Visas - Students applying from outside the UK

Applying for Entry Clearance Under Tier 4 General

When you are applying for a visa to come to the UK, you will apply for an Entry Clearance visa at your nearest Visa Application Centre in your home country.  If you are coming to study a course of six months or longer, you will apply for entry clearance under Tier 4 of the Points Based System.  

When you apply for your visa you will need to include a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number.  You will be provided with this by Queen's University once you have accepted an unconditional offer for your course.  We will send you a document called a 'CAS Statement'.  The CAS Statement will include all the important information about your CAS and your programme of study.  It will also tell you the date you must be at Queen's and you should plan to apply for your visa in order to arrive on time!  You will not be able to apply any earlier than three months before your start date at Queen's.  Please make sure you prepare your application and documents in sufficient time to apply for your visa.

Details of the application and guidance notes for this are found on the UK Visas & Immigration website.  In particular you should ensure that you have read carefully the Tier 4 Policy Guidance.

Guidance notes for your assistance from Queen's can be found below. We highly recommend that you read the guidance carefully. 

Entry Clearance Guide

Completing the Tier 4 Application Overseas

Queen’s Alternative Collection Location (ACL) code: 2HE572

The alternative to collection from Queen’s is for you to collect at a Post Office. If you do not wish to collect your BRP from Queen’s (e.g. if you will be staying at another location outside of Northern Ireland when you first arrive in the UK for more than 10 days), the location of the Post Office branch will be assigned to you on the basis of a UK post code that you must enter. If you are under the age of 18, you will need to be accompanied by someone over the age of 18 to collect your BRP from a Post Office.

You can read more about BRPs and collection on the UK Visas and Immigration website here.

If you have any questions please contact us as soon as possible and we will be very happy to answer your questions and support you through the visa process.

Documents Checklist

Documents needed to apply for entry clearance under Tier 4 - Checklist

This checklist is to help you ensure that you submit a correct Entry Clearance visa application.  If you are applying for leave to remain (a visa extension) from inside the UK please see here.  Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that you check the requirements before applying for your visa.  Rules surrounding student immigration to the UK change frequently, so please make sure to check the UK Visas & Immigration website and read all of the appropriate guidance before you apply.

The UK Home Office, the government department which manages the UKVI, operates differentiation arrangements for applicants of certain “low-risk” nationalities to allow them to apply in their home country for their visa using fewer evidential documents.  These ‘low risk’ countries are listed in Appendix H  of the Immigration Rules.

Tier 4 application forms will include a formal declaration that maintenance funds are genuinely available to you to pay for living and studying in the UK. If you are a national of a "low risk" country, UK Visas & Immigration still has the right to request further evidence of your maintenance. If they do request the evidence, and you do not provide it, your application will be refused.

Any changes that are implemented will still require students to meet the University admissions requirements and even with the differentiation arrangements, there is still a chance that you will be asked for the documents at the visa application stage.   You should also carry evidence of your qualifications and finances in your hand luggage in case you are questioned at immigration control. 

We also have a duty to ensure that students will be able to complete their course of study, and as such we must be sure that students can pay their fees and support themselves whilst studying in Belfast.  All new students are required to produce their original entry qualifications in order to enrol at Queen’s University, so it is important you remember to bring these with you to the UK.

Remember: you must submit only ORIGINAL documents.  You cannot submit emails, scans, photocopies, etc.  If your documents do not match the list exactly then you must not submit them.  If you do not have the correct documents, you must not apply for your visa until you get them.  If you notice any incorrect information or errors on your CAS statement, please contact us at immigration@qub.ac.uk as soon as possible with full details about the error and wait for this to be corrected before you submit your application.  If you have any questions, contact us at immigration@qub.ac.uk.

You will need:

Your fully completed application form

  • You must ensure that you complete each question on the application form which is relevant to you.  If you are unsure about any section of the application form, please contact immigration@qub.ac.uk and we will help you. 
  • Remember to write your CAS number on your application form.

Immigration Health Surcharge

Photographs

  • Your photographs must meet the criteria stipulated in the Home Office’s photo guidance.

Entry qualifications

  • You must submit your ORIGINAL certificates or transcripts of the academic entry qualifications as listed in your CAS.
  • For most students, entry requirements will also include evidence of your English language ability.  If you are required to include English language qualifications, this will be stated on your CAS.
  • For exceptions to this, please see the section about differentiation arrangements.

Financial evidence

  • You must show evidence that you have held the full fees for your course plus the required living expenses for a Tier 4 student. 
  • Your financial evidence will be worth 10 of the 40 points required to get your Tier 4 visa.
  • You can find full information about what documents you need to submit to meet the financial requirements in the Tier 4 Policy Guidance.  It is very important that you read and follow this guidance carefully.
  • For exceptions to this, please see the section about differentiation arrangements.

CAS statement

  • It is not a requirement to submit your CAS statement with your application, but we strongly recommend that you do. 
  • You do not need to include the original - your CAS statement will be emailed to you and you can print it out and include it with your application.
  • You MUST ensure to include your CAS number on your application.


ATAS certificate

  • Not all students are required to get an ATAS certificate.  Your CAS statement will tell you if you need one.

Passport

  • All students must include their ORIGINAL and VALID passport with their application.

Payment

  • When applying for Tier 4 entry clearance, your visa application will cost £348.00.  Costs are updated frequently, so remember to check before you make the payment.

Translations

  • If any of your documents are not in English or Welsh, the original document must be accompanied by a full translation that can be independently verified by UK Visas & Immigration.
  • You can find the full requirements for translation documents in paragraph 14 of the Tier 4 Policy Guidance.

Other evidence

  • You may be required to undergo a medical examination, such as a chest x-ray. Appendix T of the Immigration Rules confirms which countries require this. Your nearest Visa Application Centre will be able to give you more information about this.

Differentiation Arrangements

If you are applying for a Tier 4 (General) visa for Queen's University, and you are a national of one of the countries or territories in the table below, you do not need to send your entry qualifications or financial documents with your application. However:

  • This does not excuse you from meeting the requirements. You will have to sign an agreement stating that you meet all of the requirements and that you can produce evidence of this on request.
  • UK Visas & Immigration can ask you to send the entry qualifications and financial documents before deciding your application, so it is important that you have the correct documentation prepared so this can be sent at short notice.
  • You must send all of the other relevant documents listed in the information above.

Argentina

Australia

Bahrain

Barbados

Botswana

Brunei

Cambodia

Canada

Chile

China

The Dominican Republic

Hong Kong

Indonesia

Japan

Kuwait

Macau SAR

Malaysia

The Maldives

The Maldives

New Zealand

Qatar

Serbia

Singapore

Taiwan (those who hold a passport issued by Taiwan that includes the number of the identification card issued by the competent authority in Taiwan)

Thailand

Trinidad and Tobago

United Arab Emirates

United States of America