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 for
Studies (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 following 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 £7,380 maintenance funds in your bank account for
at least 28 days.
Most students who apply outside the UK will also have to
undertake a Credibility Interview as part of the application
process. It is essential that students know detailed information
about their programmes of study before undertaking a Credibility
Interview. All students should view this information by looking at
the Programme Specification for
their chosen course.
For more information about applying from outside the UK, please
see the UK Visas &
Immigration website: Applying for a Tier 4 visa outside the
For students applying from China: a video which
takes you through the visa application process in China can be
For students applying from India: it may be
helpful for you view a video which takes you through the visa
application process in India. The video can be viewed
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 Home Office from the University.
For more information about applying for Tier 4 Leave to Remain,
please see the UK Visas
& Immigration website: Applying for a Tier 4 visa from inside
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Current 15 Week Pre-Sessional Students!
Please see the attached document for details of your visa
appointments before you begin your course in January: Pre-Sessional
Extension Information for January 2015 Degree Starts.