If you are applying from outside the UK for a Tier 4 student visa, you will be applying for an Entry Clearance visa. Please note this information is only to be used as a guide. Read the Home Office Tier 4 Policy Guidance or the full requirements.
Applying for an Entry Clearance visa from outside the UK:
1. Research how to apply, when to apply, what the requirements are, and what the rules are. You will then be prepared and make the application process easier. Read the Home Office Tier 4 Policy Guidance, the Home Office website, and use the ISAT online resources to help including the Visa Help Guide.
2. Prepare to meet all the requirements. Preparing your finances is the main requirement that you need to do in advance. If you are using a bank account, you need to show the total funds required for 28 days. Other financial documents may also take time to prepare, so start early. You must also get all the required documents ready to apply.
3. Get a CAS Statement from UEA. If you are required to have an ATAS Certificate, you must apply for this before you able to get your CAS.
4. Complete the application form. The application process can be different from country to country. You can find more information on how to apply in your country on the Home Office website country finder.
Most countries now apply online.
If the online option is not available for your country, you will need to complete application forms VAF9 – PBS Migrant and PBS Appendix 8 (General) Student.
5. Submit your application and supporting documents. Follow the instructions when you apply. You will either have to post your documents, including your passport to the UK Consulate or Visa Application Centre, or you will need to take your documents with you to your interview appointment. You must submit the all original documents and photocopies. Your originals will be returned to you.
6. Attend an interview appointment - All students applying for a Tier 4 visa will be required to attend an interview appointment, where you will also give your biometrics (a photograph and your figure prints).
7. Your visa will be in your passport. Most students will get their visa and passport sent to them in the post, however depending on the process you may get it at the same time as your appointment.
Check that all the information is correct, including your expiry date and where you will be studying. UEA’s Sponsor License number is XNU1YRCC2 and should be on your visa.
Entry Clearance Start Date
If you apply as a Tier 4 (General) Student and the course is 6 months or more or is a pre-sessional course less than 6 months, your entry clearance visa will start 1 month before the course.
After you receive your Entry Clearance visa
Check your visa carefully, make sure:
If anything is wrong or incorrect on your visa:
Warning: Do not allow an agent or other representative to send off your application unless you have checked through the completed forms and all the documents that are enclosed with it. Errors made by an agent or representative, or attempts to deceive can result in you being banned from entering the UK for up to 10 years.
The Home Office Tier 4 Applying Outside the UK website
UKCISA - Applying for a Tier 4 (General) Visa
The Home Office Country Finder - for specific information about applying in your country
The Home Office Applying Online from Outside the UK
Dean of Students' Office Tier 4 Requirements webpage
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