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Help submitting financial evidence documents

In Visa and immigration advice

In Visa and immigration advice

Part 1 – Understanding What is Required

Do you know how much financial maintenance you are required to have before you submit your documents? You can check using our information below:

Tuition Fee for the year
+ Maintenance Amount Required by UKVI £9135-any payments made to the University +
+ An additional £680 per dependent per month up to a maximum 9 months (if any) +
+ 10% for currency fluctuations
= Total maintenance required for the UKVI Tier 4 Visa Application

For Example:
£10900 Tuition Fee
+ £9135 UKVI Maintenance
– £3500 Deposit Paid
+ £6120 1 dependent for 9 months as £680 per month
+ 10% Currency Fluctuations
= £24920.50

Part 2 - Before Submitting Any Financial Evidence

Before submitting your documents for review:

  • Please make sure that you have met all the conditions of your offer and firmly accepted your offer.
  • Please be aware that any documents you have that are not in English will need to be officially translated showing:
    • A confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document.
    • The date the translation was done.
    • The translators full name, their signature, and their contact details.
  • Please make sure you have the original copies of the documents you are submitting for your visa application.
  • For further details on what will be accepted as financial evidence, please visit the UKCISA website.

Part 3 - Step-by-step guides

Below are our own step-by-step guides for each type of financial documents to make sure that you have the right information. Click to read more about the document you are going to use.

Original bank statement

  1. Has the bank account balance fallen below the total GBP figure above within 28 days prior to the last transaction/closing balance showing on the statement?

    Using the lowest figure on your statement within the last 28 days, go to Oanda and convert this to GBP to confirm this.

    No – Please continue to 2.
    Yes – If you have not maintained your required money for 28 days it will not be accepted by the UKVI.

  2. Is the last transaction/closing balance dated on the statement within the last 31 days?

    Yes – Please continue to 3.
    No – If the date is more than 31 days old it will not be accepted by the UKVI.
     
  3.  Is last transaction/closing balance date within the last 15 days, to allow time for your CAS to be issued and to make the visa application?

    Yes – Please continue to 4.
    No – We recommend that you obtain a more recent statement with a more recent last transaction / closing balance date, to prevent your documents expiring before you can make your visa application.  

  4. Does the statement show the bank account number?

    Yes – Please continue to 5
    No – Without the bank account number, the document will not be accepted by the UKVI.

  5. Does the statement show the bank name and official logo?

    Yes – Please continue to 6
    No – Without the official bank name and logo, the document will not be accepted by the UKVI.

  6. Is the bank on the approved bank list as per the UK Government Website?

    Yes or N/A – Please continue to 7
    No – If your bank has specifically been named as a financial institution that the UKVI do not accept statements from, you will not be able to use this statement as financial evidence to the UKVI.

  7. Is the bank statement in your name?

    Yes – You are good to go!
    No – Please continue to step 8.

  8. Is the bank statement in parent(s) or legal guardians name?

    Yes – Go to Section G: Parent(s) and Legal Guardians Bank Account.
    No – The UKVI will only accept bank statements in your name, or in your parent’s name, for them to be acceptable for supporting you whilst studying (please see the Tier 4 guidance on application for UK visa as Tier 4 student for more information)

Electronic bank statement

  1. Has the bank account balance fallen below the total GBP figure above within 28 days prior to the last transaction/closing balance showing on the statement?

    Using the lowest figure on your statement within the last 28 days, go to Oanda and convert this to GBP to confirm this.

    No – Please continue to 2.
    Yes – If you have not maintained your required money for 28 days it will not be accepted by the UKVI.

  2. Is the last transaction / closing balance dated on the statement within the last 31 days?

    Yes – Please continue to 3.
    No – If the date is more than 31 days old it will not be accepted by the UKVI.

  3. Is last transaction/closing balance date within the last 15 days, to allow time for your CAS to be issued and to make the visa application?

    Yes – Please continue to 4.
    No – We recommend that you obtain a more recent statement with a more recent last transaction / closing balance date, to prevent your documents expiring before you can make your visa application.

  4. Does the statement show the bank account number?

    Yes – Please continue to 5
    No – Without the bank account number, the document will not be accepted by the UKVI.

  5. Does the statement show the bank name and official logo?

    Yes – Please continue to 6
    No – Without the official bank name and logo, the document will not be accepted by the UKVI.

  6. Is the bank on the approved bank list as per the UK Government Website?

    Yes or N/A – Please continue to 7
    No – If your bank has specifically be named as a financial institution that the UKVI do not accept statements from, you will not be able to use this statement as financial evidence to the UKVI.

  7. Do you have a supporting letter from the bank on official headed company paper, confirming the authenticity of the bank statement?

    Yes – Please continue to step 9.
    No – Please continue step 2.

  8. Has the electronic bank statement been stamped with the official bank stamp on every page of the statement (if the statement is double sided, it must be stamped both sides)?

    Yes
    – Please continue to step 9.
    No – You must obtain either a supporting letter from the bank on official headed company paper stating the authenticity of the statements, or get your electronic statement stamped with the official bank stamp on every page of the statement (if the statement is double sided, it must be stamped both sides).

  9. Is the bank statement in your name?

    Yes – You are good to go!  No – Please continue to step 10.

  10. Is the bank statement in parent(s) or legal guardians name?

    Yes – Go to Section G: Parent(s) and Legal Guardians Bank Account.
    No – The UKVI will only accept bank statements in your name, or in your parent’s name, for them to be acceptable for supporting you whilst studying (please see the Tier 4 guidance on application for UK visa as Tier 4 student for more information).

Bank letter

  1. Does the letter state that the bank account balance has not fallen below the total GBP maintenance figure you require, within the 30 days of the date of the letter?

    You can use Oanda and convert this to GBP to confirm this. We recommend the bank write the letter keeping the amount(s) in the original currency rather than convert them into GBP themselves.

    Yes – Please continue to 2.
    No – If the letter shows that the balance has fallen below the maintenance figure you require within the last 30 days, it will not be accepted by the UKVI.

  2. Does the letter show the current bank balance and the date of this balance?

    Yes – Please continue to 3.
    No – without this the letter will not be accepted by the UKVI.

  3. Is the letter dated?

    Yes – Please continue to 4
    No – The letter must have the date it was printed on it to be accepted by the UKVI.
  4. Is the date of the current bank balance older than 31 days?

    No – Please continue to 5.
    Yes – The letter is considered too old and will not be accepted by the UKVI.

  5. Is the date of the current bank balance older than 15 days?

    No – Please continue to 6.
    Yes – We recommend obtaining a more recent letter, to ensure that you will receive your CAS and be able to make your visa application before the letter expires.

  6. Does the letter show the bank account number?

    Yes – Please continue to 7
    No – Without the bank account number the UKVI will not accept this.
  7. Is the letter on official bank paper, showing the official bank name and logo?

    Yes – Please continue to 8
    No – Without this information, the UKVI will not accept the letter.

  8. Is the bank on the approved bank list as per the UK Government Website?

    Yes – Please continue to 9.
    No – If your bank has specifically be named as a financial institution that the UKVI do not accept statements from, you will not be able to use this statement as financial evidence to the UKVI.

  9. Is the bank account in your name?

    Yes – You are good to go!
    No – Please continue to step 10.
  10. Is the bank account in a parent(s) or legal guardians name?
    Yes – Go to Section "Parent(s) and Legal Guardians Bank Account".
    No – The UKVI will only accept bank statements in your name, or in your parent’s name, for them to be acceptable for supporting you whilst studying (please see the Tier 4 guidance on application for UK visa as Tier 4 student for more information).

Loan letter

  1.  Do you have the original document?

    Yes – Please continue to 2.
    No – The UKVI will not accept any copies, only the original document.

  2. Does the document show your full name?

    Yes – Please continue to 3.
    No – The document will be rejected by the UKVI if it does not show your name.

  3. Is the letter within 6 months of the date that you plan to make your Tier 4 visa application?

    Yes – Please continue to 4.
    No – The letter cannot be older than 6 months from the date of your visa application. If the letter is older than 6 months or looks as though it will be over 6 months old by the point of your Tier 4 application, you must obtain a new letter.

  4. Does the letter show the financial institutions full official name and logo?

    Yes – Please continue to 5.
    No – The letter must show this official information if it is to be accepted by the UKVI.

  5. Does the letter state the amount of money available as a loan?

    Yes – Please go to 6.
    No – If the document does not show the money available, it will not be accepted by the UKVI.

  6. Are there any conditions placed on the release of the funds, other than a successful Tier 4 visa application?

    No – Please go to 7
    Yes – If there are other conditions of the release of funds the UKVI may not accept the letter as evidence of funding available.

  7. Can you confirm that the loan is from one of the below?

    1. The student’s national government, or
    2. b.State or regional government or
    3. A government sponsored student loan company or
    4. Part of an academic or educational loans scheme

    Yes – You are good to go!
    No – The UKVI are very specific about where the loan is from and may reject the letter if it is not from one of the above.

Certificate of deposit

  1. Do you have the original document?

    Yes
    – Please continue to 2.
    No – The UKVI will not accept any copies, only the original document.

  2. Does the amount meet the total GBP maintenance figure you require?

    Yes – Please continue to 3.
    No – If the amount on the certificate does not cover the required maintenance amount, the UKVI will not accept it.

  3. Does the letter show the bank account number?

    Yes – Please continue to 4.
    No – The certificate will not be accepted by the UKVI if the account number is missing.

  4. Is the letter on official bank paper showing the official bank name and logo?

    Yes – Please continue to 5
    No – The certificate must show the official bank name and logo for the UKVI to accept it.

  5. Is the bank on the approved bank list as per the UK Government Website?

    Yes – Please continue to 6.
    No – If your bank has specifically be named as a financial institution that the UKVI do not accept statements from, you will not be able to use this statement as financial evidence to the UKVI.

  6. Is there at least 28 days between the date of the deposit, and the date the certificate was issued?

    Yes – Please continue to 7.
    No – The certificate will be rejected by the UKVI.

  7. Is the date of the certificate older than 31 days?

    No – Please continue to 8.
    Yes – The certificate is considered too old and will not be accepted by the UKVI.

  8. Is the date of the certificate older than 15 days?

    No – You are good to go! This should allow sufficient time for the CAS to be issued and for you to make your Tier 4 application, without the certificate going over 31 days old and therefore becoming invalid.
    Yes – We recommend obtaining a more recent certificate, to ensure that you will receive your CAS and be able to make your visa application before the letter expires.

Letter from an official sponsor

  1. Is the letter from:

    1. Her Majesty’s Government
    2. The applicant’s home government
    3. The British Council
    4. An international organisation
    5. An international company
    6. A university
    7. A UK independent school

    Yes – Please continue to 2.
    No – The letter will not be accepted by the UKVI unless it is from one of the above institutions.

  2. Is the letter on official letter headed paper and stamped with their official stamp?

    Yes – Please continue to 3.
    No – Without these elements, the UKVI will not accept the letter.

  3. Does the letter show the name and contact details of the official sponsor?

    Yes – Please continue to 4.
    No – These need to be on the letter as the UKVI will reject it without them.

  4. Does the letter state the name of the student?

    Yes – Please continue to 5.
    No – The letter must state who the student is they are sponsoring or the UKVI will reject it.

  5. Is the letter dated?

    Yes – Please continue to 6.
    No – The letter must be dated to confirm it is valid for use, and without a date it will be rejected by the UKVI.

  6. Does the sponsor letter show the length of the sponsorship?

    Yes
    – Please continue to 7.
    No – If the letter does not state for how long the sponsorship is, the UKVI will not be able to confirm it covers what is required financially and will therefore reject the letter.

  7. Does the letter show an amount of money, or state that all fees and living costs will be covered by the sponsor?

    Yes – Please continue to 8.
    No – Without this information the UKVI will not accept the letter as financial evidence.

  8. Is it a full sponsorship covering all fees and living costs, or a partial sponsorship covering only part of the costs?

    Full covering all – you are good to go!
    Partial – Please be aware that you will need to provide additional evidence alongside your sponsor letter to show you have access to further finances to cover the complete maintenance required.

Parent(s) and legal guardians' bank account

  1. Do you have an original signed permission letter from your parent or parents stating your relationship to them, and that they are happy to support you during your UK studies?

    If the bank account is in both parents’ names, the permission letter must be signed by both parents showing they both agree to supporting you in your studies.

    Yes – Please continue to 2.
    No – The UKVI will not accept a bank statement or bank letter from your parents without a supporting permission letter from them stating they give permission for you to use the funds.

  2. Do you have your original birth certificate which names you and your parents?

    Yes – Please continue to 3.
    No – Your original birth certificate showing your relationship to your parents is required. Without this the UKVI will reject your financial documents.

  3. Is the birth certificate written in English or do you have an official translation of it?

    Yes – If you have met these requirements, along with the requirements in Section A, B or C, you are good to go!
    No – You are required to obtain an official translation of this document. The translation must specify:
    • A confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document.
    • The date the translation was done.
    • The translators full name, their signature, and their contact details.