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Low risk nationals

The list of nationalities considered 'low risk' was last updated on 6 April 2019.

Nationals of the following countries are considered to be ‘low risk’ by the UK Government if they are applying for their Tier 4 visa in the country or territory where they are living or in the UK:

  • Australia
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • British National (Overseas)
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • The Dominican Republic
  • Hong Kong 
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kuwait
  • Macau SAR
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Oman
  • Peru
  • Qatar
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan (ROC) if the passport includes your Taiwan ID card number
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • USA

As a ‘low risk’ national who makes a Tier 4 application, you do not need to provide the following with your Tier 4 supporting documents:

  1. Evidence that you have the required money for your studies
  2. Evidence of your previous qualifications (as listed in the “Evidence used” section of your CAS statement)

However you must still meet the Tier 4 requirements at the time you submit your visa application. 

So do I actually need to have this evidence?

Yes. Even though you are not required to submit the above evidence, you must have it in your possession.

After you have submitted your immigration application, the Entry Clearance Officer or Caseworker who considers your immigration application can contact you and ask you to provide your evidence. A Border Force Officer may also ask you to show your evidence when you arrive in the UK and you should carry it with you in your hand luggage.

Should I submit this evidence anyway?

No. If you are a ‘low risk’ national, your application will be processed more quickly if you do not send this evidence. If you do send the evidence anyway, the Entry Clearance Officer or Caseworker may need to take time to verify the documents that you have sent are genuine and meet the requirements of the Immigration Rules. This may delay your application.

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.

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