You can only make a Tier 4 application to study at The University of Law from inside the UK if the following apply:
- You have current leave in one of the following categories: Tier 4 (General), Tier 4 (Child), Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) or Tier 2; and
- Your course at The University of Law starts no more than 28 days after the end of your current leave.
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 4.
Please note that you also cannot apply for a new Tier 4 Student visa in the UK in the following circumstances:
- You failed to complete your previous course in the UK on Tier 4; or
- Your new course at The University of Law is at a lower level than your previous course. For example, your previous course was a Master's Degree and you want to study the Graduate Diploma in Law.
In these circumstances, you must apply for your new Tier 4 Student visa in your country of nationality. Further information on these Home Office rules can be found in the Tier 4 regulations.
How to apply
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.
- Click here if you have current Tier 4 leave
- Click here if you have current leave under another category
Please note the following:
- You must make your new Tier 4 application before your current visa expires. The University cannot enrol you if your application was made out of time (after your visa expired).
- We cannot enrol you on a Tier 4 Student visa from another institution, even if it is still valid when you start your course. You must have applied for a new Tier 4 Student visa with a CAS issued by the University of Law.
Please email International Student Advice if you have any questions about making your application.
It will take the Home Office 8 weeks to make a decision on your Tier 4 application. However, the University can provisionally 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 following documents:
- Your passport and current Biometric Residence Permit/visa;
- Access UK Check Sheet, which shows the date and time you submitted your application and your Unique Application Number. This check sheet appears at the end of your online visa application;
- Evidence for all of the qualifications listed on your CAS. We can only accept a degree certificate or original transcript (N.B. BPTC and LPC students must provide an original transcript for their Qualifying Law Degree);
- Proof of your English language ability (if this was a condition of your offer).
You must bring your passport to pre-enrolment. We cannot accept other documents such as a driving licence or 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.
If your Tier 4 application is successful, you will receive a new Biometric Residence Permit. You must bring it to Student Services at your campus 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 email International Student Advice 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. You must not apply for an administrative review until you have notified the University.
Late arrivals and withdrawals
If you are arriving late for your course, it is very important that you email our Visa Compliance Team. 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 course.
If you decide to not attend your course at The University of Law, it is very important that you notify our Visa Compliance Team so that we can report this to the Home Office. Failure to do this may affect you applying for a visa in the future or travelling to the UK.