Applying for a visa outside of the UK
If you do not hold a British passport and are from outside the EEA or Switzerland you will need to apply to the UK immigration authorities in your home country for 'entry clearance' ( a visa) as a Tier 4 (General) student.
We have designed the following pages to help answer some of your questions about the Tier 4 immigration process. The visa application system is complex, so we recommend using the information below as a guide only. For full guidance, you will need to refer to the UK Visas and Immigration's Tier 4 Policy Guidance.
- Do I need a visa?
- What is Tier 4?
- Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS)
- Where, how and when do I apply?
- Immigration Guide for students applying outside of the UK/ 2013-14 (PDF)
- 'Low risk' nationals - differentiation arrangements
- What is an ATAS certificate?
- Finance - evidence of funds
- Financial documents
- Making an application outside of the UK
- Once you have received your visa
- Bringing your family to the UK
Other useful sources of information
There is also a lot of useful information on the GOV.UK website and the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.
Who to contact for help
St George's has fully trained immigration advisors who will be happy to help with your application. If you have any queries about the process, please email us.
Immigration advisors at St George's are regulated under OISC guidelines to give immigration advice. The OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner) is an independent organisation that monitors immigration advice and services. Advisers have to attend regular training to be able to provide immigration advice.
The UKCISA has an advice line which is open from 1-4pm, Monday to Friday. It can be reached on the numbers below.
Telephone: +44 20 7788 9214 (outside the UK) or
Telephone: 020 7788 9214 (inside the UK).
Below is a film produced by The University of Sheffield that follows the real experience of Chinese student applicants, with unique access to the visa application process supported by the UK government.
Please note that the above information is subject to change; please check the GOV.UK website for updates. The information herein provided is given in good faith for information only purposes. The information herewith provided is not intended to nor does it constitute legal advice. St. George’s, University of London does not warrant the accuracy of the information provided and accepts no liability whatsoever as any claims arising from reliance thereon.