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:
- Apply for a Tier 4 (General) visa before your current visa expires
- Check that you do not exceed the time limit on study in the UK
- Read the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) information on applying for a Tier 4 (General) visa
- Present your passport and Tier 4 visa* when you have it. You cannot start or continue study if you do not
- *Or Document Checklist (downloaded at the end of your application) as evidence that you have applied
Prepare your application
Start preparing your application at least 8 weeks before your current visa expires by following the steps below:
Read the Tier 4 Policy Guidance to before you apply
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.
Use the Tier 4 Policy Guidance to help you apply
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,
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):
Super Priority service: