Quick Guide to the PBS T4 application process


If you are applying for a visa under Tier 4 of the Points Based System outside the UK you should refer to the Tier 4 Policy Guidance.

You will need to complete the online visa application form, as well as the paper version of the student self assessment form.


The majority of students pay for their visa application online and also make an appointment to submit their passport and paperwork at the nearest Visa Application Centre. When you attend your appointment you will be asked to enrol your biometric information (fingerscans and a photograph). Some applicants will be asked to send their passport and supporting documents by courier to the Visa Application Centre. Students must submit (or send) their passport and supporting documents in order to proceed with a visa application.  

Students can apply for their visa up to three months before the start of their course. Please do not apply any earlier. The visa application should be resolved within 15 working days when you will receive your passport and visa.

Students please note:


1. You should provide an accurate date of travel when completing your visa application form.

2. You MUST have enough money in your bank account to cover your living costs (£9135) PLUS your tuition fees. The money must have been held for a period of 28 days, and the closing balance not more than one one month before your date of application.

3. If you are self funded, the money must be deposited in an account in your name. Exceptionally, the funds can be held in your parents name. Accounts belonging to friends or any other relative will not be accepted.

4. You must obtain a new CAS for each T4 Student application you make.

5. It is not advisable to pay additional tuition fees once you have submitted your visa application.  We cannot guarantee that your CAS will be updated to reflect any changes once you have submitted your application.

6. Make sure you submit the qualifications listed on your CAS. This includes any academic qualifications and/or English language certificates.

7. You must submit original documents with your application.

Please contact the Student Immigration Team at the University for assistance in preparing your application or if you have any questions or problems when applying. You should also contact us if your application has taken longer than 15 working days to process and you are going to miss your expected start date.

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