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Who is the Tier 4 visa for?
Who isn't it for?
How does it work?
It is a points-based system. You need 40 points in total.
Here is a short introductury video from the UKVI to show you how it works.
Being an Authentic Student (first 30 points)
You need the following documents (original + photocopy) to prove this:
The CAS is probably the most important of your documents. Your university will obtain one for you when they admit you. It should take about 5 working days. Modifying it only takes 1 working day, so if your uni is taking ages, call them and request for them to be more efficient. It is very important that the data in the CAS coincides with your documents, so check it carefully and request any ammendments that you consier necessary. You can also request for the CAS to include any payments you've already made to the university, or any applicable discounts in tuition fies. Note that having two active CAS can get you a rejection. A CAS lasts 6 months, and can be used for one application only. If you take longer than that to request your visa or if you were rejected and need to apply again, you need a new CAS.
Your ATAS is basically a certificate that says you are not a terrorist. It is only needed for programs that might teach you how to kill people. You can read our full guide to get it here.
Financial Requirement (other 10 points)
You need to be able to prove the following sum of money:
Ways of proving that you have this money:
The 28-day rule:
You can read our more detailed post on the financial requirement here.
Immigration Health Surcharge
Once you get approved
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