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Durham University

Immigration

Apply for a Tier 4 (General) visa outside the UK

Please note: on 24th March 2020 the government announced that they will temporarily allow applications in the UK "where you would usually need to apply for a visa from your home country. You’ll need to meet the same visa requirements and pay the UK application fee. This includes those whose leave has already been automatically extended to 31 March 2020." See our latest news page for details and for up-to-date advice.

Applying for a visa in your home country

You must apply for a Tier 4 (General) visa in your home country before travelling to the UK unless:

  • You are already in the UK with a valid visa in a category which allows you to switch to Tier 4 (General)
  • You are a current PhD student at Durham and need extra time to complete your programme
  • You are adding a year of study abroad or work placement to your current programme (UG only)

When to apply

If you plan to start a new programme at Durham University: Apply for a Tier 4 (General) visa once you have your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) (issued automatically) and before you travel to the UK, up to three months before the start of your programme.

If you are currently studying at Durham University and need extra time to complete your programme: Request a new CAS online and apply for a Tier 4 (General) visa at an appropriate time.

If you are resuming your study at Durham University after a period of suspension: Request a new CAS online once you have permission to resume your study and apply for your visa before travelling to the UK, up to 3 months before the date you will resume your programme.

Prepare your application

  1. Make sure you have received your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) from the University
  2. Make sure you meet the financial requirements
  3. Apply for Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance (if required)
  4. Undergo a TB test (if required)
  5. Prepare any evidence you may need to support your application

Use the Tier 4 Policy Guidance to help you apply

Please note:

  • Check that you meet all the requirements before you apply (your application will be refused if you do not)
  • Allow plenty of time to prepare any evidence you may need and submit your application
  • Evidence must be exactly as stated in the Tier 4 Policy Guidance (your application will be refused if it is not)

Requirements & evidence

In order for your application to be successful, you will need meet a number of requirements and provide evidence to demonstrate it.

Students from certain countries may qualify under the 'Differentiation arrangements' meaning that only certain mandatory documents are required in support of your application.

Students coming to study a one-year Master's programme (less than 13 months) in 2019/2020 will automatically qualify for the Tier 4 Pilot Scheme which also means that (regardless of nationality) you are also only required to provide mandatory documents in support of your application.

Full details of the Tier 4 requirements and evidence required

Apply online

  1. Apply online on the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) website
  2. Pay the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge (IHS) during your online application*
  3. Pay the application fee during your online application
  4. Choose where to collect your BRP when you arrive in the UK (see below)
  5. Book an biometric emnrolment appointment at a Visa Application Centre

Use the Tier 4 Policy Guidance to help you apply

*Please note: If you leave the UK before your current visa expires and apply for a new visa from your home country, you will be expected to pay the IHS for the whole period of your new visa, including any time you have already paid for. It is not possible to get a refund for any IHS you have previously paid

Choose where to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

During your Tier 4 application you will be asked from where you would like to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) when you arrive in the UK.

Use ACL (Alternative Collection Location) code 2HE632 if you would like to collect your BRP from Durham University when you arrive.

Further information about choosing a BRP collection location

Your family

Further information if you have dependents applying to travel with you or join you later

Further help

Further help is also available from the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)

The University of Durham makes every effort to ensure that the information published on this page is accurate. However, the University cannot guarantee the information may not be altered owing to circumstances beyond the University’s reasonable control. Such circumstances include (but are not limited to) change in Government policy, or change of law. Any changes will be incorporated into the University’s website as early as possible.