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Tier 4 Visa

How to get a general student visa (Tier 4)

If you have a general student visa (Tier 4) visa you can only study full-time. You're not permitted to study on a part-time basis. This applies to all levels of courses including undergraduate and postgraduate.

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Steps to getting your visa

The process for getting a general student visa (Tier 4) includes:

The process of applying for and receiving your visa process can take several months, so we recommend starting the application as soon as possible. Find out more about waiting for your general student visa (Tier 4).

Help with application

We are here to support you as you apply for your general student visa (Tier 4). We strongly recommend that you read through the government's guidance on applying for the visa before you submit your documentation.

Contact your regional office for more information.

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University offer

You need an unconditional offer to receive a general student visa (Tier 4). 

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Confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS)

A CAS is a formal agreement between yourself and the University that we'll sponsor your general student visa (Tier 4).

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How do I apply for a Tier 4 visa?

Once you have your CAS number you can apply for your general student visa (Tier 4).

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Waiting for your Tier 4 visa

It can take several months for your general student visa (Tier 4) application to be processed by the Home Office.

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