Document list: Tier 4
We know that international students will be worried by the Covid-19 situation and what it means for their immigration status and their studies in the UK. UK Visa Application Centres are currently closed, as are English language testing centres and the ATAS application service, and travel is severely restricted.
The Home Office has introduced a number of immigration concessions for students, outlined here: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tier 4 sponsors, migrants and short-term students.
UKCISA regularly updates their advice for students here: Coronavirus (Covid-19): info for international students.
Students will also want to keep up-to-date with the University’s response to Covid-19 on our FAQ pages here: University of Exeter – Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information and Advice.
Finally, the trained immigration advisers in International Student Support are here to help with any questions or concerns you have during this difficult time. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our advisers will respond as soon as possible.
This list will help you to make sure that you have everything you need to successfully apply for your Tier 4 visa. It is extremely important that you provide the correct documents as described in each of the sections otherwise your application may be refused.
If any of the information you supply to UK Visas & Immigration is found to be fraudulent your visa will be rejected and you could be banned from entering the UK for 10 years.
Once you submit and pay for your online application, you should save and print:
- your application form
- UKVI document checklist
You must provide a current valid passport.
If you have a current or previous UK visa issued on a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card, you must include it with your application.
Your CAS statement lists your CAS number and other important information which you will need to include on your application form.
Our Money section details the financial requirements for a Tier 4 application. You will need to prepare documents that meet the rules listed there. If you qualify for differentiation arrangements, you will not need to submit these documents with your initial application but they may be requested by UK Visas and Immigration while your application is being processed. If you are applying in the UK through International Student Support, you will need to present these documents at your International Student Support appointment even if you qualify for differentiation. Note that if you are using a parent's bank statement, you will need additional documents as explained on the Money page.
If you are currently financially sponsored by a government or an international scholarship agency or have been financially sponsored within the past 12 months, you will need written permission from your sponsor, confirming they have no objection to you continuing your studies in the UK.
Our Qualifications section details the academic and English language requirements for a Tier 4 application which are also listed on your CAS statement. Unless you qualify for differentiation arrangements, you will need to submit documents for each qualification listed. If you qualify for differentiation and are applying in the UK through International Student Support, you will still need to bring these documents to your appointment.
If your original documents are not in English you will also need to provide a fully certified translation by a professional translator or translation company.
Any translations you submit with your application must include the following:
- Confirmation that it is an accurate translation of the original document
- The date of the translation
- The full name and signature of the translator or an official from the translation company
- The contact details of the translator / translation company
- Translations for applications submitted in the UK must also include the translator’s credentials (translation qualification)
People who want to study at advanced levels within certain subject areas must obtain clearance certificates under the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) before they make any immigration application to study, or extend their study period, in the UK. Further information about the scheme is available on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.
ATAS is only required for certain subject areas, including Computer Science, Physics, Medicine, Biosciences and Engineering, but all Masters and PhD students should check whether or not the requirement applies to them. It will be stated on your offer letter.
You must apply for your ATAS certificate (via the above website) at least 4-6 weeks before you plan to apply for your visa. The certificate will be emailed to you and must be printed and included with your visa application. Note that you will need to provide your ATAS certificate to the University before your CAS can be issued.
Visa extensions only: If you are already studying in the UK, and you are required to register with the police, you must submit an up-to-date police registration certificate including current visa status and address.
Entry clearance only: If you are a person from a country listed in Appendix T making an application for entry clearance to come to the UK for more than six months, you must present a valid medical certificate confirming that you have been tested for TB.
You won’t need a TB test if any of the following apply:
- you’re a diplomat accredited to the UK
- you’re a returning UK resident and haven’t been away for more than 2 years
- you lived for at least 6 months in a country where TB screening is not required by the UK, and you’ve been away from that country for no more than 6 months
All children must see a clinician who’ll decide if they need a chest x-ray. Children under 11 will not normally have a chest x-ray. If the clinician decides your child doesn’t have TB they’ll give you a certificate. Include this certificate with your child’s UK visa application.
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If you are 16 or 17 when you apply for your visa, you will need to include a signed letter from your parents or legal guardian confirming:
- The relationship between you and your parent(s) or legal guardian(s)
- That your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) have given their consent to your application
- That your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) have given their consent to you living independently in the UK; and
- That your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) have given their consent to your independent travel to the UK; and
- That your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) have legal custody or sole responsibility for you.
You will also need to include your original birth certificate, certificate of adoption or a court document naming your legal guardian.
The Home Office should not request any additional documents except in exceptional circumstances.