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Differentiation arrangements

Students that qualify for differentiation do not need to submit evidence of Money  with their initial visa application. Remember that there a number of other documents required for visa applications and you will still need to provide these. Our Document List contains full details.

It is important to be aware that you must still meet the financial requirements on the date that you submit your online application. Documents proving that you met the requirements can be requested by UK Visas and Immigration at any time during the application process. 

Who qualifies for 'differentation arrangements'

Students can qualify for Student visa differentiation arrangements because they are a national of one of the ‘low risk’ countries listed in ST 22.1 of the Immigration Rules (see below for the list).

If you are a national or a passport holder of one of the following countries and you are applying in the country where you live or in the UK, you do not have to submit evidence of your money with your Student visa application. 


The Dominican Republic Luxembourg South Korea
Austria Estonia Malaysia Spain
Bahrain Finland Malta Sweden
Barbados France Mauritius Switzerland
Belgium Germany Mexico Taiwan (with ID card)
Botswana Greece Netherlands Thailand
Brazil Hong Kong New Zealand Tunisia
British National (Overseas) Hungary Norway United Arab Emirates
Brunei Iceland Oman United States of America
Bulgaria Indonesia Peru  
Cambodia Ireland Poland  
Canada Italy Portugal  
Chile Japan Qatar  
China Kazakhstan Romania  
Croatia Kuwait Serbia  
Republic of Cyprus Latvia Singapore  
Czech Republic Liechtenstein Slovakia  
Denmark Lithuania Slovenia  


If you are eligible for differentiation arrangements, then any of your Dependants are also eligible for differentiation as long as they are: 

  • making their application at the same time as you 

  • in their country of nationality or in the UK.

This essentially means that they do not have to provide proof of finances with their initial visa application. Again, UKVI can request this at any time, so you should be prepared to provide it if requested. 

If they do not apply at the same time as you, they will be required to include full evidence of their finances with their visa application.

» Money

Find out the amount of money required and how you can show this.

» CAS & Qualifications

Describes how you meet the visa conditions using your unconditional offer and previous qualifications.

» Document list

A comprehensive final checklist for your Tier 4 visa application.