Applying For a Tier 4 Visa Outside the UK

Getting Your Visa - Step By Step

Making sure that you have all the correct information to ensure that your visa application is successful is really important. This step by step guide will help you prepare for your application.

You can also find more information here.

Step 1: Check your CAS Statement

When your CAS is issued, please check it carefully to ensure that all of your details and your course details are correct. Please ensure that it shows any fee payments or accommodation payments you have made to the University (this will not apply for students who are in private accommodation), and has a note to confirm details any scholarships you receive.

New students can learn about the process of receiving a CAS here. For continuing students who are renewing there visa, you will be required to submit a request for a new CAS. The application form can be downloaded here (Word).

If there are any problems with your CAS, please contact Admissions (New Students) or Student Immigration Advice and Compliance (Continuing students)

Step 2: Prepare your financial documents and other supporting documents.

For advice on which documents you will need to prepare for your visa application and for more information on how to meet the financial requirements, please visit the UKCISA website.

Please note, you must ensure that you have already held the required minimum balance for 28 days by the time you submit your Tier 4 visa application. The date of submission is the date that you pay the application fee, which is usually done online.

To check which documents you may need to submit to support your application, please check our Tier 4 Application Document Checklist.

Step 3: Register and complete the visa application form

If you intend to make your visa application overseas, the application form can be found here.

We are able to offer BRP collection on our campus rather than collection at a Post Office. To ensure your BRP is delivered to us for collection, please enter the University of Leicester code: 2HE539 in the 'Alternative Location' field in the BRP Collection Page.

Step 4: Pay Immigration Health surcharge and application fees

As part of your application, you will be asked to make a payment for Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). You will be unable to complete your application until this payment is made. For more information about how much the fees will be for you, visit here.

After you have paid both your IHS and application fee, you will then book an appointment at a visa application centre. For more information on the Immigration Health Surcharge, please visit here.

Step 5: Attend your appointment at the visa application centre

Attend your appointment at the visa application centre. It is likely that you may also be randomly selected attend a separate ‘credibility’ interview. If you are called for interview, you may be asked questions and assessed on:

•Ability to speak English (regardless of IELTS score)

•Knowledge of intended course of study

•Academic/Employment background

•Future Plans


If you are called to interview you must attend. Remember to prepare carefully and request a transcript at your interview appointment. During your application process please ensure that you check your junk mail as this could be an email from the Home Office asking you to attend an interview. If you fail to attend an interview your application could be refused

Step 6: Get the result of your application.

If your visa application has been granted, please check the length and conditions of your visa are correct. If you notice that anything on your visa vignette or your visa decision letter is incorrect, please contact the Visa Application Centre in the first instance. If you are studying a course of more than 6 months, your vignette will only be valid for 1 month. After you arrive in the UK, you will need to collect your BRP card, from your chosen destination, within 7 days of arriving in the UK.

Step 7: Receiving your BRP Card

If you are applying for a course of more than 6 months, you will be issued with a BRP card that covers the full duration of your course.

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