Applying For A Tier 4 Visa Outside The UK

Getting Your Visa - Step By Step

You can follow the following steps to apply for your Tier 4 visa. Please note that the action you need to take may be different depending on whether or not you are a new student or a continuing student.

1st Step

New Students – When you are made an unconditional offer, please follow all the instructions given to you by our Admissions Service.

Continuing Students (who commenced their course more than 6 months ago) – Request your CAS from International Student Support. Please follow any further instructions you get until your CAS has been issued.

2nd Step 

When your CAS is issued, please check it carefully to ensure that all of your details and your course details are correct. Please ensure that it shows any fee payments or accommodation payments you have made to the University (this will not apply for students who are in private accommodation), and has a note to confirm details any scholarships you receive.
If there are any problems, please contact the relevant CAS issuing team for new students  or continuing students.

3rd Step

Prepare your financial documents and other supporting documents.

Please see here and here for more information on how to meet the financial requirements. There are some examples of supporting documents that meet the criteria here

You must ensure that you have already held the required minimum balance for 28 days by the time you submit your Tier 4 visa application. The date of submission is the date that you pay the application fee, which is usually done online. Please see the infographic below for more help with this.

Visa App Process

Please also see the following guide to help you prepare your supporting documents.

4th Step

Register and complete the visa application form. There are three different Tier 4 application forms when applying overseas. To check which one is correct for you, check here. Please use our video guide to completing the Tier 4 application form. Please also note that you can now enter our ACL code 2HE237 which will ensure that your BRP is delivered to the University for you to collect once you have arrived in the UK.

5th Step

Pay the visa fees online and print out your form. You will also be asked to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge Both of these payments are made online as part of completing the visa application form.
You will then book an appointment at a visa application centre.

6th Step

Attend your appointment at the visa application centre. It is likely that you will also need to attend a ‘credibility’ interview as part of this.

7th Step

Get the result of your application.
If your visa application has been granted, please check the length and conditions of your visa are correct. If you notice that anything on your visa vignette or your visa decision letter is incorrect, please contact the Visa Application Centre in the first instance.

If your application has been refused, please complete this webform.

Any Questions?

All immigration questions should be sent to the International Student Support Team using any of the following methods:

On-line/email: www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/international/email

By Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 9679
By Fax: +44 (0)114 222 1304

Contacting UKVI

Please note that phoning UKVI from overseas will incur a charge and that email enquiries will cost £5.48. Please see here for details about contacting UKVI.