EAP 2017: Applying for a visa for your main course
If you have a visa that only covers your pre-sessional English programme at Durham, the Student Immigration Office will help you through the process of applying for a new visa in the UK so that you can continue your study onto and throughout your main programme.
Please note: Information on this page applies only to visa applications made before 13th November 2017
To remain in the UK, apply for a visa and register on your main programme, you must:
- Currently have a valid Tier 4 (General) visa;
- Apply before your current visa expires;
- Apply no more than 6 weeks after the start of your main course (13th November);
- Start your main course no more than 1 month after your current visa expires.
Use the guides below to help you prepare and complete your visa application:
- 1. Preparing your Tier 4 visa application: EAP 2017 (last modified: 18 July 2017)
- 2. Completing your Tier 4 visa application: EAP 2017 (last modified: 21 September 2017)
The categories below will help you to prepare all the documents and evidence you need to provide with your visa application:
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
Your CAS will be emailed to you after the end of your pre-sessional course by the appropriate office as soon as it is available.
- Your CAS will be emailed to the address you used in your University application (or University email in some cases)
- Reply to the email immediately if you think any of your details are wrong
- Your CAS can only be used once
Information that will be confirmed on your CAS:
- Your unique CAS reference number for your main course at Durham
- Details of the Tier 4 Sponsor (the University) and Sponsor Licence number
- Course fees payable to the University for the first academic year of your main course
- Payments already made towards your course fees
- Payments already made towards University accommodation
- List of qualifications used to assess your suitability on your main course (the certificates you need to provide)
- Confirmation of whether you need Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance to apply
Financial evidence: Bank statements & required funds
To meet the financial requirements, you must show that you have enough money to cover your course fees for the first year of your study and a fixed amount of money for maintenance (living costs).
Your evidence must meet the exact requirements detailed in the Tier 4 Policy Guidance.
How much money will I need?
The amount you require for maintenance is:
£9,135 for maintenance & course fees for first academic year
|Length of course||Money required||For each dependant|
|More than 9 months|| |
£9,135 for maintenance, plus first year course fees
(£1015 for each month up to a maximum 9 months)
£6,120 for each dependant
(£680 per dependant for each month of your programme, up to a maximum 9 months)
|9 months or less|| |
£1015 for each calendar month of your course, plus first year tuition fees
£680 for each dependant for each calendar month of the course
Do I need to pay my accommodation fees?
You do not need to pay your accommodation fees before you apply for your visa.
Your CAS will show how much you have already paid (including your accommodation deposit) to the University.
You can deduct the amount you have already paid (up to a maximum of £1265) from the amount of maintenance you have to show in your bank account for 28 days.
Example 1: If you have paid £250 towards accommodation, then the amount of maintenance you have to show in your bank account for 28 days is £9135 - £250 = £8885.
Example 2: If you have paid £2500 towards accommodation, then the amount of maintenance you have to show in your bank account for 28 days is £9135 - £1265 (maximum) = £7870.
Please note: If you will live in private (non-University) accommodation, any money you pay cannot be deducted from the amount you are required to show in your bank accoutn for 28 days.
Do I need to pay my course fees?
You do not need to pay your course fees in full before you apply for your visa. Howver, anymoney for course that you have not yet paid must be held in your bank account for 28 consecutive days before you apply.
If you choose to pay your course fees before you apply, you must email the University Finance Office at firstname.lastname@example.org and wait for their instructions.
- Even if you pay additional amounts, the amount stated on your CAS will not change and therefore you should request an original paper receipt / letter to show the amount you have paid, when you email.
If you go to the University Finance Office in person, they will not be able to give you a receipt or letter immediately and therefore you should email your request (see above).
If you do not pay all outstanding tuition fees in full before you apply, then you must show that you have held the the money in your bank account for 28 days.
Providing bank statements
If you support yourself financially, you should provide bank statement showing that the amount of money you need for your course fees and maintenance has been in your own bank account for at least 28 consecutive days.
We recommended that you use a UK bank account where possible.
- The balance must not fall below the required amount at any time during the 28 day period. If it does, even for 1 day, you will not meet the financial requirements and your application will be refused.
You should provide an original bank statement on which the closing balance must not be more than 1 month old on the date you apply online.
- For example if you submit your application on 25th September, the closing balance on your bank statement cannot be earlier than 25th August.
Using a UK bank account
You can show evidence of your funds in the following ways:
Personal bank statements
- The account must be in your name
- Current accounts and savings accounts can be used but other types of accounts are generally not accepted (see Tier 4 policy guidance for details)
- Your bank statement should show your bank's name and logo, your name, address and account number
- The statement must show at least a 28 day period and the closing balance on the statement must be dated less than one month before the date that you apply
- The statement must show that at least the required amount has been held for a minimum of 28 consecutive days (See example below) and up to the closing balance of the statement.
- If using statements you have printed from an online account (electronic bank statements), every page must include all the information detailed above. If an internet address appears on your statement, you must get the statement stamped by the bank on every page
- Statements downloaded from your bank's website in PDF format are acceptable and do not require a stamp from your bank.
- Example Bank Statement (last modified: 21 July 2015)
To make sure you have the required amount of money in your bank and can get a bank statement in time to apply for your visa, you should transfer any required money to your bank account as soon as possible.
The information below will explain how to order and receive a bank statement.
If you do not have a UK bank account
Bank statements from your home country should include exactly the same details and be in the same format as described above.
If the original statement is not in English then you must also provide an official translation with it.
If the money is NOT in British Pounds (GBP), you should convert the closing balance on your statement into British Pounds using the official Home Office conversion website (OANDA). Print the web page and write the converted closing balance in GBP on your statement.
Providing a Certificate of Deposit
Although not recommended, if you intend to use a Certificate of Deposit to show that you have held the required funds for 28 days the certificate must meet the following requirements:
- The certificate of deposit must have been issued no more than 31 days before the date you pay for and submit your visa application; and
- There must be at least 28 days between the date of the deposit and the date the certificate of deposit is issued; and
- The certificate of deposit must show that you have held the required funds for at least 28 consecutive days
Financial evidence: Government sponsored students
If you receive financial support towards your course fees and / or maintenance (living costs) from an 'official financial sponsor' (usually your own country's government, an international employer or university), you must provide an original letter from them confirming how much they are paying to support you in the UK.
Certificates & transcripts
You must provide the original certificate (or transcript) for all qualifications (e.g. Bachelors Degree or other award) that are listed in the 'Evidence used to obtain offer' section of your CAS.
Only the degree certificate for each qualification is required. Graduation certificates are not required.
You must also provide the original certificate confirming the completion of your pre-sessioanal English course. This will be issued to you after the end of your course.
Translations of documents not in English
If your original certificate (or transcript) is not in English then this must be translated and fully certified by a professional translator.
The translation must include all of the following:
- Details of the translator / translation company’s credentials
- Confirmation that it is an accurate translation of the original document
- The translator / translation company’s contact details
- The translator's name, original signature and date of translation
The translation companies below may be able to help and have confirmed that they provide translations that meet UKVI requirements for official translations*.
Dr. Binghan Zheng
- Based in Elvet Riverside, Durham University
- Email copy of documents to email above
- Translation of one degree certificate: £30
- Normally available within 2 working days
- Translation of transcripts (if required) will be based on cost of translating time, and will be charged case by case
Eldon Bureau Company Ltd
- Based in Newcastle city centre
- Phone: (0191) 2323623
- Charges depend on the word count, but are around £48 for the translation of two certificates. Payment can only be made by cash or by cheque.
1st Transnational Translations
- Based in Newcastle city centre
- Phone: 0191 203 7777
*Please note that Durham University is unable to accept any responsibility for any problems arising from using the translator.
Your CAS will confirm that you have passed the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) pre-sessional course and you must provide the original certificate with your supporting documents.
You will receive this after you have successfully completed your course.
You must provide two new UK passport sized* photos with your application.
The photos should have been taken very recently in the UK and you should not use any photos which you have used previously on a passport, visa, Police registration or for any other purpose.
Carefully follow the instructions on any photo machine in the city and this should guarantee the correct size and specification.
*must be 'UK passport' sized photos. 'Visa' sized photos obtained in photo machines will not be the correct size.
Write your name (in English) on the back and place the photo in an envelope.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance
Your CAS will tell you if you need to have clearance from ATAS, though it usually applies to postgraduate students studying certain science, engineering or technology subjects.
If you do need ATAS clearance, apply online as soon as possible and allow at least 6 weeks for them to email you your certificate.
Once received, you should print the certificate and send with your other supporting documents.
If your current visa states that you are required to register with the Police, you should already have a Police Registration Certificate and you must provide this with your other support documents.
If this applies to you, your certificate must show the address where you will be living when you apply for your visa. The English Language Centre will give you information about how to update your details with the Police, if needed.