Requirements for Tier 4 (General) Applications made outside the UK
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Before you commence your program at the University of Reading, you will need to apply for an entry clearance visa to come to the UK. The visa you need to apply for is the Tier 4 (General) visa.
Applicants who want to come to the UK to commence their pre-sessional English, foundation, bachelor's or postgraduate course, will need to meet the requirements of the Immigration Rules before a visa application is approved.
See the University of Reading's website pages for making a visa application outside of the UK.
All documents submitted must be original and taken to your appointment at a Visa Application Centre.
Documents not in English must be translated by a fully certified translator/translation company and the translation(s) must meet specific requirements. Please see the Translations page for more information.
Make and keep copies of all documents.
You can apply for a Tier 4 (General) visa up to 3 months before the start of your course.
UK Visas and Immigration may interview you to check you are a genuine student. Failure to attend the interview will likely lead to your application being refused. Please refer to our Credibility Interviews page for more information.
The following documents are required for Tier 4 (General) visa applications made from outside the UK:
- Completed Tier 4 online application form.
- Current passport or travel document.
- Evidence of legal residence, if you are not a national of the country in which you are applying or if your right to reside there is not in your passport.
- Tuberculosis (TB) certificate, if coming to the UK for longer than 6 months and you are resident in any of the countries listed on the UK Government website. If you have lived for at least 6 months in a country where TB screening is not required by the UK, and you've been away from that country for no more than 6 months you won't need a TB test.
- Assigned Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number from the University of Reading.
- Any qualifications listed on your CAS in the 'Evidence used to obtain offer' field. You must send the original certificate or transcript and a translation if not in English.
- Evidence of English language proficiency as stated on your CAS.
- Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate, if you are applying for postgraduate study or research in one of the subjects listed in appendix 6 of the Immigration Rules.
- For under 18 years old only: letter of parental consent confirming the relationship between you and your parent(s), and that they consent to your application, living independently and travelling independently to the UK.
- Your birth certificate if you are under the age of 18 and/or submitting evidence of funds in your parent(s) name(s).
- Evidence that you have £9135 (£1015 per month up to a maximum of 9 months) or the length of your course, whichever is shorter. Plus, evidence that you have enough money to pay your first year's tuition fees. Please see the Tier 4 Maintenance Requirements page for guidance on acceptable formats and further information.
- More information about the policy on Tier can be found here.
It costs £348 or equivalent in your local currency to apply for this visa from outside of the UK. There may be an additional fee if you attend a ‘user pay Visa Application Centre (VAC)’.
You may be able to pay for optional additional services, such as, priority service and form filling assistance. Please check with the VAC that you are going to attend if you want information on these services and the cost.
As part of the application process you and any dependants will be required to pay the immigration health surcharge to cover the duration of your stay in the UK. You will then be able to use the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK and will not require private medical insurance. Please note that you will still need to pay for certain types of services (e.g. prescriptions, dental treatment and eye tests) which are not free for UK nationals either.
The cost of this charge will be £300 for each applicant and dependent per year of the actual visa to be granted, including any final extra period. Periods less than six months are charged at £150. Periods between 6 and 12 months are charged at the full year rate.
What happens next?
You should ensure that you take all of your supporting documents with you to your appointment at the VAC. At your appointment, you will need to provide your biometrics. To provide these you will need to:
- have a digital photo taken of your face
- put your fingers on a glass screen to be scanned
- give your signature
You then may be interviewed by the Home Office to check that you are a ‘genuine student’ (see above). The next correspondence you receive should be your visa application decision, make sure that you contact the International Student Advisory Team if your visa has been refused and supply a copy of the refusal notice.
Need more help?
If clarification is needed on any aspect of the Rules or you have questions about your visa application, please email the International Student Advisory Team at firstname.lastname@example.org where we will respond to you as soon as possible, alternatively telephone +44(0)118 378 8038 or you can book an appointment to speak to an International Student Adviser.