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A non-EU/EEA/Swiss national who wish to come to the UK to study at Ravensbourne for a course of six months or more must usually obtain a Tier 4 (General) student visa before travelling to the UK.
Please note, you will not require a student visa if you currently have permission to be in the UK in an immigration category which allows you to study (the permission should ideally be valid for the full length of your course).
To be eligible to apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa, you must obtain a total of 40 Points as follows:
In addition, your application must not fall for refusal under any of the ‘general grounds for refusal’ rules. For example, you must not have any criminal convictions, adverse immigration history or have breached any conditions of a previous UK visa. For a complete list of the grounds for refusal please refer to Part 9 of the Immigration Rules-General Grounds for Refusal.
We recommend that you start applying for your Tier 4 (General) student visa three months before your course starts (usually this would be in June).
Please note however, it is only possible to apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa after you have been issued with a CAS number/CAS letter. Ravensbourne shall provide you with a CAS number if your request for a CAS is successful.
For more information about UK visas and immigration, visit the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) websites.
Please refer to the Tier 4 Admissions Section of our website for the academic and English language requirements for admission.
Before Ravensbourne will issue a CAS, all applicants (including nationals from UKVI defined low risk countries' must meet the following conditions:
Important note: A CAS is normally issued within five working days following the receipt of your CAS deposit and any outstanding required documents.
Issuing a CAS and/or a CAS Letter does not guarantee that an applicant will be successful in securing a UK visa/leave to remain permission. Ravensbourne is not responsible for any decisions made by the Home Office/UKVI and cannot accept any liability for an applicant failing to obtain a visa/leave to remain and/or for the consequences and/or losses (whether financial or otherwise) of such failure. Nor is Ravensbourne liable for the consequences of declining to issue a CAS/CAS Letter to an applicant on request.
Please refer to our CAS Issuance Policy and the Tier 4 Offer Holder Information section of our website for more information on the requirements for obtaining your CAS.
Once we have issued your CAS and you have received your CAS letter from us, you should be able to apply for your Tier 4 visa.
Read the relevant visa application and financial requirements guidance for more information on the requirements and documentation you need to submit.
Find information on the financial requirements you need to meet for your visa application.
Applications for Tier 4 (General) student entry clearance/visas should be made in your home country or country of lawful residence.
If you are applying for a Tier 4 (General) student visa, the earliest you can make your application is three months before the start date of your course. Please allow sufficient time for collating your documents and preparing your visa application.
Key points to remember before you begin your application:
Please refer to the Tier 4 visa guide-applying outside the UK for more information on the process.
If you currently have a Tier 4 or student visa and need to extend your stay in the UK as a Tier 4 student either to continue your course or start a new course, you can apply for ‘Leave to Remain’. In order to do so, your new course must start within 28 days of the expiry of your permission to stay. If the gap between the expiry of your current Tier 4 visa/immigration permission and the start of your new course is more than 28 days then you must leave the UK and apply from your home country or country of lawful residence. You must also meet the UKVI's 'Academic Progression' rule in order to make an application to extend your immigration permission (leave to remain), unless exempt.
Please note if you have a student visitor visa or Tier 4 dependent visa it is usually not possible to move into the Tier 4 (General) student category from within the UK.
You should apply to extend your leave in the UK at least three months before your current visa expires and within six months of receiving a CAS from Ravensbourne. If you wait until your visa has already expired then you will be classed as an ‘over-stayer’, which is a criminal offence.
Please refer to the Tier 4 visa guide-applying inside the UK for more information on the process.
UKVI may require you to attend an interview as part of the visa/immigration permission application process. If you are required to attend a credibility interview, please inform the International Development Department as soon as possible. Please refer to the relevant visa guide for tips on attending a credibility interview.
You can have dependants with you in the UK if:
You must already have your Tier 4 (General) immigration permission, or you must be applying for it in the same country where your dependant is making their application, at the same time as them.
As part of your application/your family member's application you/they must submit evidence to show that you/they have held the required maintenance funds, currently £845 (i.e. £7,605) for up to nine months for each dependant. The evidence (e.g. bank statement) must be dated no more than 31 days before your application(s) is/are submitted.
If you qualify for ‘differentiation arrangements’, whilst you are not required to submit evidence of the maintenance funds with your visa application(s) you must ensure that you have this evidence to hand in the event that you are requested to provide it by UKVI. Please note if your dependant(s) do not submit their visa application(s) at the same time as you, they will be required to submit evidence that you/they have held the required maintenance funds for 28 consecutive days in a bank account with their visa application(s). The final date of this 28 day period must not be more than 31 days before their visa application is made and must continue to be available to you/them after the application is made. Please refer to UKVI’s PBS (Dependant) Policy Guidance and UKVI's website for more information.
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As a Tier 4 student, the Home Office/UKVI and Ravensbourne expect you to meet the terms and conditions of your Tier 4 (General) immigration permission as defined by the Home Office/ UKVI. It is your responsibility to comply with all your Tier 4 student responsibilities and failure to do so may result in Ravensbourne withdrawing its sponsorship of your Tier 4 student visa.
Please refer to the Tier 4 Student terms and conditions document for more details
If you applied for your visa from outside the UK, once your application for entry clearance/visa under Tier 4 (General) has been approved you should be issued with a short term visa endorsement in your passport. This is valid for 30 days and enables you to travel to the UK to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).
Please ensure that you check the details of your visa to ensure that all the details are correct, if you notice any errors please contact International Admission and/ or Compliance at Ravensbourne immediately by emailing:[email protected]
You should also be issued with a decision letter from the Home Office/UKVI providing details of the UK post office/UKVCAS centre you should collect your BRP from.
You must collect your BRP within ten days of arriving in the UK. Failure to collected your BRP within the required period could result in you being subject to a financial penalty or cancellation of your leave.
You can use your 30 day short term visa to enrol at Ravensbourne, however you must provide us with your original BRP once you have collected it from the post office. Please do not travel outside of the UK until you have collected your BRP unless you have an urgent reason for doing so.
If you submitted your Tier 4 immigration permission application from inside the UK you should be issued with a (BRP) and decision letter once a decision is made on your application.
Important note: Please upload a scanned copy to your HEI apply account or email us a scanned copy of your short-term visa, decision letter and BRP once you receive it/them.
In the event that your visa application is refused. Please inform the International Development Department immediately by emailing: [email protected], providing us with a copy of the decision letter.
Please refer to our Visa Refusal guide for more information.
To ensure that you have everything you need to get through the UK border as efficiently as possible, please sure that you carry the following in your hand luggage for easy access:
Important note: You must not enter the UK before the ‘valid from’ date detailed on your short-term visa endorsement.
Please inform us once you have confirmed your date of travel to the UK.
Please refer to our Tier 4 Visa Guide (Outside the UK) for more information on what to do when you arrive in the UK.
Please refer to the Tier 4 Offer Holder section of our page.
Responsibilities once you arrive at Ravensbourne:
Please refer to the Tier 4 Offer Holder section for more information on what to do before and after your arrive in the UK/Ravensbourne.
Please contact the Visa Application Centre where you made your application or UKVI by completing the email form. When completing the form please state what the error is (e.g. incorrect work condition, sponsor licence number, expiry date etc) and that you would like to have it corrected before you travel to the UK. You should also include the date of your intended travel to the UK.
If you decide to correct your visa before travelling to the UK, please forward the response/instructions you receive from UKVI on how to get the correction made to the Tier 4 Compliance team or International admissions.
Alternatively, you could travel to the UK and then correct your short-term visa. It is likely that you will also need to correct your BRP also if it is available.
Contact UKVI International Sheffield.
In the email explain to them that your visa endorsement is in correct (e.g. incorrect work condition, expiry date, sponsor number etc). Please provide them with a scanned copy of your visa endorsement and the decision letter.
You can have the error corrected by completing the online form to notify UKVI of the error within 10 working days from the date you collected it from the Post Office, otherwise you may have to apply and pay for a replacement BRP. You should provide as many of the following details as possible: full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number, BRP reference number, case reference number and the exact nature of the error on the BRP.
Once you have submitted the online form to report the error UKVI should send you instructions on what to do next. Please note that you should take a copy of both sides of the incorrect BRP for your records before returning it to UKVI.
The application to replace your BRP is quite straightforward, however if you have any questions about the application form, please contact the Migrant Helpline on 0300 123 2241. Please ensure that you correct your BRP as soon as possible.
UKVI will inform you whether you are required to apply for a new BRP.
If there is an error with the length or conditions of your visa and you applied for your visa from inside the UK OR you did not report an error on your BRP within the 10 days as required by, you will need to submit an administrative review request in order for it to be corrected. Once you receive your new BRP provide it to the Tier 4 Compliance team so that we can update our records.
If your BRP is lost, stolen or damaged while you are in the UK
You will need to report the loss to the police and ask them for a reference number. You must also report the loss/theft to UKVI via their online reporting form. You must then apply for a replacement BRP using the BRP (RC) form. You will need to apply within three months if it was lost/stolen.
If you fail to apply within the 3 months deadline you can be fined up to £1,00 and made to leave the UK. UKVI advises that it could take up to eight weeks for an application to be processed unless you use their expedited services.
The application to replace your BRP is quite straightforward, however if you have any questions about the Tier 4 Compliance application form, you can email us.
If your visa/BRP is lost or stolen whilst you are outside the UK
You will need to apply immediately for a Tier 4 'replacement BRP' visa before returning to the UK (more information).
It is crucial that you do not attempt to travel to the UK until your have received your temporary BRP confirming your Tier 4 student visa, if you enter the UK as a visitor your Tier 4 visa may be cancelled and you will be required to leave the UK in order to reapply for a new Tier 4 visa which will of course disrupt your studies.
If you lose your Visa/BRP whilst overseas you need to contact the Tier 4 Compliance team asap.
If you lose your passport please contact your local embassy/consulate in the UK or the country where it was lost for advice on replacing it.
Once you receive your new BRP and/or passport please bring it to the Tier 4 Compliance team so that we can update our records.
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