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UK Visas: Tier 4 (General)

Students over the age of 16 wishing to study in the UK may apply for a Tier 4 (General) visa.  The length of stay that will be granted will depend on the length of the course but as a general rule for courses of a year or more it will be for the full length of the course plus four months after the end of the course.

In order to qualify the applicant must score 40 points under the Points-based System rules:

  • 30 points – attending an acceptable course with an approved education provider (they will issue the student with a CAS (confirmation of acceptance of studies) reference number.
  • 10 points – having enough money to cover the course fees and living costs

The exact requirements for this and particular rules relating to how your supporting evidence should be prepared and presented are complex so please contact us for more specific details of your particular case

UK VISAS manages Tier 4 (applications on a regular basis so you can be confident you will receive correct advice and have your application prepared properly by employing us to make your application for you.

Please note that, since 6th April 2011, students may only sponsor a dependant if on a post graduate course (NQF 7 and above) at a University which is of more than 12 months duration, or are a Government sponsored student.

And from 30 July 2013, a Tier 4 UK student visa applying from outside the UK may be asked to undertake an interview, either in person, or on the telephone. If as a result of this interview the UK Border Agency is not satisfied that the applicant is a genuine student, or the applicant cannot speak English to the required standard, or the application is shown to fall for refusal under the General Grounds for Refusal, the application will be refused.

If a Tier 4 student is asked to undertake an interview but does not attend without reasonable explanation being given, his/her application will be refused.

The genuine student visa requirement will not be applied where the applicant is a national of one of the low risk countries specified at Appendix H of the Immigration Rules. Appendix H can be viewed on the UKBA website

UK VISAS manages Tier 4 visa applications on a regular basis, so you can be confident you will receive correct advice and have your application prepared properly by employing us to make your application for you.

UK VISAS also offers a same day service for Tier 4 visa extension applications.

Our fee for managing Tier 4 visa applications is:


Postal application:

£650 + VAT

Dependants, applying in the UK(on-line by post): £350 + VAT each dependant
Dependants, applying in the UK (same day service): £350 + VAT each dependant
Dependants, applying Out of Country: £550 + VAT each dependant
Premium same day service (in UK only): add £450 + VAT

The Home Office charges are:


Postal application:

£457 per applicant

Premium service: £1047 per applicant

Overseas application:

£335 per applicant

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