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Complete Guide to Getting A UK Tier 4 Student Visa For International Students

As an international student who wishes to study in the UK, you must need a Tier 4 visa. A Tier 4 visa is usually issued to a student who has been offered a provisional admission study in the UK. The student is sponsored for Tier 4  by the educational institution where the student will study and the visa is issued to study a particular course at the institution.

It is worthy to mention that the educational system in the UK is unarguably well-organized and very well-structured. Many other countries use the template of the UK education system as a guide.

All international students coming to the UK must possess a student visa. The only exceptions are students from Switzerland and the European Union.

Just take your time and go through this article, the World Scholarship Forum has arranged every detail you need to know more about Getting A UK Tier 4 Student Visa as an international student.

Study in the UK

The UK is a world leader in many areas of education including engineering, science, art and design, business and management, law, and finance. 

The UK’s reputation and legacy as a world center for scientific research make it a magnet for some of the very best thinkers in the world. With only one percent of the world’s population, the UK is responsible for eight percent of global scientific publications.

The UK offers a world-renowned education system with qualifications that can make a real difference to your future. It attracts over 600,000 international students each year to a variety of programs, ranging from English language courses to PhDs.

Student visas are only issued to full-time degree students. Student visas cannot be issued for part-time courses. Eligibility for a student visa is calculated on a points-based system. Applicants must score at least 40 points before they can get the visa

How the points are awarded

Letter of confirmation (30 points)

Before your visa application is considered, you must have an official letter of admission from a recognized University in the UK.

Known as the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), this letter is worth 30 points. All universities in the UK must have a ‘Highly Trusted Status’ rating to be able to issue CAS letters.

If you are in doubt, find out from the school of your choice if they are on the Highly Trusted Status list.

Financing (10 points)

Students must show evidence of being able to fund their studies in the UK. Funding here implies both tuition fees and living costs for the duration of the study.

Read also: Most frequently asked student visa interview questions

For the living costs, you must show evidence that you have enough funds to take care of yourself for at least 9 months. The figure is calculated based on about £1000 per month.

Bank’s statements from your sponsor would be needed as proof.

Other requirements and supporting documents

  • Details of your travel passport
  • A recent passport-sized photograph
  • Proof of proficiency in the English language. However, students
    from English-speaking countries do not need to show this especially if they have a degree equivalent to UK degrees.
  • Academic qualifications
  • Proof of vaccinations against certain diseases. This depends on your country of origin.

Method of application

All application for Tier 4 Student visa is done online.

Before a candidate can apply for the tier 4 visa, he must ensure he:

  • has been offered a place on a course
  • can speak, read, write and understand English
  • has enough money to support yourself and pay for your course – the amount will vary depending on your circumstances
  • are from a country that’s not in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
  • meet the other eligibility requirements

Make sure to read the full guide before heading to the application portal.

Type of Student Visa for University Students

Students wishing to study in the UK must apply for a Tier 4 student visa. This visa is applicable to full-time University students who should generally be over the age of 16.

Students who are 16 or 17 must obtain a letter from their parents or guardian giving them full permission to travel independently.

Student visa fees

Short-term study visa

  • 6 months – £89
  • 11 months – £178

Long-term study visa

The cost of the Tier 4 student visa for long-term students is £328. A further £150 is charged as health care fees per year. This makes it possible to have access to health care through the National Health Service (NHS).

For students already in the UK, the cost of the visa is £439 by post or £839 if you would rather take it to their office in person. This fee does not include the Immigration Health Service Charge.

Traveling to the UK

At the airport or any port of entry into the UK, the immigration officials would have to stamp your passport. The stamp would show the duration of your stay in the UK.

You are allowed to stay an additional four months after the expiration of your stated duration. Citizens from some countries would need to register with the UK police within seven days of their arrival.

Other documents you might need to show at the port of entry to immigration officials include:

  • Immunization card or record
  • Admission letter from your university
  • Proof of finances
  • Proof of accommodation

Work and Study with the Tier 4 student visa

Holders of the valid UK Student visa attending publicly funded universities are allowed to work for up to 20 hours per week during the school term.

However, they can work full time when schools are on break for the Christmas and Easter holidays.

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