Overview of Tier 4 application process

Overview of Tier 4 application process

Here, we aim to provide you with a clear overview of the Tier 4 application process.

Please be aware that the University cannot be held responsible for any technical IT problems relating to the online Tier 4 application process. You are therefore advised to ensure you prepare your application in plenty of time before your current visa expires to allow for any unforeseen circumstances.

The Student Visas section of our website provides detailed information about the specific requirements for making a Tier 4 application. All applicants should read the relevant sections of the Tier 4 Policy Guidance extremely carefully before submitting their application.

Applications submitted in the UK using the Immigration Service ‘Check & Send’ service (postal applications):




  1. Create an online account to enable you to complete the fully online Tier 4 application. You should refer to the Tier 4 online application guidance – student version we have produced to see how to do this. Please note, there is a a different Tier 4 online application guidance – Student applying with Dependants or lone dependants version on the same web-page.
  2. Complete as much of the Tier 4 online application as possible, but do not submit it. Again, the guidance notes we have produced provide detailed information on how to do this.
  3. Create an account for the Immigration Health Surcharge, but do not make payment.
  4. Gather your supporting documents which will accompany your application.
  5. Make an appointment to meet with an International Student Adviser who will check your application and will advise you on any additional requirements.
  6. If you are a continuing student, once you have met with an Adviser who is happy you have all documents needed for a complete application, we will issue you with a CAS. If you are a new student, you should bring a print-out of your CAS to your appointment.
  7. If your application is not complete at your first appointment, you will be advised to make a second appointment to come back and see an Adviser when your application is complete.
  8. When the Adviser is happy your application is complete, you will pay the application fee and the Immigration Health Surcharge at your appointment. This will be made online by credit/debit card. The Adviser will then print out the cover sheet for the application and take all your supporting documents from you.
  9. The Immigration Service will then post your supporting documents to the Home Office and will send you an email to confirm when this has been done (it is usually posted within 5 working days).
  10. Usually within 2 weeks of your application being posted to the Home Office, you should receive a letter from them asking you to go and provide your biometric data (fingerprints and photo) at a designated Post Office. You must do this within 15 working days from the date on the letter and we would advise that you do it as soon as possible to avoid delays in your visa processing.
  11. Once you have provided your biometric data, your application will be considered by a caseworker.
  12. Your documents and new visa (on a BRP) will be returned to the International Office who will contact you to ask you to come and collect your documents from us.
  13. If, for any reason, your BRP is sent to you directly, you need to bring it in to the International Office as soon as it is received so that we can update your visa records in our system.
  14. If you are required to register with the Police you should go and register your new visa within 7 days of when you receive it.