Tier 4 Student Visa UK: Requirements, Eligibility, Cost, Processing time

Tier 4 Student Visa UK: Requirements, Eligibility, Cost, Processing time

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Updated on Jun 27, 2023 12:21 IST
UK Tier 4 Student Visa

If a student plans to study in the UK for more than 6 months, then the following UK Student Visa are applicable:

  • Short-term Study Visa: For those who wish to study an English language course for up to 11 months
  • Student Visa: This visa has replaced the Tier 4 (General) Student Visa. This UK Student Visa is for those students who wish to  study on a further or higher education course
  • Child Student Visa: It is for students aged 4 to 17 who wish to study at an independent school

All those who want to pursue their higher studies in the UK must know about the UK Study Visa (formerly known as Tier 4 UK Visa). In this article, for all those who need a UK Student Visa, we will inform you everything about the UK Student Visa. What is a UK Student Visa? How to get a UK Student Visa? Where to apply for a UK Student Visa? The UK follows a points-based immigration system supported by the principle of visa sponsorship for issuing a visa. The UK Student Visa is issued for pursuing academics in the UK. In order to obtain a UK Student Visa, a student must have received an offer for an academic course from a licensed student sponsor.

Eligibility Criteria for UK Student Visa (Formerly Tier 4 (General) Student Visa)

  • Acceptance/ Offer letter from a licensed student sponsor
  • Show proof of funds to finance your education and to sustain yourself till the completion of your course
  • Ability to speak, read, write, and understand English
  • Consent from parents if a student’s age is 16 or 17 years

Do I need a Student Visa to Study in the UK?

All international students who are planning to pursue their studies in the UK need to get a student visa. This visa is issued to only those who will be pursuing a full-time degree and not to students going for short-term or language courses.

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How to Apply for a UK Student Visa?

Steps to apply for a UK Student Visa:

  • Aspirants need to apply online for a UK Student Visa.
  • In order to get a biometric residence permit, aspirants need to have their fingerprints and photograph taken at the visa application centre. You can find your visa application centre here
  • You need to collect your biometric residence permit within 10 days from the date of arrival in the UK.

When to Apply for a UK Student Visa?

You can apply for a UK Student Visa 6 months before the start of your course. After submitting the application, you will receive a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the university. You need the CAS number to support your student visa application. This document entitles the student to apply for a UK student visa, as he/she is now an admitted student in a UK educational institution which makes them eligible to apply for a student visa.


According to another development, VFS Global has joined hands with Tata-owned Indian Hotels Company and the Radisson Hotel Group after which students can apply for a UK visa at a hotel located nearby. Those in Mangalore, Visakhapatnam, and Bangalore wishing to apply for the same can do so at the nearby Taj Hotel. Vivanta Bengaluru (Whitefield), Vivanta Mangalore (Old Port Road), and The Gateway Hotel (Visakhapatnam) are already assisting students in applying for visas. VFS Global also announced Premium Application centres at Park Plaza Ludhiana, Radisson Noida,  Radisson Blu Hotel Amritsar, and Radisson RED Chandigarh Mohali. It is mandatory to book an appointment for the same. Once you've submitted the online visa application you can attend the appointment within 240 days and submit your biometrics. 

Cost of a UK Student Visa

The fee for the UK Student Visa is £363 (Approx. INR 38,368). The student visa fee tends to change with time, so, it is always suggested to check the cost of the student visa at the official website. Aspirants can pay for a visa online, and demand a draft and cash. In addition, you also need to pay the healthcare surcharge, which depends on the duration of your course and other factors. In order to determine the healthcare surcharge, you need to visit the official website and fill in the required details.


The UK government has proposed a visa fee hike which will affect international students all across the world, including Indians. Once the proposal is accepted, visa applicants will have to pay an increased fee and health surcharges to the National Health Service. UK PM Rishi Sunak confirmed that the fee hike may be around 5-7% across visa categories and the same will assist support the country's public sector wage increase for police, teachers, junior doctors, etc. He said that his government will not make use of increased borrowing for covering these expenses because of the apprehensions related to inflation. 


  • Work and visa costs will increase by 15%
  • All other visa costs will increase by minimum 20%
  • Overseas students who are planning to move to the UK for studies may have to pay an Immigration Health Surcharge of £776 per year (earlier it was £470)

How long does it take to get a Tier 4 UK visa?

The earliest you can apply for a student visa is 6 months prior to starting the course you are going for. Aspirants get a decision on their visa within 3 weeks of applying. To get details regarding the UK Tier 4 Student Visa Processing time for your country, click here.

Can I bring Dependents or Relatives to the UK on the Student Visa?

Your children, spouse/wife are considered as dependents. You can bring your dependents with some restrictions. You must be a full-time student on a postgraduate level course (RQF level 7 or above) (this course must be of 9 months or more), or you must be a new government-sponsored student on a course that is of more than 6 months, or you must a student or Doctorate Extension Scheme.

Your Dependent can Work in the UK under these Circumstances

According to the new rule introduced in the UK, those dependents who submitted the immigration application on or after 6 July 2018 are allowed to work even if the course duration is 9 months or longer.

How to get a Work Visa after Studies in the UK

After your studies, you must apply for the UK post-study work visa (PSW UK) that provides for a 2-year stay-back period. Read all about the post-study work visa here.

Doctorate Extension Scheme: A sponsorship from your university is required to get this visa. Final-year students, those who are about to complete their PhD and are planning to get a job can seek an extension for up to 12 months.

Read More: Student Visas for Study Abroad: Requirement, Fees and Application Process

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In my international passport, my middle name was wrongly spelt ( a letter is missing). Can I apply for visa with this passport if I accompany it with an affidavit for correction of name stamped in a court?

Reply to Temitope Jegede


Aprant Agarwal

a year ago

Hello. Usually, discrepancies in names are not accepted. It is advisable that you apply for a correction in your passport. For further details we recommend that you get in touch with the embassy.


narender sharma

2 years ago

I Wants to now UK study visa process with tution fee and all gov Fee

Reply to narender sharma


Piyush Kohli

2 years ago

Hi Narender, please read the above article all the information is given.


Sai Malliboina

3 years ago

how much it cost super priority visa for uk students

Reply to Sai Malliboina


Piyush Kohli

3 years ago

Dear Sai, fee for the Super Priority Visa Service is £600, apart from the standard fee for the type of visa you are going to apply.