Ways to apply
There are 2 main ways that students make a Tier 4 visa extension application from inside the UK:
- You can post your application yourself.
- You can book an in person appointment at a UKVI Public Enquiry Office (PEO). To book an appointment please visit the UKVI Public Enquiry Offices web pages. The appointment must be before your visa expires and it is essential to book in advance as appointments fill up quickly.
The UKVI are strict about the documents they will accept as evidence. Your documents will need to meet the UKVI requirements or your application can be refused. We recommend you read the information below and prepare your documents, then allow ISAS to check them for you.
We have listed the main types of document that you will need. There may be others, so check the UKVI webpages to ensure you have all of the documents needed to make your application. Please check that you have the following original documents
- Completed print and send application form. The print and send application form must be completed online through the UKVI website. Please see the ISAS Making an Online Tier 4 application form for full details
- Proof that you have the amount of money required by UKVI for immigration (see money requirements)
- ATAS, if you need it (find out if you need ATAS)
- CAS number from the University of Birmingham (get a CAS number)
- Academic qualifications that are listed in the CAS
- Translations of any documents that are not in English (see translation requirements)
- 2 passport-sized photographs, which must meet the UKVI photo guidance
- Your current passport
- Any other passports or visas that you have used to come to the UK in the past
- Your Biometric Residence Permit (if applicable)
- Your Police Registration Certificate (if applicable)
- TB Certificate (if applicable)
All documents must be originals
Low-risk countries and documents to submit
If you are from a low-risk country you should still collect all the evidence listed above. However if you are self-submitting a postal application you won't need to submit academic qualifications or financial evidence with your application. Instead, the UKVI can ask for it when it is processing your visa application.
If you are asked for this evidence while your application is being processed, you will be given a deadline by which to provide it. If you fail to provide the documents when they are asked for, your visa application will be refused.
If you will attend an appointment with the UKVI, or want ISAS to send your application you must provide all the documents.
Which countries are low-risk?
The low risk countries are listed on the UKCISA visa page.