Tier 4 (General) Visas
What is a Tier 4 (General) Visa?
All non-EU/EEA degree-seeking students will come to the UK on
Tier 4 (General) Student Visas.
If unconditionally accepted onto a programme, York St John
University will issue you with a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) -
an online record used to apply for a Tier 4 visa, and we will then
be your sponsor in the UK.
Please note: before you can be issued
with a CAS, you must meet all academic and English language
conditions, PLUS you must pay a 50% tuition fees
deposit. The remaining 50% of your tuition fees must be
paid at enrolment before the start of your course. If
your course is more than 1 year long, you will be expected to pay
50% of the next year's tuition at September re-enrolment and 50% at
January re-enrolment for each subsequent year.
Applying for a Tier 4 Visa from Outside the
If you will be applying for Entry Clearance to come to the UK,
you will be using the
VAF9 application form.
You will need to provide all original academic/English language
qualification documents which were used to obtain your offer and
your CAS. In addition, you will need to show any un-paid tuition
fees PLUS £7,200 maintenance funds in your bank account for at
least 28 days.
For more information about applying from outside the UK, please
see the UK
Border Agency website: Applying for a Tier 4 (General) from outside
Applying for a Tier 4 Visa from Inside the
If you are joining York St John from another UK institution
(switching sponsors) or if you are applying for a visa extension to
finish your current studies, this is called applying for
Leave to Remain. All Leave to Remain applications
are handled through our visa advisors. Once the advisors have
approved your application form and supporting documents, you will
be given your new CAS. All applications will be sent to the UKBA
from the University.
For more information about applying for Tier 4 Leave to Remain,
please see the
UK Border Agency website: Applying for a Tier 4 (General) visa from
inside the UK
Students seeking advice about their in-UK applications
can also contact the UKCISA (UK Council for International Student
Affairs) helpline. The helpline is open Monday to Friday from 1pm
UKCISA Helpline number:
0207 1079922 (from within the UK only)
The UKCISA website
also provides helpful and up-to-date information for international
students, this includes information about working during and after
If you have any questions about making a Tier 4 application from
inside OR outside of the UK, or if you wish to set up an
appointment to speak to an advisor, E: email@example.com