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Tier 4 visa information

Making a Tier 4 visa application

In order to a make successful visa application you should consider the following:

As part of the visa application, you will need to achieve 40 points to be successful. 30 points will be awarded for having a valid CAS and 10 points will be awarded for Maintenance.

You will be sent a CAS once your offer has been made unconditional. This will happen once your application has been approved and screened by the Admissions Team:

  • Paid your deposit (please log into your applicant portal and click on Deposit button)
  • Complete the CAS Request Form sent to you by admissions
  • Submit all documents

When completing the visa application form please ensure that you match all the information with what is provided with your CAS. UKVI will reject any incomplete or incorrect visa applications. This will also cause a delay in the visa processing.

Please note that we will not issue you a CAS if there will not be enough time for you to make the Tier 4 visa application. You must ensure that you meet the conditions of your of offer and prepare the documents in time.

You will not need to submit a hard copy of the CAS with your application as UKVI will be able to view this electronically.

 All the information regarding your course will be entered onto the CAS. These will be things such as the course start dates, academic course level and all the qualifications we would have used as the basis of your offer.

You must ensure that you submit all the original documentation listed on the CAS when you apply for the visa application. Sending photocopies or non-certified documents may result in getting a visa refusal.

A CAS expires if it is not used within six months of being issued. A CAS can only be used in a visa application up to three months before the course start date.

Please use the checklist for assistance with the documents you are required to submit with your application if you are applying from overseas.

Please use the checklist for assistance with the documents you are required to submit with your application if you are applying inside the UK.

Once you have been given a CAS you will need to ensure that you prepare the following documentation:

  • Academic qualification.It is important that your documents match your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) information. For example, you may have many academic qualifications. Please ensure that you read Evidence used to obtain offer section on your CAS and submit he correct qualification as stated on your CAS. 
  • English proficiency test results. You do not have to submit any English proficiency documents if your CAS states 'HEI sponsor has made the assessment'
  • Bank statements to show your maintenance requirements. The funds must be held in the account for 28 consecutive days before making the visa application.
  • Birth certificate – only if you are under 18 or use your parents bank statements
  • A financial consent letter from your parents or legal guardian (this is only if you are planning to use your parents bank statements)
  • A valid passport. Please submit the same passport as the one mentioned on your CAS.If you have renewed your passport, please inform admissions to make an amendment on your CAS to reflect the new passport information
  • Sponsorship letter (this is if you are being sponsored)
  • Tuberculosis test (this is if you are from a country that requires you to take the test)
  • Under 18 consent letter from parents or legal guardian (if you are under 18 years old)
  • Documents that are not in English: if you planning to submit any documents that are not in English you must ensure that the document is translated by a certified translator

On 15th June 2018 the UK government announced some changes for students entering the country to attend university:

  1. Refer to Immigration Rules Appendix H: Tier 4 documentary requirements, if you are an applicant from those countries in the Appendix H, you can now apply for a visa more easily. You no longer need to submit evidence that you meet maintenance fund requirements, or submit evidence of your previous qualifications or your English language ability as part of your visa application. It is important to note that you still need to have this evidence available as you could be asked for it separately. 

    If you are from Oman, you do now need to submit this information when applying for your Tier 4 visa:  visit this page for guidance.

  2. If you are coming to the UK to study on a postgraduate course lasting nine months or more, you are now able to bring dependents, such as children, with you. Before now, this was only available for students on courses of 12 months or more.
  3. If you have a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you will now be able to study or work abroad as part of your UK degree. Before now, students from outside the UK had to ask for special permission to do this. Even if you have already started your course in the UK, you can now add a study or work abroad programme to your course before applying for further leave to remain.

If you would like to learn more about visa requirements for studying in the UK, and more, visit the UKCISA website.

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UKVI sometimes can invite you to do a credibility interview as part of the application process. This can be inside the UK or outside the UK. This interview will be designed to ensure that you are a genuine student and that your English Language is up to the required level to do the course.

If you are invited to attend an interview this may be because the caseworker requires further information from you in order to process and / or make a decision on your visa application.

The type of questions that you may be asked at the interview?

If you are asked to attend an interview you must make sure that you can understand and answers the questions being asked honestly and clearly. The questions that you may be asked  will cover the following areas:

Your intentions of study in the UK

You should be able to answer questions regarding your course and explain how you made the decision to study the course at St Mary’s University. Before attending the interview please ensure that you know why you have chosen the specific course. Be prepared to answer why you could not do study this course in your home country. You may also be asked questions about the content and structure of the course.

Your previous education history

Here you may be asked about what you have been studying previously or whether the course you are looking to study meets your career aspirations in the future. If there are gaps between your periods of study you should be able to explain this clearly.

Whether you know the progression routes of the course you are intending on studying

You need to think about what you intend to do once you have completed the course at St Mary’s University and how the course may support your future career plans. You will need to explain this properly.

Your financial circumstances/ documents that you submitted

Studying in the UK is costly therefore you may be asked you have decided to study in London in comparison to your home country. Although you would have supplied financial information / documents in your visa application you may still have to justify how you intend to support yourself the next academic year.

The interviewer will also be checking your ability to converse in English, regardless of the qualifications that you may hold.

Please note: you will not be allowed to use an interpreter

Healthcare inside the UK

You are entitled to free healthcare whilst you study on your student visa. You can register with the GP at St Mary’s for free and we recommend that you do this soon after you have enrolled. The GP can be found on the main campus and there are others in close proximity.

The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)

As part of the cost if making a visa application you are required to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge. This covers emergency treatment if required.