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					      NB: This Guidance may be subject to change whilst Tier 4 is being implemented. Please check with an
            International Student Adviser at visaadvice@city.ac.uk before submitting an application.




Applying for Tier 4 Student (General) visa outside the UK to study at
City University
17 August 2010

From 31st March 2009, full-time students have to apply for their visa under Tier 4 of new points-based
system. This information sheet explains how to apply for a Tier 4 visa to do a full-time degree course at
City University London and should be read in conjunction with the information provided by the UK
Border Agency at: http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/infs/inf29pbsstudent
Extending students: It also includes information for students who are currently on course at City
University but who need to extend their stay to complete their current course, e.g. to do resits or
write up a PhD thesis. Students who have been in the UK on course for at least 6 months are referred to
as ‘Established students’ by the UKBA.
Short-term students
If you are coming to the UK for less than 6 months and do not intend to work or
extend your stay, you can apply for a ‘Student Visitor’. Please see the UKVisas website at:
http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/infs/inf29pbsstudent#15812121 for details.

Students under the age of 16
You need to apply as a Child Student. The requirements and application forms are slightly different.
Please contact an International Student Adviser at: visaadvice@city.ac.uk

The University as your educational sponsor
When you make an application under Tier 4, the University becomes your educational ‘sponsor’. This
means that the University is responsible for you whilst you complete your course here. NB This does not
mean that the University is your financial sponsor.
Once you arrive at the University, you will need to provide your department with:
            a copy of the information page of your passport
            a copy of your Tier 4 General Student visa

How do I qualify under the Scheme?
You need to prove that you can score 40 points:
   30 points for a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) issued by City University London
    (available when offer is UNCONDITIONAL); AND
   10 points for proof that you meet the Maintenance Requirement. This means that you have enough
    money available to pay your course fees and living expenses for each month of your course (up to a
    maximum of 9 months).
NB These requirements are very different to the previous student visa application process. Do not rely on
any previous experience when making an application to extend your stay in the UK.
If you do not meet all the requirements and supply EXACTLY what the UK Border Agency asks
                 for, it is very likely that your application will be REFUSED.

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To access the relevant sections of this document, please use the list of contents below:

How much does the application cost?
When do I need to start to prepare my application?
When will I be able to travel to the UK?
How do I apply as an Adult student?
Completing the Appendix 8: Tier 4 (General) Student form
Visa application centres overseas
The Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
The Maintenance Requirement
What financial evidence do I need for my application?
Maintenance Requirement FAQs
What if I have applied for a loan for my studies?
What if I am sponsored for my studies
What documents will I need to send with my application?
Providing Biometric Information
Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)
TB screening
Student Visa extension FAQs
Where can I get further information?


How much does the application cost?
Tier 4 (general) student applicant = £199 (Correct as of 25 May 2010)
(See also: http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/visafees/)
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When do I need to start to prepare my application?
You need to allow plenty of time to make your application and to start gathering documents. You should
begin to prepare your application at least 3 MONTHS before your new course is due to start, if possible.
It can take up to 30 working days for applications to be processed. The UKBA provide details of waiting
times on their website at: http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/processingtimes/
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When will I be able to travel to the UK?
Your new visa will be valid for travel no more than 1 month before the official start date of your new
course as stated in your CAS.
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How do I apply as an Adult student?
Paper applications
The ‘Application form VAF9 - PBS Migrant’ is available on the ‘Visa application forms’ section of the
UKVisas website at: http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/vafs/ .You will also need to complete
the separate ‘PBS Appendix 8 General Student self assessment form’ available on the same page. ‘PBS
Migrant guidance notes’ which help you to complete the application form correctly are also available on
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      NB: This Guidance may be subject to change whilst Tier 4 is being implemented. Please check with an
            International Student Adviser at visaadvice@city.ac.uk before submitting an application.
Applying on-line
Applicants in many countries can now complete the VAF9 form on-line using a secure internet
connection. Some countries also accept payment of visa fees online. To see whether you can apply on
line, please visit: http://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk/CountrySupport.aspx
The on-line application form is available on the UKVisas website at:
http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/applyonline/
After completing the on-line form, you should also print off and complete a PBS Appendix 8 General
Student self assessment form’ to submit with your documentary evidence. This can be downloaded
from http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/vafs/
If you apply on line, you will usually be asked to take a print-out of your on-line application with you to
your visa appointment. You should ensure that this print out includes the barcode at the end of the form
(if applicable).
NB Although the Visa4UK website suggests that applicants have details of a UK address when applying
THIS IS NOT REQUIRED FOR ADULT STUDENTS unless the applicant is aged 16 or 17.
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Completing the Appendix 8: Tier 4 (General) Student form
You cannot complete this application form until you have received your CAS statement (see CAS section
below). The course information that you write here should match your CAS. The personal information
should match your passport. You need to include a paper copy of this appendix along with supporting
documents when you submit your application.

Part 2 – should ONLY be completed by applicants who are 16 or 17 years old when they apply.
Part 3 – City University’s full address is: 10 Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB
Part 4
4.2 – state the level of the qualification you will get at the end of your course, e.g ‘undergraduate
degree – NQF Level 6’, ‘postgraduate degree – NQF Level 7’ or ‘doctorate degree NQF Level 8’. If you’re
not sure what your qualification will be, please contact your department.
4.4 - Your ‘primary site of study’ will be 10 Northampton Square, even if your classes will be at
one of the University’s other campuses, e.g. Bunhill Row, Whitechapel or Grey’s Inn.
Part 5
5.5 - you only need to tick ‘Yes’ if your CAS indicates that you have been assessed by a reference, by
progress on a current course or as part of a study abroad programme.
5.6 and 5.7 – these should ONLY be completed by students who are studying English language ONLY.
5.8 – The minimum standard of English requirement DOES NOT apply to students taking courses at NQF
Level 6 or above. Tick ‘No’ here and go to question 5.15.
5.15 – this should only be completed if your CAS states that ATAS is required (see ATAS section below)
Part 6
6.6 - City University London is inside the Inner London Boroughs.
6.14 - The UKBA says the following about ‘official financial sponsors’:
      A student can receive official financial sponsor from Her Majesty’s Government, the
      student’s home government, the British Council or any international organisation,
      international company, university or an Independent School.


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      NB: This Guidance may be subject to change whilst Tier 4 is being implemented. Please check with an
            International Student Adviser at visaadvice@city.ac.uk before submitting an application.
US Government Loan applicants
If you are in receipt of an official US Government loan, you will need a formal letter from City University
London which confirms the amount of the loan. (If you haven’t received yours, please e-mail:
fundsservice@city.ac.uk) You should tick ‘Yes’ at 6.18 to confirm that funds are in your name and tick
‘Letter from a regulated financial institution confirming funds or the agreement of a loan’ at 6.20.


Visa application centres overseas
UKVisas manage the UK visa operation service around the world through visa sections at UK embassies,
high commissions and consulates and through visa application centres run by their commercial partners
VFS Global (http://www.vfsglobal.com/applyforvisa.html#uk) and WorldBridge Service
(https://www.visainfoservices.com/Pages/Welcome.aspx)
Commercial partners collect visa application forms and supporting documents, biometric fingerscans
and the visa application fee. All the information provided on their websites is supplied and approved by
the UK Border Agency.
NB Commercial partners are not involved in the decision making process and cannot give you advice on
how to complete your application, or what type of visa you should apply for. If you have any questions
about your application, please contact an International Student Adviser at: visaadvice@city.ac.uk
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The Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
These are produced by the University electronically and sent directly to the UK Border Agency. They are
only available to applicants who hold an UNCONDITIONAL OFFER and have paid any deposit (if
required).
Once a CAS has been issued for you, you will receive an electronic CAS statement by e-mail. This will
include your unique CAS number. You will need to include this information when you make your visa
application. This information is confidential and should be treated carefully.
A CAS is valid for a period of six months from the date it is produced. However, it cannot be used in a
visa application if that application is made more than 3 months before the course start date on the
CAS.
Please note: If you make a visa application and it is refused, you will need to contact the University to
ask for another CAS to be generated for you.

How do I request a CAS?
If you will need a CAS from the University, you will need to provide us with your passport details.
If you are an undergraduate applicant and provided your passport details to UCAS, a CAS will be
automatically prepared for you once you have firmly accepted an unconditional offer. If you have not
given your passport details to UCAS, we will contact you to request the information once you have
firmly accepted an unconditional offer.
If you are a postgraduate applicant and have already provided your passport details to the University,
a CAS will be automatically prepared for you once you have firmly accepted an unconditional offer. If
you have not yet given us your passport details, we will contact you to request the information once
you have firmly accepted an unconditional offer.
If you are a postgraduate applicant at Cass, you can request a CAS on-line via the CAS
Certificate Request Form at: http://www.cass.city.ac.uk/masters/apply/index.html

Extending Student: Students extending their current UK Student visa to complete their course at City
University should ask their department to generate a CAS for them. Cass students should request a
letter on-line (see above).

Documents you need to provide with your CAS
If you are applying for a visa to start a new course here at City, your CAS will need to include details of
the academic documents that you used to get your place on the programme. If you used academic
certificates (e.g. a degree certificate or IELTS certificate) or an academic transcript, then you will need
to provide the originals of these documents.
Please note: If you provided an academic reference(s) (e.g. a written recommendation from a
previous tutor), you do not need to provide the originals.
Students who need more time to complete their course
If your visa was originally issued for the course that you are doing now and you are applying for more
time to finish that course, your CAS does not need to list any documents but it must confirm that you
“have been assessed based on your progress so far on the course.”
Important
    Check your CAS carefully. You must tell us immediately if the details in your letter are incorrect.
You need to include ORIGINALS of any academic certificates or transcripts listed in your CAS.
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The Maintenance Requirement
The UKBA now specify exactly how much money an applicant needs to have when they apply to extend
a visa in the UK. You can show that you meet the Maintenance requirement in several different ways (or
a combination of these):
           Using personal or joint bank statements OR A formal letter from the bank
           Using a formal letter from an official financial sponsor
           Using a formal letter from an official loan provider
           Using your parents’ bank statements (together with other specified documents – see below)

How much money do I need for the Maintenance Requirement?
The UK Border Agency now specify exactly how much money applicants need to have at the time
they apply. Applicants applying for the first time need to show that they have enough money for:
    tuition fees for 1 year of study
    £800 a month for each month of the course (up to a maximum of 9 months).
     e.g. if you want to study a 1-year Master’s course, you need £7,200 in your account + course fees
     for one year.
Established Student: Students who:
     are extending their visa to complete their current course OR
     have recently completed a course in the UK which was more than 6 months long and which
        finished less than four months before they are making their visa application
are not required to show the same level of maintenance as an initial applicant. The Maintenance
requirement for extending students is:
           tuition fees for 1 year (or for the period for which you need the visa extension)
           £1,600 (£800 x 2 months) only.
NB The UKBA only work in whole calendar months, so if your course finishes in middle of the month, you
still have to provide proof of maintenance for the whole month.

How long do I need to have had this money?
When you apply, you will need to show that you have had this money for a period of AT LEAST 28 DAYS
before you make your application.
NB Students who have an ‘official financial sponsor’ may not need to meet this requirement (see ‘‘What
if I am sponsored for my studies’ below.

Does this money really need to be in my personal bank account?
The UKBA have agreed that applicants can use bank statements held by a parent (or legal
guardian). They have NOT agreed to accept statements from any other relatives.

If you wish to use your parents’ original bank statements, you will need to provide formal
proof of your relationship. This should be either:
           your birth certificate showing the name of the parent(s) showing the funds
           Certificate of adoption showing your name and the parent(s) showing the funds
           Court document showing that the person providing your funds is your legal guardian



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You will also need evidence that your parents (or legal guardian) agree that you can use their money for
your studies. You will need an original signed and dated letter from your parent(s) or legal guardian
confirming:
             the relationship between you and your parent(s) or legal guardian(s)
             that the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) have agreed that the funds in their account are
              available to you for your studies in the UK
More information about this is provided by the UKBA on their website in Annex A of the Tier 4 Policy
Guidance at: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk/adult-students/

What financial evidence do I need for my application?
The UKBA are very specific about the ORIGINAL financial documents they accept as proof that you meet
the Maintenance Requirement. You need to provide either of the following UNLESS you have an ‘official
sponsor’ for your studies or an official loan:
         1.   personal bank or building society statements OR
         2.   a formal letter from the bank
NB your relatives are NOT ‘official sponsors’. Students who have an official sponsor should read ‘What if
I am sponsored for my studies’ below.

1, Personal bank or building society statements
Personal bank or building society statements covering a 28 day period ending* no more than 1 month
before the date of your application (*unless applying before 1 Oct 2009).
These must show:
       your name
       your account number;
       the date of the statement;
       the financial institution’s name and logo
       that your balance has always been at the required level for the full 28-day period
NB Ad hoc bank statements (printed in your bank branch) which are printed on the bank’s letterhead
and include all the details above are admissible as evidence but this DOES NOT INCLUDE mini-
statements from cash points (ATMs).
Internet bank statements
If you only have on-line statements, they can be used if they contain all of the details listed above.
However, you must ALSO:
   a. provide a letter from your bank on headed paper confirming that the statements are authentic
      or
   b. ask your bank to stamp your electronic statements with the official stamp of the bank. This
      stamp should appear on every page of the statement.

2, A letter from your bank / building society
A letter from your bank / building society confirming that you have sufficient funds and that the funds
have been in your account for at least 28 days. This letter must include:
             your name;
             your account number;
             the date of the letter;

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           the financial institution’s name and logo
           confirmation that the balance has not dropped below the required amount over the full 28-
            day period.

NB The UK Border Agency will NOT accept letters or bank statements which simply show the balance in
the account on a particular day as these documents do not show that you’ve had the money for the full
28-day period.
REMEMBER
  Documents must be original (on official letter-headed paper/ with official stamp)
  Latest statement must be less than 1 month old when applying

Maintenance Requirement FAQs
What if I have already paid some of my tuition fees?
If you have already paid some or all of your course fees, this should be explained in the CAS. If it is not in
the CAS, you should include formal receipts when you make your application.

What if I have already paid some of my accommodation fees?
If you have already paid accommodation fees TO THE UNIVERSITY, this can be included in the CAS. If it is
not mentioned in the letter, you should include formal receipts from the University when you make your
application.
NB The UKBA will not accept formal receipts for payments to any other accommodation provider.

What if I live with my relatives and do not have to pay rent?
You will still have to show that you can meet the Maintenance Requirement.

What if the money in my account is not in UK pounds (£)?
If your funds are not in pounds sterling, you should convert the closing balance into pounds and write
this sum on the document you are using as proof of your finances. The Home Office uses the OANDA
website at www.oanda.com/convert/classic to convert currencies into pounds sterling, so you should
use this exchange rate too.
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What if I have applied for a loan for my studies?
If you are using a bank or government loan as your evidence, you must provide a document from the
bank confirming the loan (the bank must be regulated by an official regulatory body). The loan must
be held in your name as loans held in a parents(s)/legal guardians name cannot be used.
The loan letter must be dated no more than 6 months before the date of the application and should show:
           Your name; and
           the date of the letter; and
           the financial institution’s name and logo; and
           the money (or funds) available as a loan.

The loan funds must be available to you before you travel to the United Kingdom and there must be no
other conditions attached, other than the student making a successful Tier 4 application.
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What if I am sponsored for my studies (or have been sponsored within the last 12
months)?
The UK Border Agency no longer allows students to be ‘sponsored’ by their relatives. They now define
an ‘official financial sponsor’ as:
            “Her Majesty’s Government *UK government+, the student’s home government,
      the British Council or any international organisation, international company or university or
                                           independent school”
If your studies are totally funded by an ‘official financial sponsor’, you MUST provide a letter from
them confirming their support.
NB If your sponsors confirm that they are paying ALL your fees and Maintenance, you do not have to
provide separate personal financial evidence.

The Sponsor letter
The letter must be on official letter-headed paper or stationery of the organisation of the
official financial sponsor and have the official stamp of that organisation on it. It should show:
            your name;
            the name and contact details of your official financial sponsor;
            the date of the letter;
            the length of your sponsorship; and
            the amount of money you have OR a statement that your official financial sponsor ‘will
              cover all of your fees and living costs’.
NB If you are sponsored by the University, this can be mentioned in your CAS, instead of in a separate
letter.

Are you partially sponsored e.g. only your fees are paid?
If your sponsors only pay SOME of your costs, you will need a letter from them AND proof that you
have enough money yourself to meet the rest of the Maintenance Requirement, for example your
personal bank statements.

Is your sponsor a government or international scholarship agency?
If you are sponsored by a government or by an international scholarship agency, (or have been
funded by them in the 12 months before you apply), you need to get their permission to extend your
stay.
The UKBA specify that you must “provide us with your financial sponsor’s unconditional consent in
writing. If the financial sponsor does not give consent, we will refuse your application”.
NB If you are funded by any other type of official sponsor, for example, a university, you do not
require their consent to apply to stay in the UK.

REMEMBER:
   All letters from official financial sponsors must be on official letter-headed paper or
    stationery of the organisation and include the official stamp of that organisation.
   If your official financial sponsor limits the time you may study in the United Kingdom,
    your visa extension will be limited to the same length of time.
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What documents will I need to send with my application?
Most applicants will need to send some or all of the following ORIGINAL documents. Some applicants
may need to provide additional documents depending on their individual circumstances.
A checklist for supporting documents is provided by UKVisas at:
http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/vafs/vafsdocschecklist/
     1 x passport-sized colour photograph which meets the requirements (see photograph box at the
      beginning of the form for more details).
     A valid passport
     A CAS from City University
     Original academic certificates or academic transcripts listed on your CAS
     A copy of your ATAS certificate (Only applicable to a limited number of Science and Engineering
      courses – see ‘Academic Technology Approval Scheme’ below.)
     Personal bank or building society statements, letter from bank or building society, Loan agreement
      or other financial documents as specified in the Policy Guidance
     Original official receipts for payments to the University not mentioned in your CAS
     A letter from your ‘official financial sponsor’ confirming either that they will pay ALL your tuition
      fees and living expenses OR which states exactly how much financial support they will provide
     Original written confirmation that your official sponsor agrees to your visa extension if you are
      sponsored by a government or international scholarship agency.

Always read the Guidance carefully and check your evidence is exactly right before you make
               your application. If it is not, your application will be refused.

REMEMBER
    It is your responsibility to provide the evidence to support your application AT THE TIME YOU
     APPLY. It will not be possible to send additional documents later.
    Do not send documents which are not specified in the Policy Guidance Notes or on the application
     form unless you have spoken to an International Student Adviser first.
    If a document is not in English (or Welsh), you must provide both the original document AND a
     fully certified translation by a professional translator. The translation must include details of the
     translator’s credentials and confirm that it is an accurate translation of the original. It must be
     dated and include the original signature of the translator.
    You MUST provide ORIGINAL, GENUINE documents and supply any necessary information to allow
     the UKBA to check their validity. If the UK Border Agency cannot confirm that your documents are
     genuine, they are likely to refuse your application.

Important: The UKBA provides the following notice about using false documents on its website:
“False documents - It is better to explain why you do not have a document than to submit a false
document with an application. Applicants will be automatically refused and may be banned from
coming to the UK for 10 years if they use a false document, lie or withhold relevant information. They
may also be banned if they have breached immigration laws in the UK.
Travellers to the UK who produce a false travel document or passport to the UK immigration authorities
for themselves and/or their children are committing an offence. People found guilty of this offence face
up to two years in prison or a fine (or both).”
www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/infs/inf29pbsstudent#15492358

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Providing Biometric Information
All applicants are now routinely required to provide 10 digit finger scans and a digital photograph when
applying for a UK visa, with a few exceptions (Heads of State for example). This is designed to protect
your identity and to ensure that nobody else can make a visa application using your details.
Visa applicants will be required to attend in person to register their biometric data. Biometrics are
collected at the offices of the British mission, commercial partner or in certain cases, the host
government.
Registration will simply mean presenting fingers on a glass screen, plus having a digital photograph
taken. It will take less than five minutes and will not delay the decision on your application.
The UK Government are aware of the need to protect the dignity, privacy and modesty of applicants;
there will be special arrangements for female applicants where required.

UKVisas have provided a short video about providing your biometric data on YouTube at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHam3ybcr-k
      NB Your visa application will not begin to be considered until you have attended an
                    appointment and provided your biometric information.
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Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)
As of 30 November 2007, students who choose to study certain subjects at MSc or PhD level have to
apply for additional clearance under the ATAS scheme before they can extend their student visa.
If you are studying one of the following subjects at City University, you will need to apply for ATAS
clearance and obtain an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before you can
extend your student visa in the UK.

MSc level: Courses with these JACS codes require ATAS clearance -
F2 – Materials Science; F3 – Physics (including Nuclear Physics); H3 – Mechanical Engineering; H4 –
Aerospace Engineering; J5 – Materials Technology not otherwise specified
The specific MSc courses at City which require ATAS clearance are:
Mechanical Engineering – H300;                Automotive Engineering – H330
Aeronautical Engineering – H410               Air Transport Management – H410
Air Safety Management - H411                  Aircraft Maintenance Management – H411

Doctoral (PhD) level: Courses with these JACS codes require ATAS clearance -
Subjects allied to Medicine – B9              Biological Sciences – C1
Chemistry - F1;                               Physics – F3;
Geographical Information Science – F8         Mathematics – G1;
Computer Science – G4;                        Artificial Intelligence – G7
Civil Engineering – H2;                       Mechanical Engineering – H3;
Aerospace / Aeronautical Engineering – H4;
Electrical & Electronic Engineering – H6
If you are not sure if you need an ATAS certificate, please contact the International Student Advisers at
visaadvice@city.ac.uk .

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How can I apply for ATAS?
The application for an ATAS certificate is made online at www.fco.gov.uk/atas. This website includes
application guidance notes and the online application form.
It takes on average between 10 – 20 days from the date of application for your ATAS certificate to be
issued, so please bear this in mind when you are planning your visa extension application.
If you have any problems applying for an ATAS certificate, please e-mail the International Student
Advisers at: visaadvice@city.ac.uk
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TB screening
Applicants in certain countries now require a certificate to show that they are free from infectious
pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) if they are applying for a visa for longer than six months.
Testing has begun in the following countries: Bangladesh, Ghana (which also takes applications from
Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Togo and Niger), Kenya (which also take applications from residents of
Eritrea and Somalia), Pakistan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Thailand (which also takes applications from
Cambodia and Laos).
Successful applicants will no longer need to undergo medical inspection on arrival in the UK. This time-
consuming process can be avoided if those coming to the UK carry their screening certificate in their
hand luggage to present to an immigration officer on arrival in the UK.
More information about TB testing is provided by UKVisas at:
http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/tbscreening/


Student Visa extension FAQs
Where can I check exactly what I need to submit with my application?
For full details of exact document requirements, please check the UKBA website at:
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/applicationforms/pbs/Tier4migrantguidance.pdf

How soon can I apply for my visa?
You cannot apply more than 3 MONTHS before the start date of your course (as stated in the CAS). The
visa will not be valid for travel more than 1 MONTH before the start date of your course.

How long will my new visa be?
If you are studying a course at degree level, you will be given the length of the course, plus some extra
time, from seven days to four months. This is to enable you, for example, to receive your results, pack
up to go home or apply to stay for a further course or for work, or make any other immigration
application for which you meet the requirements.
The additional period you should receive is:
       4 months, if your course is 12 months or longer
       2 months, if your course is between 6 months and 12 months long
       1 month, if your course is under 6 months long and it is a pre-sessional course
       7 days, if your course is under six months long and is not a pre-sessional course.
NB If your studies are funded by an official financial sponsor and their sponsorship finishes before the
period specified above, you will be given permission to stay for that shorter period.
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      NB: This Guidance may be subject to change whilst Tier 4 is being implemented. Please check with an
            International Student Adviser at visaadvice@city.ac.uk before submitting an application.
What documents will I need to show at the airport?
The UKBA advise you to carry the documents you provided with your original application (or copies of
them) in your hand luggage, including your original CAS. For more information, see:
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk/adult-students/arrival-in-the-uk/) Some
applicants may also need their TB screening certificates.

Can I work part-time?
Even if you are not doing a work placement, you can work for up to 20 hours a week in term-time and
full-time in your holidays. For more information about working during your studies, see
www.ukcisa.org.uk/student/working_during.php.

Can I do a course which includes a work placement?
Your period of study can include a full-time work placement as long as the time you spend working is
not more than 50 % of your whole study period.

Can I do extra courses, for example in the evening?
Yes, you can do extra courses, for example, evening classes, as long as you continue to do the course for
which you were given your Tier 4 visa.

Can I stay if I fail an exam or need to retake a module?
The new visa system allows students to re-sit examinations or repeat modules but there are strict rules
about when these exams take place and how many times exams can be retaken:
     Your department will not usually be able to support your application by issuing a CAS if you are
      not required to attend classes at the University. The only exception to this is if your exam occurs
      within the first 60 days of the start of the academic period.
     If you have already re-sat a particular examination or repeated a specific module more than once,
      City is not allowed to issue you with a CAS so you will not be able to extend your immigration
      permission as a student to re-sit this exam or to retake this module. You should contact the
      visaadvice@city.ac.uk as soon as possible if you are in this situation.

Can I take a break from studies?
If you want or need to take a break from your studies for any reason, you must tell your department. In
most cases, you will be expected to leave the UK, and re-enter when you are ready to start your studies
again.
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Where can I get further information?
If you have any questions that are not answered by this guidance note or you are not clear about any of
the information, you can get assistance from the following places:

International Student Advisers:
Lizzie Huckle, Alexia Ball and Alan Gelfer
International Student Advisers, The Student Centre
Telephone: 020 7040 3262/8226/8831
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      NB: This Guidance may be subject to change whilst Tier 4 is being implemented. Please check with an
            International Student Adviser at visaadvice@city.ac.uk before submitting an application.
Email: visaadvice@city.ac.uk

UKCISA: The Council for International Student Affairs:
www.ukcisa.org.uk/
Student advice line telephone: 020 7107 9922 (Monday to Friday, 1 - 4pm).

UK Border Agency website (full details of the scheme, application form, documents required):
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk/
Quick guides for applicants are provided by the UKBA at:
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk/quickguideforstudent/adultstudents/applyingfora
nadultstudentvisa/

The information in this Guidance Note is given in good faith and has been carefully checked. City
University however accepts no legal responsibility for its accuracy.




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