UK StudentVisa Guide

Find out everything you need to know about applying for Tier 4 student visa

The points-based system Tier 4 Student Visa are categorized into:

  • Tier 4 (General) Student Visa: This visa applies to students over the age of 16 years and looking to pursue higher education in the UK.
  • Tier 4 (Child) Student Visa: Children between the ages of 4 to 15 years are required to apply for this visa if they are to attend school in the UK. Children who study in the UK with this visa can only do so at independent, fee-paying schools.

The Tier 4 (General) Student Visa permits undergraduate students or higher to work during studies. During term times, the work hours are limited to 20 per week, and full-time work is allowed during vacations and semester breaks.

There is an application fee of £348 for the Tier 4 General visa which you could pay online during application using a credit card or you may pay with cash at the visa application center (VFS Global).

In order to be eligible for the required Tier 4 (General) Student Visa to study in the UK, you’ll need to:

Complete the tier 4 visa application form.

Have received a CAS. A confirmation of acceptance for studies will be given to you once you accept an offer of admission to a course in a UK university and paid at least the first instalment of the tuition fee.

Have proof of funds. This is usually in the form of a bank statement, unless stated otherwise, through which you need to show that you have at your disposal the tuition fee and maintenance (living costs) for at least a year. It is important to note that the money you show need to be held by you for at least 28 days.

Additionally, you’ll need to compile the following prior to your visa application:

  • A completed and signed copy of your visa application form
    You’ll receive access to a tier 4 visa application form once you register for and create an account on the official UK Visa website. Once you complete the application form online, you have to print it out and sign it. During the process, you’ll need to check the available dates and book online for an appointment with the visa application (VFS Global).
  • A valid passport
    The validity of your passport must extend beyond your intended stay period by at least 6 months.
  • Passport sized photos
    The photos for required for UK visa applications must be 35mm wide and 45mm high. The background needs to be light coloured, for instance light grey, white, or plain cream. The photos cannot be older than a month.
  • Any and all previous passports
  • Receipt of health surcharge payment
    You are required to pay a surcharge in order to be covered by UK’s healthcare plan. You have to make the payment using your credit or debit card online as part of the application process.
  • Letter from your financial sponsor
    In the event that your tuition fee and maintenance funds are being paid by someone other than you, be it a parent, a legal guardian, or any other person, you will need to produce a signed letter of declaration from them stating their intent and consent to pay for your studies.

It must be noted that any document submitted that is not in English must be accompanied by verifiable, fully translated copies. There is an application fee of £348, which is usually paid at the visa application center (VFS Global), unless you opt to pay it online using your credit or debit card during the online application.