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Tier 4 student visa checklist

Here are the documents we recommend you provide when applying for your Tier 4 student visa.

General

Tuberculosis test certificate

From an approved clinic: www.gov.uk/tb-test-visa/countries-where-you-need-a-tb-test-to-enter-the-uk

Health Surcharge reference number

This will be issued once the payment process is complete.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

And any original documents referenced by your Tier 4 sponsor on the CAS.

ATAS Certificate is required by some students.

This will be indicated on your CAS.

Financial requirements

A bank-slip, bank statement or certificate of deposit that shows you have held enough money to cover your course fees and your monthly living costs for up to 9 months. They must show that you have held the required money for (at least) a consecutive 28 day period which ends within the 31 day period before you paid your visa fee online. For example, if you paid your fee online on 15 August, the bank-slip, bank statement or certificate of deposit you submit must show that you held the required money for (at least) a 28 day period that ended between the 15 July and 15 August.

UKVI will accept money that is frozen in a certificate of deposit. However the certificate of deposit must prove that the money has already been held for 28 days. For example, if you deposited your funds in a fixed-term account on 1 March, and your date of online application was 15 August, it is not enough to only submit the original deposit slip from 1 March. You must also submit an additional certificate of deposit to show that the money was still held between 15 July and 15 August i.e. within the 31 day period before your online application date. Do not provide a bank letter or certificate quoting an average balance. Funds must be held in your name or by your parents or an official sponsor. Money held by any other third party will not be accepted.

You can only qualify as a sponsored student if you are sponsored by one of the following official sponsors: UK government; British Council; your government; or any international organisation, international company, university or UK independent school. You cannot be sponsored by anyone else, including other family members or friends.

Proof of relationship

You must prove your relationship to your parents if the above funds are held under a parent’s name. You can submit one of the following original documents: birth certificate or adoption certificate. And a letter from your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) providing consent for you to use the money if the above funds are held in their name(s).

For Tier 4 (General) applicants aged 16 or 17 (on the date of your online application) and Tier 4 (Child) applicants:

A letter from your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) providing permission to support your travel to the UK, reception on arrival and living arrangements while in the UK. Proof of relationship to your parent(s) or legal guardian(s). You can submit one of the following original documents: birth certificate or adoption certificate.

For Tier 4 (Child) applicants only:

If you are aged under 16, or under 18 if you are disabled, and going to be cared for on a full-time basis in the UK by adults who are not your parents or a close relative (a grandparent, brother, sister, step-parent, uncle or aunt aged over 18), you must provide proof that that person has notified the appropriate UK local authority. You do not need this if your accommodation is on your school campus.

Please be honest! Any false declarations and/or forged documents will lead to a mandatory refusal and may result in a 10 year ban from the UK.

For more information visit www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa/documents-you-must-provide.

Tier 4 student visa checklist
Tier 4 student visa checklist