UK visa requirements

Tier 4 Student visa

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. You must also read our Tier 4 Students 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.

Please note that the University does not currently provide Tier 4 sponsorship to students for part-time study. We also cannot sponsor students on Tier 4 for online courses due to Home Office regulations.

Students with existing UK immigration permission/visa

If you already have immigration permission or a 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 must also read our Right to Study Policy.

You cannot enrol on your course or attend any learning sessions until the Visa Compliance Team 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.

COVID-19 and International Students

We have a dedicated webpage with advice and updates for our students on Coronavirus (Covid-19). This includes guidance for our international students on making a Tie 4 visa application during this period and any Home Office temporary concessions. Please follow this link to access this information.

Graduate Work Visa

The Home Office has announced they will be introducing a Graduate Work Visa for students who complete a Bachelor Degree or above in the summer of 2021. You can find the answers to common questions about this visa in this document.

Further guidance

If you have any questions after reading the guidance on this webpage, please email International Student Advice. Please read this document before writing to us, as it explains how we advise students and the support we can provide.

Tier 4: Applying outside the UK

Advice and guidance about how to apply for a Tier 4 visa from outside the UK.

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Tier 4: Applying inside the UK

Advice and guidance about how to apply for a Tier 4 visa from inside the UK.

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Receiving a CAS

Information about how to receive a Confirmation for Acceptance of Studies (CAS) from the University of Law.

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Financial requirements and supporting documents

Advice and guidance about the Tier 4 maintenance requirement and the other documents you will need to submit with your Tier 4 visa application.

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Arriving in the UK and enrolment

Information about receiving your Tier 4 Student visa, travelling to the UK and the documents you will need to enrol on your course.

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Tier 4 regulations

Information about specific Home Office regulations for Tier 4 Students, including academic progression and the time limit on Tier 4 study.

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Short-term study visa

Guidance on applying for a Short-Term Study visa for short periods of study in the UK.

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