Before you come to study in the UK it is important that you find out about UK immigration procedures and how they will affect you. You should do this as far in advance of your arrival in the UK as possible. The University of Southampton have a dedicated Visa Guidance Team experienced in supporting students and your dependants in successfully applying for your visa in the UK as well as offering comprehensive advice on immigration issues.
Student visa interviews are being rolled out during 2013. Please check the UKBA webpages for the country where you are applying for your visa to see whether a short credibility interview might take place.
In some countries, Tier 4 student visa applications will now need a valid TB certificate (courses longer than 6 months only). See the UK Border Agency website for a current list of countries where TB testing is required.