Tier 4 (General) is the main immigration route for students (over 17 years old) applying outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland to come to the UK to study with a Tier 4 Sponsor. 

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You can't apply for a Tier 4 (General) visa until three months before your course start date.

Obtaining a Tier 4 (General) visa

To be considered for a Tier 4 (General) visa you'll need to produce:

  • confirmation from us that you are/will be studying at St George's, in the form of a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) statement
  • proof that you have enough money available to pay your fees and support yourself (maintenance) while you're in the UK

If you don't provide a CAS and all documentary evidence (including financial), in the correct format, you will not make a successful application.

Read more about evidence of funds

Credibility interview

As part of the Tier 4 (General) application process, you will be required to undertake an interview with an immigration officer based in the UK via video conference or telephone. This interview will be conducted in English.

The interview will focus on your reasons for coming to the UK, financial situation and English language ability. The types of questions that will be asked will vary but will mainly focus on your immigration and education background, current study and post-study plans and financial circumstances, for example, "how are you funding your studies." We strongly recommend that you familiarise yourself with the course content of the programme that you will be studying as you may also be asked to talk about this.

If as a result of this interview the officer is not satisfied that you are a genuine student, or you cannot speak English to the required standard, your application will be refused.


Please note that the above information is subject to change; please check the GOV.UK website for updates. This information is provided is given in good faith for information purposes only. This information is not intended constitute legal advice. St George’s, University of London does not warrant the accuracy of the information provided and accepts no liability whatsoever on any claims arising from it.


Last Updated: Thursday, 28 May 2015 22:24

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