Apply for a Tier 4 student visa from inside the UK

Not everybody who holds a UK visa is automatically eligible apply for a Tier 4 visa within the UK. Student Visa Services can help you assess whether you are eligible to apply here or you will need to leave the UK to make your application. Please contact us for advice in good time. 

For information on how to apply for a Tier 4 student visa outside the UK please visit this webpage

How to apply for your Tier 4 student visa

It is important you have all the necessary documents and information available before you start, to make a successful application.

  1. Read our Applying for a Tier 4 Visa information sheet (PDF, 198kB) carefully. It contains important information about the application process, fees, supporting documents, and instructions on how to complete the application form
  2. Get your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number
    • If are a new student coming to Bristol from a different UK educational institution, a relevant admissions team will issue your CAS once you have met all the conditions of your offer. Please note that if you submit your visa application more than 3 months before the course start date it will be refused
    • If you are a current Bristol student and can extend your visa in the UK, you can email us to request a CAS eligibility form
  3. Get the documents you must prepare. Pay particular attention to the finance documents, if these are not submitted with the correct amount in the correct format your visa application will be refused. Find out out if you qualify to apply under the differentiation arrangement
  4. Once you have received your CAS, start the UKVI online application form. If you would like a Student Visa Adviser to check your application before you submit it, is very important that you do not complete the declaration and pay for your application or Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) as this would lock your answers
  5. To have an Adviser check your application form you can email a PDF of your partially completed application form (before signing the declaration and making payments) to You can also email us copies of relevant supporting documents for review 
  6. There are currently three levels of application service available inside the UK: Standard, Priority and Super Priority. For information about the cost and processing speeds of each one of those please see our Applying for a Tier 4 Visa information sheet (PDF, 198kB)

UKVI Tier 4 Policy Guidance

Read the UKVI Tier 4 Policy Guidance here

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