A visa is a certificate (also referred to as ‘Entry Clearance’), which gives you permission to enter the UK. Your Tier 4 visa application is accessed by the British diplomatic post (e.g. Embassy or Consulate) in your country of nationality or where you are officially resident.
In some cases, a British diplomatic post handles the application in a regional headquarter. If you are coming to study for more than six months, you can travel to the UK 30 days before your course starts. This will normally be 30 days before the start date of your course, or 30 days from the date on which the visa is granted.
For International Student, it is very important to know the rules when applying for a Tier 4 UK Student VISA from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). Regular update is made on Tier 4 Visa rules thus before starting your student visa application it becomes very important to consult the UK Home Office website. To protect you from deceitful colleges the UKVI has setup rules to ensure your welfare and to ensure that employers around the world acknowledge your UK degree.
Immigration requirements are determined by nationality.
If you are a non-EU/EEA/Swiss national arriving in the UK as a student to study a course of six months or more, you must arrange a Tier 4 (General) visa from the British Embassy or Consulate in your home country before travelling to the UK.
EU/EEA/Swiss passport holders:
You do not need a visa and are not subject to UK immigration control. You should enter the UK through the EU/EEA/Switzerland channel at passport control on arrival. This includes ‘dual nationals’ - people who have a EU/ EEA/Swiss passport in addition to a non-EU/EEA/Swiss passport. If you have EU/EEA/Swiss nationality in addition to another, use your EU/EEA/Swiss passport when you arrive in the UK.
|The course is for a full-time degree||Tier 4 General Visa|
|The course is six months or less, and includes work-based learning or a work placement||Tier 4 General Visa|
|The course is six months or less, and has no work-based learning or work placement.||Short-term study visa (up to 6 months)|
|The course is an extended English language programme.||Short-term study visa (up to 11 months)|
As an adult student under Tier 4 (General), you are allowed to:
The work you do must not fill a full-time permanent vacancy (other than on a recognised Foundation Programme), and you must not be self-employed, employed as a doctor in training (except on a recognised Foundation Programme) or as a professional sportsperson, coach or entertainer.
The maximum amount of part-time work you can do during term time is:
You can work full-time during vacations, within the above limits. If you have completed your course and you apply to remain in the UK under the points-based system before your existing permission to stay expires, you can work full-time (within the above limits) until your application is decided. Work placements can be full time if your Tier 4 sponsor is highly trusted, or your course is degree level or above. You will be able to spend half of your course doing work placements if you have Tier 4 permission, your course is degree level and your education provider is a higher education provider. If you do not meet any of these requirements your work placement can take up to a maximum 33% of your total course.
There are several options for you to stay in London after your studies.
You will need to be offered the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from your chosen university before you can apply for a visa. You can only apply for your visa three months before the start date of your course. This means, if your course starts at the end of September, you will receive your CAS around the end of June
The Tier 4 student visa application is an online application. International students from all countries (except North Korea) can complete the online visa application form on the UK Visa & Immigration website.
If you are applying from outside the UK, the cost of the visa is £310.
If you are already in the UK, you can apply by post for £422 or in person for £822.