Information to help you through the immigration and visa application process
If you are applying from outside the UK, you must apply online for a Tier 4 (General) student visa. You must ensure you apply with enough time to arrive in the UK before your course begins and be available to attend the International Welcome and Orientation Programme for all new international and EU students.
Please note that you must not make your Tier 4 visa application more than three months before the start of your course, before you are issued with a CAS from the International Compliance Team, or before you meet the other immigration requirements and have all of the required ORIGINAL supporting documents in your possession.
In most cases, you must complete the 'Tier 4 (General) student' application form online using the link below. You must first set up an account online and complete the application form in English.
Once you have set up an account you should select 'Apply for myself' and complete the 'Applicant details' section before selecting a 'Tier 4 (General) student' visa application.
You will generally need to select 'Study' as your ‘Reason for visit’ and then 'PBS Tier 4 student' as the 'Visa type'
If you require any assistance in the process, please contact the International Student Advisor on International@tees.ac.uk.
Please note: If a document is not in English the original must be accompanied by a fully certified translation by a professional translator/ translation company. See the Tier 4 Policy Guidance for full details of the requirements.
You must show that you have money for living costs for each month (£1015.00 per month) of your course up to a maximum of 9 months. The total living costs you must demonstrate should be based on the course dates listed on your new CAS, and be up to a maximum of 9 months (£9135.00). You must also show any unpaid course tuition fees listed on your new CAS for the required period and in the required format.
If you are permitted to bring dependants with you to the UK, each dependant must show that they have enough money for living costs for each month (£680.00 per month) of your course and be up to a maximum of 9 months (£6120.00). If you are unsure if you can include a dependant in your application, please contact International@tees.ac.uk.
Please note: If you are using a personal bank or building society statement, this money will need to have been held in your bank account for a consecutive 28 day period on the date of your application. The evidence that you provide must be dated within 31 days of the date of your application.
You can provide evidence that you have enough money to cover your living costs and tuition fees in the following ways:
Other accounts or financial instruments such as shares, bonds, overdrafts, credit cards and pension funds are NOT acceptable.
If you want to use funds held within a joint account as proof of your money, you must be named on the account along with one or more other person.
The money must be for your use for studying and living in the UK and must continue to be available to you after your application is made, except for any money that you have to pay for course fees and living costs.
Your personal bank statement must show:
Alternatively an electronic bank statement bearing the official stamp of the bank in question will be accepted. This stamp must appear on every page of the statement.
Where your funds are in a currency other than pound sterling, the amount considered will be based on the exchange rate for the relevant currency on the date of application published on www.oanda.com.
USING FUNDS HELD IN A PARENT(S) / LEGAL GUDARDIAN(S) ACCOUNT
If you are using cash funds in the bank, you can use money held in an account owned by you or your parents. If you are using funds held by your parents, you will need to show that you are related to them and must provide one of the following:
If you are relying on money held by your parents(s)/legal guardian(s), you must also show that your parent(s)/legal guardian have given their permission for you to use this money. You must provide: a letter from your parent(s) or legal guardian(s). The letter must confirm:
If you are going to use a loan letter, the letter must be from a regulated financial institution and must not be dated more than 6 months before the date of your application. There must be no conditions placed on the release of loan funds to you other than your Tier 4 application being successful.
You cannot use loans held in the name of your parent (s) or legal guardian (s) as evidence of money held by you.
Where your funds are in a currency other than pound sterling, the amount considered will be based on the exchange rate for the relevant currency on the date of application published on http://www.oanda.com.
If you are being given Official Financial Sponsorship, you must provide a letter of confirmation from your Official Financial Sponsor on official letter-headed paper or stationery of the organisation of the official financial sponsor which must have the official stamp of that organisation on it.
If you are being given Official Financial Sponsorship which will cover all of your fees and living costs, you will not be required to submit bank statements to evidence maintenance funds.
Full details can be found using the links below: