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Durham University

Immigration

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

If you plan to start a new programme or need extra time to complete your current programme at Durham University, you will need to apply for a Tier 4 (General) visa in order to start or continue your study. In all cases you should:

Prepare your application

Start preparing your application at least 8 weeks before your current visa expires by following the steps below:

  1. Make sure you have a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from Durham University
  2. Apply for Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance (if required)
  3. Attend a Tier 4 visa workshop (current students only)
  4. Make sure you meet the financial requirements
  5. Find out whether you are part of the Tier 4 Pilot Scheme or Differentiation Arrangements (see below)
  6. Check that you meet all the requirements and can provide any evidence required to support your application
  7. Calculate your Immigration Healthcare Surcharge (IHS) (paid online as part of your application)
  8. Meet with an Advisor to check and submit your application (current students only) when ready to apply

Read the Tier 4 Policy Guidance to before you apply

Please note:

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

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. Go to the UKVI website and follow the instructions to apply online
  2. Pay the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge (IHS) during your application
  3. Choose the service you require and pay the application fee online (see below)

Use the Tier 4 Policy Guidance to help you apply

Please note:

          • You must complete your online application before your visa expires.
          • The date of application is the date you pay for and complete your application online
          • You can stay in the UK under the conditions of your previous visa, until your new visa is granted.
          • It is important not to make any travel plans until you receive your passport and new BRP

          Collecting your new Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) and documents

          During your application you can choose to have mail, including your new BRP and any supporting documents sent to either your home address or a different correspondence address.

          If you are continuing your study at Durham University, you can have your new BRP and documents delivered to the Student Immigration Office if you choose, by entering the following correspondence address:

          Student Immigration Service,
          Palatine Centre, Durham University,
          Stockton Road,
          Durham,
          DH1 3LE

          We will contact you as soon as your BRP arrives. Contact us if you would like to discuss this further.

          Please note: If collecting your BRP from a local Post Office, you must collect it within 10 days of arriving in the UK or before your 30 day entry visa expires, whichever is later

          Submit your application, biometric details & supporting documents

          When you apply online, you can choose between two new service options (from 29.11.18):

          Standard service:

          • The Standard Service application fee is £494.20 (£475 plus £19.20 biometric registration fee)
          • Pay for and complete your application and book an appointment at one of the service points across the UK (Glasgow / Manchester being nearest locations to Durham)
          • Appointments at one of the 6 main Service Points in the UK have no extra charge. If it is more convenient you can choose an Enhanced Service Point location at a more convenient location more locally for an additional fee of between £55 and £125 (depending on time of appointment).
          • Newcastle Central Library is the nearest Enhanced Service Point to Durham.
          • Upload your supporting documents online before your appointment (alternatively you can take these with you and have them scanned when you attend)
          • Attend your appointment and register your biometric details
          • You can expect to receive a decision within 8 weeks of registering your biometric details at your appointment
          • Once you receive a decision, you should receive your new BRP by post up to 10 working days later

          Priority service:

          • Same procedure as above
          • Priority Service application fee is £971.20 (£952 plus £19.20 biometric registration fee)
          • You can expect to receive a decision & your new BRP within 10 working days of your appointment

          Super Priority service:

          • Same procedure as above
          • Super Priority Service application fee is £1104.20 (£1085 plus £19.20 biometric registration fee)
          • You can expect to receive a decision at your appointment & your new BRP within 10 working days later
          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.