Points Based System (PBS)
The Government has introduced a radical restructuring of the immigration system into 5 Tiers. Tier 1 is for 'highly skilled individuals', Tier 2 for 'skilled workers with a job offer', Tier 3 for 'low skilled workers' (not due to be introduced in the near future), Tier 4 for 'students' and Tier 5 for 'youth mobility and temporary workers'.
The Tier 4 (G) application form together with guidance notes is available on the UKBA (Home Office UK Border Agency) website:
Each dependant will need to complete a separate form called Tier 4 PBS Dependant. The application form and guidance notes can be found on the UKBA website:
The application fees in the UK are as follows:
Student standard (postal) application: £394
Student premium (in-person) application: £716
Each dependant needs to pay an additional £197 if applying with the main applicant (student) by post or £358 if applying in-person
If a dependant is applying separately from the main applicant the fee will be £561 for standard applications and £867 for premium applications.
You can also find more information about applying for a Tier 4 visa in the UK on the UKBA website.
If you going to apply in your home country you can find further information on the UKBA website.
Further advice about making a Tier 4 (General) Student application at home or in the UK can be found on the UKCISA website.
Please contact the International Student Office regarding your student visa application.
Working in the UK after your studies
For information about the Tier 1 and Tier 2 visa options for working in the UK after your studies please visit the UKCISA website.
Students can contact UKCISA: The UK Council for International Student Affairs for advice on fees, immigration and other related matters. Their website address is: www.ukcisa.org.uk, or they can be contacted via the Students' Advice Line. This telephone line is open Monday-Friday 1300 - 1600 (UK time) and the number is +44 (0)203 131 3576.