A guide to applying for a Tier 4 (general) student visa
Non-EEA students coming to study in the UK will need a Tier 4 (general) visa - the UK's main 'student' visa category. Your Tier 4 visa will allow you to study in the UK for the duration of your course.
Tier 4 visa applications
The Admissions team can provide guidance for those of you who need to apply for a student visa to study in the UK, supporting you with your application for a Tier 4 student visa and other immigration issues that may affect you.
We provide answers to the most common questions below, if you do have any additional questions please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
If you meet the conditions of your offer and you accept that offer, AECC University College will issue you with a CAS statement which contains a 14-digit code that you need to use when making your Tier 4 visa application. As you cannot apply for a visa more than 3 months before the start of the course, a CAS statement will only be produced at the earliest within 3 months of the start of the course. The CAS statement is valid for 6 months and must be used within this time or it will expire.
Original qualification documents
You will need to provide the originals of the qualifications that you have been offered a place based on, as listed on your CAS statement. Where these documents are not in English you will also require a verified translation. This could for example, be a degree certificate and transcript but will more likely be your A-level equivalent qualifications.
English language qualification
Your CAS statement will state whether you need to need provide evidence that you meet the UKVI English language requirements. If so, you will need to provide the original of this document as part of your application.
You will need to supply your biometrics in the form of fingerprints and facial image. This process will take place at your Visa Centre.
It is possible that you will need to undergo an interview as part of the application process. This interview would be as part of the same appointment at your Visa Centre that you would undertake your biometrics. Normally these interviews will last around 5-10 minutes and will ask you about your understanding of the course you have applied for, AECC University College and the local area, motivation to study and other topics.
TB clearance certificate
Depending on the country that you are applying from, you may be required to obtain a certificate that confirms you are free of Tuberculosis (TB).
UK Government provide a list here of countries required to obtain this certificate.
You will need to provide your current passport and if relevant to the application, any previous passports. You will also need to provide two suitable photographs.
Passport photo guidance PDF from HM Passport Office
Maintenance (money) requirements
Immigration Health Surcharge
As part of the application process, you will need to pay an Immigration Health Surcharge of £150 for each year of the course that you intend to study on to entitle you to healthcare under the National Health Service (NHS). You will also need to pay £75 for any additional 1-6 months leave to remain. For more information please visit the link below.
You must be able to demonstrate that you have the necessary funds to be able to support yourself whilst you study in the UK. The maintenance requirements for students studying outside of London are £1,015 per month (for 9 months) for living costs. In addition, you will need to demonstrate that you have the requisite funds in your account to pay your tuition fees. Please note that these funds must be in your nominated bank account for at least 28 consecutive days before you submit your visa application. For example, for 2018 entry you would need to show you had £13,900 (tuition fees) + £9,135 (maintenance costs) = £23,035.
For more information about maintenance requirement please visit the link below.