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Making an application to extend your Student Visa in the UK

Please note: On 5th October 2020, the UK government changed the immigration route for students. What used to be the ‘Tier 4’ route has now become the ‘Student’ route.

Visa application process

When should I start my visa application?

There are a number of things to consider if you intend to make a 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
  • You must have successfully completed your previous course of study (unless you meet any of the UKVI Academic Progression requirement exemptions) If you currently hold a Tier 4 General Visa or 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 Visa or Student Visa, you will need to consider the type of institution that sponsors your current visa.
  • If you hold an unconditional offer and wish to make a student visa application in the UK to study at Teesside University, it is possible to apply with the support of the International Advice Service. Please contact the International Advice Service 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 contact the International Advice Service for initial advice by email: International@tees.ac.uk.

An International Student Adviser will respond to your enquiry and will arrange an appointment with you, if required.

International Advice Service Operational Hour
Monday- Thursday 8.30am-5pm, Friday 8.30am-4.30pm

Where should I start my visa application?

In most cases, you must complete the Student Visa application form online using the link below. You must first set up an account online and complete the application form in English.

https://www.gov.uk/student-visa/extend-your-visa

If you are already inside the UK with valid immigration permission or you are a continuing student, you will need to contact the International Advice Service before a CAS can be assigned. They can provide an immigration advice service for applicants eligible to apply in-country, subject to availability.

If you require any advice or assistance with the in-country visa application process, please contact the International Advice Service, approximately 6-8 weeks before your visa expiry date. You will be offered an appointment to submit your online application.

You can contact the International Advice Service for initial advice by email: International@tees.ac.uk.

An International Student Adviser will respond to your enquiry and will arrange an appointment with you, if required.

International Advice Service Operational Hours
Monday- Thursday 8.30am-5pm, Friday 8.30am-4.30pm

What will I need for my visa application?

  • A valid CAS (you can obtain this from the International Compliance Team: International.Compliance@tees.ac.uk)
  • A completed online application form (You can receive assistance with this from the International Advice Service: International@tees.ac.uk)
  • Your/ your dependants (if applicable) passport and any previous passports used to travel to the UK
  • Your/ your dependants (if applicable) BRP card/s and any previous BRP card/s
  • Your/ your dependants (if applicable) Police Registration Certificate. Please make sure that this is updated with correct marital status, address, passport and visa details.
  • If you have been living in the UK with immigration permission for 12 months or more on the date of the visa application, you will automatically meet the financial requirement and you do not need to provide any evidence of maintenance funds.
  • If you have been living in the UK with immigration permission for less than 12 months, you must provide evidence of maintenance funds. For more details see the 'Maintenance' section.
  • A valid ATAS certificate (if applicable). Students applying for postgraduate study in certain sensitive subjects, knowledge of which could be used in programmes to develop weapons of mass destruction or their means of delivery will need to apply for an ATAS certificate. You need to apply for this before your receive your CAS (if required) and you should allow at least 20 working days. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/academic-technology-approval-scheme
    See also the UKVI Student and Child Student Guidance document.
  • For students applying with dependants, PLEASE ENSURE YOU CONTACT THE INTERNATIONAL ADVICER SERVICE TO SEEK FURTHER ADVICE.
  • You will need to be in a position to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for yourself and for any dependants. The Immigration Health Surcharge is currently £470.00 per year, per person and is charged for the length of leave that you will be granted.. https://www.gov.uk/healthcare-immigration-application/how-much-pay
  • You will need to be in a position to pay the visa application and biometric enrolment fees of £494.20 (Standard Service) plus £494.20 for each dependant applying at the same time as you. Priority and Premium Service may be available at an additional cost.
  • If you are required to attend an appointment at a UKVCAS Service Point to complete the process of biometric enrolment, there may be an additional charge for this.

Maintenance

If you have been living in the UK with immigration permission for 12 months or more on the date of the visa application, you will automatically meet the financial requirement and you do not need to provide any evidence of maintenance funds.

If you have been living in the UK with immigration permission for less than 12 months, you must provide evidence of maintenance funds.

If you are required to provide evidence of maintenance funds:

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 have dependants with you to the UK, each dependant must show that they have £680.00 for each month of immigration permission they will be granted. 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.

    Acceptable evidence:

    You can show you have enough money using:
  • an official financial or government sponsorship or grant
  • a student loan from a government, government sponsored loan company, or a regulated student loans scheme
  • your own money
  • your parent’s money (if they provide a letter confirming they agree to you using it this way)
  • your partner’s money if your partner is present in the UK or applying at the same time

  • Non-acceptable evidence:

    The following are not accepted as evidence to show you have the required amount of money:

  • overdrafts
  • bitcoin savings
  • stocks and shares
  • pensions
  • bank accounts that are not regulated by the financial regulatory body in the country you’re applying from
  • bank accounts that don’t use electronic record keeping

Evidence you need to provide
    If you are using official financial sponsorship:

    Financial sponsorship is where an applicant is given money to cover some or all of their course fees or living costs, or both. If your official financial sponsorship is not recorded on your CAS you’ll need to show a letter of confirmation from the official financial sponsor. If you are not sure ask your sponsor. The letter must show:

  • the date of the letter
  • the length of time the official financial sponsorship will cover
  • the amount of money that is being given or confirmation that all of your fees and living costs will be covered
If you are using a student loan:

A student loan can be provided by:
  1. a government;
  2. a government sponsored student loan company; or
  3. an academic or educational loans scheme which is provided by a financial institution regulated for the purpose of issuing student loans by either the Financial

    Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) or, in the case of overseas accounts, the official regulatory body for the country the institution is in and where the money is held.

    Your student loan letter should:

  • be dated no more than 6 months before the date of application
  • confirm the loan is a student loan provided by either the relevant government or a government sponsored student loan company or an academic or educational loans scheme (as above)
  • confirm there are no conditions on release of the loan funds other than a successful application to stud
  • confirm the amount of the loan
  • confirm the loan is for you
  • be on official stationery
  • confirm the funds will be available to you, or paid directly to the sponsor, before you begin your course

  • If you are using your own money (or that of a parent or partner):

    Cash can be held in a:

  • current account
  • deposit account
  • savings account
  • pension savings
  • investment account
  • Cash must be in an account that allows you immediate access.

    Funds must have been acquired legally and if you were in the UK you must not have earned them when working illegally. If you’re using your own money, or that of a parent or partner you’ll need to show you have the required amount of money in an account. You can provide:

  • bank statements
  • building society passbooks
  • certificates of deposit
  • a letter from your bank or building society
  • Your evidence should:

  • be on official stationery
  • be printed or electronic
  • include the account holder(s) names
  • include the account number
  • include the date of the statement
  • include the name of the bank or building society
  • include information about the bank, such as contact details or a branch code
  • show transactions and amount held over time
  • show the closing balance on the account
  • The evidence you provide must demonstrate that the required funds have been held for a period of consecutive 28 days.

    The bank statement must not be more than 31 days old on the day you submit your visa application.

    The UKVI may conduct verification checks with your bank. If they are unable to verify the funds your application may be refused.

    You, or the account holder (such as your parents or partner), must have control of the funds you are relying on.
    Using money held by parent(s)/legal guardian(s):

    If you are relying on money held by your parents(s)/legal guardian(s), you will need to provide one of the following official documents:
  • your birth certificate showing the names of your parent(s)/legal guardian(s); or
  • your certificate of adoption showing the names of both parents(s) or legal guardian(s); or
  • a Court document naming your legal guardian(s). The copy used must be the original legal document or a notarised copy.
  • 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 will need to provide: a letter from your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) which confirms:

  • the relationship between you and your parent(s) or legal guardian(s); and
  • that your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) have given their consent to you using their funds to study in the UK.
  • Money in other currencies

    If your money is held in a foreign currency this will be converted into pound sterling (£) using the spot exchange rate on OANDA for the date of the application.

    Full details can be found using the links below:

    UKVI Student and Child Route guidance:
    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/923750/student-route-casework-guidance.pdf

    UKVI Financial evidence for Student and Child Student route applicants:
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/financial-evidence-for-student-and-child-student-route-applicants

    UKVI Immigration Rules Appendix Finance:
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/appendix-finance

What happens next?

  • You should complete the application form in English.
  • You should ensure you have an appointment booked with the International Student Adviser before you submit your application.
  • You should complete the online declaration.
  • You should select the service of your preference (Standard Service, or Priority/Premium Service).
  • You should pay your Immigration Health Surcharge.
  • You should pay your Student Visa application fee for the service that you require.
  • You should download a copy of your application form and document checklist for your reference.
  • The International Advice Service will inform the International Compliance Team once your visa application has been submitted.
  • You should register your UKVCAS account and upload your supporting documents as directed.
  • You should follow the specific instructions from UKVI/UKVCAS to complete your biometric enrolment (either via the UKVCAS IDV app, or by attending an appointment at a UKVCAS Service Point). UKVI/UKVCAS will confirm your options by email to your UKVCAS registered email address.
  • You have 45 working days from the date of visa submission to upload your supporting documents and complete your biometric enrolment process. You must complete all required processes within the given timescales or your application may be rejected.
  • Once you have submitted your biometric information, your application will then be considered by a UKVI caseworker.
  • You should receive your visa application decision via email. You should forward this decision immediately on to your International Student Adviser directly.
  • You should receive your BRP to the postal address as specified in your visa application. Once you have received your new BRP, you should send a copy of the front and back of this to your International Student Adviser directly.
  • You should return your old BRP to the Home Office as it no longer valid. You should cut the card in half and post it in a plain, windowless envelope to: BRP Returns, P.O. Box 195, Bristol, BS20 1BT. You may be subject to a financial penalty of up to £1,000 if you fail to return your old BRP.