKVI considers that their processing time will not allow for you to receive your visa before your course is due to start, your application may be refused. Don't worry if you are waiting for your results to clear your offer condition though, as many students will be in the same situation as you.


Frequently asked questions

Please click on the relevant section below to expand the guidance.
    • Tier 4 (General) Student: if you will be self or family funded, otherwise privately funded or funded by a student loan, or if you are in receipt of a scholarship from the University of Warwick; if you are going to be funded by an "official financial sponsor", such as the UK government, your home government (this does not include student loans), the British Council or any international organisation or international company (whether fully sponsored or partially sponsored);
    • Tier 4 (Chevening, Marshall and Commmonwealth Scholars Only) Student: ONLY if you are the holder of a Chevening Scholarship or Fellowship, a British Marshall Scholarship, a Fulbright Scholarship or a Commmonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan.

    If you are applying at the same time as your dependents (spouse/partner, children), please read the separate guidance for dependants about how to prepare your application.

  • Click 'how to evidence money required' for more information about what is considered as acceptable financial evidence, and find useful samples/templates.

    Your offer email will state how much are the course fees (for continuing students, refer to Student Finance Tuition Fee Table). The same information will be in your CAS when you receive it. Please note the UKVI calculates maintenance requirement based on the course duration (or the remaining course duration if you are continuing on a course), rounding up for part month. For example, if your course starts on 30 May and ends on 1 October, you should prepare 5 months of maintenance because the course duration is 4 months and 2 days.

    If your course duration is 9 months or more (continuing students should refer to the remaining course duration), you will need to evidence £1,015x9 months = £9,135 of living costs in addition to course fees due (as specified on your CAS).

    Course fees (full or partial) and some accommodation deposits/fees already paid to the University can be deducted from the amount you need to evidence as long as your CAS has been updated with this information. So, the total amount you need to prepare can be worked out using this formula:

    Course fees due in your CAS – any fees/deposits already paid to the University in your CAS – any accommodation fees already paid to the university (up to £1265) in your CAS + living cost (£1015 x number of calendar months of studies, up to £9135)

    Remember: Funds must have been held for a consecutive 28 day period ending no more than 31 days before the date of your application.

    28 days and 31 days

  • If you are a Low Risk Nationality or your CAS indicates that your CAS is issued under 'Tier 4 Pilot', you do NOT need to submit/upload evidence of financial documents, academic qualification or English language certificate. However, you should still prepare them as the UKVI might make spot checks.

    • CAS (to be obtained from either Admissions or Immigration Service) - you are not required to submit a hard copy CAS but if asked by a Visa Application Centre, a print-out of the email from the University which contains your CAS number should suffice
    • Passport(s) - Current passport. There is no requirement on how long your passport must be valid for but your passport must have at least 1 full blank pages (front and back). Previous passports which contains UK visa or entry stamps are required only if you are asked.
    • Financial evidence: confirming you have the required funds for course fees and maintenance.
    • Your academic qualification (as specified in the 'Evidence used to obtain offer' section of your CAS): certificate OR transcripts. If you will use a degree certificate as evidence, it must contain 1) your name; 2) the title of the award; 3) the date of the award; and 4) the name of the awarding institution. If you will use your academic transcript as evidence, it must contain 1) your name; 2) name of the academic institution; 3) the course title; and 4) the confirmation of the award. Please note, if you have an IB (International Baccalaureate) or have taken A level in the current academic year (where official award certificates are not released until October/November), it is acceptable to submit a print out from the online checking service of the awarding body (The University of Warwick will always confirm on a CAS that results stated on a CAS are verified via UCAS). The print out of results from online checking service must show your name, the title of the award, the date of the award and the name of the awarding body.
    • Certificate of English language qualification (if specified in the 'Evidence used to obtain offer' section of your CAS): Do not submit an English language certificate if you will be studying a degree level course AND your CAS states that the University has made its own assessment of your English language ability. If you will be studying a sub-degree level course (e.g., Pre-sessional English, Diploma course or International Foundation programme), ensure that you include the same 'IELTS for UKVI' certificate as stated in your CAS, which should be valid at the time you submit your visa application. We advise that you submit a photocopy of the test certificate and state the SELT Unique Reference Number on your Tier 4 visa application form (see Guidance on Approved Secure English Language test). UKVI will verify your scores online.
    • ATAS certificate (if specified in your CAS): this is required for certain science and technology courses at Undergraduate Master's or Postgraduate level as specified in your CAS.

    Additional documents which may be required:

    • TB Certificate (only for certain nationalities) (also refer to more specific information if you have recently studied in the UK)
    • Official financial sponsor's consent to complete studies (if you have been fully financially sponsored over the last 12 months to study a course in the UK by a government or an International Scholarship Agency): this must confirm that your sponsor has no objection to you continuing your studies in the UK. If you previously received scholarship from the University of Warwick, the sponsor's consent is not required.
    • English Translations: If any of your documents are not in English, an English translation must be provided alongside the document in its original language with your visa application. It must meet the following requirement: 1) the translation can be independently verified by the Home Office; 2) the translation must contain confirmation from the translator/translation company that it is an accurate translation of the document; 3) it must contain the date of the translation, the translator/an authorised official of the translation company’s full name and signature, and the translator/translation company’s contact details.
    • For students with dependants: if your spouse is applying as your dependant at the same time, you will need to submit your Marriage certificate; If you have children applying as your dependant(s) at the same time, you will also need to submit their Birth Certificate. Please refer to our Dependant webpage for more information.
    • If you are 16 or 17 years old when making your visa application, you will also need to provide a parents' consent letter.

    The letter must confirm:

    1) their relationship with you (i.e., they are your legal parents or legal guardians);

    2) that your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) have given their consent to your application; and

    3) that your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) have given their consent to you living independently in the UK; and

    4) that your parent(s) of legal guardian(s) have given their consent to your independent travel to the UK.

    If you have only one parent or legal guardian, or only one who has legal custody or whole responsibility, this must be confirmed in the letter as well. If this statement is not provided, the letter must be signed by both parents and legal guardians.

    You must also provide evidence of your relationship with your parent(s) or legal guardian. Acceptable evidence includes one of the following documents:

    a) your birth certificate showing the names of your parent (s),

    b) your certificate of adoption showing the name(s) of your parent(s) or legal guardian,

    c) a court document naming your legal guardian.

  • Applicants for UK visas in certain countries require a certificate to show that they are free from infectious pulmonary tuberculosis (TB).

    Further information on TB requirements can be found at GOV website and the Country Information webpage. Please note that Tier 4 students do not fall into the category of a 'Returning UK Resident' and so if you have been away from the UK for more than 6 months, you WILL need to take a TB test.

    If you have been in the UK for more than six months holding a student visa and are returning to your home country and applying for a Tier 4 visa while there, as long as you are not in that country for more than six months, you do not need to take a TB test. For example, if you have just completed a 3-year undergraduate degree in the UK in June 2017 and are going home over the summer holidays and applying for a Tier 4 visa before returning to the UK for the new term starting September 2017, you will not require a TB test. You should explain on the Tier 4 application form why you don't require a TB test.

    Updated information in August 2016: We have been made aware of a few visa refusals on the basis of TB because the immigration stamps on students' passport don't make it clear of the periods spent outside of the UK (for example, a missing entry stamp when returning to your home country). We strongly advise that if you are exempt from taking a TB test, you check your passport(s) to ensure that the immigration stamps support your claim and explain this on the Tier 4 online application form.

  • From March 2015, the Home Office have introduced a new process for the receipt of Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) relating to applications made overseas. Please see our dedicated web page for information. This means you are expected to arrive in the UK before the expiry date of your temporary travel visa to collect your BRP card. If this is going to be a problem for you, for example, because you are a continuing student currently in a study-abroad year, you should contact Immigration Service for further advice before making your visa application.

  • Firstly, don’t worry as lots of students will be in this situation. Check the conditions of your offer and ensure that your exam results are the only thing that the Admissions team are waiting for. If you have any other outstanding conditions, verification of a reference for example, provide this well in advance. Prepare the supporting documents that you will need for your visa application. Aim to have all your visa application documents ready so that you can apply as soon as your place at Warwick is confirmed. Many Entry Clearance posts offer a 'user pay service' which costs a little more (an additional £100, approx.) but which offers quick turn-around of your Tier 4 visa application. If you are particularly worried about the time it may take to get your visa you could consider paying for this service. You can check the processing times for your local visa application centre .

  • From 5 November 2018, there is no longer a requirement to provide original documents with applications. However, there are still specific requirements in terms of the format of certain documents. For example, there are specific requirement for the format of financial documents (bank statements) and financial sponsorship letter.

  • It is quite common to answer some of the questions incorrectly. For example, if you answered that you will use your personal bank statement but will actually need to use a combination of your personal bank statement and your parent's. If this happens, please write a personal covering letter and submit it with your passport and other supporting documents when you attend your appointment. You can find a sample letter here.

  • Largely in response to business demands, the Home Office has further been expanding its premium and priority services for out-of-country applications (https://www.gov.uk/find-a-visa-application-centre). Premium and priority services allow applicants to attend their appointment outside of normal working hours, walk in without an appointment, or, have their visa applications placed at the front of the queue once attended an appointment with UK Visas and Immigration. In certain countries, applicants will need to submit documentary evidence that they have previously travelled to one of the following destinations in the previous five years and complied with the terms of their visas: the UK; USA; Canada; Australia; and New Zealand.

    Priority applications are usually processed between 3-5 working days. Super Priority applications are usually processed within 24 hours. However, you should allow 2-3 days to collect your passport.

    UK Visas and Immigration advises that applicants should not apply for priority service if they:

    • have been refused leave to enter the UK;* (see more information below)
    • have been previously deported, removed, or otherwise required to leave the UK;
    • have overstayed a period of leave in the UK;
    • have had leave to remain in the UK curtailed by the Home Office;
    • have been refused leave to remain in the UK by the Home Office;
    • have been previously refused a visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the USA, or a Schengen country;
    • have been interviewed, detained, or prosecuted by the police for any offence in the UK or elsewhere;
    • have an unspent criminal conviction in any country; and/or
    • have committed a criminal offence in any country.

    * In our experience, if you have previously had a visa refusal for a straight forward reason, for example, unacceptable financial evidence, and you have not had any other adverse immigration history, you should still be able to use the 'priority service'.

  • Yes. From 1 April 2014, Home Office UK Visas & Immigration launched a new international enquiry service. For more information please see the following link: https://www.gov.uk/contact-ukvi-inside-outside-uk. Please be aware that a charge applies when using this service and that Home Office staff will not be able to provide progress updates on individual applications.

    If you experience visa delays beyond the UKVI's service target (15 working days for a standard application or 5 working days for a priority application from the date of appointment to the date of decision), and the delay means you may be unable to arrive in the UK before the 'latest start date' stated on your CAS, please get in touch with us and we will try our best to follow up with the UKVI on your behalf.

  • You should check for errors when you receive your visa to ensure that it has been issued correctly, for example, your personal details, your educational sponsor, the length of your visa and conditions of your visa (police registration, working permission etc..)