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

A video showing the visa application process for two international students from China: 

Latest News:


  • The amount required to show for maintenance is raising from £800 per month, to £820 from July 1st 2014.  This would mean that nearly all students will need £7380 plus remaining first year tuition fees to be paid (held for a minimum 28  complete days (29 to be safe) including the closing balance). We advise making all applications using the higher maintenance figure to ensure you do not have problems with your application even if making the application before this change is officially introduced.
  • There have been some changes to visa centres outside of the UK (including India and Hong Kong). Click here for further information.
  • 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. 
    A list of
    Home Office Approved TB testing clinics can be found on the Home Office website.

 Key Facts

1)The cost of a Tier 4 visa from outside of the UK is currently £310

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

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

Applying for your visa from outside of the UK
Applying for your visa from outside of the UK.

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.

What are credibility interviews?
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 20/06/2014 JM

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