Services

  1. Application for UK visa under Tier 4 (General): form VAF9 appendix 8

    Form and guide to go with the VAF9 visa application form when applying to come to the UK as a student under Tier 4 (General).

  2. Form for Tier 4 priority applications

    Form to make a priority application to switch or extend stay in the UK under Tier 4.

  3. Application for UK visa under Tier 4 (Child): form VAF9 appendix 9

    Form and guide to documents to go with the VAF9 visa application form for visa to come to UK as student in the Tier 4 (Child) category.

Guidance and regulation

  1. Tier 4 (General) student visa

    Apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK if you're 16 or over - eligibility, extend or switch your visa, how much it costs and how long it takes

  2. Guidance on application for UK visa as Tier 4 student
  3. Short-term study visa

    Apply for a Short-term study visa (also known as a Short-term student visa) for a short course of study or training in the UK - fees, eligibility, documents you need and how to apply

  1. Applying for a UK visa: approved English language tests

    • Guidance
    • UK Visas and Immigration
  2. Get an electronic visa waiver to enter the UK

    Apply for an electronic visa waiver (EVW) if you have a passport from Kuwait, Oman, Qatar or the United Arab Emirates

    • Answer
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News and communications

  1. Migration Advisory Committee response to commission on international students

    • Migration Advisory Committee
    • Correspondence
  2. Government to commission assessment of international students

    • Home Office
    • News story
  3. The Chief Inspector has published a report on a re-inspection of the Tier 4 curtailment process

    • Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration
    • Press release
  4. Tier 4 visas: Immigration Rules changes

    • UK Visas and Immigration
    • News story
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Policy and engagement

  1. International students: economic and social impacts
  1. Home Office response to a report on the re-inspection of the Tier 4 curtailment process

    • UK Visas and Immigration
    • Policy paper
  2. Report on a re-inspection of the Tier 4 curtailment process, July 2017

    • Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration
    • Independent report
  3. Home Office response to the report 'A re-inspection of the handling of Tier 4 sponsor licence compliance, July 2016'

    • UK Visas and Immigration
    • Policy paper
  4. Report on a re-inspection of the handling of Tier 4 sponsor licence compliance, October 2016

    • Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration
    • Independent report
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Transparency

  1. Response to the Independent Chief Inspector's report on Tier 4

    • UK Visas and Immigration
    • Research
  2. Interviewing process for Tier 4 student visa applicants

    • Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration
    • Research
  3. Number of non-EEA students required to apply for Tier 4 visas

    • UK Visas and Immigration
    • Research
  4. Overseas students in the immigration system: types of institution and levels of study

    • Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration
    • Research
See all transparency