Tier 4 (General) Student Visa

Visas, Immigration & Nationality

Application for a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa

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

Documents Notes Type
Old and current passports Pages with photo and expiry date Mandatory
Recent Passport Photographs (x2) (Photo Guidance) Mandatory
UK visas/Biometric Card(s) Mandatory


Documents Notes Type
Certificates of qualification Must show your name, the date and title of the award, the name of the awarding body Mandatory
Transcripts of results Must show your name, the name of the academic institution, your course title and the confirmation of the award Mandatory
Enrolment letters/CAS For ALL previous courses in the UK Mandatory

English Language Requirement (one of the following)

Documents Notes Type
An academic qualification at least equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree which was taught in a majority English-speaking country Mandatory
IELTS Certificate At least a score of 5.5 in each category Optional
Other English Language Requirement Certificate Minimum CEFR level B2 Optional

Maintenance Requirements

Documents Notes Type
Bank Statements, building society pass books, letter from your bank confirming funds or a loan, etc. Course fees plus maintenance of £1,265 for those studying in inner London for 9 months (£11,385), anywhere else £1,015 per month (£9,135) Mandatory
Payslips – past 6 months Optional

Other Documents

Documents Notes Type
Home Office Correspondence Curtailment letters, etc. If any
Statement of Purpose Prepare a letter explaining how your choice of an institution and course will help in your future career Mandatory

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) http://track2.royalmail.com.

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.