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Tier 4 General Student Visa
Immigration Guide 2012-13

Contents
What is a visa? .......................................................................................................2 • Who needs a visa? ....................................................................................................................................................2 • Tier 4 general visa.....................................................................................................................................................3

Making a Tier 4 application .................................................................................4 • ‘Low risk’ nationals....................................................................................................................................................5 • Non-visa nationals .....................................................................................................................................................5

30 points - ‘CAS’ number ......................................................................................6 • When will I get my CAS?...........................................................................................................................................6 • What is Tier 4 sponsorship? .....................................................................................................................................6

10 points - Maintenance (funds) requirements .................................................7 • Tuition fees ................................................................................................................................................................7 • Living costs ................................................................................................................................................................7 • Showing your funds ..................................................................................................................................................8 • How long will I get? ..................................................................................................................................................9 • When can I travel to the UK? ...................................................................................................................................9

Dependants .........................................................................................................10 • General points ........................................................................................................................................................ 10

Refusals.................................................................................................................11 • What do I do if my visa is refused? ...................................................................................................................... 11 • Can the University contact an Embassy on my behalf? ...................................................................................................................... 11

Links and contacts ..............................................................................................12 • Complete Tier 4 guidance from UKBA ................................................................................................................. 12 • ATAS certification information ............................................................................................................................. 12 • UKCISA information ............................................................................................................................................... 12

Tier 4 General Student Visa - Immigration Guide 2012

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What is a visa?
A visa is a certificate (also referred to as ‘Entry Clearance’) which gives you permission to enter the UK. The application for a visa is assessed by the...
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