"Co Sponsorship Visa Application Letter"
Extending your immigration permission (visa) in the UK Tier 4 of the Points Based System International Advice Team, Student Services Centre, University of Manchester 1 Updated: August 2010 (includes checking application dates) What is Tier 4? Tier 4 is the immigration route for students It is part of the new Points Based System You need 40 points for a successful Tier 4 application 2 How do I get my points? 10 points for money (maintenance) 30 points for a CAS (CAS = Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies CAS replaces visa letters) 3 Money: Tuition Fees You will have to show that you have: Money for your tuition fees: Degree = first year‟s fees 4 Money: Living Expenses Money for living expenses is called “Maintenance” Maintenance per month = £600 and depending on how long you have been in the UK so far you will need; • If you have been studying a course for less than six months you need to show you have maintenance for 9 months = (£600 x 9 = £5,400) • If you have been studying a course for more than six months you need to show you have maintenance for 2 months = (£600 x 2 = £1,200) The money must be in your bank account for 28 days before you apply. If it drops below the required amount for even one day your application will be refused. *****Maintenance also includes your accommodation fees 5 Money: Total Amount 1. Maintenance For you: £5,400 or £1,200 (£600 per month) For your dependants (husband‟s/wife‟s/children etc): £3,600 or £800 per dependant (£400 per month per dependant) 2. Course fees If you are extending for a short course (less than 1 year): Your fees in full (unless you have already paid some) If you are extending for a longer course (more than 1 year) The first year of fees only (unless you have already paid some) 6 Do you have an official financial sponsor? Official financial sponsors are: UK government Your country‟s government British Council International organisation International company University You must submit an official sponsor letter as part of your immigration permission application. 7 Sponsor letter from an official financial sponsor The letter must include: Your personal details (name, date of birth) Names of dependants (if applicable) Your course details (title) Amount of money (e.g. Tuition fees + maintenance costs) Duration of sponsorship or start and end dates of sponsorship „Unconditional consent for you to stay in and re-enter the UK‟ 8 Sponsor letter from an official sponsor Further information and an example copy of an official sponsorship letter, please go to the following website; http://www.studentnet.manchester.ac.uk/crucial- guide/academic-life/immigration/applying-from-the- uk/independent/sponsored/ 9 What is a fully sponsored student? Where official financial sponsors pay; Full tuition fees Full maintenance costs Fully sponsored students do not have to show the money their your bank account. Fully sponsored students must submit a sponsorship letter 10 What is a part sponsored student? Where official financial sponsors pay only; Tuition fees (full fees or part fees) or Maintenance costs (full fees or part fees) Part sponsored students must show the remaining fees in their your bank account. Part sponsored students must submit a sponsorship letter 11 Self financing students You must show that you have had the money for tuition fees and maintenance in your own or your parents‟ bank account for 28 days. Ifthe balance of your bank account drops below the required amount at all during the 28 days your application will be refused so you need to ensure you have the correct amount or more in your bank account. 12 Money: Bank statements Bank statements must be no older than one calendar month on the date of application Bank statements must be original Overseas bank statements that are not in English need to be translated by an official translator If you use overseas bank statements you need to provide a currency conversion into pounds sterling from the Oanda website: http://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/ 13 Online bank statements Are they acceptable? You can use bank statements but they must contain the following information: - Your name - Account number - Bank‟s name and logo - Date of the statement - Amount of money available The bank stamp must appear on every page of the bank statements. 14 Using your parents‟ bank statements as evidence You are allowed to use your parents‟ bank statements for your extension application You need to show an original birth certificate as evidence of your relationship (this MUST be translated into English – see translation slide) You will also need a signed letter of consent from your parents agreeing that you can use their bank statements with your visa application 15 Using your parents‟ bank statements as evidence Further information and an example copy of an parent letter, please visit the following weblink: http://www.studentnet.manchester.ac.uk/crucial- guide/academic-life/immigration/applying-from-the- uk/independent/self-financing/ 16 Accommodation Fees If you are staying in Manchester University owned Halls of Residence and you have paid your accommodation fees in full you can submit an official receipt from the Accommodation Office. This way you can show less maintenance in your bank account (£5400 – accommodation fees = how much you need to show in your bank account) You cannot use receipts for accommodation paid to private halls 17 Accommodation Fees You cannot use receipts for accommodation paid to; • Privately owned halls of residence • Halls of residence owned by other universities • Private accommodation i.e. houses/apartments/flats • Homestay accommodation 18 Money: Example 1 - Student has been on English Language course for 9 months and needs to extend for main course (PhD starting in Sep 10); - She has a husband and 3 children (4 dependants); - Self-financing student She needs: Fees for first year: £12,900 (unless already paid) Maintenance for student: 2 months x £600 = £1200 Maintenance for dependants: 4 x (2 x £400) = £3200 Total: £17,300 Must be shown in her bank account or her parents‟ bank account for at least 28 days 19 Money: Example 2 • English language student who has been studying English language (pre-sessional) for 3 months and who need to extend visa to study on main course (Masters starting Sept 10) • He is single and has no dependants • Self-financing student He needs: •Fees for first year: £12,900 (unless already paid) •Maintenance for student: 9 months x £600 = £5,400 •Total: £18,300 •Must be shown in his bank account or his parents‟ bank account for at least 28 days 20 Money: Example 3 -English language student who has been studying English language (Gateway) for 5 months and who needs to extend visa to continue studying English language -He has an official financial sponsor for tuition fees only He needs: Official sponsorship letter stating tuition fees are paid by the sponsor Maintenance for student (9 months x £600) = £5400 Total: £5400 Must be shown in his bank account or his parents‟ bank account for at least 28 days 21 CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) Do you have your 10 points for maintenance? You also need a „CAS‟ – 30 points + 22 What is a CAS? •The CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) is a unique electronic reference number that is generated by the University of Manchester, which confirms that the University have agreed to be your Educational Sponsor •You can get your CAS from your School Administrator who inputs information about you and your course into the student system. This information is then uploaded to the UK Border Agency‟s Sponsor Management System. •Once your CAS has been issued you will receive a CAS statement by email (to your University of Manchester email address) that includes all the information in your CAS (this will help you to complete the Tier 4 application form but you do not need to include it with your application) •Check the information in your CAS statement is correct 23 What information is in a CAS? The CAS should include: Your personal details (name, nationality, passport number etc) Your course details (title, level, start and end date) – Check this! The University‟s „sponsor‟ details (licence number, address, contact) Whether you need an ATAS certificate Your tuition fee information 24 CAS: Starting a new course You can only get a CAS for a new course when you have accepted an unconditional offer. The CAS will list the qualifications your offer is based on, and you must submit the documents listed in the CAS as part of your visa application. Otherwise your visa will be refused. You obtain your CAS from the admissions staff in your School. 25 ATAS Certificate ATAS stands for Academic Technology Approval Scheme. If you are going to study certain engineering or physical science courses above degree level you may need an ATAS certificate. Contact your School to check if you need one. If you do, go to: www.fco.gov.uk/atas to apply for your ATAS certificate online. It can take between 10-15 working days (sometimes longer) to receive your ATAS certificate Your ATAS certificate will be emailed to you. Apply as soon as possible. 26 Translation of Documents If your degree is listed as the qualification the University of Manchester used to issue your offer, you will need to provide your original degree certificate or original transcripts. If your degree certificate or transcripts are not in English you will need to have them translated by an official translator. 27 What must the translation include? The translation must include: the translator‟s qualifications confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document the date the translator‟s original signature contact details of the translator 28 Where can I get my degree certificate translated? Manchester City Council offers a translation service but it will cost you about £25 per document. The translation Service is called M-Four – Translations and they are based at the City Council at Albert Square in the city centre. You can call them on 0161 234 3193 or visit their website: http://www.m-four.com/ You don‟t need to book an appointment to go there. You pay on the day and collect your document a few days later. 29 Making a Tier 4 application How to send your Tier 4 application In person By post Through the University of Manchester Batch Scheme 30 Making the Tier 4 application How to send your Tier 4 application In person at a Public Enquiry Office (PEO) Appointments get booked up very early so make an appointment as soon as you can. You will need to telephone a Public Enquiry Office to make an Appointment or you can apply online: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/contact/applyinginperson/ 31 Making the Tier 4 application How to send your Tier 4 application By post Postal address: Courier address: UK Border Agency UK Border Agency Tier 4 Tier 4 PO Box 500 Millburngate House Durham Millburngate DH99 1WJ Durham DH97 1PA If sending your application by post, ensure that it is posted using “Special Delivery” service of the post office 32 Making the Tier 4 application How to send your Tier 4 application Through the University of Manchester “BATCH SCHEME” 33 What is the Student Batch Scheme? The International Advice Team has direct contact with student caseworkers at the UK Border Agency. We will check your Tier 4 application for you and contact you if there are any problems. We will send your application to the UK Border Agency for you. Your documents will be returned to us. We will contact you to come and collect them. 34 How to use the Student Batch Scheme? • Submit your Tier 4 application to the International Advice Team by the deadlines stated: http://www.studentnet.manchester.ac.uk/crucial- guide/academic-life/immigration/applying-from-the- uk/batch-scheme/deadlines/ • You will receive a letter from the UK Border Agency asking you to attend a biometric appointment to take your fingerprints and facial image. This is for your UK ID card. • Your passport and UK ID card will be returned to us. • Your ID card will contain your visa. 35 The International Advice Team We are based at the Student Services Centre on Burlington Street Opening hours: 1000hrs 1600hrs, Monday to Friday You can contact us: 0161 275 5000 (option 1) Website: http://www.studentnet.manchester.ac.uk/crucial- guide/academic-life/immigration/ 36 Making the Tier 4 application Tier 4 application costs: In person - £628.00 per student - £107.00 per dependant By Post - £357.00 per student - £80.00 per dependant Batch Scheme - £357.00 per student - £80.00 per dependant 37 Making the Tier 4 application Tier 4 application costs – Payment: In person Postal Orders - payable to „Home Office” Cheque - payable to „Home Office” Bankers Draft - payable to „Home Office” Visa / Mastercard Cash (please note that PEOs do not accept cash) By Post Postal Orders - payable to „Home Office” Cheque - payable to „Home Office” Bankers Draft - payable to „Home Office” Visa / Mastercard Batch Scheme Postal Order Only We strongly advise you to use Postal Orders which ever service you use 38 Making a Tier 4 application What are postal orders? • What are Postal Orders? Postal orders are similar to cheques • Where can I get a Postal Order? Any Post Office. Visit the following link to locate the nearest Post Office to you: http://www.postoffice.co.uk/portal/po/finder?pageId=ftn_finder_po_postoffice&cat Id=20700386 • Print the name of the payee’s name on the Postal Order “Home Office” • Commission per order 50 pence (Postal Orders come in different values to a maximum of £250) 39 Making a Tier 4 application What are postal orders? 40 Making a Tier 4 application When will I receive my passport/ID card back? • In person 7 – 10 days • By post 2 – 3 months • Batch Scheme 2 – 3 months Please note depending on time of year the estimates stated above can vary 41 Making the Tier 4 application Log onto the following weblink and read ALL information carefully. Some students find it useful to read the information more than once BEFORE starting to complete an application form: http://www.studentnet.manchester.ac.uk/crucial- guide/academic-life/immigration/ Read the policy guidance notes on the following link; http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk/adult -students/applying/ 42 Making the Tier 4 application When you start to complete your Tier 4 (general) application form, why not have a copy of the annotated Tier 4 form form in front of you; http://www.studentnet.manchester.ac.uk/crucial- guide/academic-life/immigration/applying-from-the- uk/independent/ 43 Making the Tier 4 application Tier 4 (general) application forms can be taken from; http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk/a dult-students/applying/ 44 Making the Tier 4 application • Complete ALL forms in BLACK INK • Complete ALL forms in CAPITAL LETTERS • Complete the new SEPTEMBER version of the form 45 Making the Tier 4 application • You must include all the passports you have used for travel to and stay in the UK for your current course • All documents must be original • You must include all your documentation at the time of application • You will not be allowed to submit further documents later • If the documents are not sufficient, your application will be refused • Do not allow your visa to expire! If this happens, contact the International Advice Team urgently. 46 How the International Advice Team can help you 4 advisers qualified to give immigration advice to students at the University Application forms and Policy Guidance available to print out from our website Sample application forms with notes on our website „Student Batch Scheme‟ with direct contact to UK Border Agency caseworkers 47 Independent application (not using the Student Batch Scheme) You might have to make an independent application (if you are going in person or if you have missed our deadline), or You can choose to make an independent application We cannot check independent applications during busy periods but you can use our website and the form with notes to help you 48 Documents required for extension application Application form completed in full Passport(s) and UK ID card (if you have one) Police Registration Certificate (if you have one) with your most recent address Payment 2 passport photos with light background and taken within the last month Any original qualification documents listed in your CAS statement and translations (if necessary) 49 Documents required for extension application CAS number Financial documents (bank statements and/or sponsor letter) ATAS certificate (if required) Qualification documents (degree certificate & translation) Passports/ID card 50 Warning! Remember, don‟t book your flight tickets home for the holidays until you have your new visa! 51 What to do TODAY Applying for your extension will take time so start today! Find out if you need ATAS, if so apply immediately. Ensure you have money available to you and transfer this into an account in your name If you have online banking: Change to receive paper statements Order copy statements If you are sponsored: Check the sponsor letter includes the correct wording, order a new letter if necessary 52 Frequently asked questions Q:Can I remain in the UK while my passport/visa is at UKBA? A: YES. You should always keep a photocopy of your current passport/visa. 53 Frequently asked questions Q: Can I return to my home country to extend my visa, it will be easier and quicker for me A: NO. You may not be allowed to extend your visa from home if you already have a visa. Q: Do I need to send an original CAS certificate with my application? A: NO. You do not need to send your CAS certificate but you will need to have this for checking purposes so that all documents listed on your CAS statement is included in your application. 54