You will need to prepare supporting documents for your application. Students studying a Masters course of 13 months or less and students from certain countries can show less supporting documents. See Tier 4 Pilot Scheme and Differentiation Arrangements.
For your Tier 4 visa application to be successful, the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) department requires the correct supporting documents to be submitted with your application. The number and type of documents will depend on your individual application.
The list of documents below is only a guide of the most common supporting documents needed. The actual documents needed will depend on your individual application. You also will need to ensure your documents meet all the requirements. For the official requirements, read the Tier 4 Policy Guidance.
Original DocumentsAll supporting documents must be original and meet the Home Office's requirements. If you are not able to include original documents you will need to write a covering letter explaining why you cannot send the originals. This can cause your application to be refused. If this will affect your application, seek advice from the Student Life (International) Team.
Translations into EnglishIf your bank statement, degree certificate or any other documents are not in English, you will be required to send the original along with a fully certified translation by a professional translator. This translation must include the following details:
- Details of the translator's credentials
- Confirmation that it is an accurate translation of the original document
- The translator's contact details
- The date and original signature of the translator
Valid PassportYou should check that your passport is not about to expire when you apply. You will need to have a valid passport to enclose with your application. We recommend that you have at least six months remaining on your passport. You need to send all your passports you have including expired ones, if you have a current visa in your expired passport.
Biometric Residence Permit - BRPIf you have a BRP as your current visa, you must submit this with your application. The Home Office will keep your previous BRP, so it is recommended that you keep a copy for your records in case you need to refer to it in the future.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
- You must have a CAS statement to apply
- You can only get a CAS 3 months before the start of your course or your visa end date
- You must check and confirm your CAS is correct before you will be given your CAS number
- You can only use a CAS once
Previous Education QualificationsIf your CAS lists any of your previous educational qualifications you must include the original degree certificates or transcripts with your application. This could also include an English language test result. You only need to include the ones listed on your CAS. If nothing is listed then you do not need to include anything.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)The scheme only applies to students studying postgraduate programmes and whose courses are listed in the ATAS section of the GOV.UK website. If required, the ATAS certificate must be submitted with your visa application. It can take at least four weeks to receive your certificate. You will need to have an ATAS certificate before you will be able to get a CAS. Contact your HUB or the Admissions Office to see if you are required to have an ATAS certificate, and to receive your Code, which is needed to apply.
Police Registration CertificateYou will need to show evidence of a Police Registration Certificate (if required). This needs to be up-to-date. For more information about police registration and how to book an appointment, see our Police Registration Information Guide.
Evidence of FundsYou must be able to prove you have enough funds for the financial requirements. You can use:
- Your CAS
- Bank statement or letter
- Official receipts from UEA as proof of payment for course fees and accommodation fees
- Scholarships and sponsorship letters
- Other funding
You will need to show the total funds required have been in a bank account for 28 days before applying.
It is also very important that your funds do not drop below the required amount at any time during the 28 days.
The last transaction on your statement must not be more than one month before the date of your application.
Your bank statement or letter must have:
- Your name
- Account number
- Date of the statement or letter
- The bank's name and logo
- Transactions and amount of money available
Alternatively, you can use your parents' bank account, but you must have:
- Their bank statement
- A letter from them confirming the money is for your education and living costs
- Your original birth certificate with your parents' names on it
You can use more than one bank account as long as it meets the requirements.
You can use a bank account that is from another country. You will need to convert the end balance into British Pounds Sterling and write this amount on the document. The Home Office uses the OANDA website to convert currencies into pounds.
You must have access to the money at any time (i.e. able to withdraw cash)
It is best to have original statements. But if there is a problem you can get the bank to produce a print out but it must include all the details listed above plus:
- Be on the bank's official letterhead paper, or
- Have the bank's official stamp on every page
See the Tier 4 Policy Guidance for all details and requirements.