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Differentiation arrangements

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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. 

Australia

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

 

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.

» 

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.