The Tier 4 UK Student Visa explained

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As an international student, you need to know the rules for applying for a Tier 4 UK Student VISA from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). The Tier 4 visa rules are updated regularly so it is very important that you consult the UK Home Office website before starting your student visa application.

The visa rules exist to ensure that you are protected from dishonest colleges and to ensure your UK degree is recognised by employers around the world.

We give answers to some of the frequently asked questions below.

What do I need to do to apply?

1. You need to be applying for a course which is full-time and leads to a recognised qualification. International students cannot study part-time. If you are considering a distance learning course, you do not need a Tier 4 student visa.

2. You have to meet the minimum English Language entry requirements set by the Home Office and your university. Read our guide for English language requirements to study in London.

3. Your university will send you a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) which you need to submit with your visa application.

4. You need to show that you have enough money to pay for your studies in London. This includes your first year tuition fees and £1,265 per month for each month of your studies, up to a maximum of nine months, to pay for living costs. Therefore if your course lasts for nine months or more you will have to show £11,385. Read more about the cost of living in London.

Can I work while I am studying?

You can work for up to 20 hours a week during your studies and full-time during your holidays to help support your studies. This only applies if you are studying a degree level course at a UK higher education institution for longer than 6 months. The university or college must be listed on both the official UKVI Sponsor list and the list of ‘recognised bodies’.

Can I work in the UK after I graduate?

There are several options for you to stay in London after your studies.

  • Tier 2 (General) Visa: This visa is open to recent graduates with a Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD or PGCE from a recognised UK university. In order to apply, you will need to be offered a skilled job from a registered employer. You will also need to earn a salary of at least £20,300 per year.
  • Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa: This visa option is open to talented students who are developing a world-class business idea. You will need to be identified and sponsored by your university as having the potential to create your own business in the UK. This applies to all graduating students. The UK government has also established an additional route for MBA students specifically.
  • Tier 4 (Student) Visa: If you are a student completing a PhD at a UK higher education institute you can apply to stay in the UK for a further 12 months after your course completion date. You will be sponsored by your university but you will have full unrestricted work rights, except for some limited professions such as doctors or dentists.
  • Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme: Some nationalities are eligible to apply for a two-year work scheme permit. You can find details on the UK Home Office website.
  • Tier 5 Temporary Worker: This visa allows you to work in the UK for up to 12 or 24 months (depending on the scheme you’re applying for). If you are offered a job in one of the following areas by a licensed sponsor, then you qualify for a Tier 5 Temporary worker visa: creative and sporting, charity workers (unpaid voluntary work), religious workers, government authorised exchange and international agreement. For the Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) route, you can apply to switch from your Tier 4 visa to this visa from within the UK. For all other Tier 5 visa routes, you need to apply from outside the UK.

When Can I Apply?

You will need to be offered the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from your chosen university before you can apply for a visa. You can only apply for your visa three months before the start date of your course. This means, if your course starts at the end of September, you will receive your CAS around the end of June.

How can I apply?

The Tier 4 student visa application is an online application. International students from all countries (except North Korea) can complete the online visa application form on the UK Visa & Immigration website.

How much does it cost?

If you are applying from outside the UK, the cost of the visa is £335.

If you are already in the UK, you have three service options to choose from. The standard service costs £457 and takes 8 weeks, the priority service costs £916 and takes 10 days and the premium service is a ‘same-day service’ which costs £1,047.

Read More Student Visa Advice and Information

Please note we are not a professional visa service and our information should only be used as guidelines when applying for your visa. You should always check with your chosen university or college and the UK Home Office as visa conditions will vary depending on your own individual circumstances.

You can start your journey to a London universities by using our course search to find the right course for you.

This guide was last updated in November 2015

1,457 comments on “The Tier 4 UK Student Visa explained

  1. Swati Garg says:

    I would like to know about the admission process and starting of new session for MBA

    • Study London says:

      Hi Swati – most MBA courses begin in either September or October each year. Some business schools also have start dates in January. Read our guide to finding London MBA courses. Remember to gain admission, most business schools and universities require you to have at least 3 years professional work experience. Good luck.

      • anique says:

        hello i applied for uk and now got the (CAS) and my classes are about to start on 5th of January and if i applied for tier4 now could it effect on my visa due to the short time .. ?

        • Study London says:

          Hi Anique, you should apply for the visa as soon as possible and it does not matter that your start date is very close. You may receive your visa after your start date though so you need to ask your university/college what the latest date for enrolment will be.

          • Mia says:

            Hello,i just got my offer fro university in three days ago.I accept now but CAS is still processing to give offer.My last enrollment date is oct 2.I am very worrying for my tier 4visa in time.So,can I get in time my tier4 visa within one month.

          • Study London says:

            Hi Mia, it can be frustrating to wait for your visa. You can check the average processing times for Tier 4 visa for different countries on the Home Office website here. Hopefully you will receive your visa on time! Please ensure you keep your university informed of your progress.

          • Gina says:

            Is there a way or service where I can get my visa processed faster?

          • Study London says:

            Hi Gina, the premium service for visa applications is only available to applicants within the UK. If you are applying from outside the UK, there is no fast track service.

        • Faizan says:

          Hi I have 4 to 5 yrs gap in my education carrier and in between gap i liv 4 yrs in uk can i apply again for uk

        • Acs says:

          Can an undergraduate full time course student visa holder apply a dependant visa for her husband?

          • Study London says:

            Hello, I’m afraid you cannot bring your family to the UK as a Tier 4 dependant if you are studying an English language course, a course which is below degree level or an undergraduate course (except if you are a government-sponsored student).

      • Steve Jackson says:

        I applied for visa on aug.4 and i got work permit 10hrs.
        but ukvi says that from aug.3 work permit is not allowed.

        will it be an error in my visa or can i work here.. ?

        • Study London says:

          Hi Steve, you should be fine to work if this is what is stated in your visa. You should also take your visa to the international student advisor at your university to get them to check it just to be sure.

      • Fathima Sabreena Thahir says:

        Dear sir/ Ma’am, I want to do the graduate entry medicine course in the UK and I want to take my parents and sister as well to the UK. Could you please tell me how can I get the visa for all four of us. Acknowledgement Appreciated. Thank you
        Sabreena Thahir

    • Ash says:

      would i able to go for january session as the visa will expire on 30th january 2016. My result published on 24th of june 2015. Graduation ceremony is on 29th october. i have received my transcript at this moment, certificate will be given to me after graduation ceremony. so my question is can i apply for november 2015 MSc courses and January 2016 or March 2016. as some of the university has their session in these times period.

      Or do i must have to get admission in september 2015 session. as some some people saying that we have to take admission withing 2/3 months from the date of result publication.

      Please help me on this .
      Thanks

      • Study London says:

        Hi Ash, there are a number of universities that offer courses starting in January or February. You can apply for them now if you like, or in November, but the university will only be able to issue a CAS number once you have submitted your final degree certificate. With regards to the visa application, you will be able to apply for a new Tier 4 visa from within the UK as long as the gap between your current visa and the start date of your new course is no more than 28 days. If your new course starts more than 28 days after your current visa expires, you will have to leave the UK and submit a new application from your home country.

        • IK says:

          Hello StudyLondon and thanks for your really helpful comments and never relenting efforts. My question:
          I applied for tier 4 visa in a UK institution and got everything ready for a start date in October. Now this month, the PhD advisor told me that he is changing institution before the year ends. If I want to follow him to the new institution, how do I go about it? Will I have to apply for a visa afresh thereby losing the health surcharge previously paid? Or there is a way I can go there and then transfer between institutions? I am currently funded by the former UK institution. Thanks and looking forward to your response

          • Study London says:

            Hello, thanks for your message. Unfortunately, if you decide to change institutions you will have to apply for a new visa with a CAS from the new institution. I’m afraid it is not possible to simply switch institutions. Therefore, if you want to follow the supervisor to the new university, you should speak to him about applying to his new university. You will probably need to submit a complete application form in order for the university to check your documents and issue a CAS.

          • Raza says:

            Hi, I am planning on going to UK for my FIA and ACCA. Can my wife and daughter accompany me and can my wife also work while our daughter is at daycare and can i also start working if i reach uk. Kindly enlighten us with this. Thanks and Regards

          • Study London says:

            Hi Raza, this depends on where exactly you will study and at what level. You can find out the details about the rules for bringing your family over on the UKCISA website.

    • Christabel Mhlanga says:

      Greetings my nephew has been offered a place to study masters in law and on the university website you can pay it in 3 monthly instalments . I hv been paying his fees when studying in sa . If all goes well he will be living with me when he comes does he still hv to show the home office that he has money to look after him self or proof of fact that i will be living with him the university is near wr i stay . Thanks

  2. Wellington Bedu says:

    i am a mental health nurse currently working in Ghana. I wish to continue my education in mental health nursing either in graduate or postgraduate level. I am grateful for the recent post and welcome tips to help me get a school for my further studies. Thank you.

  3. adio john oladipupo says:

    where am i going to submitte my teir 4 form after completing

    • Study London says:

      Hello Adio, once you have been given a CAS number by your university you can then apply for the visa. There are a variety of ways to complete the visa process and they are all explained here on the UKBA website. Hope that helps and good luck.

  4. Israel Oviasogie says:

    I want to further in Structural engineering but do not know how to go about it.

  5. Elisa says:

    Hello. I am a mexican currently living in the UK under a student visa. My studies finished last week but my visa is still valid until July.
    I studied a graduate degree and wish to continue to the Master degree to start in September.
    Once I have my CAS letter, can I apply for the next student visa here in The UK?

    • Study London says:

      Hello Elisa, welcome to the website. Firstly congratulations on completing your first course and good luck with the results. It is certainly possible to apply for a new visa that will enable you to study a Masters here and yes, you can apply from within the UK. It is recommended that, if possible, you apply during the last 3 months of your current permission to stay. Read more here on the official UKBA website. Hope that helps and good luck with your visa extension application. Simon

  6. bukky says:

    I am currently undergoing a distance learning Bachelor degree programme with the University of London for International Student. I will like to know if i am eligible to apply for a student visa.

    • Study London says:

      Hi Bukky – you will not currently be eligible for a UK student visa. Visas are only give to students who have been accepted to study a course here in the UK. Good luck with the distance learning course.

      • Idowu says:

        Hi, very informative blog and I am glad to send potential UK students here. I am currently studying for a PhD part time in a UK university. I usually obtain a student visitor visa whenever I need to visit my university for a residency or reserch work. So i believe you may be eligible for a student visitor visa if your plan is to visit with your academic institution.

  7. sufyan says:

    hey can you tell me the process to take admission in master’s as i am from Pakistan and have done electrical engg and what are the requirements

  8. Babyface says:

    I am a lawyer..Called to the Nigerian Bar. I intend studying at a Master’s level- Telecommunications/ Entertainment Law..
    1)What University would you recommend?
    2)Will it be possible for me t work and school?
    3) Will I be adversely affected by the new changes?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Babyface, answers below:

      1)What University would you recommend?
      Choosing a university is a personal decision and you need to consider lots of factors. Read our advice about choosing the best university for you. You can then search for suitable London university courses here: http://www.studylondon.ac.uk/courses

      2)Will it be possible for me to work and school?
      Yes, if you get a Tier 4 Student Visa, you will be able to work up to 20hrs a week while studying.

      3) Will I be adversely affected by the new visa changes?
      No. If you are applying to a fully accredited university you will be fine as the new UK student visa requirements are designed to protect you from bogus colleges. All universities on this website are fully accredited.

      Good luck.

      • Chris Jay says:

        Good day sir/madam. Im in almost the same predicament of the former poster. I am a Nigerian, called to bar and applying for masters. I did the IELTS (April 25th 2015) shortly after it had been modified to IELTS for UKVI, for visa purposes.
        If i get you right, i dont need to do the new one (ielts ukvi). My question is: what if the University im applying to insists on the ielts for ukvi exams? Pardon me as i dont really know about the relationship of granting of visas between the universities and the Visa office. Also please expand on the answer toy gave to number 3 as this will help me greatly to know whether to do the exams or not. Many, Many thanks.

        • Study London says:

          Hi Chris, if the IELTS test you took on April 25th 2015 was the ‘Academic IELTS’ test then you do not need to take the test again. If you took the ‘IELTS Life Skills’ or ‘General IELTS’ then you will need to take another test. The ‘IELTS for UKVI’ is not actually a new test, it is just the new name used by the company to show that the IELTS tests are accepted by the UK Visa and Immigration department. You can view the different types of IELTS tests here. As long as you took the academic IELTS test, the university will accept this. I hope this answer your question. If you have any further doubts, the admissions team at the university you want to apply to will also be able to help you.

  9. Anofi Abdulrasaq says:

    My uncle that reside in london for more than 22years wanted to sponsor me for my masters degree.

    He has deposited the 3000pounds for the CAS number.

    He is also paying for the maintenance and tuition fee.

    Kindly advice.
    Thanks

    • Study London says:

      Hello Anofi. You can only get a CAS number once you have been accepted by a university for your chosen course. Once your course application is successful, the university will issue the CAS number to you so you can apply for your UK student visa. Read more about getting a UK student visa. Good luck, hope you make it to London soon.

      • Simon bains says:

        Sir i applied for a student visa 24 april 2014 from india …but i did’nt got any reply from embassy…my course last joining date was 28 july…so what should i do now…? Plzz help me ..

        • Study London says:

          Hello Simon, I am sorry to hear you are having problems with your visa application. Unfortunately we are not connected to the UK Home Office and therefore cannot look into this for you. I suggest you try to contact the Embassy directly. Alternatively, the visa advice team at the university you are applying to may be able to help you.

          • Ana says:

            Is it possible for me to apply for my Tier 4 general visa earlier than the 3 months before the start of my course?
            E.g.: if my course starts in September 25th; would I be able to apply online for my visa before June 25th?

          • Study London says:

            Hi Ana, you can only apply for your Tier 4 visa a maximum of three months before the date your course is due to start. If you apply before then, your application will be unsuccessful. Hope this helps!

  10. Toini says:

    I’m a Namibian student in Algeria. I’m studying biology (in french) specialty molecular and cellular immunology, I’m doing this system called System LMD (Lisence Master Doctora). I would like to continue my Master there,Am I too late to apply for university and which universities can I apply to?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Toini – most courses begin in September or October and you can still apply all the way up until August. Try using the course search on this website to shortlist some universities. Good luck.

  11. Steve says:

    I’m recently graduated (master’s degree) from an moroccan business School, and I Would like to Know if I’m eligible for work visas in UK.

  12. Grace Ojo says:

    Hi, am a 4th year student in a Nigerian University. Am studying Chemistry and would love to further my education in UK upon graduation. Really dont have an idea of any university in UK offering related course. Please enlighten me the more. Thank you.

  13. naima says:

    I am a microbiology student and would like to know about the admission process and how they apply to Somalian students.

  14. Ukeme Yellow says:

    Hello,
    I am a graduate of forestry & wildlife from a Nigerian university. I would like to study a masters in a UK university. Pls where do I begin?
    Regards

  15. Muhammad Imran Khan says:

    I did MBA from an international university in Pakistan I want to improve my qualification in the United Kingdom. I read my all courses which are in English already so why do I have to do the IELTS english language course? Please help me.

    • Study London says:

      Hi Muhammad, most students need to take an English language course such as IELTS as part of the visa requirements. There are some exceptions. Some universities will accept you if you have already studied a course in English (as you have) at a recognised university. So it depends on if the university where you studied your MBA is recognised by UK universities. I would recommend contacting your chosen university and giving them all the details of your MBA and the university you studied at. Hope that helps and good luck.

  16. Muhammad Hamad Khokhar says:

    I am about to wrap up master’s degree of English. I am only single course away to get my degree. Could you tell me about the opening session and the procedure of applying for further studies in Linguistic?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Muhammad, congratulations on almost completing your Master’s. What type of course are you considering next? A PhD? I’d recommend searching for suitable courses on this website and looking at the entry requirements as they will differ depending on the type of course you choose.

  17. sam says:

    Hello thanks for yours efforts, i have a query that i want to study MBA (university of gloucestershire) at williams college located in london, i want to ask that after taking admission in the above mentioned course would UKBA allow me 20 hours of working or even 10 hours of working or not. Thanks in advance

    • Study London says:

      Hi Sam, to work 20hrs a week your college needs to be a Highly Trusted Sponsor (HTS) on the UKBA list of sponsored universities AND a ‘recognised body’. You can find a list of ‘recognised bodies’ here: http://bit.ly/IDs5Bi Your course must also be above degree level on a course longer than 6 months.

      If in doubt, check with your college, they can tell if you can work while studying their course. Good luck with your application – hope you make it to London soon.

      • sam says:

        Thanks , but i have heard that for having part time work in UK i have to get admission in universities only for 20 hours, or public funded college 10 hours , no work allowed in private colleges even though the college is HTS , is this true.

        • Study London says:

          Hi Sam, I’ve just looked into this a little more and you are right. Your university needs to be both Highly Trusted and a ‘recognised body’. You can find a list of ‘recognised bodies’ here: http://bit.ly/IDs5Bi

          Here’s clarification from UKCISA, the official agency for international student advice: http://bit.ly/IDsfZF

          Sorry for the earlier confusion. I’ve edited the original reply so others are not confused.

  18. Mian Azam says:

    I want to apply for biotechnology course.I have completed my 18 years education.Now i want to apply in Uk.Please guide me that which college is providing this course????thanks

  19. Mike says:

    I am having a hard time understanding the maintenance fund. Is it acceptable that I have a joint account from a legal guardian? Do I still need to wait 28 days to get the bank statement since it has been in existent for years already?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Mike, good question. The joint account from your legal guardian is acceptable. When submitting your application be sure to send proof that shows who your legal guardians are. This needs to be either: 1) your certificate of adoption showing names of both parent(s) or legal guardian; OR 2) a court document naming your legal guardian.

      You don’t need to wait 28 days to get a bank statement – the statement just needs be recent and show that the required money has been in the account for at least 28 days. Hope that helps and good luck with your application. You can read more here on the UKBA website.

  20. Seapei says:

    I have BEDHons,can I further my studies even if i’m 49 years old?

  21. this is my last year at school and i’m from south africa,i was wondering that since i would like to study my llb that side next year,do i have to appy for a study permit?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Malerato, yes you will need to apply for a UK Student Visa to study in London. However, you do not need to apply for the visa until you have been accepted onto a university course. Once you have been accepted, your chosen university will give you a CAS number which you need to apply for a visa. So I would recommend you begin looking for London universities. Hope that helps and good luck.

  22. Roshan says:

    i am a student in UK. but i am not satisfied with the college and i want to change my college. so what i have to do for that.

    • Study London says:

      Hi Roshan, sorry to hear that you want to change your college. It is possible but it can be difficult. First you need to identify the college or university you would like to transfer to. You can then contact them to see if they would accept you based on your current qualifications. They will then help guide you through the remainder of the university transfer. Good luck.

  23. Arif Attar says:

    Hi,
    I have completed my PhD from Newcastle University, UK in January this year. I am currently based in India. Could you kindly guide me on the work permit/HSMP rules? There used to be an automatic 2-year work permit after graduation which doesn’t exist now I guess? Thanks

  24. Filip Biedron says:

    Hi, I’m from Poland and I’m currently studying my first year (BA) Hons degree. Now, do I need to apply for any of these visas?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Study London says:

      Hello Filip – as a student from an EU country you won’t need a student visa. The Tier 4 Student Visa is only for non-EU students. Hope that helps and good luck.

  25. joseph says:

    Thanks for advising. I would like to ask you is it allowed for students preparing language ESOL or IELTS to work with student visior visa?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Joseph, you will not be eligible for a visa until you have successfully passed your English language test at the required level. So you’ll need to prepare for the tests and take the test in your home country before applying for a visa. Good luck.

      • joseph says:

        thx for the answer ,,,but i ‘ve checked already in UK border agency ,,,there is student visitor visa for 6 months and 11 months ,,,i can prepare english test ,,,,??

        • Study London says:

          Hi Joseph, my apologies, I thought you were asking about the Tier 4 Visa (which requires you to take an English test before applying). For the Student Visitor Visa you can apply to learn English and prepare for your English test, however you are unable to work if you have student visitor visa. You can only work if you have the full Tier 4 Student Visa. Hope that helps and sorry for any confusion. You can read more about student visitor visas on the UKCISA advice site for international students.

    • Arian says:

      Hello , I gave question
      I applied in September my tire4 student with college offer letter and course completion letter
      Will ukba accept my offer letter
      I mean they will not dismiss my case
      Because I am waiting for CAS letter
      Thanks

  26. Akinsipe Mary says:

    After collecting all the necessary document from my school in UK including my CAS letter in how many month minimum must i apply for my visa?

    • Study London says:

      Hello Akinsipe, that’s a great question. You need apply for the student visa within 6 months of your CAS number being issued by your school. The visa application process usually takes between 3-6 weeks to be completed, but in rare cases can be longer if there are complications. Hope that helps and good luck with your visa application.

  27. chris says:

    please the new amount of 1000, and 800 pound has not reflected in the ukba website ,what the still have there is 600, and 450 pounds if you are staying in london or outside london respectively.thanks

  28. Rudolf Amoako-Gyampah says:

    Sir, I am HND Accountancy graduate from Ghana and want to pursue my post graduate in London, is it possible and how do I go by that?

  29. asma says:

    Hi I’m Asma from Pakistan. I am doing M PHIL in management studies. Can I get admission in PHD before completion of my M PHIL degree? I also want to live here with my husband and two kids… is it possible?

    • Study London says:

      Hello Asma, assuming you are about to finish your MPhil this summer, you should be able to apply for a PhD now (to begin in September). It may be possible to bring your family over too – take a look at the official UKBA website for more details about bringing your family with you. Good luck, Simon

  30. Hardeep Sharma says:

    plz tell me how much funds i need to show in my account for tier 4 student visa

  31. Hal says:

    Hey yeh…could anyone advise on my situation please. I have been studying in the UK for 5 yrs, just recently graduated. But the first 2 yrs, I was studying at other uni with other course and didnt pass it and changed it to other uni with other course. And now i wish to take a master, do u all think i am restricted from the new rules??

    • Study London says:

      Hello Hal, congratulations on graduating. It depends on the courses you were studying and if you have been on a Tier 4 Visa for both of these courses. The limit you can stay in the UK with a student visa is five years. I’m not sure the UKBA will give you any allowances even though you did not complete the first course. You can read more about how long you can stay in the UK on a student visa on the UKBA website

      • Hal says:

        Thanks for the reply. I was holding the old student visa from 2007 till 2010, and got the tier 4 general on the 2010 – 2012. So does it mean the old one does not count?

        • Study London says:

          Hmm, that’s a good question and one I cannot answer given the different visa changes during that period. This UKBA advice document has some interesting advice on page 14: “This three year limit does not include any time that a Tier 4 (General) student has spent studying below UK Bachelors degree level under the student rules that were in place before 31 March 2009.”

          My advice would be to ask at the university you want to apply to, many of them have expert visa advisors who can help with the more complex situations such as yours. Sorry I can’t be of more help and good luck.

  32. rai says:

    Hi,
    I am in uk right now and have finished my study. Therefore to apply for new courses do I need to do IELTS as i will earn degree from uk. For the maintainance fund you have previously said that we need £1000 per month but for how long did we need to show, is it for 2 months or 9 months.

    • Study London says:

      Hi Rai, for most students the money you need usually depends on how long your course is. So you’ll need 9 months for a 9 month course etc. However as you are already in the UK, the UKBA may consider you to have an “established presence” in which case, if you meet this criteria, you only need 2 months funding. You can read more about their definition of an “established presence” on the UKBA website.

      IELTS and English language – most students need to take a test but there are some exceptions. In your case, you might not need to take an English language test if you can prove you have studied a suitable course in English already. Click on the link “How will your English language skills be assessed? (Applicants whose CAS is assigned on or after 21 April 2011)” on this UKBA advice page to find out more. Hope that helps and good luck.

  33. raj says:

    Hello,
    I have complete my degree from uk and want to study another course. So did I need to do ielts and how much money did we need to show in maintainance fund. You have already said that we need to show $1000 per month but for how long?
    Thank you

    • Anup Shrestha says:

      According to new rule if you have degree frome uk then you just have to show 2000 pound as maintenence fund but if you havent paid a fee to college that you are going to read the unpaid amound should be also shown in bank balance. Ielts is compulsory

      • Study London says:

        Hi again Anup, this rule depends on if you have what the UKBA calls an ‘established presence’ in the UK. If you do qualify then you only need to show evidence of 2 months living costs plus your course fees. An established presence is defined as:

        Any student (including a postgraduate doctor or a student union sabbatical officer) has an established presence studying in the UK if they:

        completed a single course of study lasting at least 6 months during their most recent permission to stay in the UK; or
        are applying to continue studying on a single course in the UK, of which they have completed at least 6 months.
        Additionally, their current or most recent permission to stay must have been:

        under Tier 4; or
        as a student under the former Immigration Rules that were in force until 30 March 2009; or
        as a postgraduate doctor or dentist.
        You cannot amalgamate 2 or more courses to make up the 6 months’ study.

        Your current location (inside or outside the UK) does not affect whether you have an established presence here as a student.

        You can read more here on the UKBA website

      • Joseph Bello says:

        Hello,I’m trying to apply to school in U.k in September and I was told I must have living expenses of 9,315 to prove for a year,but the problem is it’s too late for that,it’s a lot of money outside my school fees..I don’t know I have an aunty living there for 20 years now,if she invites me to stay with her do I still need to prove I have that money in the account ?thank you

        • Study London says:

          Hello, yes you will still need to show that you have the required money in your account even if you are going to live with family in the UK. You may wish to contact your UK university/school to find out what the latest enrolment date is for your course to see if you still have time to apply.

    • Study London says:

      Hi again Raj, if you have completed the course in English then you may not IELTS if you studied at a recognised institution. The next university you apply to may ask for some evidence of you studying in English. The amount of money you need will either be 2 months’ of living costs if you have an ‘established presence’ (see my answer to Anup above) or for the entire length of your course you do not meet the requirements of an established presence.

  34. Anup Shrestha says:

    I am studying HND NQV level 5 which is equivalent to 2nd year of bacheolar in business administration and currently i apply for visa from highly trusted private college. Now do i get work permit? (20hrs) and can i bring dependent?

  35. Roney says:

    Hello!

    I am from Bangladesh. I have completed my BBA here and will complete my MBA within this year. After that I want to go for CIMA, a professional course in Accounting & Finance. I was planning to apply in Kaplan Financial/LSBF/BPP for the January, 2013 intake. But now I came to know that, only university students and public funded college students will be eligible to do part time work. I am a genuine student and will pay my tuition fees before enrollment. I also can bear my living expenses. But its sometimes become necessary to do some part time works to finance some very personal expenditures. Now I want to know that –

    Is there any option to study CIMA having part time work permit? Does any public funded college or university offer full time CIMA program?

    • Study London says:

      Hello Roney – you could try BPP. I believe they are offer CIMA courses and they are also listed on the recognised bodies list. They have a campus here in Holborn, London. Good luck.

      • Roney says:

        Thanks a lot for your information. So, you are saying that if I go for BPP, then I will get the work permit. Right? If so, then it is a very big opportunity for me and I’m gonna definitely try this 🙂

        • Study London says:

          Hi Roney, glad we could help. Remember, our advice is for guidance and we are not a professional visa advice company. All visa applications will consider your personal circumstances so we recommend you ask BPP about your right to work when you contact them about the course. Assuming you do get the Tier 4 visa and a course offer from BPP, you should then be able to work. Depending on the level of the course (if it is degree level or below) you will then be able to work for either 10 or 20 hours a week. You can read more here on the UKBA website

  36. boban says:

    Hai,
    I have done degree from london and been in london for more than two years .. I am planni go do my masters .. my question is do I need IELTS to get admission .. ?

  37. Asamoah Mark says:

    I am a student from Ghana with the West African Secondary School Certificate Examination qualification. Can apply to any of the universities in London?

    • Study London says:

      Hello Asamoah, depending on your grades and other qualifications you may get entry onto a university foundation course or possibly an undergraduate degree depending on the university and course you choose. I would recommend searching for courses and looking at the entry requirements. Most universities give guidance for international students. Here’s an example at Queen Mary University of London

  38. ug says:

    hi, i m confusion, i had completed my intermediate in 2007 then i stop studying .but now i m again starting studying and i wish to apply for uk in diploma , m frm pakistan age is 24, my question is how can i show to ukba about my past year aftr complete intermedaite on that year i was free and i didnt studying anything.?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Umair – UKBA won’t need evidence of your qualifications – they will ask for a CAS number from your chosen university. This means you will need to show your chosen university evidence of your qualifications (copies of official certificates). If you meet the entry requirements they will then give you a CAS number so you can apply for your visa. Good luck, Simon.

  39. mubi says:

    Hi i’m from mumbai(India)and staying in london with my husband.am studying PGD from CAMS college london and want to study further. can u plz let me knw about dependents working allowence ! my husband is eligible to work full time as per UKBA until 28th january 2013.but what if i’ll take admission in ACCA , would he get working allowance then?

  40. Anup Shrestha says:

    I am doing HND business and its going to finish in auguest last week but my visa is 1 year more even my course finish. I want to go my home for 2 weeks and then want to apply in university for BA (hons) degree. So will there be problem in airport while i return back and do i will get work peremit if i do BA (hons) degree and can i bring my dependent?

  41. Alain nkongnenwi says:

    I wish to study as an Aeronautic engineer and have been told by the chosen university to send my passport and other information but I don’t know if am illegible since our results are still to be posted.

    • Study London says:

      Hello Alain

      Universities will usually process your application based on you achieving the required grades. They will then offer you a ‘conditional’ place. Once you have your results confirmed and they meet the university’s entry requirements, you will be offered an ‘unconditional’ place which means you have been fully accepted. Hoped that helps and good luck with your application. Remember to check your university is on the UKBA approved list (linked above in the blog) and also only send copies of your passport and important documents.

  42. Anup Shrestha says:

    Do i get 20 hours if i read in highly trusted private college and what should be minimum level to get working hours?

    • Study London says:

      Hello Anup – you can still work for up to 20 hours if you are studying a degree level course for longer than 6 months at a university or college that is listed on both the Highly Trusted Sponsor (HTS) list AND the list of ‘recognised bodies’ (links above in the article). If the college is only listed on the HTS list and not the ‘recognised bodies list’ then you will not be able to work.

      If your chosen university is on both the above lists then it must be a degree level to work for 20 hrs a week or 10hrs a week if your course is the level below a full university undergraduate degree. Good luck, Simon

  43. sophie says:

    I am going to read HND in university. Can i get work permit and bring my dependent?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Sophie, you may be able to get a work permit if your chosen university meets the criteria outlined in the above blog. The rules about bringing dependents depend on your individual circumstances and you can read more advice here on the UKCISA website. Good luck, Simon

  44. Adeolu Anthony says:

    Hello.
    I’m new to this site and would appreciate some advice. I’m a Nigeria; I have an unconditional offer from an English University; i also have my CAS. I shall be making my tier 4 visa application in July; my passport expires in March 2013; i hope this will not be a ground for the entry clearance office to refuse me a visa? Kindly reply soon, thanks.

    • Study London says:

      Hello Adelou, firstly congratulations on your unconditional offer – that’s great news. I’m not sure about the length of time required for the visa so it’s best to check with the UKBA first. Your chosen university should also be able to answer this question for you (contact their international office). Alternatively, as you will need a new passport very soon (and also to leave the UK!), it may be worth applying for the new passport first. Good luck and hope you enjoy your studies in England. Simon

      • Adeolu Anthony says:

        Simon, thank you for your prompt response.
        Well, it is usually that you can’t apply for a new passport until the one you have expires. I know that I’d have to apply through the Nigerian Consulate in London when the one I have now expires in March 2013. I just want to confirm that the fact that my passport would expire in March 2013 would not be reason enough for the UKBA to refuse me a visa.
        Please, reply soon.

        • Study London says:

          I think you will be OK, but check with your university’s international office first as they will have better information. I’ve looked searched the UKBA website but cannot find any information about visa expiry dates. Alternatively you could check with the British High Commission in Nigeria who should also be able to answer your question.

  45. pritam says:

    Hi, I am from Mumbai – I just applied on 18th June. All my documents are clear. I applied for tier 4, shall I get my visa soon?

  46. Priya says:

    Hi, I am currently a computer engineering student in Mumbai.
    I wanted to do my masters from London but then people tell me that i should do MBA instead.
    Is it possible to do my MBA from london after my graduation?
    Please help.

    • Study London says:

      Hello Priya. To be eligible for an MBA in London you need at least three years’ work experience in addition to your academic qualifications. MBAs are designed for people already working in the business environment. Read more here in our guide to London MBAs. Alternatively you can search for London Master’s degrees here. Hope that helps and good luck.

      • Arif Attar says:

        Hi, Is it possible to apply for a Tier 2 visa from the UK. I am planning to travel for a job interview on a visitors visa to the UK. I am a non-EU citizen.

        • Study London says:

          Hello Arif, unfortunately it’s not possible to switch from a visitor visa to a Tier 2 Visa so you would need return home first before applying for the Tier 2 visa. You can read more about which visas you can switch from on the official UKBA website (scroll down and click on the “Can you switch into Tier 2 (General)?” link. Good luck with the job interview. If you are successful your employer should be able to help you get your visa.

  47. Adeolu Anthony says:

    Hello, great work u’re doing here;appreciate it much. I want clarification on the 28days maintenance fees account holding period; supposing i had my maintenance fee deposited in my account on the 11th of June, when do you reckon i can apply for the tier 4 visa? Kindly reply soon.

    • Study London says:

      Hello Adeolu. You will need to wait at least 28 days from the 11th June before you send your application. The closing balance on your bank statement must show that you have had the required money in your account for 28 consecutive days. Good luck.

  48. ilyas says:

    hi, i was on PSW but i changed my visa status to tier 4 student visa as i have started PhD. can i change back to PSW once i finish my PhD. thanks

    • Study London says:

      Hello Ilyas. Unfortunately you won’t be able to switch back to PSW as this visa has now closed. You would need to apply for a Tier 2 (general) visa once you find a suitable job after your PhD. Good luck with the PhD.

  49. janaki says:

    Hi I am janaki ,currently staing with my husband as Tier 2 Dependent with 2 kids. Our visa is going to end in Dec 2012. I want to PG Diploma in Business Managemnet and MBA as well … Can I apply Student Visa or how do i start studying?????

    • Study London says:

      Hello Janaki, you will need at least 3 years management work experience to study an MBA. For the diploma, you will need to find a course first (use this website). I’m not too sure about the visa rules for dependants switching visas so please check the UKBA website. If you are eligible to remain you will need to apply as soon as you can to start your course in September and make sure you apply for your Tier 4 visa at least 3 months before your current visa finishes. Good luck.

  50. sana says:

    I am planning to apply for Tier 4 student visa. but there are small differences in my name as mentioned on passport and the one of my past education transcripts. what should i do?

    • Study London says:

      Hello Sana. If you cannot get the transcripts changed I would recommend contacting the UKBA or your local visa processing office before you apply to explain your circumstances. Good luck.

  51. AmIr says:

    Dear sir / madam ,

    Greetings ,

    My wife and i are going to come to UK for studying . My wife has received a CAS for a full time phd course . Refer to me , i was accepted in the interview of a part time DBA course last week by the course leader . But since my DBA course is part time i cannot take a tier 4 student visa , am i right ? But my wife can take a tier 4 student visa . So would you please tell me that if i take dependant tier 4 visa based on my wife CAS , i can study in my DBA course ? I mean can i study in UK when i have a dependant tier 4 visa ? Universities accept me to study in a doctorate or phd course based om my dependant tier 4 visa student ?

    I look forward to receiving your soon reply .

    • Study London says:

      Hello Amir, you are correct, you can only take a tier 4 visa for full-time courses. However, as a dependent of a Tier 4 student you are usually allowed to study part-time. Either your wife’s or your own college should be able to offer you more advice if you need it. Hope that helps and good luck.

  52. Ali Raza says:

    hi
    i get admission in CIMA program in May 2012 and apply for visa in 31May 2012 i just recive acknowledgement letterif now if i want to change my course and get admission in university how much bank statement i show and whats procedure.

  53. Savy says:

    I have finished my MBA this month, but my visa is valid upto feb 2013. I am married and my spouse is with me on depedent visa with full time work permission. I want to do ACCA but I am confused that If I take college (Highly trusted) , will UKBA allow permission of work for 20 hours for me and full time for my spouse or not…?

    • Study London says:

      Hello Savy – to be eligible to work 20 hours the college you choose must be both highly trusted AND on the list of recognised bodies (see link in the blog above). The rules for dependants are a little more complicated so it is worth contacting the UKBA direct to make sure you find the correct answer. Hope that helps and good luck.

  54. jamil says:

    Hello I am Jamil and I am confused about 5year Student Visa Limit.
    Initially i was granted 2.5y student visa(Pre Tier4)on Professional accountancy course CIMA and then later on I got tier4 2year visa based on MBA.

    So my question is does my year limit apply to me.

    COnfusion on CIMA part,does homeoffice consider professional accountancy courses such as CIMA at degree level ?

    please answer.

    Thank you.

    • Study London says:

      Hello Jamil, that’s a very good question. First you need to find out what level of qualification your CIMA was on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Different CIMA qualifications are judged to be at different levels on the NQF depending on the course you took – ask the college where you studied if you are unsure.

      The length of time is calculated based on the length of your course rather than the length of your visa. Did you spend the full 2.5 years studying the CIMA and 2 years on the MBA? Here’s the full rules for how long you can stay on multiple student visas (page 15). In complex circumstances such as yours we recommend you contact the UKBA agency direct to confirm. Hope that helps and good luck.

  55. mussi says:

    Hi there, I am currently doing my masters degree on a tier 4 visa which is due to expire in Jan 2013, but my student status at the university is till 30th September as that is the time when I will be done submitting my dissertation and even done with uni. I have received a job offer from an employer who will issue me a CoS, and the job starts in October, right after my completion of masters. In such a case, as I will not have graduated, i will have to apply for a tier 2 work permit using the CoS from outside the UK as a new applicant. My question is that as I will be applying in August from my home country, in your opinion, do you think the UKBA will cancel the student visa when they approve the work permit because if they do that i won’t be able to travel to the uk till 2 weeks prior to the start date, and hence, might have problems in completing my dissertation…..please guide me on this, many many thanks in advance for your help!

  56. Cara M says:

    Hello there! I am a Malaysian student doing the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and my student visa ends on the 30th of August. At this moment I am unable to book a flight ticket back to Malaysia before the 30th of August 2012 and the only available flight for me at the moment is the 31st of August 2012. I was wondering if there is a grace period to remain in the UK after the expiry of my student visa? I do not want to get in trouble with the authority at immigration.

  57. Charis says:

    hello there, my course starts in 27 September & my IELTS English test results expires in 12 May. Can I apply for the Tier4 student in April or early May?

    • Study London says:

      Hello Charis, you will only be able to apply for your Tier 4 student visa 3 months before the start of your course. Thus, if an English certificate is part of your admissions requirement, you will need to have a valid certificate to submit with your visa application. However, please contact the admissions department of your university to seek their advice.

  58. lusia says:

    well done for ur good work. Pls i have gotten my admission at university of Lincoln and am about to pay the deposit for my CAS. please i want to know
    (1)if aside the maintenance fee if i need any thing else for my visa application.
    also please my course starts sept 15th but i want to be at d uk by sept 8th, so please (2)when can i now start applying. because u said within 6months of getting the CAS and not more than 3MONTHS from your resumption date.
    (3) please is the tuberculosis test compulsory ..thanks pls do reply

    • Study London says:

      Hello Lusia, congratulations on your offer to study in the UK. With regards to your first question, you need to show that you have sufficient finances to cover your maintenance and your tuition fees. If you are paying your fees before you apply for your visa, your university will note this on your CAS. You can only apply for your Tier 4 Student Visa 3 months before your official course start date. What day exactly your visa will start will be decided by the Embassy processing your application. With regards to the Tuberculosis test, this is only compulsory for students from particular countries. You can find a list of countries on the UKVI website.

  59. arul says:

    Currently my visa category is psw. so main applicant going to do acca lsbf college Highly trusted sponsor private college.
    My question is
    1) Can her dependent (me) get full work rights.
    2) Can she ( main applicant) get full work rights.

    • Study London says:

      Hello, I suggest you explain your full circumstances to a visa advisor at LSBF as there are many rules which need to be considered. Generally speaking, students at LSBF are not permitted to work. While LSBF has Highly Trusted Sponsor status, it is not on the list of recognised bodies. You can find more information about working while studying here. Please also note that only some Tier 4 students are able to bring dependants on their visa. There is more information available on this here.

  60. Oluwaseun says:

    Please, is it possible to come to the UK for a second postgraduate course under the current rules? I already have a Master of Laws from the UK but I now want to come for the Graduate Diploma in Law and take the LPC to qualify as a solicitor.
    Thank you.

    • Study London says:

      Hello, it is possible to take a second postgraduate degree but only if it shows a clear progression in your development path. The Tier 4 student visa has an ‘academic progression requirement’. This will need to be confirmed by the University so it is best to contact your chosen university directly. They should be able to advise whether your intended course meets the academic progression criteria.

  61. raghav says:

    Is it worth taking a loan of 30-40 lakhs to study a life sciences research masters course in Imperial College London.
    I have been goin through articles that show the unwillingness of companies to help sponsoring a tier 2 visa for international students after the course.
    Phds are also not very well funded for international students.
    I am sure my home country wd not be able to help me anyways after the course.
    I haveto have some security completing the course.

    regards,
    Raghav.

    • Study London says:

      Hi Raghav, unfortunately no one will be able to provide you a guarantee for a job after your studies. International graduates are highly sought after by many local and multi-national corporations in London, and the Tier 2 visa enables them to sponsor international graduates. As a student, it is important to gain relevant work experience during your studies and to engage in networking opportunities as much as you can as you will be competing for jobs with many other UK and international students. As one of the top universities in the world, there should be plenty of opportunities to do this at Imperial.
      With regards to funding options, it is certainly worth contacting Imperial College London directly to enquire about this. The Imperial College London website suggests that they offer a number of part-funded and fully-funded scholarships.

  62. Rizwan Khan says:

    How much time it takes to get a tier 4 visa from the date of interview?

  63. felix says:

    helo simon, i’m a 29yr old nigerian, had my ssce\waec in 2001, i wish to study music & english, undergraduate lvl @ royal holloway university, london. i want-to know if i will b accepted considering the duration i obtained my ssce? secondly i want to know if holloway university is in or outside london? thirdly if i can get a scholarship before or after i have been given admission? & lastly since i’m going to study full time for 3yrs, will i b permitted to work in order to support myself and pay my tuition fees? thanks

    • Study London says:

      Hello Felix, Royal Holloway accepts students from Nigeria who have completed ssce/waec. However, you will be required to take a one year foundation course before progressing onto a Bachelor degree. You can find all the information you need on the Royal Holloway Nigeria advice page. With regards to scholarships, you normally apply for a scholarship after you have submitted your application to the university. And yes, the Tier 4 visa will allow you to work up to 20 hours per week during term time, and you can work full-time during your term holidays. You can find more information on working while studying here.

  64. Lewis says:

    I am studying for my MPHil on a tier 4 visa. Would I be allowed to take a 4 -week CELTA course which would start after my course end date, but end before my visa expires? I know that ‘supplemental’ courses are allowed under tier 4, but did not know if that was still true after my MPhil. was completed.

    • Study London says:

      Hello Lewis, please speak to your international student advisors at your university regarding this as I am afraid we are not able to provide advice on this.

  65. Nav says:

    How do i find the College or uni in the inner or outer london ,Is BPP university,Croydon outer or inner london ?

    • Study London says:

      Hello, UKVI (UK Visa and Immigration) lists the inner London boroughs in the Tier 4 visa police guidance under point 173. Inner London boroughs are Camden, City of London, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, or Westminster.

      Thus, Croydon is classed as an outer London borough. It is always best to contact your chosen university directly if you are unsure as they will be able to confirm this information for you.

  66. Jay says:

    Iam planing to study in docklands academy for hospitality & tourism its an 2 year course . So is that necessary to keep 1020£ every month in my a/c ? For 2 year it will be around 24 to 25 lacks rupees .

    • Study London says:

      Hi Jay, when you apply for your visa you need to show that you have enough money in your account to cover the first year of your tuition fees and also your living costs for the first 9 months of your stay. You can read the official guidance on this in the Tier 4 Policy Guidance Document, go to point 162. Please note that the document currently states that you require £1,000 per month. This will go up to £1,020 per month on 1st July 2014.

  67. Joshua Giwa says:

    i am an international student in the uk. I just completed a 2 term foundation course with a conditional offer to study pharmacy in the uni of brighton if i score an average of 65%. The start date for this course is 29th september 2014 but my visa expires on the 6th of august 2014. Is it possible to apply here in the uk? or do i have to go back to my country?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Joshua, congratulations on receiving your offer to study Pharmacy. Please contact your current institution or the visa advice department at the University of Brighton who will be able to provide you with advice on this. Unfortunately, we are not able to give specific visa advice for individual cases.

  68. Rabin Khadka says:

    dear sir madam,
    3 years ago i was in uk as a student but my college suspended so i came back to my home country.my visa was going go expire on 31may but i left uk on 20th may.1year ago i got married,my wife is registered pcl nurse we want to come uk for her further study.Is it possible to come uk for us.i heard dependent are not allowed to come with applicants.
    waiting for ur reply
    thank you

    • Study London says:

      Hello Rabin, thank you for your message. Students on a Tier 4 (General) Student visa can bring their dependants as long as the Tier 4 visa holder (your wife) will be studying at NQF level 7 or above lasting 12 months or more. NQF level 7 normally refers to a masters degree. You can read the exact conditions in the Tier 4 Policy Guidance document.

  69. Bogdan says:

    I am student in the UK from Ukraine. I will finish my last second year of college Access to Business Management. I applied to the same UNI to do foundation degree 3 years Business Management and I have accepted my offer on UCAS. So, do I need to take IELTS exam to prove my English to renew the VISA as I have been studying in UK two years?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Bogda, your university will be able to tell you if you need to take an English language test. If your offer is a conditional offer asking you to provide an English language certificate, then you will need to take a test. However, if this is not part of your condition, you do not need to take a test. I would recommend you speak to the admissions or visa advice team at your university to confirm the requirements.

  70. Rj says:

    If a Master’s course is of one year and it takes about 2-3 months for finding a regular job, how will it be possible to go ahead with tier 2 VISA? In simple wordings, I will be studying for 1 year MBA, what will be the procedure after completion of MBA for staying in UK for my job? I am from Pakistan.

    • Study London says:

      Hello, you will be able to apply for the Tier 2 visa if you have an offer of employment that meets the Tier 2 visa requirements before your student visa expires. The Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa also provides an option to stay in the UK for 1 year after graduation. For the Tier 1 visa, your university can sponsor you and many universities are allocating specific numbers to MBA students. I would recommend you check with your chosen university how many MBA students they can sponsor each year and what the requirements are so you can prepare for this.

      • victor Ogunbiyi says:

        I am holding a PhD admission and a visa to study at Bournemouth university in UK. I want to know if I can defer my resumption on the course for a few months or year. I have a very demanding and challenging situation here in Nigeria. Pls advise

        • Study London says:

          Hi Victor, universities usually allow students to defer their studies for up to a year. However, the decision will be made by your supervisor so you need to contact your university directly.

  71. Nish says:

    Hi
    Please help me,

    I am on student visa in england and my wife is student too in greenwich university,
    I am doing level 6 and she is doing masters in pharmacy(level 7).
    I want to change my student visa to her depended visa, so can i aply from here(uk)?
    If yes then, whats the procedure?

    My college has closed down, revoked licence from tier 4.
    UKBA said that they will send me a 60 days curtailment letter.
    If i got that letter can i still apply for her depended??

    Waiting for your early Answer

    Kind regards
    Nish

    • Study London says:

      Dear Nish, I am afraid we are not able to give individual visa advice especially in complex cases like yours. The University of Greenwhich has qualified visa advisors who will be able to help you with your query. I would recommend your wife contacts the International Student Advice Service (isas@greenwich.ac.uk) at her university to make an appointment. Best wishes

  72. Hawa Jafari says:

    Hi i want to know that it’s possible that i should come to london to study

  73. Balba says:

    I’m about applying for a visa to study at University of Reading as an international PhD student. How many years visa will i get from the uk? My course is atarting on 22/09/2014

    • Study London says:

      Hi Balba, you need to contact the University of Reading with this question as they will inform the UK Visa and Immigration department of the length of your course. Your visa will cover the length of your course (normally 3 or 4 years for a PhD) plus normally 3 or 4 months on top of that.

  74. Grace says:

    I am currently in the uk on psw and just secured n admission for my phd starting 6/6/2014. I want to apply to switch to tier 4 visa this week but my passport will expire in October, can I still apply for my visa on my current passport?
    Thank u

    • Study London says:

      Hi Grace, you should be able to apply with your current passport and then apply for a new passport through the embassy of your country here in the UK. However, visa regulations change regularly and therefore please contact the university you are going to do your PhD at to ask whether this will be okay. The visa advisor at the university will be able to give you more specific information and contact the UK Home Office should there be any doubt.

  75. Vivek says:

    Hello. I was studying in London doing my ACCA in 2009 but due to my father’s health issue, I returned to my home country without completing my course.Now I want to complete my course and go back to London and do ACCA. Am I eligible to do so??

    • Study London says:

      Hi Vivek, you will need to contact the universities you want to study at and send them a copy of your transcript from your previous studies. Depending on how far into the course you got and the grades you achieved, you may be able to join an ACCA course in year 2 or 3 if the university allows this. HThis decision will be made by the university so you need to contact the university’s admissions team directly. With regards to the Tier 4 visa, you will be able to apply for the visa once you have been offered a place to study. You can read more about the Tier 4 visa requirements here.

  76. taimur says:

    my passport is valid for 10 months and i am appling for visa by the end of this month will it be a problem for me to get the visa as my study duration is one year

    • Study London says:

      Hello, you can normally apply for your visa even if your passport will expire while you are in London. You will then need to apply for a new passport through your embassy in the UK. I would recommend you contact the visa advisors at the university you will be studying at to confirm this and to seek advice on what you need to do once you have your new passport.

  77. Micah says:

    Hi I currently started Bachelor of Nursing and I already finished semester 1. I was wondering if I can continue my studies in the UK or does that depend on my course?

    • Study London says:

      Hello, some universities accept transfer students but others may ask you to start again in year one. It also depends on where you are from and what school qualifications you have. Some universities that offer nursing degrees are not able to accept international students. Please contact your preferred universities to find out their entry requirements and procedures before submitting an application. You can see which London universities offer nursing degrees by using the course search.

  78. uggu says:

    Will a student be allowed to enter uk if he/she have a old tb and it is cured completely? Till now no tb has been found, please help!! Thank you

    • Study London says:

      Hello, you will need to be clear of TB at the time of your application. If you are from a country where a TB screening is required for the visa application, you will need to go to an approved screening clinic and submit the results with your application. You can find the details here.

      • abash sinha says:

        Iam actually from India..I have completed my ug course in india..I would like to do my mba in uk and work there for a few years..what will be the cost of two years education and what will be the average salary for me as a mba graduate in uk..??

        • Study London says:

          Hello, the cost of MBAs can vary greatly depending on the university and the course content, ranging from GBP 12,000 to GBP 50,000. You can view the full-time MBAs on offer in London here. With regards to the starting salary, I would suggest you contact some of the universities you are interested in to find out what the starting salary of their graduates is. Good luck!

  79. RR says:

    I am doing ATHE Level 6 in Management, the course has not completed yet, the college has suspended (I didn’t find in the sponsorship list). Now I decided to go for another university. I have applied for another university in London. I received CAS for Level 6 (Undergraduate top up). Now my question is that:
    1. What amount for maintenance as living cost should I keep in my bank account for 28 days?
    2. Am I considered as establish presence student?

    • Study London says:

      Hello, the answers to your questions depend on many different factors e.g. where are you going to study? Are you currently in the UK? What visa are you on? etc. Please contact your new university who are issuing your CAS number to discuss your specific situation. They will have a visa advisor who can help you find the correct answers. If you tell us which university you are going to, we can try to put you in touch with the right person.

  80. Zahoor says:

    Hello i m from pakistan .i want to ask that i got 5 bnds in ielts now i want to get admission in university wil i be able to get admission in B.A HONS Plz infrm me .And alSO PLZ suggest me university where i can get dmission on this bnd score

  81. Agarshanan says:

    I am a srilankan and I have did my edexcel igcse exams . Now I am planning to do my A-levels in UK. How can I apply for the visa to study in UK? My aunty is sponsoring me. What are the entry requirements?

    • Study London says:

      Hello, in order to study for your A-levels in the UK you will need to apply for either a Tier 4 (General) student visa or a Tier 4 (Child) student visa. You should read through the conditions of both carefully to decide which is more suitable for you. You can find all the information you need on the UK Visa & Immigration website

  82. Ipu says:

    Hi I’m a tier4 international student from Bangladesh currently living in uk. I came in this country 2010 January as a tier 4 student visa .. When I applied for my first visa from Bangladesh it was level 6 business management course(3 years)!! After came in uk my college was not running level 6 anymore so they give me the admission in hnd level 5 same course(2 years)!(I applied 1st of September 2009)I done my HND then take admission on athe level 6 in same college !!by this time my college was suspended !! So I take admission in level 6 business management(top up)in university of sunderland and done my graduation recently .. So all together I spend 4 years 5 months in this country.. Now I’m thinking to take admission I’m MBA in uk!! Is there any problem to take admission and get the visa?? Is there any problem with me for 5 years cap system ?? Plz help me !! Tnx

  83. Ifra Asad says:

    Hi. I’m a Pakistani national but have been in the States for the past 5 years. I’m going to be going to London for my MA. The visa requires that I get a TB test done, but I’m not in Pakistan, and am applying from the States. Is there any way to prove I don’t have TB? Since coming to the States have the same requirement, I know I don’t have TB. I got a test done on campus back in 2009, but haven’t been able to access it since the office is closed for the summer. Let me know how to proceed. Thanks!

    • Study London says:

      Hi, unfortunately we are not able to give individual visa advice. Please contact your prospective university in London, they will be able to advise you whether you can apply from the US and what options you have to get the TB test

  84. Bakhtavar Hafeez says:

    I have not given ielts examination because of the corrections being made in my passport. I scored 76% in my english class 12th examination. Can I still be eligible for a Tier 4 student visa?

    • Study London says:

      Hi, the UK university you are applying to decides whether you need to take an English language test and what tests they accept. Please contact the university directly to find out the answer to your question.

  85. Thapa says:

    Hi,
    I did MBA (level 7)before 2 years and currently I have PSW visa, which is going to expire on this August. Once when I complete MBA degree can do the course Post graduate diploma (level 7)?

  86. Lir says:

    I am applying for Tier 4 visa for my Masters degree from inside the UK, and I realised my country just got added to TB screening list. There is no information about how to apply for a screening inside the UK that I can find.
    Is there any particular centre for this or will any clinic doing TB screening be good enough?

    • Study London says:

      Hello, unfortunately we cannot provide individual visa advice on here. Please contact the university at which you will be studying your Masters, they will be able to help you with your query. Thank you

  87. Rahul says:

    Hi, i want to know that where can i find the Cheapest One year foundation course to enter in U.K. as with a 4 Tier Student visa. And is there any instalment scheme for students to pay fees? and to extend visa before the current visa staying in U.K. this i have to confirm it with the University? Please help.

    • Study London says:

      Hi Rahul, there is no central database for Foundation courses so you will need to check the university websites to find out how much the tuition fees are. You can find a list of all London universities with links to their websites here. Once you have identified your favourite universities, you should contact them directly with any visa questions.

  88. Yara says:

    It has been a little over a month since I applied for Tier 4 (General) visa and I still did not get any reply does this mean that my request has been denied?

  89. Kevin Owusu says:

    Hi, i have been offered admission into a college in London, however,pertaining to accommodation issues: my mum owns and lives in a 2 bedroom house in Dagenham, Greater London, however after she made the payment for my tuition, the maintenance funds could only amount to £5500. i want to know if it would be advisable to proceed with my UK student visa application even after stating that i want to live with my mum who is going to be responsible for my upkeep(tenancy agreement provided)

    • Study London says:

      Hi Kevin, I am afraid we are not able to provide individual visa advice. Please contact the college you have an offer from as they should have a dedicated visa advisor to help you with this query.

  90. Jassygabr says:

    I did my masters degree in uk last year but it was a very disappointing course and I am currently in Egypt and decided to go on a BA practical course in uk .. does that cause me any problem regarding my academic progress ? or as long as I left the country my new application will be considered as a fresh one ?

    • Study London says:

      Hi, in order to be issued a CAS number students must be applying for a course that represents academic progress. If you wish to apply for a course that is at a lower level than your previous studies, your new university will need to carefully evaluate whether the course ensures academic progress. The university makes the final decision on whether to issue the CAS, therefore you need to speak to the admissions office of your chosen university directly.

  91. Susan says:

    Hi, I am from Singapore. My sister (aged 12) and I (aged 15) have been offered a place by the school we applied for. However, we are not sure if the school is under the list of Register of Sponsors for International Students. Instead, it is under United Church Schools Trust. What will happen in this case if we apply for the Tier 4(Child) Student visa?

    Is it possible that my sister’s and my living costs as well as school fees to be sponsored by a parent of us who will accompany us in London? Also, does this parent need a visa too?

    If we have not paid the first year school fees, do we need to include the fees together with the living costs in the bank which is under our parent for 28 days before the application of visa?

    If our study course starts this early September, and we apply our visa this August, will we still be refused even if we have the bank statements and CAS letters?

    Thank you and I look forward to your reply!

  92. Christina says:

    Hi there,

    I’m a US citizen currently getting my Master’s here in the UK with a Tier 4 visa. My course is finished in September, but my visa is good until January. I don’t get my grades until December so I’ve technically still not graduated by that point. Could I work full-time until then under the “vacation” option of the Tier 4 or will I need to apply for a Tier 2 just for those 4 months? Any help would be so appreciated!

    • Study London says:

      Hi Christina, the ‘vacation’ time can be a bit confusing for postgraduate students because universities normally do not regard the summer period as vacation time as you are still working on your final dissertation. However, once you have handed in all your work you are fine to work full-time on your Tier 4 visa until this expires. If you intend to start working full-time before your final coursework deadlines (e.g. if you hand in all your work early), it’s best to contact the international student advisors at your universities to discuss this. Hope this helps!

  93. Beny says:

    Hi
    I had a one year top up on BA business Management in UK and after that I went for my MBA during the period of my studies I had the opportunity to work as a social worker, which I developed interest in that field, is it possible for me to switch to MA social work or nursing school due to the new regulation on academic progression? Is it possible to get admission into nursing school without degree in nursing? All my academic history have been studying management and will love to switch to health how do I go about it? Thanks

    • Study London says:

      Hi Beny, most postgraduate courses in Social Work or Nursing would require you to have a qualification in that field already. You may also be considered for some Social Work courses if you have enough relevant work experience in the field. I would suggest you use the course search to identify a few universities that offer relevant courses and then you can contact them directly to find out their exact requirements. Good luck!

  94. sarah says:

    Hi, one of my colleague is a Malaysian and studying in Egypt. currently he is doing his elective course (short medical course) in Manchester (he got Visa Tier 4 during his arrival). Next month he will be going to Leeds to do the same elective course but the University has asked him to provide a Student Visitor Visa.
    How can this happen because he is already in UK? Please help him

    • Study London says:

      Hi Sarah, we can only provide advice for London universities but generally, students who come to the UK to attend a medical elective course would normally apply for a Tier 4 visa as electives are deemed to include elements of work. I would advise your colleague to speak to a visa advisor at the University of Leeds to discuss this issue. Your colleague should be able to apply for a Tier 4 visa extension within the UK using a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) provided by University of Leeds. You can contact the International Office at Leeds on internationalstudents@leeds.ac.uk

  95. Jake says:

    Hi,
    I was wondering if there is anyway to apply for a tier 4 visa from outside your home country? For instance, I am currently an American traveling in Europe and was wondering if it is possible to apply outside of the United States?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Jake, unless you are actually resident in another country, you will need to apply for your Tier 4 visa from the US. It’s worth checking with your prospective university though as they will have trained visa advisors who might be able to suggest an alternative solution.

  96. Reem says:

    I have a tier 4 visa since I applied to a college at London, but I got a more convenient Offer with a CAS number from another college, can I use the same visa or I have to apply for another one?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Reem, please check with the international student advice team at the university/college you want to go to as we are not able to advise on individual cases. Thank you

  97. TAK says:

    Hello, I have a question, I have completed by Master in 2013, currently I am studying at level 8, Please confirm if I can switch to Tier 2 general during my studies?
    Your response would be highly appreciated. Regards

    • Study London says:

      Hi Tak, in order to switch to a Tier 2 visa you will need to meet the requirements outlined above. You will need to have a job offer from a registered employer and be offered a salary of at least £20,300. If you are doing a PhD, you will also be able to apply for a 12 month extension on your Tier 4 visa which will allow you to work full-time during that time. I suggest you make an appointment with the visa advisor at your current university to discuss your options. Best wishes

  98. ali says:

    hi, i have complete my Msc international accounting and finance post graduate diploma form the university, so i want to continue my Msc from another univeristy, so for the new admission did i need the English test?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Ali, it will be your new university that decides whether you need to submit an English language test and this will normally depend how long you have been studying in English. Please also note that if you took an English test in the past, they are normally valid for two years. Please contact the university you want to apply to with details of your studies and qualifications so far and they will be able to tell you their exact requirements. Unfortunately there is no general rule for this so you may find that different universities will give you different answers.

  99. Misha says:

    Hi,
    I am about to start a PhD program and I am aware that I am allowed to work 20h/w during the term time (as stated in my visa). However, I am not sure whether I am allowed to set up a company and work there for 20 hours per week or I am only allowed to work for somebody else 20 hours per week. I also know that I can set up my company after I finish my PhD but I couldn’t find information about setting up a company while still a student. Could you please provide me with some more information on this issue.

    Kind Reagrds

    • Study London says:

      Hi Misha, I would suggest you contact the international student advice team at your prospective university as they will be able to take a look at your visa and advise accordingly. Generally, there is a restriction on Tier 4 visas which state that ‘students must not engage in business, self employment or provide services as a professional sportsperson or entertainer’ and thus you would not able able to set up your business while you are still studying. However, please confirm this with your university.

  100. Zeeema says:

    Hi I recently submitted my last piece of work for my dissertation few months back. I haven’t officially received my results yet however from the results published on our students moodle I know that I will graduating this October/November. As every other years, this summer holiday again I wanted to go home however I was told that since I completed my course it’s not a great idea to travel. My visa run out in march next year and I’ve also started my application for my master course in different universities. What’ would you advise?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Zeeema, please contact the visa advice team at your current university as they will be able to evaluate your situation better than we can. Generally speaking, your Tier 4 visa allows you to enter the UK in order to study. If you have finished your studies, then the immigration officer at the airport (or similar port of entry) will be entitled to prevent you entering the UK even if your visa is still valid as you are not entering the country to study. If you are only wanting to return for your graduation ceremony, it may be better to apply for a new visa e.g. a visitor visa.

  101. Hameed says:

    Hello, I have perviously studied in the UK, i finished my Masters in Cardiff May 2012, i am applying to study another master degree by september 2014..
    under the new tier 4 policy, do i need to provide proof of english language to the UKBA???

    • Study London says:

      Hello Hameed, the university you are applying to will make the decision regarding the English language requirements. The UK Home Office (Visa & Immigration department) does not directly check your English language level, this is done by your university. Therefore, you should contact the university you are applying to for your Masters degree at the moment and find out the exact requirements with regards to this.

  102. Harry says:

    Hi, I am Harry. I need help.
    I am studying master of Marketing in UK. But I want to study ACCA after I finish my master degree, because my bachelor degree in my own country is accounting, and I want to continue accounting study because my future job plan. However, I read the rules of Tier 4 about Academic Progression. I am worry that could I continue my accounting study in UK?Thanks.

    • Study London says:

      Hi Harry, the institution at which you want to study for your ACCA might be able to provide a confirmation that the course will aid your academic progression. I would suggest you identify one or two ACCA courses and contact the institutions directly to explain your circumstances. The admissions team will be able to tell you whether there will be a problem with the academic progression criteria.

  103. Ali says:

    Hi
    I haven’t any progression from UK. I studied ACCA in UK and couldn’t passed any paper. Now I am in Pakistan. I left UK within my visa.and now I want to apply again for Masters in UK. can I apply again without progression??
    Thanks

    • Study London says:

      Hi Ali, you should be able to apply for a new Tier 4 visa as long as you receive an offer of a place at a UK university and they issue you a CAS number. There is a cap on the number of years that you can study in the UK which is 5 years. Thus, you need to ensure that your previous studies and your new intended studies do not take you over the 5 year cap. I would suggest you contact the admissions team at the university you want to apply to for your Masters as they will be able to provide more specific information by looking at your previous studies.

  104. stressed_student says:

    I have done my b.com and currently doing my MBA in Karachi.I want to continue my MBA in London but ive heard in order to do my MBA in London my 2 years B.com degree is not enough..please tell me in order to do my MBA will I have to do my b.comagain in lLondon??which course should I apply for? What will be the fee structure? And what are the requirements to get admission?

    • Study London says:

      Hello, different universities have different entry requirements so it is best to contact some universities directly for more specific information. In general, students from Pakistan who would like to study at postgraduate level (e.g. Masters, MBA, PhD) will need a 4-year Bachelor degree from a recognised university. Alternatively you may be considered if you have a 2 or 3 year Bachelor’s degree plus a 2 year’s Master’s degree from a recognised university. Thus, if your 2-year Bachelor degree is your highest completed qualification so far, you would need to apply for a Bachelor degree in the UK first before progressing onto a masters degree. Hope this helps!

  105. Taslima says:

    I finished my level 3 and already spend 3 years in uk, now in this September if I can not get any chances in level 6 , can I go back to my country and make a fresh application tier 4 visa for level 5 ? My visa will be expair on April 2015.

    • Study London says:

      Hello Tasmila, there is a ‘cap’ on the number of years you can study in the UK at a certain level. You are able to study for 3 years below degree level and for 5 years at degree level (level 6 or higher). Thus, it appears that you have already studied for the maximum of 3 years at below degree level and you would therefore now need to apply for a degree level course (level 6 or higher) in order to receive another Tier 4 visa. However, I would suggest you contact any institution you want to apply to as they will be able to take a closer look at your circumstances and evaluate your situation accordingly. You may also find the advice provided by UKCISA on the visa time limits useful.

  106. Murad ali says:

    Hello sir!
    my name is Murad ali living in pakistan and im student of high school .
    sir there is question in my mind that will i go to London colleges after my high school ?please thank you..

    • Study London says:

      Hello, if you wish to study in London following your High School in Pakistan, you can apply for a Foundation course. The Foundation course is a one-year course which is offered by UK universities (or their partner institutions) and following this you will be able to join a Bachelor degree. Please take a look at the universities in London and contact your preferred choices to request more information about their Foundation course options.

  107. Ade says:

    Hi,
    I graduated from a Nigerian University a few years ago with a 2.1.and would now like to get a Masters degree from a British University. I am married with 2 young children. I would like to know if I will be able to take my family with me while I study (on a Tier 4 visa) and also if my wife will be able to get a work permit for the duration as I do not plan to work during that period and although we have saved up a sizable sum of money, it would be nice to have extra income.

    • Study London says:

      Hello Ade, yes you can bring your wife and children (under 18 years) as dependants with you to the UK as long as you are applying for a postgraduate degree of 12 months or more at a recognised higher education institution. Your wife will be able to work without restrictions, but will not be able to take employment as a doctor or dentist in training. More information about this and guidance on how your family members can apply can be found on the UK Visa & Immigration website. Once you make your application for your masters, the visa advice team at your chosen university should also be able to help you with the application.

  108. Jay says:

    Hello sir or madam,
    i’ve been studying in the UK for sometime now, have completed level 5,6 and 7. i am aware that i still have about 13-14 months before i reach the 5 year limit at degree level, i was wondering… can i study another course for this period because i dont feel very satisfied with my Msc degree in tourism and hospitality, i contacted a few institutes but they keep asking me why i want another master’s degree in marketing or human resource or business admin.
    i said one of these areas would narrow down my profession and help me find better job as oppose to finding a just job. also i said i would like to have the luxury of having broader range of jobs in more than 1 departments. im not sure am i missing something? is it not enough to say i would like use the full 5 yesr limit before i can return to my home country with 2 master’s degree and keep my head held high knowing i will make my family proud when apply for different course? i know about ukba rule on progression and all my qualifications graded merit, msc degree grade is 2.1, i think it shows that im not exceptional but maybe atleast showing acceptable progression? pls offer me some advice as im really not satisfied with my degree in hospitality.
    thank you so much in advance
    J

    • Study London says:

      Hello Jay, you can apply for another masters in the UK but the university will have to confirm to the UK Home Office that the course will meet the academic progression requirements. Therefore they are asking you to show how a new masters degree will help you to progress academically. The requirements is not normally met if you are applying for a masters that is quite unrelated to your previous masters. You need to find a masters that complements your previous studies e.g. a course that allows you to specialise in a certain area that you have already covered more broadly in your previous studies. You will need to speak to the universities directly though to confirm which courses they would class as meeting the academic progression requirements.

  109. Kapil says:

    Hi Thr, I’m joining a course below NQF7 at Blackpool, starting from 08th Sep and have got CAS letter. Could you please guide me which category of visa I should apply for my spouse.

    • Study London says:

      Hi Kapil, the general requirement for bringing a spouse with you to the UK is that you must be studying at postgraduate level. The exception to this is if you are a government-sponsored student. You can read more about the requirements here. I would suggest you contact the visa advice team at your chosen university to discuss this further.

  110. Mom says:

    Hello, my son has received his unconditional offer to university in UK. This seemed to arrive very late as staff were on holiday and they don’t seem to understand that he required the CAS in order to complete his visa application. With website technical difficulties, it seems he cannot complete the online application. We’ve written to the offered web addresses to get help but have received on ly the automatic reply. The biometrics appointments are offered July 30, 2014 and then late Aug. His program starts Sept. 8. WE can’t make travel plans until the visa has been received.
    How can we proceed to secure an appointment when we can’t complete the Tier 4 visa online application? (But the problem is due to the website itself?!) The staff in the consulate are not involved in the online process at all and can only provide the website addresses which we’ve already tried.
    Any suggestions on how to move forward?
    Thanks in advance!
    Sign me a proud Mom in limbo!

    • Study London says:

      Hello, sorry to hear about your problems with the online application. Unfortunately we cannot offer a solution to that as we have no connection to the online application system. With regards to your son’s start date at university, I would suggest you contact the university to find out what the latest enrolment date would be. Generally, the first week at university is an introduction week which does not include any lectures. These start from the second week. Many universities allow students to enrol up to 2 or 3 weeks after the initial enrolment date. I hope you manage to solve these issues. Best wishes

    • SUMA says:

      can have your contact number plsss reply

      • Study London says:

        Hello Suma, I am afraid we are not able to advice students over the phone. If you have a question relating to the Tier 4 student visa, please contact one of your potential universities. They will be able to give you a call to discuss your queries.

  111. nouman says:

    Hello i have done graduation now i have visa till next year i am working fullas my universiry inform ukba aa well about my course completation now what ukba will they allow to in uk still till my visa or reduced visa and send me back ???

    • Study London says:

      Hello, normally your visa is issued for the duration of your course plus an additional four months. If this is the case for you, you can stay the extra four months and work full time. If your visa was issued with other rules or restrictions, please contact the visa advice team at the university to discuss your situation.

  112. Ankush says:

    Hello! I have got admission in a one year MBA course at UK. For how long can I stay in UK post completion of my MBA? How easy or difficult it is to get work permit post completing MBA from UK?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Ankush, your Tier 4 student visa will allow you to stay and work full-time for four months after you complete your studies. Following this, you will have two options. The Tier 2 (General) Visa is open to recent graduates from a UK university. Before you apply you must have an offer of a skilled job and be paid a salary of at least £20,300. The other option is the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa which is for students who want to develop a business idea and set-up a business in the UK. Most universities allocate a certain number of these visas to MBA students in particular. If you are interested in setting up your own business you should check with your chosen university how many MBA students they sponsor each year for the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa. Hope this helps! Enjoy your studies and your stay in the UK

  113. Pratik jain says:

    Hello. I have an unconditional offer from city university £(inner london) for msc management. The fee for the same is £18000 out of which i have paid £2000. Now to show sufficient funds i have applies for a loan of ₹20 lakhs and i have ₹8lakhs in my personal savings account. So my question is whethere this is sufficient and also what are the various documents regardig this should i produce.
    Thank you

  114. Syed says:

    Hi, I am currently registered on a course at a University in UK and because of some referrals I needed to come back home. I want to know that do I need tuberculosis test again or I can apply without that. thanks

    • Study London says:

      Hi Syed, unfortunately we are not able to provide visa advice for individuals as we are not able to look into your specific situation in more detail. Please contact the international visa advice team at your UK university who will be able to look into this for you.

  115. Beny says:

    Hello

    I enrol in a university for MBA at the end of my program I graduated with postgraduate certificate, which am not happy with, can I apply into another university and how about the academic progression? Because most of the university have been applying to are not giving me offer base on the academic progression, I just got my postgraduate certificate should I apply for PhD or enrol for another master?

    Thanks

  116. Simon Bains says:

    Sir i applied for uk student visa on 24 april 2014 but i did not got any reply from embassy…my course last joining date was 28 july ..what should i do now..? Plzz help me sir…!

  117. sarfraz ahmed says:

    sir i went to uk for student visa in march 2011 to december 2012 ….and i overstayed there for 2 months .i want to ask that when i again apply for uk visa .after 3 years can i apply for uk visa please reply me i am thankful to you

  118. chaze85 says:

    Hello i just want to ask once u submit visa application to uk embassy to they call the bank to check how much money do u have in your a. Kung?

    • Study London says:

      Hi, you need to submit your (or your parents’) recent bank statements with your application in order to show that you have enough money in your account. The bank statement must show that the money has been in the account for at least 28 days prior to you submitting your application. The UK Home Office has verification processes in place with approved banks to ensure the bank statements are correct.

  119. Jay says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    Hope this finds you well, I have just read that tier 4 student can stay for 28 days after the current visa expiration date (not exceeding 28 days), is this legal? i am in the process of applying for a new course but worried that i might not have enough time before my visa expires in 2 weeks time? what is the rule on this? have i understood it wrong?
    thank you very much in advance.
    Jay

    • Study London says:

      Hi Jay, you should try to speak to a visa advisor at your new university as they will be able to look into your circumstances in more detail. The information provided here is general and may not apply to all students. Below is the general guidance on this:

      In order to apply for your Tier 4 student visa in the UK you have to ensure the following:

      1. The CAS for your new course has to show that the start date of the course is less than 28 days after the date your current visa will expire i.e. if your visa expires on 15 August, your new course has to start within 28 days of that date
      2. You must submit your visa application on or before the date that your current visa expires. This is because if you make your application before your existing visa expires you will remain in the UK legally while UK Visa & Immigration processes your application, even if a decision is not made on your application until after your current visa expires.

      If you are not sure if you can meet these requirements, you should consider returning to your home country and submitting an application there.

  120. Jay says:

    Thank you for a quick reply, i misunderstood it.

    Another question is, can one apply for A law conversion course with UK master’s degree? does that show progression as per ukba’s rule?
    thanks again.

    • Study London says:

      Hi Jay, a Law conversion course could be classed as academic progression but the decision still lies with the university you are applying to. They will review your academic background so it’s best to speak to them directly.

  121. madeeha says:

    I WANT TO ASK CAN I CHANGE MY UNIVERSITY AFTER REACHING UK ON STUDENT VISA .. WHAT IF I DONT LIKE MY UNIVERSITY ?

    • Study London says:

      Hello, yes you can change universities once you get to the UK but you must follow the UK Home Office regulations. If you apply for a course at a different university, this university will provide you with a new CAS number. You will then need to apply for a new Tier 4 (General) visa from within the UK. If your new course is with a Highly Trusted Sponsor, you can start the new course before you receive a decision from the Home Office . If your new college or university is not a Highly Trusted Sponsor, you cannot start the new course until the Home Office has given you new immigration permission to study at the new institution.

  122. Anil says:

    I have a query regarding the immigration process. I Am residing in India and have received a PBS Tier 4 General Student Visa which starts from 22nd September, 2014. I have opted for a one year course. I would like to know if i am allowed to travel to the UK a week before the starting date printed on the student visa.

    • Study London says:

      Hello Anil, no you will not be able to enter the UK on your Tier 4 visa before the start date of your visa. If you enter the UK on a different visa (e.g. a visitor visa) you will need to leave the country again and re-enter on or after the start date of your Tier 4 visa in order to activate it.

  123. Yuen says:

    Regarding the UK Tier 4 Student Visa, I was wondering if I need to take the IELTS as I hold a Malaysian passport. However, the University that I am intending on studying at has stated on my CAS,

    “The University has assessed Miss Lim’s English proficiency and can confirm that it is equivalent to CEFR Level B2 or higher in each of the four components of language learning. No documents are required to be submitted as evidence of this.”

    Would I still need to take the IELTS?

    • Study London says:

      Hello Yuen, it sounds as though your university is satisfied with your level of English and thus you will not be required to take an IELTS. This is sometimes the case if you have taken an English A-level, studied English at IB level (standard or higher level) or your previous degree was completed in English. If you are unsure about this, I would recommend you call the admissions team of your university to confirm this for you.

  124. TPham says:

    Hello, I am a PhD student in the UK. I will finish my study this year and go back home. I am wondering after I go back home, can my wife continue staying in the UK as her UK Visa valids until December 2015? Please advise. Thank you very much.

    • Study London says:

      Hello, this depends on what type of visa your wife has. If she is in the UK on a dependant visa, then this is normally linked to your visa and thus she may have to leave the UK. Please contact the visa advice team at your university who will be able to look into this for you and ensure you and your wife have the correct information on this. Alternatively, the HR department of your wife’s employer may also be able to advise you.

  125. kristi thapa says:

    hello sir,
    i have started maintenance of my 28 day rule from july 21. I have received my offer in august 9. MY question is that, can we pay half of the college fee from the same amount that i have held in my account. will it affect 28 day rule for visa application or again after payment of college fee i have to wait for 28 days?

    • Study London says:

      Hello Kristi, the minimum maintenance requirement needs to be available to you for 28 days prior to submitting your visa application and also on the day your application is actually processed. Therefore you should not withdraw the money needed to show the UK Home Office until your application has been processed as the Entry Clearance Officer could request to see updated bank statements at this point. If there is less money than required you would need to show that the money was spent on your maintenance/fees in the UK (this may delay your application). Please always speak to a visa advisor at the university you are applying to as they will be able to give you the most up-to-date information.

  126. Shameena Bazam says:

    Hi, I’m MA art and Design student in UK, I just submitted my dissertation and waiting for my result now, I would like to do MBA in UK without exiting the country , But my visa expire before my result will come out , so is it possible to apply for MBA in university without having graduation result from my MA?. if what is the procedure ?

    • Study London says:

      Hello, this depends on the entry requirements of the university you are applying to. If the grades of your masters course are part of the entry requirements for the MBA, you will only be able to receive an unconditional offer once you show the university your final grades. They will not issue your CAS before this point and thus you cannot apply for a new Tier 4 visa. You should identify which MBA courses you want to apply to and ask the university about the entry requirements.

      If you apply for a new Tier 4 visa from within the UK, you must submit your application before your current visa expires. Even if you do not receive a decision on your new visa application before your current visa expires, you will be able to stay in the UK legally until your application has been processed.

  127. Alexandria says:

    Good afternoon,

    I have completed foundation programme this year and applying for bachelor degree now.

    Last year I was granted with Tier 4 visa for my foundation programme. Do i still have to go through TB screening this year for my second Tier 4 visa application? Or can I be considered as resident returning within 2 years to the UK, as long as I spend a year here and already registered with police?

    (last year I did not go thru tb screening)

    Kind regards,
    Alexandria

    • Study London says:

      Hi Alexandria, normally if you are applying for a new visa from within the UK you would not need another TB test. However, please contact the British Embassy directly as they will be able to give you the most accurate information.

  128. jeffrey says:

    Hi, I finished my classes for the bachelor degree at the end of march 2014 with only my thesis left to be submitted and graded in june 2014. I left london in may 2014 to return to my home country. The problem here is that I would like to go back since my Tier 4 expires in January 2015. In other words, I have finished everything regarding with my classes and I want to visit london again using my Tier 4. Some people have explained to me that I can’t do that anymore, while some others explained to me that i can stay or visit london only for 4 months since my last grade while other said the 4 months rule starts after my last class. If you have any information about this or a similar situation could you please help me clarify this inquiry. Thank you.

    • Study London says:

      Hi Jeffrey, if you have left the country and your course is finished then you may not be able to enter again on your Tier 4 visa. The immigration officer at the airport could refuse you entry as your visa was for the purpose of studying, but you are not returning to study as your course is finished. If you are planning to return for your graduation, you should carry a confirmation letter from your university with you stating the dates of the graduation. Hope this clears things up for you.

  129. need help says:

    Hi-i got my CAS for level 7 nd i m ready to apply visa my point is my dependent are with me … Should i apply my visa ist and then apply dependent visa or should i apply my dependents’visa along my visa which is better for me …. My dependents r my 4 years old son nd my husband thxs

    • Study London says:

      Your dependants can apply online for their visa at the same time as you are applying for your Tier 4 visa. You can find some guidance on how to apply on the UKCISA website.

      • need help says:

        Thanks for ur kind advise but i heard dat u can apply dependent visa along my visa but in one go is risky nd decrease the chances of visa . Plz clear ds thing wht is infavour of getting visa in one go nd fromwhich way chances of rejection in visa will be decrease thx u so much (hope i make u clear wot i wana ask)

        • Study London says:

          Hi again, your visa applications are assessed based on the requirements for each visa. The likelihood of receiving the visa does not increase or decrease based on when you submit it. You must ensure that you submit all the required documents and this is what the UK Visa and Immigration department will look at. If you are still concerned about it please contact the British Embassy in your country directly to see if they have a preference on this matter.

  130. Sana says:

    Hi I am currently doing a masters from a university in Lon. It is going to finish in sept this year. I am from Pakistan and hold a student visa. I have gained admission in another UK university for the year 2014-15. When and how should i go about it?

  131. Bilal says:

    Hi, I am going to language course in UK, I searching about Tier 4 vise.If I have this vise ,Can I have work permit?(normaly If I study in universty,I have work permit,but I do not know for language course) please help…

    • Study London says:

      Hello, students on a Tier 4 visa will be able to work 20 hours per week. Have you already applied for the English course? You will only be able to apply for the Tier 4 visa if your English language school is a Highly Trusted or A-rated Tier 4 sponsor. If this is not the case, you will need to apply for a Student Visitor Visa. However, you will not be able to work on this visa.

  132. Suresh says:

    Hi,

    I have already obtained my Tier 4 Visa for my postgraduate study. Do I need to purchase a return ticket when travelling to the UK? My visa expires on the 21st Jan 2016 and it is not possible to book a return ticket that far ahead. But when asking around, a few of my friends said that there is a chance I will not be allowed entry if I do not have a return ticket?

    Any info on this would be much appreciated

    • Study London says:

      Hi Suresh, on a Tier 4 student visa you do not require a return ticket. This normally only applies to students who are applying for a Student Visitor Visa on arrival at the airport. Enjoy your studies in the UK!

  133. Aliya says:

    Hey i also got my cas for MA in arts and design i qant to ask that can i take my dependent with me on .is it possible nd got visa in one time or o will get their visa answer late .. My course starts in the end of september

    • Study London says:

      Hi Aliya, your dependants can apply for a Dependant Visa as long as you are studying on a postgraduate course for 12 months or longer at a recognised university. Please refer to the UKCISA website for further information on requirements and how to apply. Each dependant has to submit a separate application but you can submit these at the same time. Your university will also be able to provide advice on this if you want to speak to someone in person. All the best!

  134. mohammed says:

    Dear,
    Please please, my question is that I kept the required amount of money in my bank account for a Tier 4 Visa, but it was £20,000 and I took £2000 for only two days in the middle of the period of 28 days

    Do you think the bank statement will be acceptable or not? And if not please could you tell me any thing else I can support my application with?
    The main problem that I do not have enough time to wait 15 days.

    Best regards,

    • Study London says:

      Hi Mohammed, if by taking out the £2,000 your bank balance fell below the required amount then this will not be acceptable. If you took out the money but the remaining money in the account was still above the minimum requirement, then this should be fine. Also, if you took out the amount in order to pay for tuition fees or living expenses (e.g. a deposit payment) then you should get confirmation of this from your university and submit this to the UK Embassy. If you need to start the 28 day period again to resubmit your bank statement, please contact your prospective university to find out what the latest enrolment date for your course is.

  135. sagar says:

    i got cas letter before that i waas paid 2500 for university,is there any canc to cancle my cas num and admiision,and if i do like that my money will be refund or not,if refund any chance to get full amount..

    • Study London says:

      Hi Sagar, you need to speak to the university you paid the money to. Every university has different rules on this so we cannot help you unfortunately. Please contact your university as soon as possible to discuss your situation.

  136. Mekhla says:

    I live in india and I’m apparently in year 9 , so can I move to the UK after my 10th?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Mekhla, if you want to apply to a UK university you will need to complete 12th grade in India. Alternatively, you can apply to study at Secondary School level/College in the UK to complete A-levels or the International Baccalaureate.

      • Mekhla says:

        Would it be possible them to go there after year 10? Ty though.

        • Study London says:

          It depends on what you want to do here? You need to apply for a suitable visa to enter the UK

          • Mekhla says:

            Erm i wanna go to either London School of economics or business but i wanna know about the pattern and stuff so Thats the reason why I’d like to be there after 10th.

          • Study London says:

            As mentioned before, you have to apply for a visa in order to come to the UK. If you wish to complete your secondary education in the UK, you can search for UK private schools on the internet in order to complete your A-levels here. After that, you will be able to progress onto a university course. If you decide to complete A-levels in the UK, you should check if your desired university course has any particular subject requirements which you should take in your A-levels. The school will be able to advise on this as well.

  137. abbas says:

    Ello .my question is i got tire 4visa nd i m taking my daughter and wife with me.wot about my daughter studies ? Whit r her study expenses their? Is dat study equally expensive as for international students ? My daughter is 5 years old and are other benefits such as medical etc. h

    • Study London says:

      Hello, as long as your daughter is in the UK as your dependant, she will be able to attend state (government funded) schools in the UK free of charge between the ages 5 – 16. If you already know where you will be living, please contact the local Council. They will be able to provide you with a list of schools in the area. You and your family will also be able to register with your local doctor when you arrive and there is no charge for. Good luck with your move tot he UK!

  138. madiha says:

    Hi ‘now i got my cas nd ready to apply for visa tire 4 level 7 -my 4 years son is going with me as a dependeny but i heard dat u cant take son alone urhusbamd ll also go with ur kid nd u as single parent is not allowed to travel alone woth kid . Is dat true ? My husband shloud also go with us to drop thwre as he s doing his job here in pK nd cant take off reply soo. Thxs

    • Study London says:

      Hello Madiha, if you and your husband are both responsible for the upbringing of your child, you will not be able to bring your child with you to the UK without your husband. The only exceptions to the requirement that both parents must be coming to the UK are when the other parent is dead, or you have had sole responsibility for the child’s upbringing, or there are other serious or compelling considerations that mean the child should be with you in the UK. If any of these apply to your situation, you need to submit evidence of this with your child’s visa application. Please contact the British Embassy in your country if you wish to discuss this.

  139. madiha says:

    Hi thxs so much for ur reply well i m living with my patner but he hav his job here nd he cant off more than one month so is it possible dat he will go with me and come after 1 month nd i ll stay wid kid till my course ends. And dat means i have to apply his visa as well as my dependent . Is this allow to take 2 dependents on tire 4 visa postgraduate progaramme thxs again

    • Study London says:

      Hello again. Generally speaking both your partner and child can apply for a dependent visa. However, please contact the British Embassy in your country to find out what would happen if your husband decides to leave the UK early. This is not something we can provide advice on I am afraid and I would strongly encourage you to seek advice on this.

  140. Zhamilya says:

    I got a place at Goldsmiths University, and I am about to apply for a UK visa. If I will stay with my relatives in London, does that mean I can show less money on my bank account?

    • Study London says:

      Hello Zhamilya, no unfortunately you cannot adjust the maintenance requirement even if you will not be paying rent to your relatives. You will still have to show the full maintenance amount requested by the UK Home Office

      • Zhamilya says:

        Can my aunt show her bank statement and be my sponsor?

        • Study London says:

          The bank statement you submit with your Tier 4 application must be in your name or in your parents’ (or legal guardian’s) name. If your aunt is giving you money for your living costs, she will need to transfer the funds to your account (or to your parent’s account). Remember the money must be in your/your parent’a account for at least 28 days before you apply for your visa.

          • Zhamilya says:

            Thank you for your reply. I am currently waiting for my flat to be sold to get funds to study. I will not have the time to keep them in the bank for 28 days. When I get the money, can I pay straight away my tuition fees and then for my visa show only the amount needed for living?

          • Study London says:

            Hi again, yes if you pay for your tuition fees you can deduct this amount from the money you have to show in your account. However, your university will have to confirm that you have paid this. Call your university to find out the quickest way to make the payment to speed up the process.

  141. Zhamilya says:

    I got a place at Goldsmiths University, and I am about to apply for a UK visa. If I will stay with my relatives in London, does that mean I can show less money on my bank account?

    Also, what kind of documents I need to provide if I have an official sponsor?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Zhamilya, if you have an official financial sponsor for your proposed studies, and the sponsor is a government or an international scholarship agency, their sponsor letter (which you will need for evidence of your money) should specifically state that they consent to your Tier 4 (General) application. You need to submit this letter with your application to proof your financial situation. If you are unsure what to submit, you can contact the visa advice team at Goldsmiths University who will be able to help you.

  142. SHOVN says:

    Will i get work permit if go for foundation course .

  143. shush says:

    .Really appriciate ur efforts .I want to ask can u tell me da exact emacy fee to apply uk sudent visa tire 4 in £ and dependent fee below the age of 5 years .regards

  144. Sagar says:

    hai iam sagar,iam going to apply tier 4 visa for undergraduate study..if i apply visa,how many days to get visa conformation?

  145. ranty says:

    hello,i am currently on a tier 4 student visa and completing my masters by September and my visa runs out by end of January 2015, but i am not ready to go back to my home country. so i was hoping if you can help me out with any other course i can do except doing another masters or phd that will run for a year or more.

    • Study London says:

      Hi Ranty, what kind of course are you looking for? What length are you looking for? If you want to stay after January 2015 you will need to find a course that enables you to get another Tier 4 visa. This means it has to be of a sufficient academic level so a masters, PhD or some kind of professional course would be most likely.

  146. ALI says:

    Hi there,I have a question please help me to find out it
    I was studying in course Strategic Management and Leadership level 7 at Private High trusted college (EDEXCEL Awarding body) and my course supposed to be end in January 2015 but recently college have been revoked by home office,also I have my wife in the UK as a tier 4 student dependent and UK born child, my wife in the UK for 7 months now.
    My question is: Can I retake my current course in other High trusted college and keep my Dependents with me also to get admission for the new college which documents I have to provide them,and how much I should have in my account and for how long.
    Your help would be much appreciated

    • Study London says:

      Hello Ali, I would highly recommend that you contact the UK Home Office or a visa advisor at your current college to discuss your options. We cannot provide individual visa advice as we do not know the specifics of your case. Apologies we can’t help further with this.

  147. Samantha says:

    Hi,

    I’m a third year Journalism student from Venezuela. Do I need a return ticket to enter the UK? My visa expires next year (graduation year).

    Thanks!

    • Study London says:

      Hi Samantha, if you are on a Tier 4 visa you do not need a return flight to enter the UK as long as you are still enrolled on your course and you are entering the country to continue your studies. Only students on a Student Visitor visa may be asked to show proof of a return flight. Hope this helps

  148. uzma says:

    hi,my dependent can also study there on my tire4 student visa?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Uzma, yes your dependent can study while on a Tier 4 dependent visa. However, if your visa expires or you decide to leave the country (with no intentions to return), your dependent will have to leave too. They will not be able to switch to a Tier 4 visa from within the UK.

  149. hussnain says:

    hi ! is minimum 10hrs work is allowed in foundation course , or it depends on the university to allow to work or not . thankyou

    • Study London says:

      Hi Hussnain, yes it depends on the university you are studying at and the level of your course. Please ask the university you are interested in, they will be able to provide you with the most accurate information.

  150. subhash says:

    hello
    i want to know regording university of BPP london for undergraduate programe Annual fees for international student.and also part time job they allow me?

    • Study London says:

      Hello, BPP is currently not listed on the Study London website. Please take a look at the BPP website for information about tuition fees. You will need to apply for a Tier 4 student visa in order to study in the UK. This will allow you to work up to 20 hours per week during term time and full-time during term holidays.

  151. syed says:

    Hi! I studied engineering level 3 from college when i finished my course i got admission in private college in business management my question is can i go back to my engineering field? and my college license was revoked and my cas expired in this duration should i wait from ukba letter or let them know about my situation that university is not allowing me to get a cas because my case is still in process

    • Study London says:

      Hi Syed, unfortunately we are not able to give individual visa advice to students as we do not have all the information about your circumstances. Please contact the UK Home Office or the visa advice team at the university to discuss your situation with someone who can assess your situation in more detail. Apologies we cannot help further on this.

  152. Milan Kaini says:

    I have already done MBA and currently doing Msc but want to do professional degree like CIMA OR ACCA is it possible to get admission on those course after finishing my Msc as i am from NON EU country?waiting your kind response.Thanks

    • Study London says:

      Hello, you will need to ask the college at which you want to study the CIMA or ACCA course. The admissions team will need to confirm to the Home Office that the course can be counted as academic progression for you. It is up to the college/university to make this decision so you may want to contact a few different ones.

  153. Rakesh says:

    How long does it take for a student visa(Tier 4) to processed from chennai,india. What to do if I get the visa after the start date mentioned on my CAS?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Rakesh, the current processing time is 15 days for the majority of Tier 4 visa applications in Chennai (you can check this on the UKVI Processing Time web page). If you think you will arrive late for your course, please contact your university as soon as possible. You will normally be allowed to enrol one or two weeks late but this depends on your course.

  154. Abdulrazzaq says:

    Hello, I got an offer from one of the UK universities to complete my PhD study and passed the IELTS band 6, but all my documents depend on my passport that will expire in may 2015, is there a problem if I will apply to the visa tier 4 to study for about three years with the same passport that will expire next year?

    • Study London says:

      Hello, you are fine to apply for your Tier 4 visa with your current passport. You will then need to apply for a new passport via your embassy in the UK. Once you have your new passport, you just need to let the university know your new details so they can update your records.

  155. Susan says:

    Hi Sir/Madam,

    My name Susan Lim Hui Lin. To apply for my CAS and the visa, I need to type in Lim as my Family name, but what is my given name(s)? Does it include my family name or do I just write: Susan, Hui Lin? Most people say to follow what our passport states but my country’s passport only states my name as Susan Lim Hui Lin without stating my family name and given name. So I would like to know for my family name I will write Lim, but for the given name do I write Susan Lim Hui Lin (with the family name) or Susan, Hui Lin(without the family name)? Also, if it’s ‘Susan, Hui Lin’, do I write with or without the comma? My name in passport has no comma. Thank you.

  156. MAYILSAMY SUBRAMANI says:

    My name mayilsamy subramani from tamilnadu.I applied for visa for studying MBA in uk.And i got visa,But the university holded the intake and refunded my tuition fee.Now i am going to apply for another university in UK for MBA.In the result what will happen?how the question will be there?Please give me a reply as soon as possible.

    • Study London says:

      Hello, I am sorry to hear your initial university cancelled the intake for this year. You can apply for a new MBA but you will need to apply for a new visa too with the CAS issued by your new university. Once you have identified a new university, please contact the visa advice team there as soon as possible to receive relevant advice. Good luck!

  157. sandeep says:

    hi..sir
    i was completed 12th with 78 % marks in 2011…i got 5.5 band in IELTS…I want to take admission in bechleor in accounting. can i take admission in this course…i have more than 2 year gap..is it a problem.

    • Study London says:

      Hi Sandeep, it is not a problem that you completed your high school in 2011. There are many students who decide to take some time out to work or study before they start a university course. You can simply search for courses you want to apply to and then submit your application via UCAS by 15th January 2015.

  158. sanket says:

    Right now I am in final year b pharm and I want to do m pharm from London.so what is the duration of course and what will be the fees in m pharm in pharmaceutics or pharmacology.and when the college starts in which month?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Sanket, the MPharm course in the UK is actually a combined Bachelor and Master degree which lasts 4 years. However, as you have completed your Bachelor in Pharmacy already, you can look at the 1 year masters degrees offered in the field. The fees are different for each university but on average around £15,000 for the whole year (tuition fees only). You can use the course search to find relevant courses and the tuition fees are also listed.

  159. Jourdain Camille says:

    I’m studyng in UK with a Tier 4, however I had an schoolarship from my goverment, Can I switch to a different kind of visa (Tier 2) even if the goverment does not want to give evidence that they are ok with me staying here.

    • Study London says:

      If you have been in the UK on a full scholarship for both tuition fees and living expenses from your government or international scholarship agency you will need a letter from your scholarship provider stating that they consent to you remaining in the UK. I would recommend you contact the visa advice team at your university to discuss your situation as they will be able to take a closer look at your circumstances and advise you accordingly.

  160. Ashraful says:

    Does getting a job offer from a UK employer includes getting sponsorship as well if I want to apply for a workpermit after Msc from a recognized UK university?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Ashraful, if you have an offer of employment you can apply for the Tier 2 visa but your job has to meet certain conditions. Currently your salary will have to be at least £20,300 per year and your employer has to be a licensed sponsor with the UK Home Office. If your employer is not a licensed sponsor, you can ask them to apply for the license.

  161. Olga says:

    Hi
    I have a Tier 4 visa but can not work here (for some reason the students in my school some get work permit and some don’t). I have finished my course and need to go home for two weeks before I come back and sort all my bank and living arrangements.My questions is, can the UK border forbid me from entering the country when I come back in two weeks even though me visa is officially until January?
    Thank you, Best

    • Study London says:

      Hi Olga, yes you may not be able to enter the country again if your course has already finished. Your Tier 4 visa allows you to be in the UK for the purpose of studying and if your course is finished, this requirement is not met any longer.

  162. Tuan Pham says:

    HI . I wonder that i have just earned my Bachelor in Newcastle University this July, but my visa is going to expire in 10/2015, so could you please let me know how long could I keep staying in the Uk ? and Could I continue to stay here apply for jobs until receiving the notification from UKBA ?

    • Study London says:

      Hello, you are able to stay in the UK until your visa expires. However, please note that if you decide to leave the country you may not be able to enter again even if you still have some time left on your visa.

  163. Enrico says:

    Hello I’m Enrico, I’m italian and at my last year at high school, preparing for university. I’ve been to London a couple of times and would like to study at college for a year and then get to university. The only problem isfor the accommodation. I dont have an accomodation here, so what can I do to be able to get and make my dream come a reality. I really hoping in this option. All my hooe is there. Does my case has a solution? Which are the procedures? Thanks a lot. Bye

    • Study London says:

      Hi Enrico, there are many different accommodation option. Depending on which college or university you want to study at, they may have halls of accommodation for their students. There are also many private student housing providers in London or you can choose to stay with a host family. Take a look at the London Student Housing Guide which provides an overview of all the options and useful links.

  164. shubham joshi says:

    Helo sir , as i m persuing my B.E In electronic and communication !! I want to go uk for my master’s ! what i have to do for studing over there and visa process

    • Study London says:

      Hello, you can read our information on How to Apply to find out what you need to do. For masters courses, you just need to find the right course and apply directly to the university. You will need to have an offer of a place to study before you can apply for the Tier 4 student visa

  165. judith hove says:

    Hi, I am due to start my undergraduate course in January 2015 I haven’t started my visa application yet but will do so soon, I was planning to visit my sister who has since relocated to the UK before commencing my studies, can I use my student visa before the time starts?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Judith, normally if your course is longer than 6 months, your visa start date will be one month before your course start date. If your course is less than 6 months, the visa start date will be 7 days before your course start date. Your visa start date will be stated in your visa so you should wait to receive this before booking flights.

  166. mahdi says:

    hi
    I have BSC in metallurgy engineering and MBA degree in university of Tehran. I want to study DBA in UK.
    how much is duration of DBA in UK ?
    can I got UK passport after study and become UK citizen? and if yes how?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Mahdi, if you wish to complete your PhD in the UK you need to find a course you want to apply for. You should then search the university’s website for details of academic staff who could be potential supervisors for you. Some universities expect that you make contact with a potential supervisor before you submit an application to ensure your research interest fits with the department. With regards to staying the UK after your studies, you can apply for a one-year extension of the Tier 4 student visa which will allow you to work full-time in the UK. Following this, you would need to apply for and meet the requirements for a Tier 2 work visa. You can view the requirements for becoming a British citizen here.

  167. Tijo says:

    hi
    I’m from India. the education consultancy which, I committed to, said that they’ll arrange a bsc nursing course at university of Wales without ielts. is it possible???
    is there any chance of getting stay back after completing my course????
    I herd that to obtain job a nurse must aquire 7.0 ob & Ib!
    please help me to know more about it

    • Study London says:

      Hello, most universities require proof of your English language skills. The majority of universities ask for IELTS or similar. Unfortunately we only work with universities in London but you could check the website of the University of Wales to find out more.

  168. Jass says:

    I am currently processing a visa extension but my current visa has not expired yet, but I am about to start university, i was just wondering wether it will be a problem in registration.

    • Study London says:

      Hi Jass, is your current visa a Tier 4 visa? If so, you will be able to enrol on a new course with your current visa. However, your university may ask you to show proof that you have applied for a new visa using the CAS from the university. It is worth checking with your university directly to see if they require proof, and if so, what documents they would accept.

  169. Fateam says:

    hello, i have came here uk last year on level 7 course. my visa is about to finish april 2015 but i have recieved course completion letter along with my college transcrip in jully. but yet didnt recieve my certificate from awarding body. how long can i stay in uk? Because i have finished my course 5 months earlier than the stated time on my CAS. Can I admit myself into another university if i meet their entry requirement? Please i will look forward to hear from you soon..Because evry university asking for my this course certificate where i already had the qualification which was mentioned in their university websites.

    • Study London says:

      Hello, you can stay in the UK until your visa expires in 2015. If you enrol on a new course, you will need to apply for a new Tier 4 visa. You will be able to start the new course even while your visa is being processed. With regards to the university entry requirements, you will need to speak to the universities directly to discuss if they can accept your transcript without the official certificate but they may not be able to do that.

      • fatema says:

        But i am satisfying the entry requirements of the university by my graduation and ielts score? is it ukba who requires ce?

        • Study London says:

          Hi Fatema, it is the university’s decision on what documents they accept. I am afraid they make the final decision on this. In order to apply for your visa, you will need to submit the original certificate or results transcript for all qualifications which are listed in the ‘Evidence used to obtain offer’ section of your CAS.

  170. naqvi says:

    hey!!!
    well i just applied to a university for my acca prog but i m confused that if i will not b able to complete my course in the required time which is 3 years in my visa so what then. would embassy extend my visa or i must have to complete it in this time…
    thanks

    • Study London says:

      Hello, you should be able to extend your visa as long as you are still a student at the university. Your university will be able to help you with the application at the time. Generally, students on a Tier 4 visa are able to spend 5 years studying in the UK. You can read more information about this time limit here.

  171. Saad says:

    Hey there!
    I’m a mature student (27) seeking to undertake my undergraduate degree in University of Sussex.
    I’m being offered a foundation programme, does that mean after completion of foundation degree I will have to re-apply for visa to study my 3-year undergrad course ?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Saad, yes if they are two separate courses then you will have to apply for an extension next year. You should be able to do this from within the UK but this depends on the exact end date of your first visa and the start date of your second course. The international office at the University of Sussex will be able to advise you on this.

  172. sharmin chowdhury says:

    Hello,
    My name is Sharmin and I’m from Bangladesh. I have applied for a Tier 4 uk student visa through VFS Bangladesh on the 8th of September. It’s been already 15days (11 working days). However, I still didn’t get any decision on my visa.

    My course starts from the 29th of September. I’m getting so frustrated with this.
    Please could you tell me what might be causing this delay or what I should be doing in this situation?

    Thanks and Regards,
    Sharmin chowdhury

    • Study London says:

      Hi Sharmin, I am afraid you just have to wait for your application to be processed. You can find out visa processing times in your country via the Visa & Immigration processing time tool. The normal wait for most visa applications is around 15 working days so you are still in the normal time frame. I would suggest you contact your university now to let them know you are still waiting for your visa. They will be able to tell you the latest enrolment date for your course which is normally 2 – 3 weeks after the start of term. Hopefully you will receive your visa in the next couple of days though

      • sharmin chowdhury says:

        Hello,
        Thank you for the help.
        I have another query if you could help me out with.
        If a tier 4 student visa gets refused, then how long do I have to wait if I wish to apply again for a new tier 4 student visa?
        Or, is there no time barrier?

        Please kindly let me know about this.

        Thank you,
        Sharmin Chowdhury.

        • Study London says:

          Hi Sharmin, normally there are no restrictions on applying again but you should read the reasons for your refusal carefully to ensure you understand the reasons and can avoid them in your new application. You will need a new CAS from your university so contact them as soon as possible. You will also need to ensure you submit new bank statements dated no more than one month before you apply. Hope this helps!

  173. salman says:

    great work .
    1st,i am planning to apply uk university . can I show my father and law bank statement on visa perpos , if he can agree to sponser me ,
    2nd how many chances to get visa with my wife and son
    3rd while studing can I start business there
    4rth.

    • Study London says:

      Hi Salman, here are the answers to your questions:

      1. In order to meet the financial requirements of a Tier 4 student visa, the bank statement has to be in your name or in your parents’ or legal guardians’ names (and it can be a joint account you hold with someone else). You can use more than one account if necessary, and you can use a combination of your account(s) and your parent’s or legal guardian’s account(s). You would not be able to use the bank statements of your father-in-law. If he agrees to sponsor you, you should ask him to transfer the money into your account or a joint account held between you and him.
      2. Your wife and son may be able to apply for a Dependent Visa depending on what kind of course you are going to study. If you are going to study at postgraduate level and your course is 12 months or longer, you will be able to bring your family. If you are planning to study at Bachelor level, you will not be able to bring your family. You can find more information about this on the UKCISA website.
      3. The Tier 4 student visa will allow you to work up to 20 hours per week and full-time during term holidays. However, you would not be able to start a business in the UK during your studies as you are not allowed to be self-employed on the Tier 4 visa. If you wish to start a business after you finish your studies, you should speak to your university about this when you are here as they may be able to sponsor you on a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa which enables you to set-up a business in the UK following graduation.

      Hope this answers some of your questions. You may also wish to read through our Application Advice section which provides useful information for prospective international students.

  174. Ahana says:

    Hi! I am Ahana from India. I have few qus to ask . I will be very grateful if u can rply asap .
    1) how long does it usually take to get an answer to our application?
    2)i am studying in ISC board and my 12 marks will be out in may . So on what basis will the colleges consider and answer my application if at all i get a chance ?
    3)i have some family financial problems as i have lost my father 3 yrs back . He was d only earning person in my family. So will i get any financial help in that case ?
    4)will my visa get rejected if i get my cas but cannot show that i have enough money to support my tution ?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Ahana, here are the answers to your questions:

      1. Most universities will give you a decision on your application within 2 – 4 weeks. Some of the very competitive universities which receive large numbers of applications may take 6 – 8 weeks to make a decision.
      2. If you want to apply to a Bachelor degree in the UK, you need to apply via UCAS. This is a centralised application system in the UK. There are different deadlines depending on which course you want to study, but most course have an application deadline of 15 January. Check the UCAS website for details. It is normal for students to apply before receiving your final results. The university will make a decision based on your current grades and your teacher reference. If successful, you will be given a ‘conditional offer’ and told which grades you have to achieve in order to enroll. Once you receive your final grades, you just send them to the university.
      3. Some universities offer scholarships to help students pay for tuition fees. However, these are normally based on your academic achievement and not on your financial circumstances. When you research which universities you want to apply to, contact the universities to find out about their scholarship options.
      4. That is correct, you will have to show you meet the financial requirements in order to get the Tier 4 student visa.

      Hope this helps answer some of your questions! Good luck with your applications

  175. munna says:

    hi, I’m a bangladeshi student. few months back I applied a university for receiving bachelor degree(business management).but a couple of days ago I csme to know that the has suspended. .. now I am totally frustrated… Please can u keep me informed when this university will re open.the name of that university is university of Sunderland. ..

    • Study London says:

      Hello Munna. Unfortunately, the University of Sunderland decided a few weeks ago that international students will not be able to enroll at the London Campus this year while there is an investigation taking place into the validity of certain English Language certificates. We have not had any further news on this and therefore I would encourage you to apply to a different university. There are a number of universities which offer Bachelor degrees starting in January 2015, you can find the list here. Hope this helps!

  176. Ify says:

    Hello,
    I’m ify from Nigeria.
    I’ve gotten my cas statement from the university of Greenwich for masters degree and I just applied for student visa. The problem is, greenwich resumed a week ago. If I get a visa in 4 to 6 weeks time, do you think Greenwich will accept me?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Ify, have you spoken to the admissions team at Greenwich? They will be able to let you know what the latest possible enrolment date is for your course. Normally you can enrol 2 – 3 weeks after the course start date but you need to speak to the university directly to find out the exact details.

  177. Sharmin Chowdhury says:

    Hello,
    I am from Bangladesh. I applied for a tier 4 student visa which got refused under paragraph 245ZV(c) of the Immigration rule.
    When I applied for my visa, I did from a genuine bank statement from a well reputed bank in Bangladesh. However there was a little confusion from my end, I had my money in the form of Fixed Deposit (FD) in the bank. But as per bank rule I had to open a savings account first and using my savings account my money had been transferred to my Fixed Deposit (FD) account. My money was from 30 days in my FD account before I applied for my visa.
    When I applied for my visa, I provided the bank statement of my savings account only to show the transaction from savings account to my FD account; however I did not have any money in my savings account, as the money was already transferred to my FD account. And since there is usually no bank statement for Fixed Deposited accounts, so I provide a bank certificate stating my FD account number and sufficient amount of money.

    But my visa still got refused, and it has been mention on my refusal letter that my bank statement has BDT 0 amount, hence insufficient.
    The ECO commented stating: “Your application has been assessed under paragraph 245ZV (k) of the Immigration Rules as you did not meet all the requirements of 245ZV (a – c) of the rules”.
    I’m very confused about my situation right now.
    Please kindly let me know, if I apply to a new University with a new offer letter, CAS letter, and if I provide a new current running savings accounts Bank statement (NOT FIXED DEPOSIT account), would there be any trouble?

    The previous university where I applied to has already started their September 2014 session, so I want to apply for a January 2015 session.

    Please kindly advise me if I’m doing something wrong again.

    Thank you

    Sharmin Chowdhury

  178. Sharmin Chowdhury says:

    Hello,
    I am from Bangladesh. I applied for a tier 4 student visa which got refused under paragraph 245ZV(c) of the Immigration rule.
    When I applied for my visa, I did provide a genuine bank statement from a well reputed bank in Bangladesh. However there was a little confusion from my end, I had my money in the form of Fixed Deposit (FD) in the bank. But as per bank rule I had to open a savings account first and using my savings account my money had been transferred to my Fixed Deposit (FD) account. My money was for 30 days in my FD account before I applied for my visa.
    When I applied for my visa, I provided the bank statement of my savings account only to show the transaction from savings account to my FD account; however I did not have any money in my savings account when I applied for visa, as the money was already transferred to my FD account. And since there is usually no bank statement for Fixed Deposited accounts, so I provide a bank certificate stating my FD account number and sufficient amount of money.

    But my visa still got refused, and it has been mention on my refusal letter that my bank statement has BDT 0 amount, hence insufficient.
    The ECO commented stating: “Your application has been assessed under paragraph 245ZV (k) of the Immigration Rules as you did not meet all the requirements of 245ZV (a – c) of the rules”.
    I’m very confused about my situation right now.
    Please kindly let me know, if I apply to a new University with a new offer letter, CAS letter, and if I provide a new current running savings accounts Bank statement (NOT FIXED DEPOSIT account), would there be any trouble?

    The previous university where I applied to has already started their September 2014 session, so I want to apply for a January 2015 session.

    Please kindly advise me if I’m doing something wrong again.

    Thank you

    Sharmin Chowdhury

    • Study London says:

      Hi Sharmin, sorry to hear your visa application has been refused. If your financial evidence was the only problem, then you should not have any issues with your next application as long as you submit more suitable financial evidence. I would recommend you apply to a university offering courses with a January start date and then arrange to speak to the university’s visa advice team directly. They will be able to tell you what kind of Bangladeshi bank accounts are acceptable and they may even be happy to check your new financial statement to ensure it’s suitable. Good luck with your new application & hopefully you will be able to come to London in January!

    • jacinta says:

      a similar thing just happened to me, but I fell short of the 28 days by 5 days because the money was in my account as a fixed deposit for a few weeks. I was told that I have no right to appeal however if I have further information I should apply again.

  179. Dionilson Costa says:

    I’m late to apply for my visa my course will start 6 of October and I have only a week .. Can I apply ?

  180. tuz says:

    i am doing level 7 in collage my college give my course completion 4 months earlier than expected time ? though i havn reciev awrding body certificate..Now the college revoked ? i am worried about my visa expiry..can i join english course at that moment? also i have ielts 6.5? can i get work permit if i do english language course in a public funded collegee?

    • Study London says:

      Hello, if your college’s license to sponsor Tier 4 students has been revoked, you will receive a letter from the Home Office. If you have more than 60 days left on your current visa, your permission to stay in the UK will be shortened to 60 days from the date on the letter from the Home Office. If you wish to remain in the UK, you will have to apply for a new Tier 4 visa. You can find more information about this on the UKCISA website.

  181. zee says:

    After 3yrs of studies in the UK as internatonal student, can i apply as a home student for a Graduate entry medical program

    • Study London says:

      Hello, unfortunately you would not be classed as a home student after completing 3 years of study in the UK. Normally, you have to reside in the UK for 3 years before you can be classed as a Home student. However, these three years do not count if you are here to study full time. You can find more information on this on the UKCISA website.

  182. zhini says:

    Hi,
    I am an international student from India. I have finished my 2nd year LLB with one arrear. I could not register before the deadline for 3rd year as I was not well. Is there any possibility for me to defer the 3rd year to the next academic year. Also will I be able to write my re-sit exam in May. Since I did not register for the 3rd year what will be the status of my visa. Please advice.

    • Study London says:

      Hi Zhini, you need to speak to your university as soon as possible. Different universities have different rules on taking time out from studying and, yes, it will have an effect on your visa. We cannot advice on this without knowing the full circumstances so please make an appointment to see the international student advice team at your university straight away.

  183. Tchatat Ronald says:

    I am so impress the way you answer people’s questions. I really need your help. I applied for a master’s program in public health in the university of Wolverhampton. But ielts results are not satisfactory so they booked me for a 2 months pre English course and my Master’s program starts in January. So will it be possible for me to switch to a tier4 visa after my program? And what documents do i have to prove for funds?thank you

    • Study London says:

      Hello, you should apply for a Tier 4 visa for the pre-sessional English course. You can then apply for an extension to this visa once you have passed the course. If you use a Student Visitor Visa instead of a Tier 4 visa for the pre-sessional English course, you will have to leave the country again and apply for the Tier 4 visa from your home country. Therefore it is best to apply for a Tier 4 visa straight away. You should be able to speak to the visa advice team at the University of Wolverhampton who can provide more information.

  184. pranita says:

    Hi this is pranita, actually my college is revoked in 25th july and all my friends got 60 days letter till 10 or 11th oct which is alrealy over but i didnt get it may be they send letter in my old address which my college didnt cange it, and i wrote a letter to home office to send me 60 days letter to join another university, can you tell me what will happen to my case ?

    • Study London says:

      Hello Pranita, you need to keep the Home Office informed if your address changes. You can find guidance on how to do this here. I would suggest you call the UK Visa & Immigration department immediately to find out the state of your visa. The contact number is 0300 123 2241 (Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4:45pm and Friday, 9am to 4:30pm).

  185. Amit Narayankar says:

    I have done my Masters in Pharmaceutical Sciences from University of Greenwich, UK (Year of passing 2009). I currently work and stay in India. I would like to go for an MBA in UK. Do I need to give IELTS exam again for my MBA/Visa applications ?

  186. aisyah says:

    my husband will not follow me to UK for my PhD. i will only bring my child. is it ok to bring a child without my husband accompanying me? can my sister accompany me instead of my husband?

    • Study London says:

      Hello, both of the child’s parents must be coming to the UK. The only exceptions to this rule are if you have had sole responsibility for the child’s upbringing, or there are other serious or compelling considerations that mean the child should be with you in the UK. Your sister will not be eligible to apply for a dependant visa to accompany you. Only your partner and children are classed as dependants. You can find a more detailed explanation of the Dependant Visa rules on the UKCISA website.

  187. kizito says:

    Hello my name is Kizito. I commend your good work. I got visa to study extended diploma level 5 in health and social care in a college but i changed to business management same level some weeks after i arrived the Uk. My college got revoked 5 months later. I got admission some days later in another HTS college. My questions are as follows;
    1. Do I need to inform the home office why I changed to business on my new application?
    2. My 60days curtailment letter is yet to arrive. Should I wait to receive it before making a fresh application?
    3. Is extended diploma same as level 5?
    Thanks. I expect your usual early reply.

    • Study London says:

      Hi Kizito, you can submit your application from within the UK as long as you are still legally allowed to stay in the country. Does the UK home office have your current address to send the curtailment letter to? I would suggest you contact the UK Visa and Immigration department to find out the current status of your visa to ensure you can follow the correct application procedure. The telephone number is 0300 123 2241. With regards to the level of your course, please ask your new college to confirm this. We are not able to check this without any information about the course.

  188. ishtiaq ahmad says:

    sir iam undergraduate student from kpk pakistan , i dont know how to apply for bba in uk

  189. Bilal Sandhu says:

    Hi i have completed Msc international Business from University of hertfordshire and i am looking forward to extend my visa by doing MBA. Am i allowed to take the level 7 again? because i have heard that there is a new rule students who already had done level 7 can’t do it again ? Please reply

    • Study London says:

      Hello, it is possible to study at the same level again as long as the new degree shows academic progression from your previous degree. Your new university will have to confirm this to the UK Visa and Immigration department. Therefore, when you apply for an MBA, you need to clearly explain to the university why you feel that the MBA will aid your educational progression. You may wish to contact the universities you are interested in to discuss this before you submit an application. Hope this helps!

  190. Temmm says:

    Hello. I’m in london doing BA course. But I changed my mind. I dont want to take this course. I want to work for some time and then maybe take other course. Business is not interesting for me anymore. My classmates say that I cant exclude from university. because If I will my visa will automatically become illegal. Is it right? I have tier 4 visa. What should I do? I really don’t want to take this course. If what my classmates say is right can I change format of visa or something. Thanks.

    • Study London says:

      Hello, you cannot simply stop your course and start working. If you leave your course, the university will report this to the UK Visa and Immigration department and you will receive a letter asking you to leave the country. You cannot change onto a different visa from within the UK. If you want to start a new course next year, you can either leave the country now and apply again or continue your course and also apply for a new course for next year. Remember, if you are studying at a recognised university which is listed on both the official UKBA Sponsor list and the list of ‘recognised bodies’, you can work up to 20 hours a week during term-time and full-time during term holidays. Hope this information is helpful.

  191. abu baker shyddik says:

    My name is Abu Baker Shyddik.Recently I received my Student Visa from the British High Commission, India as I applied for the 13 Weeks Pre-Sessional English Language Course at Plymouth University International College (PUIC) which is a CERF B2 Level Course. The fact is that I lodged my visa applicant on 16 – 09 – 2014 and my Course Late Acceptance date was 10 – 10 – 2014 but as I didn’t get my visa on time, I missed my date. This is why I contacted with the University after getting my visa what to do and they have asked me to contact with the high commission in order to get a clear suggestion should I go to the UK or not with my current visaSo please give me a suggestion what to do next? Me and my parents both are very anxious regarding this and I am also confused should I go to UK or not! I would be very much grateful to you if you please defer my Visa and give me access to go to my new semester

    • Study London says:

      Hello, we are not the British High Commission. As your university suggested, you need to speak to the British High Commission or the UK Visa and Immigration department to discuss your situation. You can find contact details for UKVI here.

      • abu baker shyddik says:

        yes i already sent a email{UKVI} ,but they don’t reply me yet ,and the university say me to make a fresh visa application, that means again resubmit my file and apply for a new student tier 4 visa .please just ensure me that, new student visa is the only way to enter uk or may be there are also other way available.

        • Study London says:

          Hi again. We cannot advice on such a specific case as we do not have access to the full situation. The visa advice team at your university will suggest the best option so you should follow their advice. You need to apply for a new visa if you are no longer going to study on the course that your visa has been issued for. Your university should provide you with a new CAS number should this be the case.

  192. Heena Kosar says:

    Hello Sir/Mam
    I want to take admission in UK for Ph.d./D.B.A. degree . I did M.B.A. and M.A. in Economics from India. I want to ask you that can I apply for ph.d. or DBA in uk ,is there any entrance exam for admission? I am belongs to the middle class family so please give me details for all over fee structute and living budqget in UK .
    Thanks.

    • Study London says:

      Hello Heena, there are no entrance exams for students wishing to study at PhD level. The university will take into consideration your grades from your MA and MBA, and any other relevant experience. Please use the course search to find out which universities offer PhD courses in your chosen field. You should then visit the university’s website and identify a potential supervisor for your PhD thesis. Applicants are encouraged to email the potential supervisor in order to discuss the project before submitting a formal application. The fees vary for each university but on average it is around £12,000 per academic year. Some of the best universities, such as the London School of Economics and Political Science, charge around £20,000 per academic year. The normal duration of a PhD degree is 3 years. UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) requires you to have a budget of at least £1,020 per month to live in London. This includes your rent, travel, books, food and so on. You can read more about London living costs and also the Tier 4 visa requirements. Hope this helps!

  193. Akin says:

    Hi, this is a very helpful blog. Please, I am an international student from Nigeria. I have just secured CAS and a tier 4 student visa to study for a PhD at the University of Dundee which starts this month. However, I am yet to travel and I have just received another dream offer from University of Birmingham which starts in January. I have read that I can switch my sponsors, how possible is that? Also the Dundee study will be 3 years while the Birmingham study says not more than 4 years. Do I have to apply for another visa here in Nigeria? Do I have to contact the Universities, especially Birmingham to issue another CAS, or Dundee to withdraw its CAS? Thanks in advance.

    • Study London says:

      Hi Akin, congratulations on both your offers. Unfortunately, it is not possible to simply switch your sponsor. You will need to apply for a new Tier 4 visa with a CAS from your new sponsor. The visa advice team at the University of Birmingham can advise you on this further. PhD courses are normally 3 years although some students take up to 4 years, but this will depend on the progress of your project. Good luck with your studies!

  194. J says:

    Dear Sir/ madam,

    Hope this finds you well, i have a question regarding tier 4 time period,
    basically, i have studied in the uk, for 7 years, it has been almost a year since i’ve moved back home (overseas), iam thinking of studying again for a different profession, how do ukba view this, i’ve heard after 180 days my pervious time in the uk should get eliminated, so basically in their view i will not be seeking settlement to stay in the uk, is this right? i want to combine my previous qualifications with another much sought profession in my country.

    thank you
    regards

    • Study London says:

      Hello, all the time which you studied in the UK will be taken into consideration when calculating the time limit cap for the Tier 4 visa. Even if you have not been living in the UK the last year, your previous studies will still be taken into account and there is no particular time period after which your previous time in the UK will not be considered. If you are keen to study in the UK again, please contact your prospective university to discuss your individual situation.

  195. Sanat kundu says:

    Hellow can you please tell me that how can i become an air traffic controller in UK and what are the expenses behind this?

    • Study London says:

      Hello, the training to become an air traffic controller is not offered by universities in the UK but by private providers and the National Air Traffic Services (NATS). Please note you must have the right to work in the UK in order to apply for the training.

  196. udeme Godstime Chimezie says:

    Hello,am udeme chimezie.I have been offered admission to study Postgraduate Certificate of Construction Law an Peace Resolutions with a student no;1330534 and CAS No; E4G3YP9D10FOV7.
    I did my interview and was told to come back for visa collection.
    To my greatest surprise i was given a Refusal letter of Entry Clearance,based on the requirements of paragraph 245Z of the immigration.
    Please can you please assist me TO GET MY SCHOOL FEES BACK.The tuition fees is E3859,BUT I paid E4975 to UNIVERSITY OF WOLVERHMPTON CAMPUS CITY,since on 17th Dec.2013.
    Please can you link me up with the FUNDS REFUND admistration unit.
    Thanks in anticipation with your kind response

  197. Muhammad says:

    hello sir I am applying visa for masters I have question regarding bank statement if my bank statement is matured with 28 days after getting bank statement from bank can I with draw money ??

    • Study London says:

      Hi Muhammad, most universities advise students not to withdraw money (which would bring you below the required level) until you have received your Tier 4 visa. The reason for this is that should your first visa application be unsuccessful and you need to apply again, you may not have enough time to wait for another 28 days if you have withdrawn too much money.

  198. Raisa says:

    Hallow,
    I have just got offer letter from BPP university for Msc Mgmt but I found it more appropriate only for students of law do you think its great idea to carry on for visa for doing masters in business?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Raisa, unfortunately we cannot comment on the quality of education at BPP. If you are concerned about the quality of the degree you have chosen, you should contact the university and see if they can put you in touch with a current student. This should help you get a better idea of what studying there would be like.

  199. Abdullah says:

    i would going london for study

  200. Nabeeha Deedar says:

    Hi there!
    I am a NON-UK/EU student. I do not wish to continue my PhD in the University where i am, because the topic is very rough and tough. I have applied to another University and meet all the requirements. What are the consequences that i should be prepare of? and will there be any objection from my current University? Please explain in detail. I am very much worried.

    Thanks

    • Study London says:

      Hi Nabeeha, without knowing your specific circumstances this is hard to answer. Are you applying to start a new PhD from the beginning at the other university or are you looking to continue with your research? If you have been accepted by the other university and you have been allocated a supervisor, please speak to them directly about any concerns you may have. You will need to apply for a new Tier 4 visa if you change institutions, with a CAS provided by the new university, so please contact the admissions or visa team at the new university if you have questions around this.

  201. Ishika says:

    I am currently in Uk, I would like to study ACCA, at BPP, would it be possible to apply dependent visa for my 2yrs baby.

  202. Javier Solis says:

    In January 2014 I graduate with Merit from the University of Leicester with my MA. This week in Mexico City I applied for my Tier 4 student visa to study my PHd at the University of Aberdeen. CONACYT has given me a scholarship and will pay the whole amount for my 3 year PHd PLUS giving me 770 pounds per month as living costs.

    I have seen that I need 820 pounds for being outside of London?

    My PHd is not classroom based and I will be staying rent free with a friend too.

    What advice can you give me ?

    I find it crazy also that Colombia is dealing with all visas from Mexicans.

    • Study London says:

      Hi Javier, unfortunately the visa rules are very strict. If your official financial sponsor does not cover all your tuition fees and living costs, you must also provide a bank statement showing you have the remaining funds to cover the maintenance requirement. The UK Visa and Immigration department does not take into account if you are going to be living rent free as your circumstances may change. If you wish to discuss this with someone, I suggest you contact the Student Recruitment & Admissions Service at the University of Aberdeen on Tel: +44 (0)1224 272090 or Email: sras@abdn.ac.uk.

  203. Armando says:

    Hi, I have few enquiries;-

    1. I am currently holding a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa and I am undergoing my 3 year degree course. Can I bring my partner to the UK? She is a Malaysian and we have been together for the past 8 years. What documents do I have to provide since we don’t have a married certificate.

    2. Can she come here and work? OR open up a company and do business here?

    3. Can i bring my retired Father who is 64 years old to live here with me in London?

    4. How long is the application process and what is the cost involved?

    Truly appreciate your reply!

    Thanks & Regards

    • Study London says:

      Hello, please see relevant answers below:

      1. This depends on your level of study. If you are an undergraduate student, you can only bring a dependant to the UK if you are a government-sponsored students. Otherwise only postgraduate students on a course of 12 or more months can bring dependants to the UK. If you meet these requirements, your partner can apply for a dependant visa even if you are not married. However, in order to qualify, you need to have been living together in a relationship similar to marriage for a period of at least two years. You will be expected to provide evidence of this. Please contact UK Visa & Immigration for information on what documents would be acceptable.

      2. Dependants who are allowed to work can take any type of employment, except as a doctor or dentist in training if their passport or biometric residence permit states that they are subject to this prohibition, and they can be self-employed.

      3. As a Tier 4 student visa holder, only your partner and children can be considered as dependants.

      4. You can view guidance on how to apply on the UKCISA website.

  204. Awa says:

    Hello,
    I’m finishing my Bachelor Degree on the 10th of December 2014 and my visa expires on the 19th of December 2014. Financial proof will be put in my account in two weeks, meaning that the money will have to be in my account for 28 days before applying for a new Visa (to start a Master Degree in January). I’d like to know if it is possible to apply for a 28 day grace period so that I can apply for a new visa.
    Please let me know. Thank you very much in advance.

    • Study London says:

      It is very important that you make your visa application before your current visa expires. If you are applying for a Tier 4 visa from inside the UK in order to begin a new course, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) suggest that you apply within the last three months of your current visa. There cannot be a gap of more than 28 days between the expiry date of your current visa and the start date of your new course. If the gap is longer than 28 days, you must apply for your Tier 4 visa from outside the UK. You can read more information about this on the UKCISA website. You should also contact the visa advice team at the university you want to study at from January if you have more questions.

  205. jenova says:

    i finished my mba in international business marketing inthe year 2014. can i study llb course or acca in london. aswell as can i take my family as dependants if i get the visa

    • Study London says:

      Hello. Part of the Tier 4 visa requirements is that the course you are applying for shows academic progression. Therefore, you would need to explain to the university how studying the new course shows progression. The university will need to confirm this to the UK Home Office. Therefore, I suggest you contact the universities you want to apply to first to find out if you meet this requirement. With regards to bringing your family, only government-sponsored students and students who are studying for a postgraduate qualification are eligible to bring dependants to the UK. You can read more information about this on the UKCISA website.

  206. Muhammad says:

    My documents was perfect I am fully eligible to get tier for visa as university check my documents they also today me you are ready for visa process as I need to travel I went for premium service today they checked documents and took biometric I don’t now why said we need interwiew you go we keep your documents and wait for an interview letter could let me what should I don’t. As the service I went for premium but they treated me standard service can I get my money back like 400 which extra or what should I do now Thanks

    • Study London says:

      Hi Muhammad, sorry to hear about your problems. Unfortunately we here at Study London are not involved in any way with the actual visa application and can’t look into anyone’s personal circumstances. The visa advice team at your university may be able to provide further assistance.

      • Muhammad says:

        as i told you I go for premium service in interwieing process they treat me as premium service I mean how long it will take to get a letter for interwiew and after visa ??

  207. jonny says:

    sir i am from bangladesh recent i have finished my LL.M course from a private university now i am thinkig to apply to uk student VISA i heard now student visa processing inside DELHI india so its can be now submit at dhaka bangladesh but process ill be in delhi my question is is it very difficult to get visa am really worrying…

    • Study London says:

      Hi Jonny, the requirements for obtaining a visa to study in London are the same for all students around the world. As long as you meet all the requirements listed above, you should not have any problems with the application.

  208. Jacinta Onu says:

    Hi I have applied for a visa and enrolled my biometrics but I have not recieved confirmation from the home office that my biometrics have been recieved and my case is being considered and it has been three working days. Should I be concerned?

  209. Muhammad says:

    as i told you I go for premium service in interwieing process they treat me as premium service I mean how long it will take to get a letter for interwiew and after visa ??

    • Study London says:

      Hi Muhammad, as said before we are not involved in the process and therefore cannot comment on current turnaround times. For most cases using premium service applications get processed on the same day. As this was not the case for you, the Visa and Immigration department (UKVI) should have explained to you why this is. If you want to discuss your situation please contact UKVI on 0300 123 2241.

  210. Anoop Kumar says:

    I am from India and i would like to know that what’s the requirement to call your spouse to UK when you’re in undergraduate course.

    • Study London says:

      Hi Anoop, you can only bring your spouse to the UK with you on a Tier 4 dependant visa if you are a government-sponsored student and your course is longer than 6 months or you are studying for a postgraduate degree of 12 months or more. Therefore, undergraduate students who are not government-sponsored cannot bring family members to the UK. You can read more information about these rules on the UKCISA website.

  211. Janeesh Nambirakath says:

    Hi, My wife is applying for Ph.d in UK.
    1)Is it possible for me and my daughter (2yrs) to join her as dependent.
    2) If yes, can we travel together at the first instance itself or do I need to wait until she gets to UK and have a proper accommodation address and all procured.
    3) Will I be eligible to work full time with the dependent visa? I too have completed my masters from UK in 2009
    Thanks in advance

    • Study London says:

      Hi Janeesh, here are the answers to your questions:
      1) Yes, both you and your daughter can apply for a dependant visa. Students (your wife in this case) have to be studying on a postgraduate course of 12 months or more in order to be able to bring their family members to the UK. From your information, it appears you meet this requirement.
      2) You and your child can apply for the dependant visa at the same time as your wife applies for the Tier 4 student visa (you have to submit two separate applications for you and your child). If you decide to wait until after your wife has received her visa, please include a copy of her passport visa page in your application. You can find more application advice for dependants on the UKCISA website.
      3) Yes, you will be able to work full-time without restrictions (unless there are any restrictions stated in your passport but these usually refer to working as a doctor or dentist in training)

  212. sandy says:

    7th of november 2014 my college has been suspended from ukba and 13 of november i gave my interview. so this situation what happen for my visa process?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Sandy, if the college is no longer a trusted sponsor with the UK Home Office then your visa application will not be successful. You should apply for another course at a recognised college or university in order to get your visa.

  213. aisha says:

    I am a student of O level …if I Will do A level AND THEN I will get A,s can I get admission in the England for my medical on scholarship

    • Study London says:

      Hi Aisha, you will be eligible to apply for a Medicine degree if you complete at least 3 A levels. Most universities look for three A’s, including Biology and/or Chemistry (some universities ask for both). There are no full scholarships available for international students looking to study medicine. The clinical years of medicine degrees are very expensive (approximately £30,000 per year). Some universities offer small scholarships (up to £5,000) for international students but this means you still need a lot of money to cover the fees and living expenses. You can find out more about how to apply in our guide Applying for a medicine degree (MBBS) in London

  214. Rene says:

    Hi there,my husband wants to study in the UK,but we dont have the prescribed funds.my sister in law whom is a UK citizen will finance/sponsor/support us financially.is that allowed?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Rene, when applying for the relevant visas, you need to provide financial statements to proof you have the required money to support yourself. If your sister in law would like to support you financially, she can transfer the relevant funds into your bank account. She can also make payments to the university (e.g. for tuition fees) on your husbands behalf and this will be reflected in your husband’s CAS. You can read more about the financial requirements on the UKCISA website.

  215. Awa says:

    Hello,

    I would like to know how can I apply for a 28 day “grace” period after my visa expires in order to apply in the UK for my Master Degree in January.

    Kind Regards,

    Awa

    • Study London says:

      Hi Awa, you automatically get the 28 day grace period and the immigration rules do allow you to submit an application in the UK after your current leave has expired, as long as you do so within 28 days of becoming an overstayer. However, if you apply after your leave has expired you will have to meet the higher maintenance requirements as you will not have an ‘established presence’ and you will have no right of appeal if your application is refused. Please be aware that you will have no legal permission to be in the UK while your application is being decided. As a result your new university (your Tier 4 sponsor) might not allow you to enrol if you are an overstayer. Your sponsor can also withdraw your CAS if you become an overstayer, meaning that your Tier 4 application would be refused. Therefore if you think that you are going to be unable to submit a Tier 4 application before your current visa expires you should speak to an adviser at your new university as soon as possible to find out if they would even consider enrolling you under these circumstances.

  216. abby says:

    hello,
    I want to apply for a postgraduate course in wireless sensor networks. I am applying through commonwealth scholarship programme 2015. I have done my btech and Mtech from India , all the courses were taught in English. I want to know is there any HTS university which accepts application without ILETS score??

  217. abby says:

    Also, I am planning to apply to university of Bradford , Kingston university London….if I apply today…how long will it usually take to get an admission offer letter ??….My interview for commonwealth scholarship programme is on 2nd December and I need an offer letter before 2nd December to enhance my chance of selection in interview.

    • Study London says:

      Hi Abby, this is in response to both of your questions. With regards to the English language certificate, some universities can accept a confirmation from your previous university stating that all your teaching and examination took place in English. However, this decision is completely up to the admissions team at the university and therefore you would need to speak to each university you are applying to directly. However, most universities are happy for you to submit your application without an English language certificate and if they make this a requirement, they will tell you and usually give you until July/August to submit the certificate.

      With regards to the time it takes to receive a decision, this varies from between 2 days to 6 weeks, depending on how many applications the university is dealing with. You should submit your application as soon as possible and then contact the university directly via telephone to highlight your scholarship opportunity and deadline.

  218. hanane says:

    Hello sir or madam.
    i am moroccan i am 30 years. I did finish my 12th years in 2005. Now i want to apply for foundation programme in order to do undergraduate study. I wonder if after this very long gap am i still able to apply.and if i ll get the CAS. Will this gap affect my tier4 visa specially that i was working in pvt section and cant get any evidence to show my work experience.

    • Study London says:

      Hi Hanane, universities in London are happy to enrol older students who have been out of education for a while as long as you meet the academic entry requirements. If you are worried about this, you can always contact the universities you are interested in first to discuss this before submitting your application. Your age will not affect the Tier 4 visa application either. As long as you meet all the requirements, you will be able to get a visa.

  219. Pirlo says:

    Hi,
    I left the UK as soon as I finished my Master courses,and my Tier-4 visa is still valid and now I’d like to return to UK for one week to take some training courses.My question is,will I face any problems at Border Control regarding my visit??I will take my return ticket with me and bank statement,what other documents do I need to show at Border Control?? Thank You!!!

    • Study London says:

      Hi Pirlo, this is a common problem for international students and unfortunately there is no concrete answer. Your Tier 4 visa was issued to you for the purpose of studying a particular degree. As you have completed this degree, the UK Immigration Officer at the airport can legally turn you away as you are not entering the country to continue this degree. Many students have been able re-entered the country by showing return tickets, accommodation bookings etc. but you have to be fully aware that there is no guarantee this will work.

  220. Almaz says:

    Hi Guys,

    I need your advice regarding my current valid Tier-4 visa. I finished my Master courses this year and left the country after that, however my final marks haven’t been issued yet. Now, I’d like to return to UK for one week to attend Postgraduate Open Day which I’ve already signed up for in order to discuss Postgraduate Research Degrees. My question is, will I face any problems at Border Control regarding my visit?? I plan to take my return ticket and bank statement with me,what other documents do I need to show at Border Control??
    Will Appreciate your clear advice.

    • Study London says:

      Hi Almaz, Your Tier 4 visa was issued to you for the purpose of studying a particular degree. As you have completed this degree, the UK Immigration Officer at the airport can legally turn you away as you are not entering the country to continue this degree. If the postgraduate open day is held by the university you previously studied at, you could ask them for a confirmation letter to proof that you have booked to attend the event. This, together with your flight return tickets etc., can help you to show you have returned for a specific reason. However, the final decision lies with the Immigration Officer.

  221. Muhammad says:

    i wanted to withdraw my application how long it will take to get document back urgently please could tell me please thanks and what are the process

  222. Nouman says:

    Hello as I am going for interwiew do we get decision letter on the same day as I went for premium the took biometric but send me email for interwiew on the other day

    • Study London says:

      Hello, under normal circumstances premium service applications are processed on the same day. However, if the UK Visa and Immigration department needs to conduct further checks then the process can take longer and the time to get your visa will depend on your circumstances. We cannot comment on when you will get the decision, you should contact UKVI directly with your concerns.

  223. Beck says:

    Hi, I am studying architecture in a school in London, however I find that I have no interest in the course and would like to make an exit early, and reapply through UCAS fo a different course. Since changing college would mean that the school will withdraw sponsorship of my visa, I was wondering if this means that it will be difficult for VISA board to approve my new visa (assuming I get in into the next course).

    • Study London says:

      Hello, if you leave your course early your university will inform UK Visa & Immigration (UKVI) and you will be asked to leave the country. Make sure your address details are up to date as UKVI will send you a letter to confirm the date you have to leave by. As long as you leave the country before your visa expires, you will be able to apply again without problems with the new CAS from your new university. If you want to apply for a new visa from within the UK, you need to submit your visa application while your current visa is still valid. Hope this answers your questions.

  224. jonny says:

    sir,
    my massive and most important question is now a days its really very difficulties to get uk student visa because uk visa processing center already transferred to India but in Bangladesh there have VFS so here can submit a application every international students are too much worrying even now a days most of the students are being refuse from there why?
    my second question is i heard after 2015 uk election February is student visa ill be easy as like as it was happened 2009 where there had no too much problem to get visa also now a days tuition fees too high when it can be stable? should i apply 2015 may session in uk university but whatever you are thinking about me am too much afraid about this please guide me how can i get student visa easily and when oh sir recent i have finished my LLM COURSE AND ALSO AM REALLY MUCH INTERESTED TO GO TO UK ANY KINDS OF TRUE UNIVERSITY
    Please am waiting for you kind suggestion thanks .

    • Study London says:

      Hi Jonny, with regards to your first question, you need to make sure you meet all the requirements for the Tier 4 visa. If other students are being refused the visa, it is because they either do not meet the requirements or there was a mistake in their application. If you complete everything carefully and meet the requirements, you will be fine. You can speak to the visa advice team at the university you are hoping to enrol at as some are happy to check over your application for you. They will also be able to answer any specific questions you may have.
      With regards to the election, there is currently no indication that the visa rules will change. The visa rules are in place to ensure that genuine students are able to come to the UK and still will stay the same.
      The tuition fees for international students are set by each university separately. The fees tend to increase slightly each year in line with inflation. You can find a list of London universities here.

  225. rsjesh says:

    Hello sir ,
    I am raj, completed my msc from one of the uk universities and later came back to India and working as software developer. My doubt is can I apply for uk student visa becoz I want to do mba.Thank you

    • Study London says:

      Hello, one of the requirements of getting the Tier 4 visa is that the course you are applying for must show academic progression from your previous studies. The university you are applying to must confirm to the UK Home office that the MBA is classed as academic progression for you. For this, the university will take into consideration your previous course content and the content of the MBA. I would suggest you speak to the university you want to apply to before submitting your application to discuss your situation.

  226. abby says:

    thanks for previous reply.i have a doubt. I have already done Mtech from india. so instead of applying for PHD,i am applying for MSc..Am i still eligible for MSc..?? i mean i can do masters twice ryt…as i want to extend the work done in Mtech

  227. jonny says:

    thanks sir for your kind information. but is there have any low tuition fees university where have like 7000 thousand pounds but its very difficulties to pay like 9 or 10 thousand s pounds because all students family situations are not same its my child dream i will go to uk to be a barrister but now recent i have finished law of maters from a private university in my home country actually its my parents dream also i will would like to request to you how can i get like 7000 pounds around this figure i want then it will be too much easier to admission over there how can i get sir? am really too much enthusiastically to go to the UK. To be honest now i am waiting when i can tell my parents i am going to UK you cant imagine how much they ill be happy.
    my another question is to you in bangladesh there have some british register agency should i apply by the way and also Is interview il be too hard what kinds of question they may ask a students?
    Please sir i would like to requesting help me anyhow god ill help you please please am waiting for your kinds information.

    • Study London says:

      Hi Jonny, what course do you want to study? If you have already completed an LLM, are you looking for a PhD? Many universities offer part-scholarships e.g. £5,000 discount on tuition fees so this may help you. Please let us know what course and level you want to study and we can send you the list of universities offering the course. You can then contact the universities to find out about their scholarship opportunities.
      With regards to agents, many students use the services of agents to apply to university. However, there are good and bad agents so it is best to find an agent that works with many UK universities. Some agents will not help you to apply to universities they do not work with so you need to be aware of this. I would suggest you do your own research and identify 4 or 5 universities you want to apply to. You can then ask them if they work with an agent near you.

  228. Muhammad says:

    hello sir
    I am going for interwiew on 25 but due to some reason i need to travel back i want cancel appointment because I wanted to with draw and get documents back if I attend appointment then I have to do the same to withdraw could you what is best for me at attende interview then withdraw or cancel interwiew and withdraw and what are the process to cancel interwiew ???? Please let me now thanks for supporting us

  229. hider says:

    My wife finished his bechelor and master degree in bagladesh and want to admit her self in uk in BPP university for full time ACCA course.

    I would like to know as per uk law student time cap how long she can stay in uk as a ACCA student and after finushed her course can she stay in uk or can she change her visa status tier4 to any others.

    Is there any chance to stay in uk for long time period and getting perment residency after finushed her education.

    Also my five yrs boy and me will dependent with her and would like apply visa with her as a dependent family visa.

    As a dependent family visa can i work full time in uk?

    • Study London says:

      Hello, the visa time cap depends on the level of study. For courses below degree level, the time cap is 3 years. For courses at degree level, the cap is 5 years although there are some exceptions to this. You can find more information here.

      After your wife graduates, she can only stay in the UK if she applies for a work visa. There are two main visas she can apply for:

      1. Tier 2 (General) Visa: This is the primary visa to remain and work in the UK after your studies. It is open to recent graduates with a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD from a recognised UK university. Before you apply you must have an offer of a skilled job from a licensed employer and be paid a salary of at least £20,300.

      2. Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa: This visa option is open to talented students who are developing a world-class business idea. Students will need to be identified and sponsored by their university as having the potential to create their own business in the UK. This applies to all graduating students.

      With regards to the dependant visa, you and your son will be able to apply for a dependant visa as long as your wife’s course is classed as a postgraduate qualification and lasts for 12 months or more. You will be able to work full-time in the UK. You can read more information about the dependant visa on the UKCISA website.

      • Madiha says:

        Hi thanks for ur efforts nd m of of those who are in uk becoz of ur sincere advices . Here my question is after reading ur this post I have done MA art nd design this week and now m looking for extension nd I m already thinking about this ente visa which is tire 1 but I heard from friends that for applying this visa U should have 20000 £ into ur own account in uk bank from last three months then u can go for this visa … But here I read different like ur university sponsored U for this visa can u please explain me wot should I do if I want to apply for tire 1 visa and wot are those requirements thanks again

        • Madiha says:

          Need to mention my visa is expiring in January end 2016

          • Madiha says:

            And Plz can u tell me after doing my degree MA (degree convocation is in June 2016) wot other options I have if I want to stay in uk
            Except Getting job offer
            Which other options I have so that I can extend my visa or should I meet any lawyer here in uk ? thank for being there and all those replies

          • Study London says:

            Hi again, getting a job under the Tier 2 (General) visa route is the most common way. You will need to search on the Home Office website or speak to an immigration specialist to discuss other options.

        • Study London says:

          Hello, there are different types of Tier 1 visas, you can find the list on the Home Office website. The requirements are different for each of these visas, so you’ll need to read the information on the Home Office website to see which is most suitable for you.

  230. m.alagu suthan says:

    hi.am suthan.i like to doing my master courses in uk.i need some information.which university is best for studying ms aerodynamics.and if i finished my ms after how long i would be staying in uk.my native india.please say clearly……

  231. jonny says:

    Sir,
    Thanks for your kind response to me in fact i want to study at LL.M course further which is British law so after this course i want to study some diploma course then barrister at law course so how can i get a low tuition fees at uk universities please help me and also when i can apply to UK and please give me a true and real agency in Bangladesh where i can get more help for purpose of apply to the UK at any university please.

    • Study London says:

      Hi Jonny, here is a list of LLM courses provided in London. Some of the courses have the fees listed. LLM courses normally start at around £11,000. You will need to contact the universities directly (or visit their websites) to find out about scholarship options. Applications for next year are already open so you can apply from now on. It is best to apply early as the scholarship deadlines are often early.
      We do not work directly with agents in Bangladesh but some of the universities do, for example Queen Mary University of London (click here for details), City University London (click here for details) and the University of Westminster (click here for details). Once you know which universities you are interested in, you can also ask them directly if they work with agents in Bangladesh. Hope this helps!

  232. jonny says:

    Sir
    I am really happy to get your true advice may allah bless you really just pray for me i want to go to UK for UK degree so i will try sir please pray for me. see you

  233. jonny says:

    sir my another question is should i apply at College or University and also which is better for LL.m Course
    Second question is is college and university tuition fess are different. If i apply at college is possible to gt visa or should i apply at university? Please i am waiting for your another massive response.

    • Study London says:

      Hi Jonny, some of the universities in London have the word ‘College’ in the name but they are actually universities. For example, King’s College London and University College London are both universities. All the universities listed here are accredited universities which have Highly Trusted Sponsor status with the UK Home Office. When you search for courses and colleges/universities, always check the UK Home Office Tier 4 Sponsor list to see if the name of the College or University is on there. If it is, it means they can sponsor international students for the Tier 4 visa.

  234. Teslimah says:

    Hi. My name is Teslimah, a Nigerian Nursing student in a University Khartoum, Sudan. I am looking into applying for a Nursing Top up and MSc programme in one of the UK universities. With a successful completion of all that, can I be eligible to apply for a work permit visa in the UK, and if i cannot, does it make more sense if I invest my money on studying in Canada? I really wish n hope to practice either in the UK or in Canada. thanks

    • Study London says:

      Hi Teslimah, yes international students can study nursing in the UK. It is important to check on the course description that the course will make you eligible to registration as a nurse with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council. If you cannot find this information on the course description, please contact the university to confirm this. After you graduate, you will need to register with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council as soon as possible. Your Tier 4 student visa will be valid for approximately 4 months after you finish your studies and you need to find a job in this time, otherwise you will have to leave the country. You can still apply for jobs while you are not in the UK, but it makes it more difficult. I would recommend you speak to the universities you are interested in about the employment success rate of their international nursing students. This should give you an idea of how likely you are to gain employment after graduation.

  235. Michael says:

    hi, i studied a course in London this year but i withdrew my sponsorship in august. i plan on returning to study for my MBA in January. how much maintenance fee do i need to have in my account? is it 2040 or 9100 pounds

    • Study London says:

      Hi Michael, if you don’t have a valid Tier 4 student visa at the time of application you will need to show the higher maintenance amount (£9,180). In order to show the lower amount, you would need to have an “established presence”. You can read more about this on the UKCISA website.

  236. Sophia says:

    I am currently studing for an Msc but I intend to do PhD. my question is can I get visa for my PhD if my MSc result (Dissertation grade) or certificate is not yet out. But I already have a an MA degree from UK. Can I apply for Visa to start the PhD while I have not received my second masters result.

  237. Sophia says:

    In addition to my previous questions, I have my transcripts to show (make my application)since my result/will be out in June and I intend to start my PhD in May.

    • Study London says:

      Hi Sophia, this depends on the university you want to complete your PhD at. If they are happy to accept you for a PhD course based on the results you already have, then they will issue a CAS which you need to use to apply for the Tier 4 visa. If they want to see the final certificate for your recent MSc degree before issuing a CAS then you cannot apply for the visa as you need the CAS to make your application. Hope this helps.

  238. Bhavana says:

    Hi
    I am looking forward to pursue Masters degree in uk. I want to know for how long can I stay in uk to find a job post my studies

    • Study London says:

      Hi Bhavana, your Tier 4 visa will normally be valid for 4 months after the finish of your course. In this time you can search for employment and you can also work full-time on the Tier 4 visa (after your studies finish) until it expires.

  239. Tawanda says:

    Hie. My CAS letter got to me late. Is it possible to use my CAS letter to apply for my visa even if its 3 days after the course start date?

    • Study London says:

      Hello, please check with your university if they will accept you after the enrolment date. The CAS is normally valid for 6 months but it’s worth asking your university for advice on this as you would be enrolling very late by the time you get your visa.

  240. jonny says:

    Sir
    i AM JONNY AND REALLY I AM GETTING HELP FROM YOU I REALLY PROUD OF YOU MY ANOTHER QUESTION IS MY IELTS SCORE IS 5.5 SO I WANT TO STUDY AT LL.M COURSE AT ANY UNIVERSITY AT UK SO WHICH UNIVERSITY IS PERFECT FOR ME SIR PLEASE HELP ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND WHICH UNIVERSITIES ARE OFFER APRIL,MAY JUNE OR JULY SEMESTERS PLEASE QUICKLY SIR HELP ME AM WAITING FOR YOUR IMPORTANT RESPONSE …

    • Study London says:

      Hi Jonny, unfortunately I do not know any LLM courses that start in the spring or summer, they all start in September. However, 5.5 in IELTS is too low for the LLM. I would recommend you apply to start the LLM next September, and also apply for an English course at the university to start in May. English courses which are offered by universities before the academic course are called ‘pre-sessional English courses’. Alternatively, you could take an English course in your home country now and take another IELTS test next year. The IELTS requirements for Law degrees are normally between 6.0 and 7.0.

  241. jonny says:

    sir i am jonny again am asking you for some important information my question is to you i am really seeking a may or june semester university at UK because i really want it please will you help me and also which universities are offering actually may ,June or July or April infarct please give me some university address please . am waiting for your valuable click.

  242. ihsan says:

    Sir
    I am on tier4 student visa my college was revoked in august but still I didn’t get any 60 days letter from home office .I have visa till feb 2015 .I completed my level 4 .and got certificate and I done my ielts got 5.5band what shall I do .shall I wait for the letter or its ok for me to take admission now

    • Study London says:

      Hello, please ensure that the UK Home Office has the correct address details for you. I would recommend you contact UKVI immediately to find out the status of your visa. You can find the contact details here. If your visa is still valid, you can apply for a new course and then apply for a new Tier 4 visa with the CAS provided by your new institution.

  243. jonny says:

    SIR MY QUESTION IS MY PASSPORT NAME SHOULD BE ACCORDING TO MY ACADEMIC CERTIFICATE/

  244. jonny says:

    SIR IS MY PASSPORT NAME SHOULD HAVE TO BE ACCORDING TO MY ACADEMIC CERTIFICATES

    • Study London says:

      Hi Jonny, your name needs to be clear on your academic certificate. Universities normally accept small discrepancies in the spelling of names but it is best to check with the university you want to apply to.

  245. Deepu c raj says:

    Hi my name is deepu i was in uk from 2012 to 2012 (Student visa) but i didnt complete my course I gone back to india before finishing my visa now my wife is going to apply Tier5 visa and iam going with her as dependent visa is that any problem to apply i need detail information about this and iam quiet worried abt this can u pleas help
    thanks & regards
    deepu c raj

  246. Lina Carrillo says:

    Hey there. My name is Lina. I completed a bachelors degree in journalism and creative writing last June. My tier4 visa has now expired, I am back home, but wish to reapply for tiervisa4 to study a graduate diploma in psychology. I understand that this is only possible if there is academic progression. Who makes this call, the home office or the university and how can I help for the decision to be in my favour… Should I explain myself in my presentation letter when applying to the university?

    Anyways, my biggest doubt is, if the university agrees to give me a place (therefore accepting the course does represent progression) and issues a CAS for me, should I take this a green light and assume the home office won’t find a problem with the course I chose?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Study London says:

      Hi Lina, it is the university that makes the decision. The admission team will consider your case very carefully and will only issue a CAS number if they are satisfied that your chosen course will meet the UK Home Office requirement. Once you have your CAS, this normally confirms to the UK Home Office that the level of study is appropriate for you. However, you always have to remember that the immigration officer makes the final decision on your Tier 4 visa so there is no guarantee. You can certainly use the application letter to explain why you feel this course would aid your academic progression.

  247. jonny says:

    sir i have a question

  248. dominic says:

    Hi I apply for cardiff university under scholarship on 2013 but early july they send me and email saying scholarship is ment for those in uk not outside uk so they give me the school wapsite to apply for and also they shedule some courses that are available which I apply for so how long will I have to wait to get my (cas)

  249. Alen says:

    Hai my name is alen I would like to know that I am studying in North west London college and my mom is a student and I came here as a dependant before three years and nw I have to go back to my home town and come back in a student visa but my course starts before four months so can I go back to my home town and come in student visa is that possible for me

    • Study London says:

      Hello, if you need to change your visa from a dependent visa to a Tier 4 student visa you need to return to your home country to submit your Tier 4 visa application. You need to speak to your college to see whether they are able to issue a CAS number for a course that has already started.

  250. Sashko Micevski says:

    Hello, I have a question. Recently I was offered a place for a MA Course at the National Film and Television school in the UK, and I won a scholarship from a government, my fees have been payed and everything was sorted in a very short term.
    My Foundation course starts on 6th January 2015, therefore I should be in the UK some days before.

    I have everything for CAS, well calmost.
    The problem is that for Tier 4 visa I am required to take a IELTS test to prove my English knowledge. I’ve checked on all available options (for taking test in my city and all nearby cities) but no test is available to take until 10th of January, which is a bit late. The other tests (Cambridge tests) are available in March 🙂

    The NFTS is not a registered HEI institution so they can accept my TOEFL (which I have) or consider me for a “gifted student”, so I am basically without test.

    Has anyone heard about a option for receiving a Visa under a condition to take a test in the UK in a certain period and then give the results to a Home office, and if not, what are my other options?

    • Study London says:

      Hello Sashko, if you are required to submit an English language certificate with your visa application then you will not be able to get a Tier 4 visa without this. However, it is best to speak to a visa advisor at the National Film and Television School as they have a better understanding of your circumstances. If you were applying for a Tier 4 visa just for your Masters course then the institution can normally confirm your English level on your CAS and you do not need to submit the English certificate with your application. However, you also mention your foundation course starts in January and it is unclear from your message what kind of course this is. Please contact your institution to discuss your situation. You may also wish to find out what the latest date for enrolment is if you can only take the test on 10th January.

  251. Jason says:

    Hello, my Tier 4 Visa is soon to expire. I would like to now travel around the UK just as a general visitor/tourist. I am aware that there is up to a six month time period in which tourists are allowed to stay in the UK.

    1) Do I need to return to my HOME county and then re-enter, or can I begin my travels say in mainland Europe and around Germany, France, etc and return to the UK after?

    2) How long do I have to be out of the country before re-entering, eg. a day, a week, two weeks, etc?

    Your feedback will be most welcome!

    • Study London says:

      Hello Jason, you can stay in the UK until your Tier 4 visa expires. At this point, you have to leave the UK to ensure that you are not overstaying your visa but it does not matter where you go as long as you have permission to enter the country you are flying to (so if you fly to Germany, make sure you have the relevant permission to enter Germany). Whether you can simply return to the UK after on a visitor visa depends on which country you are from. Visitors from some countries need to apply for a visitor visa before they arrive. You can check whether you need a visitor visa to enter the UK on the UK Home Office Website here. Hope this helps!

      • Jason says:

        That is very helpful, thank you!

        I am from the US and the UKBA Home Office Website says I do not need a visa to travel or be a tourist.

        I suppose my main concern is that the border officials would see that I just came off a Tier 4 Visa and note that I am returning as a tourist in a relatively short period of time. But I am not able to find any information which says I am not allowed to.

        I’m just trying to double and triple check!

        • Study London says:

          Hi Jason, you shouldn’t have any problems with this as your Tier 4 visa would have probably expired by then and you are simply entering as a tourist. However, if you have a travel itinerary for your time in the UK, any pre-booked accommodation confirmations, return flight tickets etc. have them ready in your hand luggage in case you get asked about it. You could try to contact UKVI to get clarification as well.

          • Jason says:

            You have been so helpful! Seriously. In the last thee years, I have not encountered a better source of direct feedback and advice regarding visas and travel within the UK. Thank you for making this easy and for being so involved and attentive.

            I will give them a ring to confirm.

            Thank you again.

          • Study London says:

            No problem. Fingers crossed you won’t encounter any problems. Enjoy travelling around Europe & the UK!

  252. kranti says:

    can i travel to india during my vactions with a holiday letter from my college which is currently under suspension , but the results are not out yet.

    • Study London says:

      Hi Kranti, according to the guidance provided by UK Visa & Immigration (UKVI) in Annex 2 of the Tier 4 Visa Guidance your Tier 4 visa remains valid while the visa licence of your college is suspended. This means that you can leave and re-enter the UK. However, there is a risk that the status of your college changes while you are in India which may impact on your ability to return. I would recommend you contact UKVI directly to discuss this, or ask your college to contact UKVI.

  253. Sudip says:

    Hi sir
    I have one question . I applied for my visa extension as a tier 4 student 5 months ago . Now my application is pending cause college has been suspended from ukba . One month ago I completed my master degree and now I have certificate so I want to tier 2 . So is it possible to switch tier 2 of yes how is it possible .

  254. Anirban Datta says:

    Hi,
    One of my friend is now paased out M.Tech in Computer network and Information Security. She wants to study MS in UK. can you please tell me what is the process. and which University is the better one in CNIS study.
    Thnx and Regards
    Anirban

  255. hessie says:

    Hi. I have finished a postgraduate diploma and I would like to take masteral. Do I still need an English exam?
    Thanks.

    • Study London says:

      Hello, this decision will be made by the university when they assess your application. Some universities do not ask for an English certificate if you have studied in an English speaking country before. You can submit your application for a masters course without the English language certificate. The university will tell you if this is required once they have assessed your application.

      • hessie says:

        Hi, thank you for responding on my previous comment.
        follow up.
        What if I will use my postgraduate diploma applying for tier 2..Do I need to have English language test?
        Thank you so much

        • Study London says:

          Hello, the UK Home Office advices that for a Tier 2 visa you have to proof your level of English. You can prove your knowledge of English by either:

          1. passing an approved English language test with at least CEFR level B1 in reading, writing, speaking and listening
          2. having an academic qualification that was taught in English and is recognised by UK NARIC as being equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree

          You can read the full Tier 2 Guidance for further information.

  256. Hammad Ahmed says:

    Hi, I have studied 2.5 years in business course in UK as an international student, but now I want to change my course to engineering with different institution.My question is if I can change my visa from business course to engineering??as my base is engineering and I have to do foundation as I already did my foundation in business course.So is it possible if I can change my course??

    • Study London says:

      Hello, are you currently on a Tier 4 student visa? There is a time limit on the Tier 4 visa. One of the rules is that you can only spend 5 years studying at undergraduate level on a Tier 4 visa. This means if you have already studied 2.5 years on the visa, you cannot apply for another 3 year undergraduate course as this will take you over the 5 year limit. You can read more about the Tier 4 time limit.

      If you think you will still be under the 5 year limit, you can apply for a new course but you will also need to apply for a new Tier 4 visa before you start the course. Your new institution will issue a new CAS which you will need to use for your application.

      • Hammad Ahmed says:

        Yeah I have checked it m, I don’t think so I have any chances of changing my course.

      • Hammad Ahmed says:

        I have checked it deeply and I am confused about few things.First that my first year study is level 5 NQF diploma which is below degree level 6 and my second year is the foundation year which is also below degree level.And now I have spent 3 months in degree level course.Do these level 5 and foundation year will count in degree level course or they come
        Under the 3 year CAP of studies???

        • Study London says:

          Hi again, the rules are that you can only spend 5 years studying for a course at degree level. As your previous 2 courses were below degree level, you can indeed apply for another course at degree level if you have only studied at that level for a few months. As I mentioned before, you will need to apply for a new Tier 4 visa once you have been issued the CAS from your new institution. You can also speak to the visa advice team at the university you are applying to, they’ll be happy to look at your situation in more detail and advise you accordingly.

          • Hammad Ahmed says:

            Thanks for your advise.Yeah I know that I have to apply for a new visa.Thats not an issue,but what I am worrying about is this time limit thing which can effect my visa application.but thanks I will ask the corresponding university for that.

  257. umar muhammad says:

    Hello my name is umar muhammad,I’m from nigeria. I want to further my education in london,and I would like to study BSC. In ECONOMICS. I would also like to know the universities that offer economics with their tuition fees,cost of living. accommodation for complete 3/4 years in london. Your 100% assistance is highly need, Thank you.

  258. daljot says:

    Hi.i am international student.i have completed level 4 of accountancy and bussiness management.after that I applied for level 5 in same course .I sent my documents to home office before my visa expire.but after some day of my biometric , home office revoked my college.overall, I don’t get my extended study visa.but here is problem, home office neither send my any letter regarding my visa refusal nor my study docuements.now it’s nearly about a year to this all.nobody cleared me what to do? So please guide me

  259. Muhammad Zubair says:

    Hi, I have a question that I had been studying in UK on student visa but did not got my PG diploma because of college revoked by tier-4 list and closed without issuing me diploma. Now I am in my home country and how I can show academic progression if I want be study in UK.
    How can I show academic progression for higher studies in UK?

    • Study London says:

      Hello, you will need to speak with the admissions team of the college or university you want to apply to. They will need to see proof of your academic qualification and will make a decision based on this. If you cannot show proof that you have completed a diploma course you may have to repeat a course at that level.

  260. Dhaval says:

    Hello I have done my M.Tech in computer science and engineering from distance university in india…so can I apply for PHD in UK or US?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Dhaval, in the UK most universities accept the M.Tech qualification for PhD entry. I would recommend you use the course search to find out which universities offer the PhD specialisation you are interested in. You can then contact the university directly to ask if they accept students from the university you studied at and what the grade requirements are.

  261. Nigel says:

    my student visa expires on january 15 and i hold a malaysian passport.

    can i come and visit the UK on january 18, if i travel outside the UK january 13

    • Study London says:

      Hello, yes you can re-enter the UK as a tourist after your student visa has expired. Malaysian passport holders are not required to obtain a visa to visit the UK. However, you are encouraged to carry with you supporting documents to show that you are visiting the UK only for holiday purposes as this may be asked for by immigration officers.

  262. JackieJ says:

    I hold a BSc in an IT related course and came for my MSc in an IT course also in UK. Incidentally, I have been having a burning desire and passion for a degree in law and to further practise it as I don’t enjoy my present field. I am applying for a post graduate diploma in law where I intend to do my LLM thereafter both in the University of law, uk and other universities. This is a different field from IT but this is where my passion lies. Considering the UKBA rule on progression, can I just submit to the University of Law and other universities that I am applying to that I only have a BSc or if I include my MSc, will I be allowed to continue with the PGdiploma in Law?

    • Study London says:

      Hello, it will be the university you apply to that decides whether you meet the academic progression requirements. A law conversion course is considered as academic progression but it would be a good idea for your to check with the universities you want to apply to if the course you are planning on taking is not a conversion course.

  263. kapilan says:

    Hi i am in Srilanka.I did a/l in 2014 as well as i have got 3A in arts stream.I would like to study CIMA and LAW in Srilanka and after studied i wish to go to London for my higher business studies.i have got 2 questions. As an arts stream student,can i study in business field in London? as well as i will have got only srilankan qualification in cima and LLB,is it acceptable to work in uk?I have got 6.5 in ielts.

    • Study London says:

      Hello, school and university qualifications from Sri Lanka are accepted at UK universities. Most universities do not specify which subjects you need at A-level so you should be able to enrol on a business course in London. You can use the course search to find suitable courses and read the entry requirements. With regards to working in the UK, you will normally be able to work part-time during your studies and you can apply for full-time work after you graduate. You can read more about working during and after your studies here.

  264. hessie says:

    Hi..I have completed postgraduate diploma and would like to switch to tier 2, agencies advice me to apply outside uk but still have visa til dec 2015. Just in case the enployer will provide me COS and send back home to apply. Can i leave my dependents (spouse, and two kids(eldest is studying))while applying outside uk? Thank you

  265. Rajyalaxmi Pendem says:

    Hello….I am in UK on a Tier 2 ICT-Short Term Visa..Now i want to change it to a Tier 4 Student General Visa.. Can i apply it from here or should i apply from my country. and very importantly do i need to give IELTS test to change to Student Visa….Thank you

    • Study London says:

      Hello, you can apply to switch to a Tier 4 visa from within the UK. You would need to submit your Tier 4 visa application before your current visa expires but you can only apply for your Tier 4 visa three months before the start of your course. You can find more information on the on the UK Visa & Immigration website. Your university or college that you apply to will most likely ask you to submit an English language certificate (e.g. IELTS) unless you are from an English speaking country or have completed another relevant qualification in English.

  266. Ashley says:

    I want to apply for a student visa but the money for the fees hasn’t been in my account for 28 consecutive days but it is there now. Will I still get the visa?

    • Study London says:

      The rules on the financial requirements are very strict. Your bank balance has to show the required amount for 28 consecutive days before you apply for your visa. Unfortunately, if this is not the case, your application will most likely be refused.

      • Ash says:

        After fees are paid, how long do I have to wait before I can apply for my student visa?

        • Study London says:

          Hello Ash, do you mean how long after your tuition fees are paid? If you pay your tuition fees before you apply for your visa, your university/college needs to include this on your CAS statement as it may affect the amount of money you need to show in your bank account. Check with your university if this has been done. Also, you can only apply for your visa 3 months before the start of your course.

          • Ashley says:

            Hello, I’ve paid my tuition fees for my academic session, but in my account, I haven’t had the fees for accommodation for the session for 28 days, I have it now though. But I cant wait 28 days to apply for my visa because my school is resuming soon.
            If I apply for the visa, what are my chances of getting it?

    • Ashley says:

      Can I pay all my tuition & accommodation fees before applying for my visa? Will it be indicated on my CAS that I have paid all my fees? And will I get the visa?

  267. Mazhar says:

    Dear Sir,
    I am from Pakistan i want to ask that i got Student visa of Uk in nov 2010 and my visa validity was dec 2012 but i came back to my country in june 2012 without completing my studies, bcz of some family problem. Now i want to go again and want to study again please let me know is it possible for me. Thanks and best Regards,

    • Study London says:

      Hello, yes you can apply for a new Tier 4 visa as long as you have a valid CAS number from a university in the UK. However, you need to check the time limit regulations for the Tier 4 visa to ensure you have enough time to complete your new course. You can find more information about the Tier 4 visa time limit on the UKCISA website.

  268. Mary says:

    I applied for visa online in the US in order to do a non-paid internship in London during a semester studying abroad. Unfortunately, it will not be ready before I need to leave for England. Can the visa be mailed to me after processing is finished or can I apply again once I get to London. At this point in time, I need to get a new passport because I can’t even get my passport back from the consulate until the visa application is processed.

    • Study London says:

      Hi Mary, there is some advice on getting your documents back on the UKVI website here. You can’t switch from a tourist visa to the Tier 4 student visa from within the UK so you would need to return home to submit a new application. If you are able to hold two passports at the same time you may be able to enter the UK with one and have the Tier 4 visa in the other, but not sure what the US rules are on this. You would still need to leave the country again though to officially enter with and activate your Tier 4 visa. I would suggest you contact UKVI to discuss your options.

  269. toor maninder says:

    Dear sir/madam I am from india…I want to ask that I got student visa of uk in september 2010 and my visa validity was september 2012.my baby is born in uk wit operation..due to this reason m not completing my study ..m came back india in 27 sep 2012…but my husband (he is dependent) due to some reason he is 13 days overstay in uk…I ask u that ..can I appy wit my husband and my baby again for student visa to complete my study…pls reply me…thanku so much….

  270. ali says:

    Hi am 28 years old and have completed my 14 years study in 2008 since then i am working so can i get further admission and visa for study in uk.?

  271. mo says:

    hi Study London,
    hope you are well?
    i have query could you please advice me.
    i am on tier 4 visa which finishes in mid feb, i came to england in 2009 on a normal student visa to study CAT and i completed in 2010,there on got on to ACCA since after and i have passed 11 of the 14 exams and have attempted the 3 this sitting.
    am i eligible to apply for masters?
    im abit confused on the 5 year cap extending to 6 year etc…
    thanks inadvance

    • Study London says:

      Hi Mo, you can study at undergraduate level for 5 years on a Tier 4 visa. If your ACCA qualification was at NQF level 6 or below (i.e. undergraduate level), then you can apply for a masters degree and your Tier 4 time cap will be extended to 6 years overall. Hope this helps!

  272. Maureen says:

    Hello. I have been a student in the UK since 2010. I did an undergraduate course in Psychology and completed it in 2013. I started a Masters degree but I ill earlier in the year and had to take concessions. I will be completing the course in April. However, my visa expires end of January. I have applied for an MBA at another university and am awaiting my CAS.
    My problem is that when I applied for an extension, I was covered as an established presence and had 2 months maintenance fee. However, this time I have not completed the degree yet. Am I still covered or have I not finished the single course of at least six months? When was my last entry clearance, as I extended my visa from within the UK?
    Also, my uni says I can pay half the tuition to start and the other half up to four months later and that they are willing to state this on my CAS. Do I still have to have the remainder in my account or just my maintenance funds? I’m really worried.

    • Study London says:

      Hi Maureen, your situation sounds quite complex and unfortunately we are not able to provide advice on a such a detailed and personal level. Every university has a visa advice team, I suggest you contact your current or prospective university to discuss this in more detail.

  273. Arisida Indradi Pulungan says:

    Hi, I have just finished my Human Resource Management Postgraduate in Liverpool, UK, and I’m interested to do master again in MA (Arts Management, Policy and Practice in Uni of Manchester)
    would the UKBA allow me to apply for the same academic degree ?
    Thank you very much

    • Study London says:

      Hello, one of the requirements of the Tier 4 visa is that the degree you are applying for shows academic progression from your previous studies. As you already have a masters degree from the UK this can be tricky. Ultimately, it will be the admissions team at the University of Manchester who will decide whether the course you are applying for meets the requirement. I would recommend you contact the admissions team at the University of Manchester before you submit your application.

  274. Jared says:

    Hello,
    My wife is already in the UK on a Tier 4 Student Visa. I would like to join her over there. I currently live in the US, and am in the midst of filling out my dependant visa application, and have a question. It is in reference to the “Family Details” and “Main Applicant” sections of the online application. Am I considered the “Main Applicant,” or the “Spouse/Partner” for the purpose of this application?

    Thank you in advance for any help you can lend!

    • Study London says:

      Hello, the ‘main applicant’ is normally the person with the Tier 4 visa so you would be the spouse. However, you could ask your wife to speak to the visa advice team at her university to confirm this. Good luck!

  275. Ake says:

    Hi, I am an international student, I am about to finish my master degree in International commercial law, I am look to study further, do I need to fulfil the English requirement? i.e Ielts , toefl? if I want to continue my studies in different subject or in same subject? within EU or UK? please reply asap.
    thanks

    • Study London says:

      Hello, you need to meet the minimum English language requirements set by the university you want to apply to. The university will tell you which English language certificates they accept and what level is required. You can use the course search to search for courses available in London. If you have any specific questions, you can click the ‘contact’ button on the course listing to send a message to the university.

  276. shalini says:

    I have recently submitted my dissertation for MSc Accounting and Finance. My visa is expiring on the 1st February 2015, I would like to know whether I can extend my visa until my award confirmation date which is on 2nd March 2015 or could I stay in UK without visa until my award confirmation date? The Student Information Desk has advised me that I need to complete a permission form before I could travel.

    • Study London says:

      Hello, no you cannot extend your visa unless your course is still on-going or you have applied for another course. You cannot stay in the UK on a visa that has expired so you will need to leave the country and return on a tourist visa for your graduation. Your university will be able to provide you with the necessary documentation to show that you have been invited to your graduation.

  277. ABU BAKER SHYDDIK says:

    Hi my name is ABU BAKER. I m now study a language course in puic in Plymouth actually I don’t like sea side weather and most of the time I m felling sick, is that possible to after completing my language course, shift to another university for my main course .

    • Study London says:

      Hello Abu Baker, yes you can apply to any university. Just make sure you meet the entry requirements for the course you are applying for before you submit your application. You can use the course search to find courses available in London.

  278. Jacqui Graham says:

    I already hold a tier 4 visa for my PhD program. Is it possible to drop to part time student status and still hold that visa? I would probably have a part time job as well.

    • Study London says:

      Hello Jacqui, the Tier 4 student visa is only available for full-time students so your university will not allow you to drop to part-time status. Your university should have a trained visa advisor who can answer any questions you have around this issue.

  279. Christopher says:

    If Staffordshire University currently has a postgraduate LPC program where external students, outside the UK are able to complete the LPC during a period of 2 years. During this period it is required that the external student visit the university for courses for a duration of one week in September and five weeks in June each year. I am from Trinidad & Tobago, what type of visa would I be required to apply for & would I need to show tuition & accommodation funds for the entire two year course or just the first year?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Christopher, if you enroll on a distance learning course which only requires you to come to the UK for short periods of study, you will be able to apply for a Student Visitor visa instead of the Tier 4 visa. The Tier 4 visa is only suitable if you want to study full-time in the UK. The Immigration and Visa Advice team at Staffordshire University will be able to provide you with more information on this.

  280. Philomina Nweke says:

    I have currently made payment for my acca course but was informed that i didn’t meet the required mark for test of English using Oxford online test.
    Can i have the opportunity once more to write this test as i have been studying hard. had 65 in use of English but 46 in Listening.

    • Study London says:

      Hello, please contact the university or college you want to study at directly. Generally, there is no limit to the number of English tests you can take. However, your university may give you a deadline by when you need to pass the English test by. It would be best to speak to your university directly to discuss your options.

  281. hessie says:

    Hi sir

    Is it possible to apply for another visa like tier 2 visa while my previous tier 4 visa application is still in the home office and still on process?
    And what is the english exam Band doI I need for tier 2 application just in case.. thank you

  282. Ramya menon says:

    hi my name is ramaya currently i am in uk with TIER 5 TEMPORARY WORKERS – GOVERNMENT AUTHORISED EXCHANGE VISA i want to know that can i change my visa to Tier 4 or my dependent can change Visa to tier 4visa if me or my dependent can change what are the procedures.

    thanks &regards
    Ramya menon

    • Study London says:

      Hello, it is not normally possible to switch from a Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange visa to a Tier 4 visa while you are in the UK. There is information on what visa categories are able to switch to a Tier 4 visa on the UKVI website.

  283. RONNIE says:

    HI, i just finished a graduate certificate in january here in london and progressing to MBA in another different university. i have paid the fees awaiting my CAS but i just want to know how long i can stay in the UK from the end date of the graduate certificate to my visa application. my visa expires in march

    • Study London says:

      Hi Ronnie. If your current visa expires before your new course starts, you can only apply for a new visa from within the UK if your new course starts within 28 days of your current visa expiry date. This means that if there are more than 28 days between your visa expiry date and your MBA start date, you will need to leave the UK and submit an application from your home country. If your current visa expires after your MBA start date or within 28 days of your visa expiry date, you should submit your visa extension application as soon as you receive your CAS. There should be a trained visa advisor at the university you want to do your MBA at who can advise you further on this issue. It is important that you do not overstay your current visa without submitting a new visa application as this may result in you being refused the visa.

  284. AJEESH K S says:

    Hello,I hold a Tier 4 Visa and is it possible to stay after the completion of my course.

  285. sam says:

    Hello sir,
    I’m living in London and i’m planing to apply tier 4 fresh application due to my sponcer licence revoked. My ielts will expire in next month and now i find a college and they will issue new cas with in 7 days.My new bank statement is still not complete 28 days when its complete my ielts will expire. So my problem is when i apply to tier 4 my ielts will expire but college will issue cas before ielts expire. So is it ok for apply or i have to take ielts again?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Sam, usually you do not need to include your IELTS certificate in the visa application. You will only need to include your IELTS certificate with your visa application if the full details of your English Language test are listed on your CAS statement (including a breakdown of the scores). However, in most cases, your CAS will confirm that your university has assessed your English to be at the required level, in which case you don’t need to include further evidence of this with your visa application.

      However, please contact your college again to make sure they will be happy to enrol you after your IELTS has expired. Some universities/colleges require that students have a valid English language certificate in order to enrol on the course.

  286. Mazhar says:

    Dear Sir,

    Hope you will be very much fine. I want to ask that i got student visa in one of the college in uk in nov 2010-nov 2012, but my college was revoked and i studied PGD as a private student from any of the other college and i got my degree from any other college. I came back to my country about 5 months before the end of my visa. No i want to apply for my wife student visa and i have 4 month child also. Please sir do let me know that do i have to apply with my wife or i have to apply as a dependant separately until my wife gets the visa. And please also do let me know that is there will be any problem with my visa because i didnt completed my studies from the college from where oi got the CAS.

    Best Regards,
    Mazhar

    • Study London says:

      Hello Mazhar, you can apply for dependant visas for yourself and your child as long as your wife will be studying for a postgraduate degree which lasts 12 months or more. Undergraduate students cannot bring dependants to the UK unless they are a government sponsored student.

      You can apply for the dependant visas for you and your child at the same time as your wife is applying for her Tier 4 student visa. Please note you have to complete and submit two applications for your dependant visas, one for you and one for your child. There will be no problems for you with regards to not having finished your previous studies. You can find information about the financial requirements for dependants, as well as a link to the online application form, on the UKVI website.

  287. RONNIE says:

    Hello… many thanks for your explanation, i have another please. if my maintenance fees is 6000 pounds and i put the equivalent of the pounds in my account in my country’s currency but then pounds exchange rate keeps fluctuating, will it affect the maintenance fees because its been there for weeks and pounds was not that high there.

    • Study London says:

      Hello, if your funds are not in pounds sterling, you should convert the closing balance and write this sum and the exchange rate on the document that you are using as evidence of your finances. The UK Visa & Immigration (UKVI) uses the OANDA website [www.oanda.com] to convert currencies into pounds sterling, so you should use this exchange rate too. The UKVI will use the exchange rate on this website on the date you made your application. If the money converted to pounds sterling does not meet the required amount on that day you will, unfortunately, be refused. Hope this answers your question.

  288. ,malik faisal says:

    hi i am from Pakistan . i have few questions to be answered. i had recently completed alevels , now moving forward to apply for bsc honors 3 year full-time program in BPP university london , i want to know that will i be given 3 year visa in the start ??? and second question is that how many working hours will i be given weekly ??

    • Study London says:

      Hello, yes your Tier 4 student visa will be for the duration of your bachelor degree, plus approximately 4 additional months at the end. You should be able to work up to 20 hours per week during term time and without restrictions during term holidays. However, please check your visa carefully when you get this in case there are any work restrictions noted on it.

  289. hessie says:

    Hi,, i am confused on the academic progression..I finished my level 7 postgraduate diploma in healthcare management. My question is: can i enrol a bachelors degree? Thank you

    • Study London says:

      Hi Hessie, did you completed the postgraduate diploma in the UK? If you completed it outside the UK, you do not need to worry about academic progression. If you completed the diploma in the UK then your new university will have to check and confirm that the bachelor course you are applying for meets the academic progression criteria. For this reason, you should speak to the universities you want to apply to before submitting your application.

  290. Mk says:

    Hello, I stop My Studies in 2008 Intermediate from Pakistan COuntry.

    Now i want to apply for a Student Visa for an undergraduate program my age is 25 now.

    So ,there is a gap of 7 years that i stop my studies.

    Is it possible to get an Admission with these situations in any University within UK ?

    I am really disturbed, My Consultant said that Uni will not give you admission because you have stop your studies 7 years before. Is that correct ?

    Thank You,

  291. Neba says:

    Hi,
    I just started a Phd this month (February 2015)which will run for 3 years in the UK at a Highly Trusted (Premium) University. I intend to bring in my wife and son as my dependants to leave with me during my study period. Can I apply immediately or do I need to wait 6 months into my course before they apply?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Neba, your wife and son can apply for their dependant visas straight away, you do not need to wait 6 months. Please note you will need to apply for two dependant visas, one for your wife and one for your son. You can find the requirements and a link to the online application form on the UK Home Office website here.

  292. Andy says:

    Hello I want to know if the price that says in the page of the course is just for a year or the all years? Thank you

  293. Wendmagegn Deresse says:

    I got an offer from Coventry University to study Food science and nutrition.How due do VISA ,air ticket and tuition fee I can’t.Therefore I request your kind support of visa and others.

    • Study London says:

      Hello, I’m afraid we do not offer any scholarships ourselves. Your best option is to speak to Coventry University to see if they offer any scholarships you can apply for.

  294. James Obeng says:

    Please I don’t have a passport,can I apply

  295. Rose says:

    Hi,

    I’m planning to take a diploma course in London then a Bachelor’s afterwards, may I know if my husband and daughter are able to follow me as dependents after 6 months?

  296. Meera says: