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Applying from inside the UK

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Information about applying for a Tier 4 visa inside the UK.

The information on this webpage is about applying for a Tier 4 (general) visa inside the UK, including:

1. Who can apply inside the UK?

2. When can I apply?

3. What do I need to prepare before I apply?

4. How do I apply?

5. What happens after I apply?

Preparing for your visa application

If you have a University IT account you can find further details about preparing for your Tier 4 visa application by self-enrolling on the Applying for a Tier 4 visa Blackboard module

1. Who can apply in the UK?

Not all students are eligible to extend or switch to a Tier 4 visa inside the UK.

If you are not eligible to extend your Tier 4 visa inside the UK, you can find information on our webpage for applying outside the UK.

Extend Tier 4

To extend your Tier 4 visa inside the UK, you must meet or be exempt from academic progression requirements. There is also a limit to the amount of time you can study in the UK using a Tier 4 visa at each academic level. You can find general information about who is eligible to extend their Tier 4 visa inside the UK on the UKCISA webpage: Making a Tier 4 application in the UK.

Extend after current Southampton course is completed

If you are going to start a new programme at Southampton after you have successfully completed your current programme at Southampton, you may be eligible to extend your Tier 4 visa in the UK. If you are not sure if you are eligible to extend your Tier 4 visa in the UK, contact us at least 3 months before your current visa expires.

Extend before current Southampton course is completed: continuing students

Contact us if you are:

  • returning to your studies after suspension - at least 3 months before you return
  • continuing your studies after repeating - at least 3 months before your current visa expires
  • continuing your PhD programme - at least 3 months before your current visa expires
  • thinking about changing your programme

If you are considering changing your programme, you must contact us before your programme is changed. The study conditions of your current Tier 4 visa may not allow you to change your programme without applying for a new visa, even if the change will not require you to extend your time in the UK. A change of programme includes:

  • Change of subject, e.g. MA Fashion Management to MA Fine Art
  • Change of level, e.g. BEng Mechanical Engineering to MEng Mechanical Engineering
  • Change to mode of study, e.g. full-time to distance learning
  • Adding or removing a placement

Extend after course at another institution is completed

This information is for students who currently have a Tier 4 visa which is not for study at University of Southampton.

If you are currently studying at another UK institution and you have been accepted on a programme at Southampton, you may be eligible to extend your Tier 4 visa in the UK. You can find information about who is eligible to extend their visa in the UK on the UKCISA webpage: Making a Tier 4 application in the UK.

If you are not sure if you are eligible to extend your Tier 4 visa in the UK, contact us.

You must have applied for your new Tier 4 visa for the University of Southampton before you start your programme of study here.

Switch to Tier 4

If you have a current UK visa which is not Tier 4, you can find out which visa types are eligible to switch to Tier 4 inside the UK on the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) webpage: General student visa (Tier 4).

 

2. When can I apply?

You must apply before your current visa expires. If you are not able to apply before your current visa expires, you must leave the UK before the expiry date of your current visa and apply for a Tier 4 visa outside the UK.

The earliest date you can apply to extend your visa in the UK is 3 months before the start date stated on your CAS and when you have prepared all the requirements for your application. You can find more information about what you need to prepare in the next section.

If you are considering changing your programme of study, contact us before your programme is changed, even if the change will not require you to extend your time in the UK.

3. What do I need to prepare?

To apply for a Tier 4 (general) visa you will need:

  • Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS)
  • Documents
  • Money to pay the visa application fee and the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS), if applicable.

CAS

Your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) statement is information about you and your programme of study which is shared between the University and UKVI. Your CAS number appears in your CAS statement and must be entered in your online visa application. You must have a CAS before you apply for your Tier 4 (general) visa.

If you are starting a new programme of study at Southampton or you are coming to the UK for the first time during your studies, you will be sent a CAS questionnaire when you have been unconditionally accepted for your programme. You will not receive a CAS until you complete and return the CAS questionnaire. You can find more information on the University webpage: CAS guidance for students

If you are a continuing student, you must complete a continuing student CAS request form and return this to your Faculty Office. You can find the continuing student CAS request form in Useful Downloads at the bottom of this webpage.

You are a continuing student if you are:

  • returning to your studies after suspension
  • continuing your studies after repeating
  • applying for a new Tier 4 (general) visa to change your programme before you have completed your current programme of study
  • continuing your PhD programme

Documents

  • Current and previous passport(s) or travel document(s)
  • Academic qualifications which are listed on your CAS
  • Financial evidence that you have enough money to pay tuition fees and living costs. Find more information on our Maintenance webpage
  • ATAS certificate, if you are studying a programme for which this is required
  • Police registration certificate, if your current visa required you to register with the police
  • Consent of current or previous financial sponsor to continue your studies, if you have received financial sponsorship from a government or international scholarship agency which ended less than 12 months ago
  • If you are under 18 years old, a letter of consent from your parent(s)/guardian(s) and evidence of your relationship to them

If you are eligible for the Tier 4 Pilot Scheme, you do not need to submit academic qualifications or financial evidence when you apply but you must prepare them. Find out if you are eligible for the Pilot Scheme on our FAQ Tier 4 Pilot Scheme webpage.

If any of your documents are not in English, you must provide a certified translation which includes:

  • confirmation from the translator/translation company that it is an "accurate translation of the original document"
  • the date of the translation
  • the translator's full name
  • the translator's signature
  • the translator/translation company's credentials (qualification or registration as a translator)
  • the translator/translation company's contact details

Read the UKCISA guide to evidence for further information about documents to prepare for your Tier 4 visa application.

Money for the visa application fee and IHS

The visa application fee will depend on which application service you select. Each applicant must pay an application fee. You can find more information about Tier 4 visa application fees on the UKVI extend your Tier 4 visa webpage.

The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) is a payment to use National Health Services while you are in the UK. You can find out who need to pay and how much you should expect to pay on the UKVI pay for healthcare website.

4. How do I apply?

1. Prepare your CAS, documents and money for fees. You can find more information in the previous section of this webpage.

2. Prepare your online visa application form: https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/product/tier-4-student If you will apply with the help of the University VISAS team, do not sign the declaration or pay for your application before you book your visa advice appointment.

3. Book a visa advice appointment with the Univeristy VISAS team so a visa advisor can check your documents and online application form and help you complete your application. If you do not apply at a visa advice appointment, you must bring proof of application to the Student Services Centre. You can find more information about what you can show as proof of your visa or immigration application on our contact us webpage.

4. Book a UKVCAS appointment to enrol your biometrics and upload electronic copies of your documents before you attend your appointment. If you plan to apply with the University VISAS team at a visa advice appointment, we can help you with this step. If you do not plan to apply with the University VISAS team, you must book and attend a UKVCAS appointment yourself. Your application will be invalid if you do not attend a UKVCAS appointment to enrol your biometrics.

Enter University of Southampton as your postal address

The University must have a record of your current visa or immigration permission for your student record. If you do not enter University of Southampton as your postal address, you must bring your passport and visa or immigration permission to the Student Services Centre when you receive it.

The postal address for visa applications is:

VISAS Building 37, Room 2035

University of Southampton

Highfield Campus

University Road

Southampton

SO17 1BJ

5. What happens after I apply?

Attend a UKVCAS appointment

When you attend your appointment, you must bring:

- Appointment booking confirmation

- Documents you prepared for your application

At your appointment, you will:

  • Provide your documents
  • Give your fingerprints and have a photo taken of your face (biometrics)
  • Give your signature
  • You may also have an interview. 

Receive application decision

You will usually receive an email from the Home Office GOV.UK to inform you of your application decision.

If you do not receive a decision email before you receive your BRP, contact us.

Receive BRP

If your application is successful and the University is your correspondence address, VISAS will email you to collect your BRP when it has been delivered. This is usually 5 - 10 working days after you receive your application decision. 

If your application is successful and the University is not your correspondence address, you must bring your passport and BRP to the Registry Office when it has been delivered to you.

Check your BRP and decision letter or email

  • Your personal details, including your name, date of birth and nationality.
  • Expiry date. If your course is longer than 12 months, your BRP should expire 4 months after the end date of your course, or 6 months after the end date of your course if you are eligible for the Tier 4 Pilot.
  • Work conditions. Your work conditions will be written on the front of your BRP. You can find more information about what your work conditions should be on our working in the UK webpage.
  • Police registration. Your decision letter or email will confirm if you and your Dependants are required to register with the police. If it is not written in your decision letter or email, it is not a requirement of your visa. You can find out how to register with the police or update your existing registration on our police registration webpage.

Useful Downloads

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Useful external links

Please note: The University of Southampton cannot accept responsibility for the content of external websites.

 

 

UKVI – Tier 4 extend your visaUKVI – Tier 4 switch to this visaUKVI – Immigration Health Surcharge
UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office – ATASUKCISA – Guidance for applying inside the UKUKVCAS – locations

Useful internal links

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are uncertain about anything or you have a query, then our comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page may have the answer.

Visa drop-in and appointments

Visa drop-in and appointments

We offer a drop-in service for quick questions regarding your visa or you can book an appointment to speak, in depth, with one of our Visa Advisors.

Enquiry form

Enquiry form

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