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

Latest News:


  • After 18 March 2016, visa application fees have risen. An overseas Tier 4 visa application will now cost £328. This does not include the Immigration Health Surcharge Payment.

  • After 6 April 2016, Australian and New Zealand Nationals are no longer exempt from paying the Immigration Health Surcharge. The Immigration Health Surcharge is payable if an applicant comes to the UK for more than 6 months or applies to stay in the UK for any length of time. The charge is £150 per year of leave for Tier 4 students and their dependants. This charge is made as part of the visa application process. Find out more here: https://www.gov.uk/healthcare-immigration-application

  • 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 or before your 30 day entry visa expires, whichever is later.

 Key Facts

1)The cost of a Tier 4 visa from outside of the UK is currently £328

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

3) We have written a detailed guide with instructions about how to complete the Visa application form here

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

5) Please note that some countries may ask you to "Register with a Commercial Partner" in order to proceed with your visa application. This will usually be in countries where there are a low number of visa applications to the UK or the Home Office presence is low. You may be asked to pay an extra administration charge equivalent to £55 which should be paid at the same time as the visa application fee.

Remember, to help you with the calculations for your maintenance requirement. Fees for individual courses are listed on the relevant course page.

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 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.                                                                                                                                             - We have written a guide about how to complete the ATAS form here
  • 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/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-p-lists-of-financial-institutions

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

You are strongly advised to keep and take photocopies of all documents you will be providing for your Tier 4 visa application. This includes copies of your passport and photographs. This is so you have a record of everything you are submitting in case the Home Office do not consider a document. Some overseas posts will expect to see photocopies as a part of your application anyway. 


 Key Facts

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

We suggest reading pages 142 - 144 of the Tier 4 Modernised guidance for a list of factors that the Home Office will look to consider when conducting a credibility interview. The Tier 4 modernised guidance is the guidance a caseworker will follow  to assess a Tier 4 visa application.

Along with the Prezi Presentations at the top of the page. We have created this Sway Checklist which will consolidate all the above information (With example documents and excerpts from the Official Policy Guidance) and into one flowing checklist. It is formatted to be easily read on mobiles and tablet screens. Please press the full screen button to open the checklist in a new window 

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 27/06/2016 VN