Applying to enter the UK as a Tier 4 (General) Student without a current student visa.

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  •  Since 12 November 2015, a maximum of £1,265 paid to your Aston University in advance for your accommodation can be deducted from the amount of maintenance you must show that you have (even if you have paid more than £1,265 in advance).
  • Since 12 November 2015 you need to show £9,135 in maintenance, in addition to your remaining tuition fees for the year to be paid as shown on your CAS. These funds will need to be held for a minimum of 28 days including the closing balance and be and be shown on bank statements dated no more than 31 days prior to the date of application for your visa. The established presence in the UK status will cease to exist after this date.

  • Changes to Entry Clearance: The system of issuing a visa for the whole course is changing; instead you will be issued with a temporary entry permit valid for 30 days from your intended date of travel. At the end of your visa application, you will be asked to select a location  from which you would like to collect your BRP card. To collect your BRP card from Aston University you must write 2HE554 for the alternative collection code [ASTON STUDENTS ONLY]. You MUST collect your full visa issued on a BRP card within 10 days of arrival in the UK.              
  • Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS): This is a new charge which nearly all applicants applying for a Tier 4 visa of more than 6 months from outside of the UK for Aston University will need to pay.  This requires an upfront payment of £150 per year  of a visa for students and their dependants when making a visa application. This charge is made as part of the visa application process. Find out more here: https://www.gov.uk/healthcare-immigration-application/overview
  • Tuberculosis testing: Please check if you need a Tuberculosis test certificate before you apply for your visa.  Countries including Nigeria, China, India, South Korea, Hong Kong, Pakistan and many others now need a test before applying.  Your visa will be refused if you do not have a TB Certificate when required to do so.  Check if you need a test here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-rules-appendix-t

 Key Facts

1)The cost of a Tier 4 visa from outside of the UK is currently £322

2) Most countries (except North Korea) require you to complete an online Tier 4 application; you can access the online application form here 

3) An example of the completed online form is available here:Example online application form

4) You can find out the likely processing times here: https://www.gov.uk/visa-processing-times 

Remember, to help you with the calculations for your maintenance requirement, you can check the 2015/16 tuition fees for your course on our website. 

Please see the presentation at the top of the page.

As well as your completed online form and bank statements (plus birth certificate and parental letter if using parental bank statements); you also need to provide several other documents with your application. You will need to provide one photocopy of each document, as well as the original. You will also need to provide professional translations of documents which are not written in English.

  • The fee for your application 
  • Passport(s)
  • Passport photographs
  • The original qualification (shown in your Aston CAS e-mail) that Aston used to assess your suitability for the course 
  • You may need a tuberculosis test: https://www.gov.uk/tb-test-visa
  • Your Biometric Residence Permit for the UK – but only if you already have one 
  • You may need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate. ATAS only affects a few students, mainly research students studying in the School of Engineering & Applied Science or the School of Life & Health Sciences. Find out more about ATAS
  • You should check to see if your country has specific bank statements which will be accepted by the Home Office; download the list of countries and institutions here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-rules-appendix-p

Please ensure your documents meet the criteria as listed in the Tier 4 application guidance before applying; if you have any worries please contact us for advice. The Tier 4 application guidance is available here



 Key Facts

Please note from 6th April 2014 nationals of all countries, including low risk, may be invited to attend a credibilty interview.

I still feel like I need some help, who do I contact? 

We offer free confidential immigration advice and support for applicants for Aston University; if at any point in the application process you need further advice or support please do not hesitate to contact us.

Page last updated 23/12/2015 LB

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