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Durham University


Applying for a visa under the Tier 4 Pilot Scheme

Durham University will participate in a Tier 4 Pilot scheme which will benefit studying one-year Master's programmes in 2019/2020.

Benefits of the Tier 4 Pilot Scheme

  • A streamlined visa application process:
    • You do not need to provide financial documentation or your previous academic qualifications
  • An additional six month's permssion to stay in the UK after your course ends
    • You can use this time to work or look for work in the UK

Information about working on your Tier 4 visa after study


  • The Tier 4 Pilot Scheme is open to applicants for 2019/20 Master's Degree programmes of less than 13 months
  • Applicants will be automatically entered onto the Pilot Scheme and applicants cannot 'opt-out'
  • Eligibility for the Pilot Scheme will be confirmed on the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) after an offer has been made

Tier 4 Visa applications

There is no seperate application or procedure. You will be identified as a Pilot Scheme applicant by the given oin your application and your CAS from ther University. You can apply using the Tier 4 (General) Student application online:

UK Visas & Immigration will identify whether you are applying under the Tier 4 Pilot Scheme from the details provided ion your CAS and your application.

As part of a streamlined visa application process, you should only provide the following documents:

Applications submitted inside the UK:

  • Passport
  • Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) (if held)
  • Police Registration Certificate (if required)
  • ATAS certificate (if required)

Applications submitted outside the UK:

  • Passport
  • Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) (if held)
  • ATAS certificate (if required)
  • TB Certificate (if required)

At the end of the Tier 4 online application a Document Checklist will be available to download which confirms the documents that should then be submitted.

  • Applicants* must not submit any documents that are not listed on the Document Checklist (including any financial evidence) as these are not required.
    • If UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) will assess any documents they receive even if they are not required and this could lead to delays in the process
    • *Applicants using an agent should remind them that must only submit the documents listed on the Document Checklist

Please note: UKVI can request financial and academic evidence from you at a later date if they choose to. Therefore, your must meet all the requirements and make sure that you hold the evidence so thatyou can provide it if you are asked to at a later date. However, these documents must not be submitted as part of your application.

Time limit on study in the UK

There is no flexibility in the time limit on study in the UK as a result of the increased time in the UK the Pilot Scheme allows. However, if an applicant has previously studied in UK at degree level or above and as a result of the master's programme is likely to reach the time limit, information can be added to the CAS to ask UKVI to apply discretion. We will advise applicants accordingly, should this be the case.

Immigration Healthcare Surcharge (IHS)

Due to the 6 month period allowed after study, the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge (IHS) attached to the visa application is likely to be £450

Tier 4 application fee

The fee for applying for a Tier 4 visa through the Pilot Scheme remains at the standard Tier 4 application charge.

Further information

Help with applying for a Tier 4 visa from the Student Immigration Service website

Tier 4 Pilot scheme information from UK Visas & Immigration