Application for a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa (Entry Clearance)

Documents Required

Please find below a list of the documents required for your application.

It should be noted that the Home Office will only accept original documents. If no original is available, photocopied documents must be a stamped certified true copy of the original. Where a document is not in English or Welsh, the original must be accompanied by a fully certified translation by a professional translator. This translation must include details of the translator’s credentials and confirmation that it is an accurate translation of the original document. It must also be dated and include the original signature of the translator.

Please note that documents listed are carefully explained whether they are mandatory or optional. You should collect as many documents as possible and use it as a checklist to ensure all documents where possible have been sent as soon as possible. Where you are unable to provide the original documents, please explain the reasons by adding your comments.

The documents we will require from you are as follows:

Evidence of Applicant's Identity

Current PassportWith 1 blank page for a visaMandatory
1 PhotoPassport-sized, colourMandatory
Confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS)Details of educational institution, course name, course duration, feesMandatory


Certificates of qualificationMust show your name, the date and title of the award, the name of the awarding bodyMandatory
Transcripts of resultsMust show your name, the name of the academic institution, your course title and the confirmation of the awardMandatory
Enrolment letters/CASFor ALL previous courses in the UK, if anyMandatory

English Language Requirement (one of the following)

IELTS CertificateAt least a score of 5.5 in each categoryOptional
Other English Language Requirement CertificateMinimum CEFR level B2 (studying at a Degree level or above)Mandatory

Maintenance Requirements

Bank Statements, building society pass books, letter from your bank confirming funds or a loan, etc.Money for course fees plus maintenance of £1,020 in inner London, £820 anywhere else for 9 monthsMandatory

Other Documents

Statement of PurposePrepare a letter explaining how your choice of an institution and course will help in your future careerMandatory
Tuberculosis (TB) testIf coming for more than 6 monthsMandatory
Proof of parental or other legal guardian consentIf you’re under 18Mandatory

All documents should be posted or scanned and emailed to us to make sure they meet the requirements.

If you are posting the documents, they should be sent to: iam (immigration and migration), Suite 8, 225 Marsh Wall, Canary Wharf, London Docklands E14 9FW. Please send this as recorded or special delivery for tracking purposes. You are not required to inform us. You can track your parcel with Royal Mail (track and trace)

Please let us know if you cannot provide anything listed and we can discuss alternative documents you may provide. Once we have received the documents, we will inform you via e-mail and update your application in our records.

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