1. What is the Tier 4 student visa?

The Tier 4 student visa is issued to those who are from other countries who want to study in UK. The educational institution where the student will be attending the course can be the sponsor for Tier 4 student visa. The visa will be for a particular course in the institution. Those who are outside UK are required to apply for the Tier 4 student visa prior to travelling to UK.

2. Can I work on Tier 4 student visa?

Those who hold Tier 4 student visa and are doing a course at degree level are normally allowed to work up to 20 hours in a week during term period and for full-time during vacations. If the visa holder has completed the course and if few more days/months are left on his/her visa, he/she can work for full-time.

3. How long does a Tier 4 student visa last?

The Tier 4 student visa will be valid for the duration of a Masters Degree course and for additional 4 months after completion of the course. During this additional 4 months period the visa holder can go for full-time work or apply for higher studies. However, he/she needs to get a new visa to carry out the work or to attend the new course.

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4. How do I get a Tier 4 student visa UK?

Those who are aged 16 or above and want to study in UK can apply online for Tier 4 (General) student visa UK. As part of the application they should have their photographs as well as fingerprints taken at a visa application centre. The applicant must have been offered admission to a course in UK and he/she should be able to understand, read, speak and write English. The applicant must be sufficiently strong financially to pay the course fees and to meet all other expenses. The applicant must be from a country which is not in European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. The applicant should meet all other eligibility requirements.

5. What documents do I need for Tier 4 visa?

  • Current passport with a page that is blank on both sides
  • Proof of financial strength in the form of pay slips or bank statements for the last 6 months
  • Details of place of stay of the applicant in UK and details of travel plans
  • Tuberculosis test report
  • In case of those who are below the age of 18, contact details of at least one parent or a guardian in home country
  • In case of documents that are not in English, certified translations of the same are required

6. How much bank balance is required for UK student visa?

The applicant is required to show £1,265.00 for each month of the course for maximum 9 months. Out of the total amount required for the entire course, not less than 50% is to be shown as bank balance and the remaining 50% can be shown as FDs, MFs, debentures, shares or bonds. As per the bank balance submitted, if it is found that the student has lesser fund than required, he/she has to justify how they will make up for the shortage of funds. The money that should be shown for maintenance can be in the student’s bank account, in parent’s account or in a joint account with the student’s name.

7. Can a Tier 4 visa be extended?

Those who are in UK on Tier 4 student visa can apply for extension of the Tier 4 visa only if they have completed the course and obtained the qualification for which the current visa was granted. Also, the new course of study must commence within 28 days from the date of expiry of the current Tier 4 student visa.

8. How do I apply for a Tier 4 visa extension?

Those who want to apply for Tier 4 student visa extension before expiry of the current visa must apply for visa extension within 6 months after receiving confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) and not more than 3 months before the date of commencement of the new course. They may visit the Home Office website www.gov.uk/ tier-4-general-visa/extend-your-visa and navigate to the ‘apply online’ section to link to the Tier 4 online application system.

9. How can I extend my student visa in UK?

Those who want to extend their Tier 4 student visa UK can submit their application for visa extension 3 months before commencement of their new course of study. The applicant should ensure that the application for extension of the student visa in UK is made up to 3 months before the expiry of the current visa. Before applying for visa extension, the applicant should also ensure that he/she has all the required documents as well as sufficient amount of money in his/her bank account.

10.What happens when my Tier 4 visa expires?

Tier 4 visa is valid for duration of the Masters degree course and for additional 4 months after completion of the course. The Tier 4 visa holder is expected leave UK on or before the date of expiry of the Tier 4 visa unless he/she has applied for extension of visa or switched in to another immigration category. Waiting till the expiry of the Tier 4 visa without applying for visa extension will lead to serious issues. He/she will be considered as overstayer and it may negatively affect his/her UK immigration applications made in future.

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