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Top tips for Malaysian students applying for UK Student Visa

If you are heading to the UK to study this year, read these top tips on making a Tier 4 student visa application.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Tips for applying for a UK student visa
Read our tips for applying for a UK student visa
  • Apply as early as you can. You can apply up to 3 months in advance.

  • You will need a certificate of acceptance for studies (CAS) from your chosen place of study before you make an application.

  • You should read the guidance on Tier 4 student visas here.

  • You should know what additional supporting documents you will require for your application and allow plenty of time to get these together.

  • If you are a Malaysian passport holder and applying in Malaysia you do not need to provide education certificates or bank statements with your application, although you must be able to provide them if you are asked at a later date.

  • Your bank statements should show that you have had the required maintenance funds in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to paying your student visa fee online.

  • You will need a TB certificate from an approved TB test clinic.

  • Some applicants might also need a English Language Test certificate and/or an ATAS certificate.

  • You must provide a certified translation of any documents that are not in English.

  • You should complete your Tier 4 student visa application form, pay your visa fee and book an appointment at your visa application centre online at

  • You should only complete your application form in English.

  • Take a printed copy of your application form, your passport, a passport photo and any supporting documents that you require to your visa application centre appointment.

  • As you will have completed your application online, Appendix 8 is not required.

  • Whilst we will always aim to provide the quickest service possible, please do not expect a decision to be made any sooner, especially during the busy summer season. If you need your visa in a hurry, you can choose our 3 to 5 day priority visa service.

  • Staff at the British High Commission and the visa application centre cannot help you with visa enquiries but go to for further guidance and the visa enquiry centre contact details.

Published 16 June 2014