Apply for a visa whilst in the UK Apply for a visa whilst in the UK

The Student Support Service provides support and resources to help you apply for a new Tier 4 visa from within the UK. The Student Support Service also operates a Visa Application Service to check, send and manage your visa application.

Applying for Tier 4 Visa in the UK

To apply for a visa from within the UK, you will need to go to the Visa and Immigration section of the GOV.UK website, where more information is also available. It is recommended that you use the Visa Application Service at UEA to help you apply for you visa. UKCISA's webpage 'Making a Tier 4 (General) application in the UK' is also a very useful resource.

As part of your Tier 4 visa application, you must pay the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge (IHS) fee online.

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Are you allowed to apply in the UK? Are you allowed to apply in the UK?

To be able to apply for a new Tier 4 student visa from within the UK you must:

  • Have a valid Tier 4 visa (or another type that allows you to switch to a Tier 4 visa)
  • Have a CAS statement
  • Meet all the requirements
  • Have the required funds in your bank account for 28 days prior to applying

You cannot apply from the UK if:

  • Your visa expires more than 1 month before your next course will start
  • You currently have a short-term study visa or any other type of visitor visa
  • Your current visa is a dependant visa
  • There may be other cases that will not allow you to apply from within the UK, please read the Tier 4 Policy Guidance carefully.

If these affect you, then you must return home to apply for a new visa from outside the UK.

When to apply When to apply

The earliest you can apply is 3 months before your visa expires or 3 months before the start of a new course. This is also the earliest you can get your CAS from UEA.

You must apply before your current visa expires. The date of your application is the date you pay the application fee and submit your application online.

Starting a new course from another institution

If you are starting a new course at UEA and have a Tier 4 visa for another institution (not including INTO UEA), you must apply for a new Tier 4 visa before you can start your course at UEA.

Starting a new course within UEA or from INTO UEA

If you are a current UEA student or INTO UEA student and are going to be starting a new course at UEA, you must apply within 6 weeks of your course start date (or before your visa expiry date). 

How to apply from within the UK How to apply from within the UK

You will need to complete an online application form. The University can help you apply through their Visa Application Service when applying in the UK.

1.  Standard service – applying online, then send your supporting documents by post. Most people apply by this option. See 'Steps in applying' below.

2.  Premium service – applying online, then attend an appointment in person at a PEO (Public Enquiry Office) with the UK Visa and Immigration department. You must book an appointment when completing your online application form. Please note that it can be difficult to get an appointment during peak periods. The application fee for this option is more expensive, however, it is normally quicker. You will submit your supporting documents, give your biometrics (fingerprints and photo) and any credibility interviews at your appointment.

Steps in applying Steps in applying

Applying for a Tier 4 visa in the UK by the standard service.

1.  Prepare to meet all the requirements and to get all the required documents ready to apply. Preparing your finances is the main requirement that you need to do in advance. If you are using a bank account, you need to show the total funds required for 28 days. Other financial documents may also take time to prepare, so start early. Also prepare how and when you are going to apply. It is also essential that you know the requirements and rules.

2.  Get a CAS Statement from UEA. If you are required to have an ATAS Certificate, you must apply for this before you are able to get your CAS.

3.  Complete the application form online. Apply online on the GOV.UK website.

4.  Get your application and documents checked before applying, see Visa Application Service for more information.

5.  Submit your application online, pay the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge (IHS) and application fee, print off your Document Checklist and biometric letter, and

Submit your supporting documents and checklist to the UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) department by post, and print your biometric letter to take with you when you give your biometrics.

Remember if you are applying within the Tier 4 Pilot Scheme or the Differentiation Arrangements you will not need to submit all your supporting documents. 

6.  Give your biometrics (a photograph, fingerprints and signature) at the Post Office on St Stephens Street in the WH Smiths in Norwich. 

7.  You may be required to attend a credibility interview with the UK Visa and Immigration department. If you are randomly selected, you will receive an email with more details. The interviews are not in Norwich and you will need to travel to attend it.

8.  Receive your visa, which will be a BRP card (Biometric Residence Permit).

*It normally takes 1-2 months to get your visa. Do not book any travel until you have your passport and visa. Your passport and visa will be sent to Student Support Centre if you applied through the Visa Application Service, or your home address if not. If you applied in-person at a PEO, normally your visa will be sent to you by courier within 5-7 working days of your appointment.

Visa Application Service Visa Application Service

The Student Support Service operates a free service where the University will check your application form and documents before you apply, assist you in submitting your form online, and will send your documents to the Home Office for you. ISAT will continue to manage your application, receiving your letters, passport and visa for you to collect in the Student Support Centre.

This service is only available if you are applying from within the UK, and it is highly recommend that you use this service.

Benefits to using the Visa Application Service

  • The Student Support Service will send your documents to the UK Visa and Immigration department for you
  • Your application and documents will be checked before submitting your application
  • The Student Support Service will continue to manage your application
  • There is a higher success rate for students who apply through the Visa Application Service
  • Your biometric letter, visa, passport and documents will be sent to the Student Support Centre for you to collect
  • We are able to solve more problems when things go wrong
  • It is a free service and confidential 

How to apply through the Visa Application Service

Applying in late September - October

1. Come to a Visa Workshop for more information about the requirements and how to complete the application form.

2. Come to a Visa Application Checking Session and a staff member will check your visa application and supporting documents (late September and October only). Book online for an appointment.

3. Once your application is complete and checked, the Student Support Service will send your supporting documents to the UK Visa and Immigration department for you.

4. Check your UEA email account for emails regarding your application including:

  • Collecting your passport and visa from the Student Support Centre. If we have not emailed you, then we do not have your visa and passport.
  • Emails from the Student Support Service requesting further information relating to your immigration and visa application.

Applying at other times of the year

1. If you are applying at any other time of year you will need to prepare your application by using our Tier 4 Visa Help Guide and other resources on our website. If you need more assistance see an International Student Advisor in the Student Support Centre, where we will be happy to help you prepare.

2. When you are ready to apply make an appointment to see an International Student Advisor in the Student Support Centre to check your application and supporting documents. You can make an appointment at the Student Support Centre reception or by calling 01603 592761.

3. Once your application is complete and checked, the Student Support Service will send your supporting documents to the UK Visa and Immigration department for you.

4. Check your UEA email account for emails to regarding your application including:

  • Collecting your passport and visa from the Student Support Centre. If we have not emailed you, then we do not have your visa and passport.
  • Emails from the Student Support Service requesting further information relating to your immigration and visa application.

Visa Application Service correspondence details

If you are applying through the Visa Application Service you must use the Student Support Centre contact details. This will ensure your documents and visa are sent to the Student Support Centre for you to collect.

You must complete your application form using the Student Support Centre address.
When the form asks "I want to receive mail at a different address?"

Tick the box.

Then complete your form using the Student Support Centre address, copy:

   
House number or name: Student Support Centre - ISAT
Street name: University of East Anglia
Town or city: Norwich
Postcode: NR4 7TJ

If you have dependants applying at the same time as you through the Visa Application Service, you must also include the above address for the questions referring to the correspondence address.

Terms and Conditions

If you want to use the Visa Application Service you must meet the application requirements and agree to these terms and conditions.

  • I agree I will not book any travel until I have received my passport and visa.
  • I understand I will not be able to travel if I do not have my passport and visa.
  • I agree I have answered all questions truthfully and honestly.
  • I understand I take full responsibility for my application and any decisions made on it.
  • I willfollow all Immigration Rules and laws.
  • I understand that the Student Support Service is not responsible for meeting my deadlines. If I cannot meet the Student Support Service deadline, I must take responsibility to send my application by Special Delivery through the Royal Mail.
  • I understand the whole process normally takes 1-2 months, however it can take longer.

Applying by yourself

If sending your application by post to the UK Visa and Immigration department by yourself

  • Post your application by Special Delivery
  • Keep your Special Delivery receipt, which has a reference number on it
  • Send to the Postal Address as instructed when applying
  • Your visa, passport and documents should be returned to you within 8 weeks, although it can take longer
  • You should not book any travel abroad until you receive your passport and BRP card