Submitting your application
You must apply online before midnight on the day your immigration permission expires.
You will complete and pay for your application and the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) online. The payment will include the fee for your biometric enrolment. You will then be directed to Sopra Steria's website to book an appointment at a UKVCAS Centre.
You will scan and upload your documents, or you can scan your documents at your appointment for an additional fee.
You must make an appointment within 45 working days of submitting your application online.
Warning: if you need to show funds, you must have held your funds for the 28 days before you submit and pay for your application online. See our guide “Funds for your Tier 4 application” for more information.
When you complete your application, you can choose the standard, priority or super priority service.
Standard service: applications take approximately 8 weeks to be decided following the date of your appointment
Priority service: applications take approximately 10 working days to be decided following the date of your appointment
Super priority service: You would normally receive a decision the day after your appointment, but you will need to wait for your BRP card to be sent to you after this. This takes up to 10 working days.
You will usually keep your passport and other supporting documents whilst your application is being processed.
If you leave the UK whilst your visa application is still pending, your application will be treated as withdrawn and you will have to make a whole new application from your home country before being able to return to the UK.
Therefore, do not leave the UK until you have a decision back on your application.
If you need to leave the UK because of an emergency or an urgent situation, then please contact us to discuss your options.
If you still have your previous BRP card, follow the instructions on your UKVI decision letter to return this card. We recommend that you return your BRP card by Special Delivery and keep the receipt as evidence that you have returned the card.
You must meet the immigration requirements on the date that you make your online Tier 4 application.
While you are not required to be in possession of all your supporting documents on the date you make your online application, you must be sure that you will be able to obtain all of the required documents before your appointment, and that those documents will demonstrate that you met the requirements on the date of your online application. For example, you might obtain your bank statements after the date of your online application, but the statements must show that you had held the required funds for 28 consecutive days before the date you submitted your online application.
Your application will display your deadline for attending an appointment.
If you know that you will not be able to obtain some documents demonstrating that you met the Tier 4 requirements on the date of your online application, we advise you not to apply. This may mean you need to leave the UK before your current immigration permission expires. Once you can meet the requirements for a Tier 4 application, you can apply at home, without overstaying your immigration permission in the UK. You will need to consider:
- The expense of travelling home; and
- The time this process will take and how that may affect your studies. You will need to discuss this with your academic school and check that they agree to you leaving the UK for the required amount of time. If they don’t, you will need to consider interrupting your studies.
If you have already applied, and you later realise you cannot provide the required documents, contact the Advice and Counselling Service as soon as possible to discuss your options.
Normally, after you have submitted your Tier 4 application online and then attended your biometric appointment, UKVI will send you an email confirming receipt of your application with an estimated timeframe by which they aim to make a decision (usually within 8 weeks for standard applications).
UKVI state that they will not normally be able to provide you with updates as to the progress of, or expedite your application.
After a decision has been made on your application, UKVI will send you an email confirming the decision and informing you that your BRP will be issued and sent to you. Your BRP card will normally be issued and sent to your address within 7 working days. BRPs are delivered by a courrier company and proof of identity and a signature is required for delivery
Note: You should regularly check you email inbox and junk/ spam mail folder for communication from UKVI about your application. Additionally, if you live in shared accommodation or accommodation where there is a reception/ concierge/ security office, you should check with them in case you BRP has been delivered there
Law, regulations and policies can change quickly. The information on our website is given in good faith and has been carefully checked but QMUL cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions. QMUL is not responsible for the content or reliability of the linked websites which are provided for further information.