If you are a non EEA or Swiss national and are coming
to the UK to study, then you must apply to the Home Office for a visa
permitting you to study. In most cases you will need to obtain a Tier 4
(General) visa. In order to apply for
Tier 4 you must be sponsored by an education provider which is licensed by the
UK Home Office.
The University of Law is a Tier 4 Sponsor approved by the UK Home Office. We are fully authorised by the UK Government to sponsor international students for a Tier 4 Student visa under the Points Based System.
We recommend that you read the information on this webpage alongside the Tier 4 Policy Guidance, which contains the Home Office’s regulations for the Tier 4 immigration route. If you have any questions after reading this information, please contact our International Visa Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or on +44 (0)1483 216588. You must also read the University’s Tier 4 Student Policy.
You cannot enter the UK as a Short-Term Student or Visitor and then change into Tier 4. The University of Law cannot enrol you on any of our full-time courses as a Short-Term Student which last longer than 6 months. Additionally, we cannot enrol
you on a Visitor visa or on any other visa which doesn’t permit study.
If you already have immigration permission or visa for the UK, you must complete a Visa Requirements form and provide us with copies of your immigration documents. You will receive an email asking you to do this after you accept your offer. You cannot enrol on your course or attend any learning sessions until the International Visa Office has verified your documents and confirmed you are permitted to study at the University with your current immigration permission / visa.
It is the responsibility of all non-EEA students to secure the correct immigration permission which allows them to study in the UK and covers the entire duration of their course.
Please note that UK immigration requirements are subject to change at any time and students should always refer to the last version of the Immigration Rules and Tier 4 Policy Guidance.
You can apply for your Tier 4 Student visa up to 3 months before your course start date, but not before that. You should start preparing for your visa application early to make sure you have all the necessary documentation.
In order to apply for your visa, you will need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number from the University of Law. You cannot apply for your visa until you have received a CAS. Please see the Receiving a CAS section for guidance on requesting a CAS.
Once you have received your CAS, you will need to complete these steps:
The Home Office’s service standard is 15 working days, but this can be longer during busy periods or if they need to verify any information. You can find the estimated processing times on this webpage. There are now paid services available to expedite a Tier 4 visa application in many countries. You can find further details by contacting your nearest visa application centre.
Students from certain countries must be tested for TB if they are coming to the UK to study for more than 6 months. The Home Office has a list of countries where TB testing is required on this webpage. You must obtain a TB screening certificate from an accredited clinic if this condition applies to you. If you submit your visa application without this certificate, it will be refused.
You will need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the University of Law in order to apply for a Tier 4 Student visa. A CAS is a unique number which confirms you have been accepted on a course of study in the UK. It is generated using the Home Office’s system and is essential in order to make a successful Tier 4 application.
The process to receive a CAS can be found below. All students must complete every stage of the process in order to receive a CAS. You will receive an email from our admissions system as you move through each stage of the process. This will update you on the progress of your CAS request.
After you have accepted your offer to study at the University and paid your course deposit, you will be asked to complete a Visa Requirements form and upload copies of the following documents:
Make sure that you complete the Visa Requirements form in full and submit all of the required documents or the processing of your CAS request will be delayed.
We will check your Visa Requirements form and documents. We will contact you if we require any additional documents or information to process your CAS request.
We will then assess whether you are eligible for Tier 4 Sponsorship by referring to the Home Office regulations. In order to make this assessment, we may request further information on your immigration history, previous study in the UK and why you want to study your particular course.
Once the University has confirmed that you are eligible for Tier 4 sponsorship, you will receive an email confirmation and your pre-CAS. The pre-CAS is the information we will be submitting to the Home Office to generate your CAS. You must check the pre-CAS and confirm whether the information we have is correct or if anything needs to be changed.
Once you have confirmed the pre-CAS, you will receive an email asking you to make a pre-payment of £3,000 towards your tuition fees using our payment portal. You must make this pre-payment before we can issue your CAS.We recommend that all students make their payment using the payment portal. If you want to use another payment method (e.g. by bank transfer), please contact the Student Finance Team at StudentFinance@law.ac.uk. Please note that payments made using alternative methods can take up to 7 days to clear and your CAS request will only progress after the Student Finance Team confirms that your payment has cleared.
Once we have confirmation that your pre-payment has cleared, you will receive an email asking you to send us the financial evidence you will be submitting with your Tier 4 visa application. Please see the Financial requirements section for further guidance. If you qualify for the Home Office’s Differentiation Arrangements we will not ask to check your financial evidence, as you are not required to submit this with your visa application.We will not issue a CAS until we have checked your financial evidence and confirmed it fully meets Home Office requirements. We cannot issue a CAS to any student unless we are certain that their financial evidence will be accepted by the Home Office. It is each student’s responsibility to ensure their documents meet these requirements in full.
Your CAS should be issued within 72 hours of us confirming that your financial evidence fully meets the Home Office requirements (or within 72 hours of you confirming your pre-CAS if you qualify for the Differentiation Arrangements). We will then send you a CAS Statement email, which will contain your CAS number and other information you will need to include with your online visa application.
The University usually issues batches of CAS three times a week. Provided you have completed all of the steps above, you will be included in the next batch to receive a CAS.
The dates that the University will start
and stop issuing CAS can be found in the table below. Please note that if you
submit your Visa Requirements form and documents before the deadline, your CAS
request will be still considered by the University. However, we will not issue
you a CAS if you cannot demonstrate that you will arrive by the latest
enrolment date for your course.
Please note that the deadlines for issuing CAS and the latest enrolment date cannot be extended.
In order to make a successful Tier 4 application, you must be able to show the Home Office that you have enough money for your course fees and living costs while you are in the UK. Please see pages 43-45 of the Tier 4 Policy Guidance.
Students who will be studying at our London Bloomsbury and Moorgate campuses will need to show:
Students who will be studying at a campus outside London will need to show:
Please note the following:
You will need to show you have enough funds using documents which meet the Home Office’s requirements. Please see pages 45-53 of the Tier 4 Policy Guidance. It is very important that your documents meet all of the requirements. Incorrect financial evidence is the main reason that students have their visa application refused.
Self-funded means you will be paying for your studies in the UK. You can use funds held in your name or a parent or guardian’s name, but not another relative or a friend. A guardian must be a legal guardian who has been appointed by a court in your country.
You can use any of these documents as financial evidence:
The documents must meet all of these requirements:
Please read page 45 onwards of the Tier 4 Policy Guidance for full details of the Home Office requirements.
A sponsored student is one who is receiving official financial sponsorship from one of the following:
Your sponsor will need to provide you with a letter which meets all of these requirements:
If you have obtained a loan to fund your studies in the UK, you will need a letter that confirms it is provided by the national government, the state or regional government or a government sponsored student loan company or is part of an academic or educational loans scheme. The loan must also be in your name (not a parent or guardian’s) and confirm the funds will be released to you before you travel to the UK.
If the loan does not meet all of these requirements, you will need to transfer the funds into your bank account and use bank statements from the account as your financial evidence. The statements must meet the same requirements as for a self-funded student (see above).
You will need to submit
all of the following documents with your Tier 4 Student visa application:
You must submit the original documents with your application and
not copies or scans. This includes your
financial evidence and qualifications.
If you had to take an
English test as part of your offer to the University, you do not have to submit
the test report with your visa application. We will record on your CAS that the
University has already assessed your English language as part of the admissions
The Home Office has set out differentiation arrangements for applicants from certain countries. Those who qualify do not have to submit financial evidence or qualifications with their visa application. To qualify for these arrangements you must meet all of the following criteria:
Remember that these arrangements only exempt you from submitting these documents with your visa application. You must still have the required funds available to you. Even if you qualify for these arrangements, the Home Office may ask you to submit financial evidence after receiving your visa application. If you fail to comply with this request, your visa application will be rejected.
If you have previously studied in the UK, there are additional factors you need to consider before applying for a Tier 4 Student visa.
The Home Office requires that students are moving to a higher academic level when they want to study a further course on Tier 4 in the UK. This is referred to as academic progression in the Immigration Rules. For example, moving from a Bachelor Degree in Law to the BPTC or LPC is considered academic progression.
If you want to study a new course at the same level as your previous course, you can only exceptionally make your Tier 4 application within the UK if you meet these requirements:
If you want to study at a lower level than your previous course, you cannot apply from within the UK as this is not permitted by the Home Office. You must make your Tier 4 application from outside the UK in your country of nationality.
The rules on academic progression also state that you must have successfully completed any previous study on Tier 4. The University of Law will only consider sponsoring a student on Tier 4 who failed to successfully complete a course on Tier 4 in the UK under exceptional circumstances.
Please note that even if you apply outside the UK, you may be asked about any previous study in the UK, especially if you failed to complete a course on Tier 4 and/or want to study a new course which is at the same or lower level than your previous course. The Home Office can refuse an application if they believe a student does not have genuine reasons for wanting to study in the UK.
The University of Law will check whether you meet the requirements for academic progression. If the University decides you do not meet these rules, we will not issue you a CAS. This policy applies to students who want to make their Tier 4 application within and outside the UK.
The Home Office limits the amount of time a student can spend studying in the UK on Tier 4. If you are studying a course at degree level or above, you can spend a maximum of 5 years on Tier 4 in the UK.
This limit includes leave granted under a Tier 4 (General) visa or the old student visa which existed before Tier 4. It does not include leave granted on a Tier 4 (Child) visa or study on Tier 4 (General) if you were 16 or 17 years old.
The BPTC, GDL and LPC do not count towards the 5 year limit, if you will be taking them as a new course at the University of Law. However, if you already studied the BPTC, GDL and LPC elsewhere, they do count towards the limit. This applies whether you successfully completed the course or failed to complete it.
The Home Office calculates leave from the start date of a Tier 4 or old student visa to the end date. This is regardless of the actual course start date or end date. It also includes leave granted even when a student has subsequently left the UK before the end date on their visa.
The University of Law will check whether you have reached the limit on Tier 4 study before issuing a CAS. We cannot issue a CAS to any student who has reached this limit, as the visa application will be automatically refused by the Home Office. Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions about your previous study in the UK.
Once the Home Office has finished assessing your visa application, your passport will be returned to you with a decision letter.
If your application is successful, your passport will contain a 30 Day Visa (vignette). This visa is an entry permit so that you can travel to the UK and collect your Biometric Residence Permit (see the section ‘Arriving in the UK’).
You should check that the following information is correct on the visa:
If any of the information on the visa is incorrect and/or any of your documents are not returned, please contact the centre where you made your visa application immediately.
The decision letter will tell you which type of visa you have been issued and the location of the post office where you must collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) within 10 days of arriving in the UK. You must bring the letter with you to the UK to collect your BRP.
You must travel to and enter the UK during the validity period of your 30 Day Visa. If you attempt to enter the UK before the valid from date on your visa, you will most likely be refused entry.
If your visa application is refused, please contact the University at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately. We can then advise you further on your options, including if you are eligible for an administrative review of the Home Office’s decision. Please include in your email a copy of all of the pages of the refusal notice you will receive from the Home Office. You must notify the University if your application is refused, even if you decide to seek advice from a third party such as an agent or solicitor.
If you are delayed and will be arriving late for your course, it is very important that you contact the University at email@example.com. We will notify the Home Office that you will be arriving late but still attending, provided you can do so by the latest arrival date for your course.
If you decide to not attend your course at the University of Law, it is very important that you notify the University by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can notify the Home Office. Failure to do this may affect you applying for a visa in the future or travelling to the UK.
The Home Office has published a document with useful advice for students travelling to the UK which can be found on this webpage. It includes information on customs and restricted items.
Anyone who applies for a visa outside the UK which is longer than 6 months is issued with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). The BRP is similar in size to a credit card with a chip. It has the holder’s photo, immigration status and conditions whilst they are in the UK.
London Bloomsbury and Moorgate Students
Your BRP will be delivered to the University before your arrival and you will collect it when you attend pre-enrolment. You will receive further details about pre-enrolment from your campus before the start of your course.
You will need to enter a specific code on your online visa application so that your BRP is delivered to your campus. You will receive this code and instructions with your CAS statement.
Students studying at campuses outside London
You must collect your BRP from an allocated post office within 10 days of your arrival in the UK. The address of your allocated post office will be printed on the decision letter you received when your passport was returned by the visa application centre. You will need to bring the letter and your passport to the post office to collect your BRP.
If you have any problems collecting your BRP, you could contact the Home Office by completing the form on this page.
When you collect your BRP, you should check the following information is correct:
If there are any errors on your BRP, you should contact the Home Office within 10 days of collecting it by completing the form on this page. Further guidance on BRPs can be found on this webpage.
Some students will have to register with the Police as one of the conditions of their stay in the UK. You must do this within 7 days of your arrival in the UK if this condition applies to you. Nationals of the following countries must register with the Police:
The location for police registration will depend on where you are studying in the UK. Please see this webpage for further guidance.
All students will need the following documents for police registration:
The Home Office requires education providers to check the right to study for all students before they can start their course. Non-EEA students at the University of Law must attend pre-enrolment to provide evidence they can study in the UK before proceeding to formal enrolment.
You will receive an email from Student Services at your campus with details of the date and time for pre-enrolment. Attendance is mandatory and you must attend your allocated session unless there are exceptional circumstances.
You will need to bring the following documents to pre-enrolment:
If you cannot attend your allocated session, please contact Student Services at your campus who will provide you with further guidance.
You can only make a Tier
4 application to study at the University of Law inside the UK if the following
If you do not meet both of these conditions, you must return to your country of nationality to apply
for your new Tier 4 Student visa, otherwise your application will be refused.
You cannot enter the UK as a Short Term Student or Visitor and switch into Tier
Please note that you cannot apply for a new Tier 4 Student visa in the UK in the following circumstances:
In these circumstances, you must apply for your new Tier 4 Student visa in your country of nationality. Further information on these Home Office regulations can be found in the Academic progression and time limit on Tier 4 study section.
Please read the sections
Receiving a CAS, Financial requirements, Supporting documents
and Academic Progression and time limit on Tier 4 study, as they also
apply to Tier 4 applications made inside the UK.
You must make your Tier
4 application before you can start studying at the University of Law. We
cannot enrol you on a Tier 4 Student visa from another institution, even if it
is still valid when you start your course.
Please note the
Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions about making your application.
The University can enrol
you while your Tier 4 application is being considered by the Home Office.
However, you must attend the pre-enrolment for non-EEA students and bring the
You must bring a copy of your passport to pre-enrolment. We cannot accept other documents such as a national identity card.
You cannot attend induction or any learning sessions on your course until you provide the documents listed above to Student Services at your campus.As soon as you receive your new biometric residence permit, you must bring it to Student Services at your centre to be checked and copied. Please note that if your application is unsuccessful, the University will have to withdraw you from your course in order to comply with Home Office regulations.
If your visa application
is refused, please contact the University at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately. We can then advise you further on your options,
including if you are eligible for an administrative
review of the Home Office’s decision. Please
include in your email a copy of all of the pages of the refusal notice you will
receive from the Home Office. You must notify the University if your
application is refused, even if you decide to seek advice from a third party
such as an agent or solicitor.
If you are arriving late
for your course, it is very important that you contact the University at email@example.com. We will notify the Home Office that you will be enrolling late
but still attending, provided you can do so by the latest arrival date for your
If you decide to not
attend your course at the University of Law, it is very important that you
notify the University by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can notify the Home Office. Failure to do this may affect
you applying for a visa in the future or travelling to the UK.
The Short Term Study route allows non-EEA / Swiss nationals to come to the UK for a short period of study which does not exceed 6 months. You can use this route if you are:
Please note that you cannot attend any assessments or teaching at the University if you enter the UK as a Visitor or on a 6 month Visitor visa. The Visitor route is not intended for the purpose of study. You also cannot attend any assessments or teaching if you enter the UK through the Registered Traveller Service.If you have a long-term Visitor visa of 2, 5 or 10 years, please write to email@example.com for further guidance with a scan of your visa.
If you arrive at the University with an immigration permission or a visa which does not permit study, you will not be allowed to attend any assessments/examinations or learning sessions.
If you do need to come to the UK as a Short Term Student, you should first check whether UK Visas and Immigration consider you a Visa National or Non-Visa National by viewing this
document. If your country appears on the list, you are a Visa National. Otherwise, you are a Non-Visa National.
You must make a visa application (also known as Entry Clearance) before travelling to the UK. The visa you will need to apply for is the Short Term Study visa.
Please see this webpage for information on how to apply in your country. The visa application fee is currently £93.
You will need to include an immigration letter from the University when you submit your visa application. You can request a letter by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You should also include the following supporting documents with your application:
Once your application has been processed and your passport is returned, please make sure that you have been issued the correct visa. The vignette (sticker) will say C – SHORT TERM STUDENT in the Remarks section. If it has a different endorsement, please write to email@example.com with a scan of your visa for further guidance.
You do not have to apply for a visa before you travel to the UK, but must request entry as a Short Term Student when you arrive. There is no fee for applying to enter as a Short Term Student at the UK border.
You will need to carry a letter to show to the Immigration Officer when you arrive in the UK. You can request this letter by writing to the University’s International Visa Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
You should also carry the following in your hand luggage:
The Immigration Officer will endorse your passport with two stamps – an entry stamp and a stamp that confirms you have been granted entry as a Short Term Student. It is very important that you receive both stamps in your passport. If you only receive an entry stamp, it means you have entered the UK as a Visitor (Tourist) and not a Short Term Student. This means you cannot attend any assessments or teaching at the University. If you are in any doubt, please speak to the Immigration Officer and explain your purpose for coming to the UK.
Please make sure you are aware of the following conditions which apply to Short Term Students:
If you are a Visa National, your Short Term Study visa will be multi-entry and so you can travel in and out of the UK while it is valid.
If you are a Non-Visa National, your immigration stamp will only be valid for that visit. If you leave the UK and return, you have to make a new request for entry as a Short Term Student. If you will be making multiple trips outside the UK, we recommend that you apply for a multi-entry visa in your passport. Please see the guidance above for Visa Nationals
If you are a Non-Visa National, we strongly recommend that you do not travel to the UK via the Republic of Ireland. The Republic of Ireland has a ‘Common Travel Area’ with the UK, which means there is no immigration presence when arriving in the UK from Ireland. You will be unable to request entry as a Short Term Student and therefore cannot attend any assessments or teaching at the University.
If for any reason you have to travel to the UK via the Republic of Ireland, we recommend that you apply for entry clearance (a visa) before you travel. Please see the guidance above for Visa Nationals.
If you already hold immigration permission or a visa which you believe allows you to study in the UK, it is very important that this is verified by our International Visa Office. Please send a scan of your biometric residence permit / visa to email@example.com
Please note that each time you attend any face-to-face element of your course, the University must make sure that you have the right to study in the UK. Student Services will contact you before you travel to confirm whether you need to report to your campus to have your immigration documents checked. Failure to complete this process will mean you cannot attend any assessments or teaching at the University.
Should you wish to speak with a member of our International Visa Office team, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44 (0)1483 216588.
Alternatively, follow this link to find out more about chatting to a member of our International team at an event or via a one-to-one Skype session.