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Applying for a Visa

Visa Applications

Applying for a Visa

If you are coming to study on a Bachelor's, Master's or Research degree you will need to apply for a Tier 4 General Student visa, under Tier 4 of the Points-based system.

If you are coming to study on the Study Abroad or Exchange Programme, and will be here for more than six months or the programme contains a work placement element, then you will need to apply for a Tier 4 General Student visa

If you are coming to study on the Study Abroad or Exchange Programme, and are here for less than six months, you can apply for a Short-Term student visa but please note that you will not be able to extend your visa or carry out any form of work.

For information on which visa to apply for, please visit the UKVI website.

 

Preparing to Apply for your Visa

We have prepared a Guide for Offer Holders - Postgraduate 2017/18 for Postgraduate and Guide for Undergraduate Offer Holders 2017/18 for Undergraduate to help you prepare for your visa application. It is vital that you read this document thoroughly before submitting your application.

The following frequently used terms will help you to understand the terminology used

UKVI - UK Visas and Immigration

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) - This is a unique reference number generated for you after details about you and your course have been given to the UKVI. You need will need this CAS number to apply for entry clearance or an extension to your visa.

Entry Clearance - This is the term used  for permission to enter the UK.

Leave to enter – This is permission to enter the UK which is granted by an immigration officer at a port of entry (the maximum leave granted is six months).

Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) - Is the member of staff working at the British diplomatic post overseas who is responsible for granting entry clearance.

Leave to remain - This is permission to extend your stay longer in the UK following the initial period of time granted with the entry clearance.

Visa national - Is someone who must have entry clearance before travelling to and entering  the UK for any purpose. More information on who is a visa national

VAC - Visa Application Centre 

 

Please note, whilst we try to ensure the accuracy of the information and advice given, the requirements relating to visas are complex and change frequently. You should therefore check the requirements which apply to you on the UKVI website. The Compliance Officer at Liverpool Hope University cannot therefore accept responsibility for any inaccuracy or error in its information or advice.

Applying from Abroad

Applying from Overseas

This section contains information on how to apply for a visa from overseas (outside the UK). We have prepared a leaflets to help you with your application when applying from overseas, ‌‌ and applying fora Student Visa from Outside the UK Postgraduate.  The UKVI have produced a guide to assist you in applying for your Visa and this is called Applying for a UK Tier 4 Student Visa.

 

Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS)

Once you have fulfilled all the outstanding conditions of your offer and your tuition fee deposit payment and eligibility for a CAS number has been confirmed you will be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Study statement (CAS) which, includes your CAS number and the University's sponsor licence number.  You will need this information when completing your Tier 4 General Student Visa Application Form. Before releasing your CAS statement you will receive an email containing your personal details and the details of your course. Please check the details in the email carefully. This is the information that is contained in your CAS and it is important that it is accurate.  Please email internationaladmission@hope.ac.uk to report any discrepancies or to confirm the details are correct.

Your visa can be refused if the details are incorrect. It is your responsibility to check the details on your CAS.
 

Application Form

Unless you are applying from North Korea you must apply online on the UKVI website.

Use the information contained in your CAS Statement and input it into the corresponding sections of the online form. There is no need to submit your CAS Statement with your visa application – it is for your information, but many students do choose to submit this document.

 

Supporting Documents

The CAS statement lists the supporting ACADEMIC documents that we have used to assess your application. Please note that the supporting documents may vary for each student, so make sure you have read the information on your CAS statement carefully. You must submit the originals of all these documents along with your passport, and the application fee when you are making your Tier 4 application. If the documents are not in English an official translation is required, including details of the translation company so they can be verified. To check that you have the correct format of supporting documents, read the UKVI's Guide to Supporting Documents.

You need all the correct documents. If you do not include the correct documents with the visa application your visa will be refused.
 

Immigration Health Surcharge

On 6th April 2015 the government introduced an 'immigration health surcharge' which you will need to pay as part of your visa application. The surcharge is calculated as £150 per year (Tier 4 General Student visas) for each year that you are applying for a visa for. If this includes part of a year that is six months or less you will be charged an additional £75 for this period. If it includes part of a year that is more than six months, you will have to pay £150 for this period, i.e. for a course that is 15 months long the fee will be £225, for a course that is 20 months long the fee will be £300. 

If your course is less than 6 months and you are applying for Entry Clearance (from outside the UK) then this will be free of charge.

The Home Office have an Immigration Health Surcharge tool where you can calculate how much you will need to pay.

 

Maintenance

If you are a self-sponsored student you will need to prove that you have had your first year's tuition fees (less any deposit already paid) and maintenance.  The amount of maintenance (living costs) you need to show is £1015 per month for students (up to a maximum of £9,135).

You must submit bank statements to show that you have had the required funds in your bank account for 28 consecutive days. The bank statement must be no older that 31 days before making the application. If the balance in your account falls below the required level at any point during the 28 days your application will be refused.

The money must be shown in your bank account, a joint bank account (you and another person) or your parent's bank account.  It is advisable to keep the money in one bank account, and not to move it between accounts during the 28 day period. You can use more than one bank account to show that you meet the maintenance requirements but you must keep the funds in each account for 28 consecutive days.

If you want to use your parents' bank statements you need to provide additional documents such as your original birth certificate, a letter of consent from your parents, and they will have to sign the Tier 4 form. If you want to use a joint account, the other account holder must sign the Tier 4 form.

The bank statements must be original paper statements or statements printed in the bank.  If you use online statements they must have an official stamp from the bank on each page and must include the same information as an original statement.

For the purpose of verifying applicants' maintenance funds under the points-based system, the UK Border Agency maintains a list of financial institutions (in some countries) that do not satisfactorily verify financial statements. Please read the UKVI guidance.

Remember that you can use overseas accounts as long as the balance is converted into pounds sterling using the OANDA currency conversion website.

There are other ways to show money, including using a loan, details are available in the Tier 4 Policy Guidance.

You need to make sure you have the correct finance in place.  This is the most common reason for visa refusals. If you have insufficient funds or the incorrect financial documents with the visa application your visa will be refused
 

Differentiation Arrangements

If the UKVI consider that you are 'low risk', you will not normally need to submit supporting documents (other than the application form, original and valid passport, photograph and CAS number). The PBS guidance and Appendix H, explain how a Tier 4 student qualifies for this arrangement. To be considered 'low risk', you must be sponsored by a Highly Trusted Sponsor, and you must already be in the UK ,or applying for a Tier 4 visa in your country of nationality.

 

Credibility Interviews

The UKVI will interview most Tier 4 applicants before granting a visa to come to the UK.  Please regularly check your emails (including spam) for an email asking you to attend an interview as part of the application process.  If you fail to attend your interview without providing a reasonable explanation your visa will be refused.  The Entry Clearance Officer will interview you to confirm that you are a genuine student and that your English Language is at the correct level.  You will be asked about the course you want to study and your reasons for studying in the UK and Liverpool Hope.

The interview will take place when you attend the visa application centre to give your biometric information.  If you would like to discuss the credibility interview with a member of the International Team at Liverpool Hope then please email internationaladmission@hope.ac.uk to arrange a telephone appointment.

 

TB Screening

Applicants applying for a Tier 4 Student Visa from certain countries must present a valid medical certificate when applying for their visa.  Full details of the countries that this applies to and a list of acceptable medical practitioners is available inAppendix T of the immigration rules.

 

Dependants

From 4 July 2011, only new students sponsored by a higher education institution on a  course at NQF level 7 or above lasting 12 months or more can bring their dependants into the UK

If you would like to bring your family with you when you come to the UK to study, it is better for you all to apply at the same time as your application is more likely to be successful.  For full details on bringing dependants into the country see the UKVI website

ATAS Certificate

If you are going to start certain postgraduate research courses (PhD or other doctoral) you will have to apply for an ATAS Certificate from the UK. You can find Information about ATAS Certificates and the application procedure on the Gov.uk website.  To see if your course required an ATAS certificate please email international@hope.ac.uk

Please remember that it is your responsibility to apply for and receive your visa in time to start your course. The University recommends that you apply for your visa three months before the start of your course. Visa offices are extremely busy in July and August, and in December and January, so it is important to give yourself plenty of time.

 

BRP Card

When your visa is issued from overseas you will receive a vignette (sticker) in your passport which is valid for travel to the UK and a stay of 30 days from the date that you have informed the UKVI that you will arrive in the UK. You will also be issued with a letter that includes information about your immigration permission and the conditions attached to it. Please send a copy of the letter to internationaladmission@hope.ac.uk. Once you have arrived in the UK you must collect your biometric residence permit (BRP card) within 10 working days.

 

Applying in the UK

Applying for a Visa from inside the UK

This section contains information on how to apply for a visa from the UK. 

 

New Course of Study

If your current visa was issued to you for a previous course or with a different sponsor you will need to apply for a new Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS) statement.  Once you have fulfilled all the outstanding conditions of your offer, and your tuition fee deposit payment has been paid you will be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Study statement (CAS), which includes your CAS number and the sponsor licence number which you will need when completing your Tier 4 General Student Visa Application Form.  You will receive an email containing your personal details and the details of your course.  Please check the details in the email carefully.  This is the information that is contained in your CAS and it is important that it is accurate.  Please email internationaladmission@hope.ac.uk to report any discrepancies or to confirm the details are correct.

To confirm that you switch into Tier 4 (General) Student category without leaving the UK please see the UKVI website and check the TIER 4 Policy Guidance carefully as this can change on a regular basis. 

 

Application Forms and Guidance

Please read fully the Tier 4 Policy Guidance  before applying for your visa.  As part of the process for issuing your CAS number we will ask you to confirm that you have read and understood the guidance.  

You must apply for your visa using the online system unless your are using the Super Premium Service or applying with ten dependents or more.

If you have any questions about the application process or would like your Tier 4 application checking before submission please email internationaladmission@hope.ac.uk for an appointment.

 

Applying Online or Applying in Person 

You can apply for a visa in the UK to extend or to start a new course either online or by booking an appointment at a local Premium Service Centre .  If you wish to apply in person and book an appointment select the 'Premium' option.  

The nearest Premium Service Centre is in Liverpool City Centre

The Capital Building
6 Union Street
Liverpool, L3 9AF.

Please note it will cost more to apply in person than to apply online.

The UKVI also offer a 'Print and Send' service but this is due to be removed near future.


Supporting Documents

The CAS statement lists the supporting ACADEMIC documents that we have used to assess your application. Please note that the supporting documents may vary for each student, so make sure you have read the information on your CAS statement carefully. You must submit the originals of all these documents along with your passport, and the application fee when you are making your Tier 4 application. If the documents are not in English an official translation is required, including details of the translation company so they can be verified. To check that you have the correct format of supporting documents, read the UKVI website and Tier 4 Policy Guidance.

 

Immigration Health Surcharge

On 6th April 2015 the government introduced an 'immigration health surcharge' which you will need to pay as part of your visa application. The surcharge is calculated as £150 per year (Tier 4 General Student visas) for each year that you are applying for a visa for. If this includes part of a year that is six months or less you will be charged an additional £75 for this period. If it includes part of a year that is more than six months, you will have to pay £150 for this period, i.e. for a course that is 15 months long the fee will be £225, for a course that is 20 months long the fee will be £300. 

The Home Office have an Immigration Health Surcharge tool where you can calculate how much you will need to pay.

 

Maintenance

You will need to show you have £1015 per month for length of your course to a maximum of £9,135

You must submit bank statements to show that you have had the required funds in your bank account for 28 consecutive days.  The bank statement must be no older than 31 days and  the balance in your account must not fall below the required level at any point during the 28 days or your application will be refused.

The money must be shown in your bank account, a joint bank account (you and another person) or your parent's bank account.  It is advisable to keep the money in one bank account, and not to move it between accounts during the 28 day period. You can use more than one bank account to show that you meet the maintenance requirements but you must keep the funds in each account for 28 consecutive days.

If you want to use your parents' bank statements you need to provide additional documents such as your original birth certificate, a letter of consent from your parents.  If you want to use a joint account, the other account holder must sign the Tier 4 form.

The bank statements must be original paper statements or statements printed in the bank.  If you use online statements they must have an official stamp from the bank on each page and must include the same information as an original statement.

There are other ways to show money, including using a loan, details are available in the Tier 4 Policy Guidance.

You need to make sure you have the correct finance in place.  This is the most common reason for visa refusals. If you have insufficient funds or the incorrect financial documents with the visa application your visa will be refused
 

Differentiation  Arrangements

If the UKVI consider that you are 'low risk', you will not normally need to submit supporting documents (other than the application form, original and valid passport, photograph and CAS number). The PBS guidance and Appendix H, explain how a Tier 4 student qualifies for this arrangement. To be considered 'low risk', you must be sponsored by a Highly Trusted Sponsor, and you must already be in the UK ,or applying for a Tier 4 visa in your country of nationality.

 

Credibility Interview

You may need to attend a Credibility Interview. Please regularly check your emails (including spam) for an email asking you to attend an interview as part of the application process.  If you fail to attend your interview without providing a reasonable explanation your visa will be refused.  

Short-Term Visa

Short-Term Student Visa

If you are a study abroad or exchange student, and are coming for less than six months, you may be able to apply for a short-term student visa.  For further details see UKVI website.

If you are coming on a course that is more than 6 months, has a work placement element, or you wish to work during your programme you will need to apply for a Tier 4 General Student Visa. 

Visa nationals who wish to enter the UK as a student visitor must apply for a visa  prior to travelling to the UK.  A list of visa national is available in Appendix 2 of the immigration rules.

Non-visa nationals do not need a visa prior to travel but will need to declare their intentions to an Immigration Officer at a UK port of entry (airport, seaport). You will also be required to show evidence that you meet all the requirements of the Immigration Rules for Short-Term Students.  Please be aware non-visa nationals who choose not to apply for a visa before they travel have no right of appeal if they are refused entry to the UK.

For information on the support documents you will need to bring visit the UKVI website.

A Short-Term Student Visa will usually be granted for a period not exceeding 6 months and will prohibit employment.

 

Eligibility

The course must be

  • up to 6 months and at UK Bachelor’s degree level (NQF6) or above or
  • up to 11 months for an English language course

 You must

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • have enough money to support yourself while you are in the UK. You need to show you can pay for your tuition fees (if applicable), accommodation and living expenses
  • have an unconditional offer to study in the UK.

 You can also apply for a Short-Term Student Visa:

  • to do research for up to 6 months while enrolled on a course abroad that is at least equivalent to the level of a UK bachelor’s degree (NQF 6) or
  • to undertake a resit examination.

 

Restrictions

Holders of a Short-Term Student Visa are not permitted to:

  • work whilst in the UK (this includes paid and unpaid work and work placements even if part of the course).
  • claim any public funds.  A full list of public funds is available on the UK Border Agency website.
  • extend their visa whilst in the UK.

 

Please read the leaflet 'Applying for a Short-Term Student Visa ' for further information. 

Visa Applications

Applying for a Visa

If you are coming to study on a Bachelor's, Master's or Research degree you will need to apply for a Tier 4 General Student visa, under Tier 4 of the Points-based system.

If you are coming to study on the Study Abroad or Exchange Programme, and will be here for more than six months or the programme contains a work placement element, then you will need to apply for a Tier 4 General Student visa

If you are coming to study on the Study Abroad or Exchange Programme, and are here for less than six months, you can apply for a Short-Term student visa but please note that you will not be able to extend your visa or carry out any form of work.

For information on which visa to apply for, please visit the UKVI website.

 

Preparing to Apply for your Visa

We have prepared a Guide for Offer Holders - Postgraduate 2017/18 for Postgraduate and Guide for Undergraduate Offer Holders 2017/18 for Undergraduate to help you prepare for your visa application. It is vital that you read this document thoroughly before submitting your application.

The following frequently used terms will help you to understand the terminology used

UKVI - UK Visas and Immigration

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) - This is a unique reference number generated for you after details about you and your course have been given to the UKVI. You need will need this CAS number to apply for entry clearance or an extension to your visa.

Entry Clearance - This is the term used  for permission to enter the UK.

Leave to enter – This is permission to enter the UK which is granted by an immigration officer at a port of entry (the maximum leave granted is six months).

Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) - Is the member of staff working at the British diplomatic post overseas who is responsible for granting entry clearance.

Leave to remain - This is permission to extend your stay longer in the UK following the initial period of time granted with the entry clearance.

Visa national - Is someone who must have entry clearance before travelling to and entering  the UK for any purpose. More information on who is a visa national

VAC - Visa Application Centre 

 

Please note, whilst we try to ensure the accuracy of the information and advice given, the requirements relating to visas are complex and change frequently. You should therefore check the requirements which apply to you on the UKVI website. The Compliance Officer at Liverpool Hope University cannot therefore accept responsibility for any inaccuracy or error in its information or advice.

Applying from Abroad

Applying from Overseas

This section contains information on how to apply for a visa from overseas (outside the UK). We have prepared a leaflets to help you with your application when applying from overseas, ‌‌ and applying fora Student Visa from Outside the UK Postgraduate.  The UKVI have produced a guide to assist you in applying for your Visa and this is called Applying for a UK Tier 4 Student Visa.

 

Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS)

Once you have fulfilled all the outstanding conditions of your offer and your tuition fee deposit payment and eligibility for a CAS number has been confirmed you will be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Study statement (CAS) which, includes your CAS number and the University's sponsor licence number.  You will need this information when completing your Tier 4 General Student Visa Application Form. Before releasing your CAS statement you will receive an email containing your personal details and the details of your course. Please check the details in the email carefully. This is the information that is contained in your CAS and it is important that it is accurate.  Please email internationaladmission@hope.ac.uk to report any discrepancies or to confirm the details are correct.

Your visa can be refused if the details are incorrect. It is your responsibility to check the details on your CAS.
 

Application Form

Unless you are applying from North Korea you must apply online on the UKVI website.

Use the information contained in your CAS Statement and input it into the corresponding sections of the online form. There is no need to submit your CAS Statement with your visa application – it is for your information, but many students do choose to submit this document.

 

Supporting Documents

The CAS statement lists the supporting ACADEMIC documents that we have used to assess your application. Please note that the supporting documents may vary for each student, so make sure you have read the information on your CAS statement carefully. You must submit the originals of all these documents along with your passport, and the application fee when you are making your Tier 4 application. If the documents are not in English an official translation is required, including details of the translation company so they can be verified. To check that you have the correct format of supporting documents, read the UKVI's Guide to Supporting Documents.

You need all the correct documents. If you do not include the correct documents with the visa application your visa will be refused.
 

Immigration Health Surcharge

On 6th April 2015 the government introduced an 'immigration health surcharge' which you will need to pay as part of your visa application. The surcharge is calculated as £150 per year (Tier 4 General Student visas) for each year that you are applying for a visa for. If this includes part of a year that is six months or less you will be charged an additional £75 for this period. If it includes part of a year that is more than six months, you will have to pay £150 for this period, i.e. for a course that is 15 months long the fee will be £225, for a course that is 20 months long the fee will be £300. 

If your course is less than 6 months and you are applying for Entry Clearance (from outside the UK) then this will be free of charge.

The Home Office have an Immigration Health Surcharge tool where you can calculate how much you will need to pay.

 

Maintenance

If you are a self-sponsored student you will need to prove that you have had your first year's tuition fees (less any deposit already paid) and maintenance.  The amount of maintenance (living costs) you need to show is £1015 per month for students (up to a maximum of £9,135).

You must submit bank statements to show that you have had the required funds in your bank account for 28 consecutive days. The bank statement must be no older that 31 days before making the application. If the balance in your account falls below the required level at any point during the 28 days your application will be refused.

The money must be shown in your bank account, a joint bank account (you and another person) or your parent's bank account.  It is advisable to keep the money in one bank account, and not to move it between accounts during the 28 day period. You can use more than one bank account to show that you meet the maintenance requirements but you must keep the funds in each account for 28 consecutive days.

If you want to use your parents' bank statements you need to provide additional documents such as your original birth certificate, a letter of consent from your parents, and they will have to sign the Tier 4 form. If you want to use a joint account, the other account holder must sign the Tier 4 form.

The bank statements must be original paper statements or statements printed in the bank.  If you use online statements they must have an official stamp from the bank on each page and must include the same information as an original statement.

For the purpose of verifying applicants' maintenance funds under the points-based system, the UK Border Agency maintains a list of financial institutions (in some countries) that do not satisfactorily verify financial statements. Please read the UKVI guidance.

Remember that you can use overseas accounts as long as the balance is converted into pounds sterling using the OANDA currency conversion website.

There are other ways to show money, including using a loan, details are available in the Tier 4 Policy Guidance.

You need to make sure you have the correct finance in place.  This is the most common reason for visa refusals. If you have insufficient funds or the incorrect financial documents with the visa application your visa will be refused
 

Differentiation Arrangements

If the UKVI consider that you are 'low risk', you will not normally need to submit supporting documents (other than the application form, original and valid passport, photograph and CAS number). The PBS guidance and Appendix H, explain how a Tier 4 student qualifies for this arrangement. To be considered 'low risk', you must be sponsored by a Highly Trusted Sponsor, and you must already be in the UK ,or applying for a Tier 4 visa in your country of nationality.

 

Credibility Interviews

The UKVI will interview most Tier 4 applicants before granting a visa to come to the UK.  Please regularly check your emails (including spam) for an email asking you to attend an interview as part of the application process.  If you fail to attend your interview without providing a reasonable explanation your visa will be refused.  The Entry Clearance Officer will interview you to confirm that you are a genuine student and that your English Language is at the correct level.  You will be asked about the course you want to study and your reasons for studying in the UK and Liverpool Hope.

The interview will take place when you attend the visa application centre to give your biometric information.  If you would like to discuss the credibility interview with a member of the International Team at Liverpool Hope then please email internationaladmission@hope.ac.uk to arrange a telephone appointment.

 

TB Screening

Applicants applying for a Tier 4 Student Visa from certain countries must present a valid medical certificate when applying for their visa.  Full details of the countries that this applies to and a list of acceptable medical practitioners is available inAppendix T of the immigration rules.

 

Dependants

From 4 July 2011, only new students sponsored by a higher education institution on a  course at NQF level 7 or above lasting 12 months or more can bring their dependants into the UK

If you would like to bring your family with you when you come to the UK to study, it is better for you all to apply at the same time as your application is more likely to be successful.  For full details on bringing dependants into the country see the UKVI website

ATAS Certificate

If you are going to start certain postgraduate research courses (PhD or other doctoral) you will have to apply for an ATAS Certificate from the UK. You can find Information about ATAS Certificates and the application procedure on the Gov.uk website.  To see if your course required an ATAS certificate please email international@hope.ac.uk

Please remember that it is your responsibility to apply for and receive your visa in time to start your course. The University recommends that you apply for your visa three months before the start of your course. Visa offices are extremely busy in July and August, and in December and January, so it is important to give yourself plenty of time.

 

BRP Card

When your visa is issued from overseas you will receive a vignette (sticker) in your passport which is valid for travel to the UK and a stay of 30 days from the date that you have informed the UKVI that you will arrive in the UK. You will also be issued with a letter that includes information about your immigration permission and the conditions attached to it. Please send a copy of the letter to internationaladmission@hope.ac.uk. Once you have arrived in the UK you must collect your biometric residence permit (BRP card) within 10 working days.

 

Applying in the UK

Applying for a Visa from inside the UK

This section contains information on how to apply for a visa from the UK. 

 

New Course of Study

If your current visa was issued to you for a previous course or with a different sponsor you will need to apply for a new Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS) statement.  Once you have fulfilled all the outstanding conditions of your offer, and your tuition fee deposit payment has been paid you will be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Study statement (CAS), which includes your CAS number and the sponsor licence number which you will need when completing your Tier 4 General Student Visa Application Form.  You will receive an email containing your personal details and the details of your course.  Please check the details in the email carefully.  This is the information that is contained in your CAS and it is important that it is accurate.  Please email internationaladmission@hope.ac.uk to report any discrepancies or to confirm the details are correct.

To confirm that you switch into Tier 4 (General) Student category without leaving the UK please see the UKVI website and check the TIER 4 Policy Guidance carefully as this can change on a regular basis. 

 

Application Forms and Guidance

Please read fully the Tier 4 Policy Guidance  before applying for your visa.  As part of the process for issuing your CAS number we will ask you to confirm that you have read and understood the guidance.  

You must apply for your visa using the online system unless your are using the Super Premium Service or applying with ten dependents or more.

If you have any questions about the application process or would like your Tier 4 application checking before submission please email internationaladmission@hope.ac.uk for an appointment.

 

Applying Online or Applying in Person 

You can apply for a visa in the UK to extend or to start a new course either online or by booking an appointment at a local Premium Service Centre .  If you wish to apply in person and book an appointment select the 'Premium' option.  

The nearest Premium Service Centre is in Liverpool City Centre

The Capital Building
6 Union Street
Liverpool, L3 9AF.

Please note it will cost more to apply in person than to apply online.

The UKVI also offer a 'Print and Send' service but this is due to be removed near future.


Supporting Documents

The CAS statement lists the supporting ACADEMIC documents that we have used to assess your application. Please note that the supporting documents may vary for each student, so make sure you have read the information on your CAS statement carefully. You must submit the originals of all these documents along with your passport, and the application fee when you are making your Tier 4 application. If the documents are not in English an official translation is required, including details of the translation company so they can be verified. To check that you have the correct format of supporting documents, read the UKVI website and Tier 4 Policy Guidance.

 

Immigration Health Surcharge

On 6th April 2015 the government introduced an 'immigration health surcharge' which you will need to pay as part of your visa application. The surcharge is calculated as £150 per year (Tier 4 General Student visas) for each year that you are applying for a visa for. If this includes part of a year that is six months or less you will be charged an additional £75 for this period. If it includes part of a year that is more than six months, you will have to pay £150 for this period, i.e. for a course that is 15 months long the fee will be £225, for a course that is 20 months long the fee will be £300. 

The Home Office have an Immigration Health Surcharge tool where you can calculate how much you will need to pay.

 

Maintenance

You will need to show you have £1015 per month for length of your course to a maximum of £9,135

You must submit bank statements to show that you have had the required funds in your bank account for 28 consecutive days.  The bank statement must be no older than 31 days and  the balance in your account must not fall below the required level at any point during the 28 days or your application will be refused.

The money must be shown in your bank account, a joint bank account (you and another person) or your parent's bank account.  It is advisable to keep the money in one bank account, and not to move it between accounts during the 28 day period. You can use more than one bank account to show that you meet the maintenance requirements but you must keep the funds in each account for 28 consecutive days.

If you want to use your parents' bank statements you need to provide additional documents such as your original birth certificate, a letter of consent from your parents.  If you want to use a joint account, the other account holder must sign the Tier 4 form.

The bank statements must be original paper statements or statements printed in the bank.  If you use online statements they must have an official stamp from the bank on each page and must include the same information as an original statement.

There are other ways to show money, including using a loan, details are available in the Tier 4 Policy Guidance.

You need to make sure you have the correct finance in place.  This is the most common reason for visa refusals. If you have insufficient funds or the incorrect financial documents with the visa application your visa will be refused
 

Differentiation  Arrangements

If the UKVI consider that you are 'low risk', you will not normally need to submit supporting documents (other than the application form, original and valid passport, photograph and CAS number). The PBS guidance and Appendix H, explain how a Tier 4 student qualifies for this arrangement. To be considered 'low risk', you must be sponsored by a Highly Trusted Sponsor, and you must already be in the UK ,or applying for a Tier 4 visa in your country of nationality.

 

Credibility Interview

You may need to attend a Credibility Interview. Please regularly check your emails (including spam) for an email asking you to attend an interview as part of the application process.  If you fail to attend your interview without providing a reasonable explanation your visa will be refused.  

Short-Term Visa

Short-Term Student Visa

If you are a study abroad or exchange student, and are coming for less than six months, you may be able to apply for a short-term student visa.  For further details see UKVI website.

If you are coming on a course that is more than 6 months, has a work placement element, or you wish to work during your programme you will need to apply for a Tier 4 General Student Visa. 

Visa nationals who wish to enter the UK as a student visitor must apply for a visa  prior to travelling to the UK.  A list of visa national is available in Appendix 2 of the immigration rules.

Non-visa nationals do not need a visa prior to travel but will need to declare their intentions to an Immigration Officer at a UK port of entry (airport, seaport). You will also be required to show evidence that you meet all the requirements of the Immigration Rules for Short-Term Students.  Please be aware non-visa nationals who choose not to apply for a visa before they travel have no right of appeal if they are refused entry to the UK.

For information on the support documents you will need to bring visit the UKVI website.

A Short-Term Student Visa will usually be granted for a period not exceeding 6 months and will prohibit employment.

 

Eligibility

The course must be

  • up to 6 months and at UK Bachelor’s degree level (NQF6) or above or
  • up to 11 months for an English language course

 You must

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • have enough money to support yourself while you are in the UK. You need to show you can pay for your tuition fees (if applicable), accommodation and living expenses
  • have an unconditional offer to study in the UK.

 You can also apply for a Short-Term Student Visa:

  • to do research for up to 6 months while enrolled on a course abroad that is at least equivalent to the level of a UK bachelor’s degree (NQF 6) or
  • to undertake a resit examination.

 

Restrictions

Holders of a Short-Term Student Visa are not permitted to:

  • work whilst in the UK (this includes paid and unpaid work and work placements even if part of the course).
  • claim any public funds.  A full list of public funds is available on the UK Border Agency website.
  • extend their visa whilst in the UK.

 

Please read the leaflet 'Applying for a Short-Term Student Visa ' for further information.