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.
Guidance notes for your assistance from Queen's can be found below. We highly recommend that you read the guidance carefully.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible with full details about the error and wait for this to be corrected before you submit your application.
Your Fully Completed Application Form
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 listed on the UKVI website, you do not need to send your entry qualifications or financial documents with your application. However:
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