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. Prepare to meet all the requirements and to get all the required documents ready to apply. 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. Also prepare how and when you are going to apply. It is also essential that you know the requirements and rules.
2. 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.
3. Complete the application form online. Apply online on the GOV.UK website.
4. 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.
5. 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 fingerprints).
6. 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.
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.
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.
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