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Visa and immigration advice

Follow our advice so you don’t miss any steps in your Tier 4 visa application. There’s plenty of help on offer.

Tier 4 visa application 

UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website contains all the information you need to be able to complete a Tier 4 visa application, whether you’re making your application inside or outside of the UK. 

When applying for your visa, please ensure you have access to the documents listed in the CAS – ‘evidence provided’ and ‘other evidence’ sections. 

If you need any further assistance with your visa application, please contact our International Student Support team and they’ll be happy to help.  

Graduate Immigration Route Visa

The UK government recently announced a new UK Graduate Immigration Route visa which will aim to create opportunities for international students to work or look for work after graduation. Further information can be found in the press release which was published on the government website.

 The UK is committed to attracting the brightest and best talent from around the world to study and work in the UK, and Staffordshire University is delighted to be able to support this.

Our industry-standard technology, pioneering course portfolio and connections with some of the biggest names in business, means that you’ll leave Staffordshire University with much more than a degree. We are dedicated to employability, ensuring that all of our graduates are equipped with the best skills and knowledge to make a real difference in the world.

 The Graduate Immigration Route will be open to students entering the UK in academic year 2020/21, starting in September 2020. Full details of eligibility and how to apply have not yet been released. For updates, please see the UK government website or feel free to contact us directly.

Healthcare surcharge 

The UK government require the payment of a healthcare surcharge, which must be paid before you start your Tier 4 visa application. The current surcharge is £300 per year for Tier 4 students. For more information on how to pay, please see GOV.uk.

Finance 

The Home Office ask students from certain countries to prove that they have the funds to cover tuition fees and living expenses.  

If this applies to you, we’ll have already checked your finances for you as part of the Pre-CAS check. It’s very important that you only submit the financial evidence that has been approved by our International Student Support team.  

If you’ve any questions about your financial evidence, please see the UKCISA webpages

Interview 

The Home Office may ask you to undertake a credibility interview as part of your visa application, to ensure that you have genuine intentions to study in the UK. Questions will focus on your reasons for coming to the UK and why you’ve chosen Staffordshire University, your background, study plans and finances. It’s really important that you prepare for this as much as possible.  

Find out more by reading our helpful guide to credibility interviews.

Placements 

If you’d like to undertake a placement as part of your course, you’ll need to apply to extend your visa after you’ve arrived in the UK. For further information on how to do this, please contact the International Student Support team.

TB certificate 

You may be asked to provide a TB certificate from an official UKVI-approved health centre in your country. To find out if this applies to you, please see gov.uk.

For information on the visa application process, please visit gov.uk.

Your Tier 4 visa 

Once your Tier 4 visa has been issued, this is great news. You can now plan for your Staffordshire student experience. Please let us know so that we can offer our congratulations and prepare for your arrival. 

Please also let us know: 

  • If your visa is refused. Please provide the University with a copy of the refusals notice. 

  • Any delay in your visa application process, or in the booking of your travel to the UK. The University has a responsibility to inform UKVI. 

  • If you’re successful in obtaining a Tier 4 visa but do not enrol at the University on time. The University has a responsibility to report late students to the UKVI if you do not inform us. This will result in your visa being curtailed and unfortunately this process cannot be reversed.  

If you need further advice or information about studying with us, please contact the International Student Support team.