Tier 4 Visas

If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland (including dual nationals) and are coming to study in the UK for more than 6 months on a full time course then you will require a Tier 4 Student visa.

When to make an application
The earliest you can submit an application to UKVI is 3 months before the start date of your programme. If you submit an application earlier than this you will automatically be refused. The application date is the date you pay for your application.
As part of the application process you will be required to give biometric information. This means providing your fingerprints, a photograph and a digital signature. This has to be done in person at a Visa Centre. You book an appointment to do this on-line after you submit and pay for your application.
Healthcare charge (NHS surcharge)
All Tier 4 visa applications made for a programme of study of more than 6 months in duration will be required to pay a fee for access to NHS health care in the UK. You must pay this fee in advance and it is a mandatory requirement for a visa application. If you do not pay it your visa application will be refused.
Credibility interviews
As part of the application process most students should expect to have a credibility interview. You can find further information about this on the UKCISA website here.
BRP Collection
As part of your visa application you specify a correspondence address. We would usually advise you to use the university’s immigration compliance departments address as this is a safe and secure place to have your BRP delivered to.
What you need to make an application
Passport(s): You will need to provide your current passport and any previous passports needed as part of the application


Proof of qualifications: You will need to provide certificates or transcripts of the qualifications you used to obtain your unconditional offer. This includes your academic qualifications and any relevant English Language qualifications (such as your IELTS test). These documents will be listed on your CAS statement. You only need to provide the documents listed there. If your documents are not in English you will need to provide official verified translations in addition to the originals


Financial evidence: You will need to provide the documents you will be providing to show you meet the financial requirements. If these documents are not in English you will need to additionally supply an official verified translation. For information about what evidence you need to provide for your finances please see the guidance provided by UKCISA here.


ATAS certificate: You may be required to provide an ATAS certificate with your application if you are studying at advanced levels in certain subject areas. To find out whether you need an ATAS certificate please the UKCISA guidance on this subject here.


Police Registration Certificate (if applicable): Please contact us for further information.
How to make your application
You should make your Tier 4 visa application using this form.


Please contact the Visa Advice Team for support - visaadvice@dmu.ac.uk.
Overstaying your visa
If you are eligible to extend your Tier 4 visa from within the UK, you must ensure that you submit your visa application before your current visa expires. If you do not submit your application in-time, you will become an overstayer.


Overstaying means allowing your visa to expire and staying in the UK which is a criminal offence.


If you have become an overstayer, you will need to depart the UK immediately. Any further visa application you make will need to be submitted from outside the UK. You may also be required to provide evidence to show that you have left the UK before the university considers assigning a new CAS and could also impact on your ability to get a new visa.