Procuring a student visa from anywhere in the world is a complicated task. As in other countries, the UK government wants to ensure that only legitimate students are granted permission to study. As a result the system by which they grant visas is extremely thorough. We know from experience how challenging this process can be. But applying to the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) for the Tier 4 (General) student visa can be a straightforward process if you take it seriously and stay organised.
We offer the following advice:
If you are struggling to complete your application to the UKBA we will work with you to resolve your questions. Please let us know right away if any problems arise before or after your submit your application.
To start the application process start on the Tier 4 visa website.
Find out about the applicant’s financial requirements both when they apply and upon arrival at the UK border.
The English language requirements can be found on line, including a full list of approved English language exams.
Find the application fee that applies to you in order to manage the application process.
All Tier 4 visa holders must attend the International Student Arrivals Lounge on the Thursday and Friday before Enrollment Week. It is important that you make travel arrangements to accommodate this requirement.
You will need evidence that you have paid some or all of your fees. When you pay put your name or student number in the reference and then email the NUA Finance Office for a receipt of payment: firstname.lastname@example.org
You have the right to work in the UK for up to 20 hours per week during term time. If you work more than this amount you will compromise your right to remain in the UK. More details will be available in August of the year of entry.
The University will monitor your attendance as part of its responsibilities to the UKBA and report breaches of your visa requirements.
If you need to register with local police your visa will reflect this requirement. The International Office can help you to do so when you arrive.
You have access to free NHS health care throughout your studies. However, you are not eligible for public funds including Jobseeker’s Allowance or Housing Allowance.
You are exempt from paying Council Tax while you are a student at NUA.
“NUA is like a big family and there is a strong sense of support from the Norwich community. At the start of my course NUA arranged a tour of Norwich and the surrounding area and helped us to settle in. Having a studio environment really helps you get to know people quickly.”
BA Fine Art student, Singapore
Before you can apply for your Tier 4 visa you must be issued with a CAS, a document that confirms that you have been offered and accepted a place for full time education with a licensed Tier 4 sponsor (the University.) The CAS will be issued electronically by our Registry Office when you have fully satisfied our academic and language requirements, submitted a portfolio and completed an interview. It is also important that we can be sure you will meet the UKBA’s Tier 4 visa requirements. Once you have recieved your CAS you can complete your application for permission to study in the UK. More about the CAS can be found here.