Student Visas / Tier 4 Visas

Study in the UK

In order to study in the UK and obtain a UK Student visa (Tier 4 under the Points Based System), a student must have already obtained an offer of a place at an educational establishment.

The educational establishment must be registered with the UK’s Home Office as a Tier 4 sponsor, and will issue you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (or CAS).  Once this has been issued you can apply for your Tier 4 Student Visa.

To be eligible for a Tier 4 Student Visa you must score 40 points in total:

  • Having a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) – 30 points
  • Having enough money to cover tuition fees and living costs (‘Maintenance’) – 10 points

You may also be interviewed to assess the credibility of your application – how much you know about your course, what you plan to do with your qualification once obtained, where you obtained the money to pay for your studies and so forth.

Sound simple?  In theory it is, but in practice the documentary requirements for gaining the 40 points are so specific that many students are refused their visas. This means they have to apply again (sometimes several times!) in order to eventually get their student visa.  The time, money (you must pay the fee each time you apply, no refunds!) and stress involved can be avoided with a properly prepared application.

Why not use Nikki’s expertise and inside knowledge to get it right first time?  She’d love to work with you to fulfill your educational dreams!

About Nikki de Prey

de Prey Consulting is an immigration consultancy based in Edinburgh, UK. Nikki advises clients on the variety of visa applications for entering or remaining in the UK. For more information read about her background in About dPC.