Information to help you through the immigration and visa application process
If you are currently in the UK, you must submit your Tier 4 visa application online on or before the expiry date of your current visa. If you fail to do so, you will be overstaying which is a criminal offence.
There are a number of things to consider if you intend to make Tier 4 visa application from inside the UK:
-Your current visa type must be appropriate to extend/ switch
-Your new course must start within 28 days of the expiry of your current visa
If you currently hold a Tier 4 General student visa, you must meet the Academic Progression requirement to allow an extension application from inside the UK. *There may be situations where a student will be required to apply from overseas.
-If you currently hold a Tier 4 (General) student visa, you will need to consider the type of institution that sponsors your current Tier 4 Visa. *There may be situations where a student will be required to apply from overseas.
-If you hold an unconditional offer and wish to make a Tier 4 visa application in the UK, to study at Teesside University, it is possible to apply via the Student & Library Services Department with the support of an International Student Advisor. Please book your appointment 6-8 weeks before your visa expiry date to allow yourself enough time to gather the supporting documents required and to apply for your new CAS/ ATAS if required.
You can make an appointment with an International Student Advisor at the Student Center Reception, Europa Building, or by calling +44 (0)1642 342277.
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.
If you are inside the UK already with valid immigration permission or you are a continuing student, you will need to book an appointment with one of our International Student Advisors before a CAS can be assigned. They can provide a face-to-face immigration advice service for applicants eligible to apply in country, subject to appointment availability.
If you require any advice or assistance with the application process please book an appointment with an International Student Advisor approximately 6-8 weeks before your visa expiry date. You will be offered a follow-up appointment to submit your online application and for your advisor to check and prepare your supporting documents/ post to UKVI on your behalf via the Student & Library Services Batch Scheme. Documents will be copied, posted and tracked and you will have a designated advisor who will be your named correspondent with UKVI.
You can make an appointment with an International Student Advisor at the Student Centre Reception, Europa Building, or by calling +44 (0)1642 342277.
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 £680.00 for each month of immigration permission you have been granted (if your dependants are applying after you have received your permission) or will be granted (if your dependants are applying at the same time as you). This is 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 a joint account as proof of your money, you must be named on the account along with one or more other person, except where you are using a joint account in the name of your parents or legal guardians.The money you show us must be for your use for studying and living in the UK. The full amount of this money, held within the required format, must continue to be available to you after your application is made, except for any money you have to pay for course fees and living costs. For example, you should retain the full amount of money you have shown us in your bank account, minus the balance you have paid for your course fees.
Your personal bank statement must show:
Ad hoc bank statements printed on the bank’s letterhead are acceptable as evidence (this excludes mini-statements from cash points).
If you wish to submit electronic bank statements these must contain all of the details listed above. In addition, you will need to provide a supporting letter from your bank on company headed paper, confirming the authenticity of the statements provided.
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.You should print out a currency conversion as at the date you submit your application using the lowest balance held within the nominated 28-day period.
Using funds held in the account of your parent(s)/ legal guardian(s)
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, 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:
Using a loan letter
If you are going to use a loan letter, the loan letter must be from a regulated financial institution and must be dated no more than 6 months before the date of your application. The letter must be the original and must show:
The financial institution must be regulated by either the Financial Conduct Authority, the Prudential Regulatory Authority or, in the case of overseas accounts, by the home regulator (the official regulatory body for the country the financial institution is in and where the money is held) for the purpose of student loans.
You cannot use a loan held in the name of your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) as evidence of money held by you.There must be no conditions placed on the release of loan funds to you other than your Tier 4 application being successful.
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.
Using a letter to prove Official Financial Sponsorship
You can receive official financial sponsorship from Her Majesty’s Government, your home government, the British Council or any international organisation, international company, university or UK independent school. Your official financial sponsor must have the funds to support you financially whilst you are studying in the UK and they must have the capacity to move, or have experience of moving, funds across international borders.
The letter of confirmation from your Official Financial Sponsor should be on official letter-headed paper or stationery of the organisation of the official financial sponsor that must have the official stamp of that organisation on it. The letter must show:
If you are being given Official Financial Sponsorship that will cover all of your fees and living costs, you will not be required to submit bank statements to evidence maintenance funds.
If your financial sponsor is only covering some of your course fees or living costs, you must show that you have the rest of the money needed.
Full details can be found using the links below: